Life Advice: When a man is turning 30
So you’ve just turned 30. You’re a proper grown up now. Work seems to be going alright; you are finally able to afford to not live on a diet that consists of non branded pot noodles, but you haven’t made it just yet. Your Mother no longer cuts the crusts off your cheese toasties but you are not quite ready to retire to the drawing room with your Labrador. Going out to collect the daily paper out front is well ahead of you yet. But how do you walk that tightrope that is post twenties dressing without looking like an over the hill has been? Or even worse, a textbook classic of an early mid-life crisis. And rather than telling you what you should wear, why don’t we look at things that maybe you shouldn’t wear as you approach proper manhood. And while a lot of these are predominantly male based, I’m sure a lot of girls will be able to relate, even if they do make you feel young at heart. Oh that band t-shirt! We’ve all been there. There is a time and place. However, I do applaud your dedication to wearing them, consistently. But insisting on wearing that tired, misshapen My Chemical Romance tee that you splurged way too much on at a festival in 2004 is the mark of someone who is trapped in a state of adolescence. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not condemning the band tee entirely. But just like I said, there is a time and a place. To all skating enthusiast that came of age in the early noughties, owning a pair of skater shoes was key. Everyone wanted to be like Tony Hawk, right? Now? Not so much. Back then, they were painfully cool, but then again, so were runners with wheels and lights on the bottom. Remember them? May they rest in peace. These sneakers look just as awkward with skinny jeans as they do with a relaxed trouser. Skate inspired styles have been around since the Limp Bizkit heyday and while some work, the majority need to be bailed on. Sometime around 2005, beanies went from Usher tight to Beckham oversized. This was a trend that blew straight up after golden balls himself sported it. It doesn’t take an expert to see that a slouchy beanie makes every outfit sloppier, instantly. And now that you have hit the big 3-0, there is certainly no room for this student like look of slovenliness. You ain’t head boy anymore. Head of sales or head shelf stacker, but not head boy. Its time that University hoody came off. I’m not one to talk because I wear mine every now and again. But the truth is, the only person who cares that you have went to university is your mum. Lets not be hasty though, you don’t have to banish is entirely, just yet. Just swap it for something more versatile. Turning 30 doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to get joint bank accounts, mortgages and you have to stay in all the while trying to convince yourself that that in fact is the new going out. However, it does mean smartening up your act, just a little.