After 60, many men become preoccupied with trying to appear younger, whether that’s through buying a sports car (approved), getting a younger partner (encouraged) or dressing like you’re a teenager again (nope). Just remember: dressing to appear younger doesn’t mean dressing like a younger man, it means dressing well for a man your age. And GQ is here to help show you how to dress in your 60s and many years beyond.
With any luck you’ll find yourself with far more free time on your hands after 60, combined with an enviable expendable income – of course you’re going to want to have a good time, and, more importantly, you’re going to want to dress for it in comfort.
Suits will have less importance as you head beyond your 60s, and instead you’re going to want to invest in smart, multitasking separates.
However, while it’s time to get casual, that doesn’t mean ditching your tailoring altogether. On the contrary, a blazer and smart chinos will be your wingmen over the coming decades as they will look at home for pretty much any event you can attend.
Let’s face it, you may have to go for straight-cut trousers that can accommodate a fuller thigh now – and there’s nothing wrong with that. The last thing you want to be doing is squeezing into anything in your wardrobe.
However never do you want to wear anything too baggy. No-one wants to look like a crumpled mess, so keep in touch with your tailor – properly fitted clothing will shave years off you.
This is also the decade to get smart about materials. In warmer months you will be less likely to throw on a pair of shorts, so invest in trousers in different fabrics that have you covered whatever the weather (linen mixes for summer, lined wool and tweeds for winter). The same goes for jackets (both half- and fully-lined), shirts and knitwear (cotton mixes for summer, cashmere and Merino wool for winter).