We have everyone home for the summer. My oldest graduated from college and got engaged, her fiancé has been living with my wife and I since he graduated in December while he is having a house built. It’s a busy time right now.
Last weekend my wife and the girls were looking through old photo albums. As they pointed out picture after picture it dawned on me. In the 32 years since my wife and I have been together since high school, I still dress the same. Mostly t shirt and jeans or shorts. Always the same colors and styles.
I know we have aged, the mirror doesn’t lie… However, In my mind, high school for us was just a few months ago. Dumb, I know, but that’s how it feels. I have never been one to give much thought to my wardrobe. I just wear what I’ve always worn. I believe it’s time to make a change after seeing those pictures.
Here’s the problem. I have no idea what I’m supposed to wear as an almost 50 year old man. I’m too young for polyester stretch pants and Velcro shoes, but I’m too old for skinny jeans. My daughters tell me I wear “dad jeans.” My wife says I look fine.
Most of the fashion advice I find is for stick figured twenty somethings. Also, living in Florida it’s way too hot for most of what they recommend anyway. Add to that I have a thick (not fat) build with a broad chest and shoulders. Finding shirts that aren’t like circus tents on me is next to impossible. It seems most shirts that fit my upper body are made for overweight men. I can’t get form fitting shirts either because I feel like I’m wrapped in rubber bands all day when I wear them, constantly tugging and trying to stretch them.
This Is Not Me!!!
Finally, most of the time I have a gun on me. Usually I just carry in my front pocket so pants have to have a little room so they don’t imprint (show the outline of the gun). Most of the concealed carry holsters I’ve tried are uncomfortable, hot, or are impractical to draw from.
I don’t know what I’m going to do. In the end, likely nothing. Hell, I’m comfortable and apparently my wife is good with what I’m wearing. In the end, that’s all that matters I suppose. Maybe a few tweaks are in order, but unless someone has practical wardrobe advice for a late 40’s man who lives in an oven I don’t see a whole lot of changes…
My wife when I walk in with my dad jeans…