Most men in their 40s feel the need to edit their personal style. And it's normal - our style changes with every new stage in our lives.
So you've outgrown your current style but you're not sure how to adapt your look to this new decade of your life. Indeed, it's hard to figure out what's appropriate to wear for a 40 year-old and what's not when the models you see in menswear ads and fashion magazines are mostly in their twenties. You don't see many men in their 40s and beyond, so there is very little inspiration for gentlemen over 40 who want to dress with style, but also according to their age.
In this style guide for men over 40, we'll try to give you some advice on how to dress in your forties.
What To Wear In Your 40s
Sure, not everyone can afford (or wants to spend a fortune on) a bespoke suit from Savile Row, but we do recommend seeking the services of a good tailor to alter your clothes so that everything fits you like a glove. A good fit is one of the most important things when it comes to menswear, and even more so when you're in your 40s.
Something as simple as opting for a grey wool suit and a white oxford shirt can potentially set you apart from the crowd. Brown suede desert boots will add a more relaxed feel to your look. As you imagine, this is a killer option come warmer weather. View Details
A black striped suit and a white oxford shirt will showcase your sartorial self. Smarten up your look with black leather oxford shoes. As summer days set in, it's time for summery looks like this one. View Details
Nail that dapper look with a navy suit and a white dress shirt. For something more on the daring side to complete this ensemble, grab a pair of dark red leather monks. Seeing as it's boiling hot outside, this ensemble appears perfect and entirely season-appropriate. View Details
A blue suit and a white oxford shirt are great essentials to incorporate into your current wardrobe. Add a glam twist to your getup with black leather oxford shoes. Needless to say, it's easier to work through a warm day in a easy and breezy ensemble like this one. View Details
Go for a classic style in a grey suit and a white classic shirt. Make your ensemble more fun by complementing it with black leather derby shoes. This combination is the definition of perfect for blazing hot summer afternoons. View Details
Try pairing a tan suit with a grey oxford shirt for a sharp classy look. Got bored with this look? Enter black leather oxford shoes to change things up a bit. What an obvious idea for warm weather! View Details Classic wool overcoats
A properly fitting single or double breasted wool overcoat is a timeless style and your go-to outerwear once you start growing into your 40s and beyond. Indeed, what else can be worn by a 40-something professional over a suit? A classic wool overcoat is clearly the most befitting option.
Marry a grey herringbone overcoat with grey wool dress pants for a sharp classy look. Dark brown leather brogues will contrast beautifully against the rest of the look. When it comes to dressing for unpredictable fall weather, nothing beats a cool outfit that transitions easily between seasons. View Details
This combination of a camel overcoat and a dark blue check suit is the picture of elegance. Dress down this getup with khaki leather double monks. This look is a pretty savvy idea, especially for fall, when the temperature is falling. View Details
Go for a classic style in a navy overcoat and charcoal dress pants. If you don't want to go all out formal, grab a pair of brown leather loafers. Rest assured, this look will keep you snug as well as looking dapper in this weird transition weather. View Details
Pair a black overcoat with a black suit for a sharp classy look. Why not add black leather monks to the equation for a more relaxed feel? When leaves are falling down and temperatures are getting lower, you'll appreciate how great this ensemble is for in-between weather. View Details
Perfect the smart casual look in a black overcoat and black jeans. As the mercury gets lower, you'll see that an ensemble like this is perfect for this time. View Details Go for a navy overcoat and black dress pants for a sharp classy look. Feeling brave? Complete your look with black leather derby shoes. Keep the autumn anxiety away in a neat getup like this one. View Details Trench coats
Trench coats are timeless and can be worn at any age. If you want to update the camel trench you had in your thirties, why not go for olive green or navy?
Opt for a navy trenchcoat and black chino pants for your nine-to-five. For something more on the daring side to finish off this getup, rock a pair of black suede espadrilles. If you're already bored of your transitional weather fashion options, this getup just might be the inspiration you are searching for. View Details
Reach for a brown trenchcoat and grey dress pants like a true gent. Add a sportier twist to your look with tan suede chukka boots. And if you're looking for a comfortable transition outfit, this one is great. View Details
No matter where you go over the course of the evening, you'll be stylishly prepared in a black trench and black trousers. If you don't want to go all out formal, go for a pair of dark red leather loafers. So when summer is done and fall is setting in, this outfit is likely to become your favorite. View Details
Marry a beige trenchcoat with burgundy chinos to achieve a dressy but not too dressy look. Finish off your getup with brown leather derby shoes. As days are getting cooler, you'll see that a look like this is great for this time. View Details
Go for a classic style in a navy blue trench and a black suit. There's nothing like a kick-ass ensemble to spice up a gloomy fall day. View Details Try teaming a beige trench with a black suit for a sharp, fashionable look. Can you see how super easy it is to look dapper and stay snug come fall, all thanks to combos like this? View Details Turtlenecks
What we love about turtlenecks is that they are casual enough for a night out, but also elegant enough for more formal looks. What we love about turtlenecks on men in their forties is that they are retro-inspired and classic enough for a seasoned, matured gentleman, but also modern enough to create a stylish look.
Choose a khaki overcoat and navy jeans for a work-approved look. Black leather brogues will become an ideal companion to your style. This combo is perfect for transeasonal weather. View Details
Go for a brown houndstooth blazer and a beige knit turtleneck if you wish to look seriously stylish without exerting much effort. This getup is a pretty great option, especially for autumn, when the temps are dropping. View Details
Pairing a black suit and a black turtleneck will create a powerful and confident silhouette. Choose a pair of black leather oxford shoes to kick things up to the next level. We're loving that this combo is great when fall arrives. View Details
Pair a hunter green wool blazer with grey casual pants to achieve a dressy but not too dressy look. These picks will keep you snug and stylish in summer-to-fall weather. View Details
No matter where you go over the course of the day, you'll be stylishly prepared in a grey herringbone overcoat and black casual trousers. Play down the casualness of your look with black leather oxford shoes. With the departure of winter come warmer days and more sunlight and the need for a fresh ensemble just like this one. View Details Such items as a houndstooth blazer and khaki chino pants are the perfect way to inject extra refinement into your daily outfit choices. We love how this ensemble brings you into fall mode in no time. View Details Waistcoats
Waistcoats are classic. They are also great for any men storing some extra pounds in their belly. If that's the case for you, consider a waistcoat. Take inspiration from these gents in their 40s and see how they incorporate the vest in their outfits.
Nail that dapper look with a charcoal three piece suit and a light blue classic shirt. This combo isn’t a hard one to achieve and it's summer-appropriate, which is more important when it's super hot outside. View Details
For a smart casual outfit, try teaming a navy suit jacket with dark purple velvet jeans — these items work nicely together. Finish off with navy blue leather brogues and off you go looking dashing. If you feel uninspired by your transitional weather fashion options, this ensemble just might be the inspiration you are looking for. View Details
This combo of a deep blue wool suit jacket and dark blue jeans is very easy to pull together without a second thought, helping you look on-trend and ready for anything without spending a ton of time digging through your closet. Black leather low top sneakers will give your look an on-trend feel. Seeing as autumn is fast approaching, this getup appears a good choice for in between seasons. View Details
Consider wearing a khaki overcoat and white chino pants for a work-approved look. You see here that just because the mercury dropped below zero doesn't mean your looks can't be both warm and stylish. View Details
Marry a blue waistcoat with blue dress pants to ooze class and sophistication. This look is great when it's hot outside. View Details Something as simple as opting for a violet coat and black dress pants can potentially set you apart from the crowd. A pair of dark purple leather dress boots looks very fitting here. You can bet this combination is the answer to all of your fall wear problems. View Details Jeans
Many men fear that jeans are no longer acceptable once you hit 40. That's absolutely not true. You can still wear jeans in your 40s. Just go for straight leg rather than slim fit and avoid distressed denim, stonewash rinses and bootcuts.
A black overcoat and navy jeans are a great combination that will earn you the proper amount of attention. Finish off this look with dark brown leather brogue boots. As days are getting cooler, you'll see that a look like this is ideal for the season. View Details
Wear a grey crew-neck sweater and blue jeans to get a laid-back yet stylish look. Throw in a pair of dark brown leather brogues for a masculine aesthetic. These picks will keep you toasty and stylish in transeasonal weather. View Details
Consider teaming an olive green wool blazer with blue jeans if you're going for a neat, stylish look. Turn your sartorial beast mode on and choose a pair of dark green suede derby shoes. Keep this combination in your head when spring comes, and we promise you'll save time trying to pick out a look on more than one morning. View Details
For a casually elegant ensemble, rock a brown wool sport coat with navy jeans — these items go really well together. A pair of dark brown leather derby shoes will add some real flair to this getup. These picks will keep you comfy and stylish in summer-to-fall weather. View Details
This combination of a cream blazer and black jeans will set you apart effortlessly. Choose a pair of white leather derby shoes to kick things up to the next level. This combo isn’t a hard one to achieve and it's summer-ready, which is important when it's blazing hot outside. View Details A black overcoat and navy jeans are a smart combo that will earn you the proper amount of attention. Brown leather casual boots work spectacularly well within this look. With rising temperatures come warmer days and more sunlight and the need for a killer ensemble just like this one. View Details T-shirts
T-shirts are a basic element in any wardrobe, there's no reason to stop wearing them in your 40s. However, keep things simple. Avoid bold prints and bright colors and opt for a minimal design. If you're going for a t-shirt and jeans combo, get the footwear right. Instead of sneakers, go for a smarter alternative - loafers, drivers, boat shoes or brogues, to get your outfit on the smart casual side.
Perfect the smart casual look in a charcoal sportcoat and white chinos. Look at how well this look is finished off with black leather loafers. This combo is essentially a lesson in how to dress for warm sunny weather. View Details
Consider wearing a grey shawl cardigan and charcoal jeans to show off your styling smarts. A pair of brown leather brogues looks very fitting here. This combination is super comfortable and will help you out in unpredictable spring weather. View Details
This look with a dark blue shawl cardigan and olive green chinos isn’t a hard one to pull off and open to more creative experimentation. This look is everything for when leaves are falling down and temperatures are getting lower. View Details
Swing into something classy yet trendy with a navy coat and beige chinos. A pair of camel casual boots looks very fitting here. Keep the autumn blues away in a kick-ass getup like this one. View Details
A modern man's sophisticated closet should always include such stylish essentials as a grey suit and a grey polo. For footwear go down the casual route with dark brown leather brogues. This outfit is truly a lesson in how to dress for hot sunny weather. View Details Go for a navy suit jacket and white casual trousers to achieve a dressy but not too dressy look. Grey canvas low top sneakers will add a new dimension to an otherwise classic look. This combination is a fantastic option when it comes to a comfortable transition getup. View Details Accessories
While it's better to steer clear of bright colors on your basics, you can use accessories (ties, pocket squares, socks) to add individuality and a pop of color to your look.
A navy polka dot double breasted blazer and a white dress shirt are great essentials to incorporate into your current wardrobe. You're guaranteed to always look great even despite the scorching heat if you keep this getup in your front hall closet. View Details
Something as simple as opting for a brown tartan three piece suit and a white and brown gingham classic shirt can potentially set you apart from the crowd. Entirely appropriate for hot weather, you can sport this ensemble throughout the summer. View Details
Consider wearing a charcoal vertical striped blazer jacket and a white dress shirt for incredibly stylish attire. View Details
This combination of a dark blue blazer and a white v-neck t-shirt is very easy to recreate and so comfortable to sport as well! This combo isn’t a hard one to nail and it's summer-ready, which is important when it's blazing hot outside. View Details
This combination of a grey overcoat and a grey check classic shirt oozes masculinity and refined elegance. We're loving that this ensemble is great when colder days are here. View Details Opt for a deep blue suit and a blue chambray oxford shirt like a true gent. Make brown leather brogues your footwear choice to make the look more current. As you know, the trick to getting through the hottest time of year is choosing summery combos like this one. View Details More accessories
Invest in a high-end watch, one that you can some day pass down to your kid.
Tap into refined, elegant style with a grey round-neck sweater and dark grey wool trousers.
Let everyone know that you know a thing or two about style in a dark blue crew-neck sweater and dark grey wool suit pants.
A purple wool blazer and navy wool dress pants is a greatpairing for you to try. You're guaranteed to always look stylish even despite the oppressive heat if you have this look as a last-minute grab.
Buy quality leather gloves. They will keep your hands warm and are a great finish touch to a classic outfit for a man over 40.
For a nothing less than incredibly stylish look, choose a grey tartan three piece suit and a white oxford shirt. This outfit is super functional and will help you out in winter-to-spring weather.
This combination of a charcoal overcoat and a grey double breasted blazer oozes masculinity and refined elegance. When it comes to dressing for summer-to-fall weather, nothing beats a kick-ass combination that transitions easily between seasons.
When the temperature drops, wear a nice cashmere scarf, and leave snoods and oversized ribbed scarves to the twenty year-olds.
Opt for a brown check wool coat for a seriously stylish look. This is a safe option for an awesome transition ensemble.
Such items as a houndstooth blazer and khaki chino pants are the perfect way to inject extra refinement into your daily outfit choices. We love how this ensemble brings you into fall mode in no time.
A smart casual combo of a khaki overcoat and white chinos can maintain its relevance in many different circumstances. This combo is super comfortable and will help you out in transeasonal weather.
Sliding into your forties and beyond doesn't mean you should avoid color and settle on dark, 'boring' hues. Consider deep classic colors, such as forest green, burgundy or camel. A blazer jacket in oxblood rather than traditional navy can make all the difference to the look and give it a stylish spin.
Dress in a dark green sportcoat and hunter green wool suit pants for a classic and refined silhouette. This look is also great if you're scouting for summertime wear to make a tedious day at work more tolerable. View Details
Make a purple suit and a white oxford shirt your outfit choice for a classic and refined silhouette. To break out of the mold a little, opt for a pair of navy blue leather loafers. The comfort and simplicity of this getup takes care of the heat and helps you make a sartorial statement wherever you go. View Details
For a look that's nothing less than incredibly stylish, try pairing a dark green overcoat with black chinos. Turn your sartorial beast mode on and opt for a pair of black leather oxford shoes. With springtime in the air, it's time to sport simple and dapper ensembles, just like this one. View Details
Opt for a grey check suit and a dark red v-neck pullover for a classic and refined silhouette. Finish off with black leather chelsea boots and off you go looking smashing. When it comes to dressing for unpredictable fall weather, nothing beats a kick-ass combo that can take you from season to season. View Details
A red suit and a dark red classic shirt is a greatcombination for you to try. As we all know, the key to getting through the hottest time of year is wearing fresh looks like this one. View Details A khaki overcoat and brown wool dress pants will showcase your sartorial self. You see that just because it's below zero outside doesn't mean you can't still look good. View Details Quality / luxury pieces
Forties is the time to start treating yourself. Treat yourself to top-quality pieces even if it means you'll buy less frequently. Remember, if something costs more, most often it's for a reason. And most often that reason is better quality. That's why they are called investment pieces - these clothes are better quality, they fit better and they are going to last longer.
A dark blue jumper and navy chinos is a smart combination to add to your casual lineup. We love how this ensemble gets you excited for fall in no time. View Details
This combination of a navy wool sportcoat and blue jeans will add a graceful essence to your getup. You can bet this ensemble is the answer to all of your transeasonal wear woes. View Details
Look the best you possibly can in a grey wool blazer jacket and grey tartan dress pants. An ensemble like this makes it easy to embrace unpredictable transeasonal weather. View Details
Let everyone know that you know a thing or two about style in a camel tartan sport coat and a light blue oxford shirt. So as you can see, this is a neat idea for hot weather. View Details
Contrary to what you might believe, being a dapper dude doesn't take that much time. Just pair a brown wool coat with grey chinos and you'll look great. Finish off with brown suede brogues and off you go looking dashing. You can bet this combo is great when spring sets it. View Details Nail that dapper look with a grey wool suit and a baby blue dress shirt. It goes without saying that this one makes for a great, spring-ready combo. View Details Clothes To Wear With Caution If You're Over 40
When you're in your 40s, wear your hoodies, track pants and running shoes when they should be worn, i.e. when you're actually doing sports or working out. And if you're really into the athleisure trend, limit yourself to incorporating a nice pair of sneakers in navy, dark green or burgundy into your downtime outfit.
A deep blue shawl cardigan and black jeans feel perfectly suited for weekend activities of all kinds. Dress down this getup with blue low top sneakers. There's no better way to cheer up a dull fall day than a seriously stylish outfit like this one. (Ok, maybe there are a couple.) View Details Leather jackets, bombers and parkas
Such outerwear styles as leather jackets, bombers and parkas do exude a younger vibe. Some celebrities over 40 arguably pull them off. That said, celebrities are the ones who tend to cling to youth with a tighter grip than most of us.
Who said you can't make a style statement with a casual look? Draw the attention in a black leather jacket and baby blue jeans. This is a surefire option for a comfortable transition look. View Details
If you're on the hunt for a casual yet on-trend getup, try pairing a black bomber jacket with black jeans. Both items are totally comfortable and will look great together. Complete this getup with tan suede desert boots. With the departure of snow comes a sense of spring renewal and the need for a fresh outfit just like this one. View Details An olive green parka and dark brown wool suit pants are a great outfit formula to have in your arsenal. Dark brown leather brogue boots work spectacularly well with this ensemble. So as you can see, this ensemble is sharp and will keep you from freezing. View Details Prints
While prints are surely still acceptable to wear when you're in your 40s, stick to small patterns on your accessories rather than statement prints or, God forbid, profanities on your basics.
What Not To Wear After 40
Say goodbye to novelty ties, baseball caps, flip flops, Speedos and anything ill-fitting (skinny or baggy). Apart from that, forties is a good time to revisit your wardrobe and get rid of the clothes you don't need (if you haven't worn something for a few years, believe us, you won't wear it).
Dressing with style in your 40s can actually be easier than in your 20s or 30s. You probably have more money now than when you were younger, so you have more choice in what to buy. As a 40 year-old, you have more experience - you know more about fabrics, quality and the fit of clothing. Finally, now that you're older, you're more comfortable in your own skin and more confident, and that's the key to dressing well at any age!
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