Disclosure: This post for Mens Smart Casual Clothing is a paid partnership with Samuel Windsor and was kindly given a voucher to buy products to photograph for the purposes of styling this post but all thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own.
Although I’ve written about menswear on the blog before, mens smart casual clothing is not something I’ve touched on but — given I live with three gentlemen — it’s about time I broached the subject!
Mr D has gone through phases with his dress-sense over the years (as have I).
But, as we’ve been together since our 20s, I guess it’s natural for taste and style to change and evolve.
Mens clothing can sometimes be a little bit hit and miss (particularly when you reach a certain age) but I love his current style.
It’s smart enough for the office but casual enough to wear on a weekend pub outing. Relaxed enough to be a little bit ‘country gentleman’; whilst still being sharp enough to work in the city.
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Mens Clothing For The Over 40s
It seems to me that (a bit like womenswear) menswear kind of slides down a big ravine when you’re over 40.
There are LOADS of online menswear retailers, all pushing clothes that look great on hip 20 and 30 year olds but seeing a 40+ year old male, rocking a skinny jean/scoop t-shirt combo (as favoured by the All Saints crew) just looks a bit ram dressed as lamb.
GQ once stated:
When it comes to clothing, there’s a fundamental difference between “fashion” and “style” – and the key to dressing in your 40s is to favour the latter.
Mr D has certainly embraced this and, these days, I think he’s nailed the mens smart casual clothing look.
Introducing Samuel Windsor — Affordable Mens Smart Casual Clothing
His current favourite online gentleman’s retailer is Samuel Windsor.
They sell a fantastic range of mens smart casual clothing at really, really great prices.
And when I say ‘great’, I genuinely mean great. All of the clothing in these pics —apart from the jeans (models own) — were bought for £110.45. Given that a lot of men’s brogues alone cost more than that, I’d say that’s pretty reasonable!
A decent shirt, a sports jacket and a nice pair of shoes are always a good investment but, usually, men’s tailoring is super-expensive.
To be able to buy all of them for less than £150 is a total bargain.
Samuel Windsor mirror a lot of the new breed of fashion websites in terms of their affordable pricing; but the difference is, instead of ‘fast fashion’ their offering is stylish and timeless garments, shoes and accessories,
Stylish Clothes For a Middle Aged Man
I love all the little details of a well put-together outfit.
I always notice a man’s shoes (ugly sports trainers with a pair of stonewashed jeans definitely don’t float my boat!) and I always notice little things like the lining in a jacket or a watch or sunglasses.
Samuel Windsor produce really stylish clothes a middle aged man; they manage to bridge the gap between smart tailoring and really affordable menswear; little details like the garment stitching, down to the shoe horn that comes with the suede brogues.
Plus everything comes beautifully packaged.
How To Dress In Your 40s — Stylish Menswear
As I said at the start of this post, I’ve covered menswear on the blog before.
We’ve worked with various high street retailers over the year and Mr D has always been a willing ‘model’.
But these images are, unquestionably, my favourite. I love stylish menswear (definitely more than casual) and these images of Richard in his affordable mens smart casual clothing from Samuel Windsor are lovely.
This is how my handsome husband looks when he’s off to a business meeting; and I always catch my breath and think that I love him just as much now as I did when he was in his 20s.
I know I’m biased but I think he’s definitely ageing gracefully.
That said, whilst he’s got the mens smart casual clothing look down to a tee — I do also love the fact he can still pull off a pair of spangly leggings and the glitterball helmet at a festival.
After all, ageing gracefully is one thing but growing up is quite another.
Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.