Alright, let me get the fine print out of the way. This is simply MY opinion and you’re absolutely welcome to yours. Now, with that said, a lot of the items I’m gonna mention are actually okay for the younger crowd. But once I see some of this stuff start to creep into the older demographic, that’s when I feel like I need to speak up and provide my 2 cents.
Okay, first up, cross-body bags. I see these things everywhere and I’m not even sure why it’s a thing. It’s essentially a fanny pack from the 90’s that you wear across your torso. As much ridicule as people got back in the day for wearing fanny packs, I think there’s gonna be just as much heat over these cross-body things in the very near future. If somebody wants to explain to me what the actual attraction is with these things in the comments, I’d love to hear from you, because I just don’t get it.
Sheer clothing for men
Now, I have an open mind about a lot of things and I’m always willing to try new things, but I’m not sure why sheer material is a thing right now. It’s kind of awkward on a guy and I think it looks more like a bathing suit coverup for a woman, or at least part of some other layering component for a woman’s outfit. Again, I’m not hating and I’ll be the first to have an open mind about something, but not so much with this trend. Please let me know your thoughts.
Wild untrimmed beards
Okay, I’m sure to get some heat for this one, but the big beard trend has been going strong for a while now, and I’m okay with it, obviously. However, what I’m having a problem with is the shaggy, unkempt, “I’ve been in the house for 6 months pandemic beard. This is the crazy, unruly beard that has virtually no maintenance or shape whatsoever. Truth be told, I like big beards on the right person because most of those guys maintain it. It’s the beards that I’ve been seeing lately that have been left to run wild are the ones I’m referring to. It’s time to trim those things up my friends.
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Now, the last thing I want is to do is sound all negative-nancy with this video, because like I said, I’m okay with a lot of things. But the next style trend that I think should go away is Tie-dye. It’s like tie-dye everything right now. It started with women’s apparel and it’s coming over to men’s. I get it though, it’s super fun and retro for the younger guys, but for us over 40, it’s my opinion that we stay away from it. I’ll give it another year or so and it’ll die out.
This next one, I’m actually on the fence about, but it’s high waisted trousers. I’ve been seeing this for the last few years, and while my buddy Blake and my man Ian both look great wearing them, I’m just not sure it’s a smart look for most guys in this age bracket. Maybe I’m wrong on this one, and I’ll be eating my words this fall. Or maybe I just need to try a pair, but for right now, I’m not so sure it’s a trend that I see the majority of 40+ dudes getting on board with.
Large patch prints
I hope you’re with me on this one because it’s large patch prints. Once again, in my opinion, let the younger guys have this one. The designs I’ve seen are a little too bold for the average, older, stylish and refined gentlemen. It looks cool on the runway and on the mannequins, but in real life, I think the actual number of people that can pull this off is relatively small. And they’re half our age.
Lastly is the oversize sunglasses. Gentlemen, stick with the classics because they hardly ever go out of style. Sunglasses should compliment you. Not stand out from a quarter mile away. If you prefer polarized lenses, go polarized, or if you like gradient lenses, go try some on. Hell, even cheap sunglasses with a good shape can last you a whole season if you take care of them. And nobody needs to know you bought them at the gas station for $20. Trust me, I’ve had plenty of those.
That’s my list of the 7 style trends for men that I believe should go away. If you agree or disagree, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.