In today’s society, youth is often idolized. Luckily, as a man having a few wrinkles and gray hair, doesn’t make you look like a grandpa, but wiser and adding a few elements to your wardrobe and the things you do will really help to make you look younger without looking foolish like a teenager. Also, looking younger can help to advance your career and remain in the workforce as the zeitgeist and many companies often is to get rid of older employees.
What Can You Do To Look Younger?
Embrace A Healthy Lifestyle
I know it’s not something you immediately see from the outside but if you eat the right food, if you workout, and take care of your body, it will show. That also means getting enough sleep because only if you feel well will you look great. I also encourage you to try new things; maybe a vegan or plant-based diet with Whole Foods, just give it a shot, do it for two weeks. See how it makes you feel. Don’t be afraid of trying something new.
Definitely, wear sunscreen or use a face lotion product that helps protect your skin from everyday sun impact. It’s good against cancer but it also prevents wrinkles. No, I’m not talking about your character wrinkles, those are fine, but you don’t want those deep craters otherwise, you will look like a raisin.
Hit The Gym
Go lift some weights and work out. As your body ages, you’ll lose muscle mass and having that nice attractive v-shape will help you to look younger and vital.
Update Your E-mail Address
Nothing says I’m an old man as having an old firstname.lastname@example.org, msn.com, hotmail.com, you name it. Young people these days go with Gmail addresses and so should you.
Hang Out With Younger Men
You may have your prejudices but honestly, there’s a lot to be learned from young men even if it’s just your technical stuff. Also, being around young people makes you think in a different way and I guarantee you it will make you look younger as a result.
Stay up to date especially in terms of technical stuff. That means get rid of your flip phone. I know the battery lasts for a whole week versus the new smartphones, you have to recharge after a day but honestly, when you are away from an outlet for more than a day and all the opportunities you have with new smartphones is incredible. You can control all the lights in your house, and a sprinkler system, and even talk to people from around the world all from your phone. Isn’t it amazing? That aside, being up to date makes you look young.
Go For A Youthful Haircut
The way you’re perceived as a whole can hugely depend on your haircut. If you haven’t changed your barber in the last 20 years, you get the same boring haircut every time, maybe think about spicing it up, maybe going with an undercut with some more product. You’d be amazed what impact it can have on how you look. Also, it’s very important that you keep your eye hair, your nose hair, and your ear hair, under control. Nothing says I’m an old dude like ugly hairs poking out from your ears and your nostrils.
Switch To Modern Glasses
Those old titanium glasses that you got in the 90s are just outdated. Right now classic frames, bolder frames, are more popular and I suggest you go to the optician and try different options and you don’t even have to spend that much. You can even go to new places online, order frames and get something new for under 100 bucks. Honestly, it will make you look at least 10 years younger if you choose the right frame. The same is true for sunglasses.
Have Your Teeth Checked
Take care of your teeth because they’re a highly visual indicator of your age. If you’ve smoked a lot in the past, or a lot of coffee, or drank out a red wine, chances are, you have like a yellow tone to your teeth so consider going in for a teeth whitening because that will certainly impact the way you look.
Grow A Beard
Cover your softening jawline with a beard. I know when you grew up in an office job, you had to be clean-shaven. Today, that’s not the case anymore and the urban beardsman has really risen in popularity. If you want to jump on that wagon and cover up your jawline, make sure it’s neatly trimmed and has a unique cool look to it.
Ditch The Old Men Style
Stay away from styles, patterns, and cuts, associated with old men. By that, I mean don’t wear orthopedic shoes or white tennis socks with white trainers. It just puts you in the category of 80 plus. Also, don’t wear sandals or socks with sandals. Of course, you should also ditch all your 90s ties. I know you wore them when you had great sales meetings but the patterns are really dated, the width is very wide. Today, a lot of younger men were slimmer ties and especially the patterns and the color schemes are very different. That being said, young men today oftentimes don’t wear neckwear and so you can also skip it, leave the top or the top two buttons open, however, make sure not to unbutton your shirt all the way down to the belly button because that makes you look like a wannabe Cassanova or Hugh Hefner.
One of the things I see a lot in older men is the way they dress. I know in the 90s you had these Blazers with lots of shoulder padding, lots of fabric that draped from your chest, and very roomy cut khakis, and you maybe wore them with some tassel loafers. Instead, go with a trimmer cut jacket. It doesn’t have to be slim fit or skinny fit but just get rid of those excessive shoulder pads. Go with a more natural shoulder, maybe go with 3-inch lapels, you don’t have to go extreme and go super skinny because that’s over the top as well. Just like you have to overhaul your corporate wardrobe, you have to do the same thing with your casual clothes, those old stonewashed jeans that look like a carrot on your legs are simply outdated. Now people wear Japanese salvaged denim they maybe pair it with a pair of red wing boots or similar stuff maybe with a flannel shirt and if you want to look like a younger man, you should go in that same vein.
Pop Of Colors
I know it’s a very underrated thing, but stay clear of the muted pastel colors. Try to go with something that’s a little more lively because that’s what younger people would choose. You don’t have to go overboard and wear super bright pinks but rather navy, get two shades lighter, maybe go for a richer blue, maybe something like linen green. Find ways to add colors back into your wardrobe, maybe if you wear a lot of jackets and sport coats, use pocket squares, maybe if you want to wear a tie, go with a knit tie with more texture or a different color. You can also go with different socks or just exchange your shoelaces and give your whole new outfit a pop of color.
Keep The Fit Of Your Clothes Trim
You don’t want wide bootcut jeans, you want slim jeans but nothing that is skinny. The sleeves on your jackets or sweaters shouldn’t be puddling but close to your body and flattering. Rather than going with an oversized navy blazer, consider going with a Harrington jacket, rather than having your sack style oversized blue dress shirt, invest in a trim fit denim shirt. Also, take a look at what younger men are wearing.For example, right now the Apple watch is popular and so are wristbands, you can add these elements to your outfit to look very young. Also, if you like tweed, it is a fantastic garment for fall/winter but go for louder colors. If you can’t find them or you maybe want something for the transitioning seasons, maybe you go with a linen Safari jacket in an interesting color that will just help you look much fresher and up-to-date.
Don’t be afraid to be bold. At the same time, you don’t want to dress exactly like your teenage son because that just makes you look foolish and ridiculous.
What do you think makes you appear younger? Share your thoughts below.