Men’s fashion is always evolving, although not at the same pace as women’s styles. Men age differently than women, but most men, as they hit 30, don’t take the time to change their dressing style to suit their new lifestyle. Indeed, hitting 30 in no way means that your outfits should get plain, serious or boring, but this wonderful new phase of your life does call for a move to a more sophisticated and refined look that enhances and accentuates your grown-up persona.
If you’re confused about how to upgrade your personal style as you hit the 30s, here are some evergreen casual dressing tips that will give you an easy head start.
- First and foremost, invest in a well-fitting pair of jeans. For once, skip the ripped look and buy a good old blue pair of high-quality jeans that you can wear anywhere from a first date to a casual work meeting. You may already have a couple of tattered or frayed denim in your wardrobe, but a classic pair is so versatile that you can easily pair it with a nice blazer or a hoodie. Moreover, unlike the ripped styles, this one will never go out of style.
- Buy a couple of pure cotton (or linen) shirts in the basic colors of white, gray and black. These look great both during the day and night and create a simple yet refined look when paired with well-fitted chinos. In winter you can wear them underneath a snug jumper and coats.
- Don’t give up on the hoodie just yet. Turning 30 in no way means you should give up all the cool and stylish fashion picks from your 20s for good. What you can do is opt for better-quality hooded tees and jackets. They will last longer than one season and also look better.
- Buy a few casual jackets. We say a few because casual jackets come in so many different styles and each can transform a plain outfit into a super-stylish one with little effort. Own a well-fitting bomber jacket and a denim jacket as well. Buy a leather jacket if it goes well with your personal style, but avoid buying one without trying it on first. This is because fit really matters when it comes to jackets and an ill-fitting one can mar your entire look.
- Invest in good accessories. If so far you’ve been the kind of casual dresser who couldn’t care less about belts, watches, scarves and other accessories, now is a good time to start using accessories to alter your style. The right accessory can uplift any outfit. For instance, pick a unique belt to wear with your new jeans—something that would give your look a subtle yet distinct edge.
- Move on from t-shirts with graphic prints and funny quotes and opt for tees that are casual yet sophisticated. This post (https://jasperhollandco.com/blogs/news/meet-jasper-holland-co-premium-mens-t-shirt-brand-with-tight-necks) from Jasper Holland Co explains how grown men can look clean cut and classy in a t-shirt as long as it steers clear of boyish logos, and keeps a snug fit and tight neckline, even after washing.
- If you’ve been a fan of men’s jewelry, we recommend that you tone it down by wearing just a single piece at a time. You might just become a fan of your new no-mess look.
- Wear clean shoes. Whether you’re going out for a personal or business meeting, complement your newfound grown-up style with shoes that look great and feel comfortable. Say goodbye to the uber-casual and dirty, overdone sneakers and pick footwear that’s smart, suits the occasion and goes with your new casual dressing. And when shopping for work, remember that nothing beats a fine pair of leather shoes.
- Change your hairstyle to something that’s more clean-cut and easily manageable. If you’ve been using dyes in your 20s, now is a good time to move to a more sober and sophisticated hair color and a classic cut that will go well with your current lifestyle.
- Buy a good perfume that you think would be great as your signature scent. Also, buy a good pair of stylish sunglasses that will go well with your casual outfits such as shirts and chinos or a summer suit. Also, this is a good time to start taking care of your skin, so invest in a good sunscreen and moisturizer and start making time for a monthly facial—it will pay off in the long run.