How to dress in your 40s (and still look cool)

Because being refined and effortless head-to-toe is a nod to gentlemanly style...

Reaching your 40s is regarded as not only a privilege but also an opportune time to reflect on one’s self. And whilst your career would have now reached maturity, and your fitness keeping you looking younger than ever, what you decide to put on your back each morning is fundamental not only for gentlemanly style, but onlookers around you (who at this stage, will look up to you for aspiration and wisdom).

And some of the greatest gentlemen there ever was were epitomised in their 40s – think of it as a decade where you’re finally regarded by all ages as a mature gentleman who endeavours to stay positive and masters the art of wise decision-making – a quality only gained by being well-read, well-travelled and well-respected by others.

Keep it simple

Hugh Jackman T Shirt and Polo Shirt with Sunglasses

When it comes to your off-duty and weekend style, it really pays to carefully coordinate your essentials like Hugh Jackman, 48. A quality t-shirt is a no-fuss essential for city breaks or poolside lounging. Similarly with polo shirts, they can be paired with slim jeans, or chinos – and whilst we know that slim or straight cut jeans come down to personal taste, we wouldn’t want to see you in bootlegged jeans.

Invest in navy

Daniel Craig Quantam Solace Style

It’s always worthwhile observing the style of cultures other than your own. And if you happen to be French, you’ll agree when we say that the French epitomise the colour navy, or bleu marine, as much as black as the colour for style. The key thing is that navy is more youthful, masculine and less serious than black.

Sporting navy in any season will grant you gentlemanly style, and what we admire about Daniel Craig, 49, is that he wears navy with refined lines. So invest in navy, whether it be a timeless jacket or pair of trainers

Own a quality suit (and dinner suit)

Jeremy Renner Oscars 2017 and suit

At this stage in your life, you’ll probably have serious events to attend; whether it’s presenting your start-up business to investors, or your best friend’s wedding. And there’s no excuse to not be investing in a quality, Savile Row suit. Furthermore, you should carry yourself with authority and grace in your suit like Jeremy Renner, 46 – and never fall into the bad habits of so many novices. If you’re serious about your sartorial investments, go bespoke for the ultimate suit.

Get a Jermyn Street bespoke shirt

Leonardo DiCaprio Great Gatsby

And just like a bespoke suit, a made to measure shirt will guarantee a shirt that fits as well as finessing the highest possible degree of excellence (something you’ll no doubt want to be when you’re in your 40s, right?). Leonardo DiCaprio, 42, is a prime example of a gentleman who has matured into the classic white shirt.

The higher price mark of these exclusive shirts grant you the choice of collar and cuff styles, fit, sleeve length and fabric. These details will be seen from afar and will politely set you apart from off-the-peg options which never guarantee perfection, unless you’re the lucky few. A worthy tip is to own a fine selection of white shirts, and rotate between them to grant their longevity.

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