Study reports older men don't have 'changing room moment' as women
5IANS | Updated: 07-09-2018 18:03 IST | Created: 07-09-2018 17:40 IST
The findings showed that men who age do not face the same "changing room moment" as women when they look in the mirror wearing clothing they would have worn when young.
They remain comfortable in the outfits they had worn earlier in their lives, and some even wanted to expand their wardrobes and add more color and variety.
For instance, those from "creative" industries continued to dress in a stylish, fashionable manner while others had a smart-casual style, mixing blazers with trousers and ties and shirts as they wanted.
However, they were repulsed by clothes such as hoodies, trainers and tight jeans as "too young" for them, called it "silly" and viewed it with contempt and something they would never want to wear.
They also had a strong negative reaction to pants with elastic waistbands.
It is because they thought these clothing would mark a clear end to masculinity and the onset of a decline of life.
This loss of masculinity in clothing choices was also related to the idea of wearing dirty or unkempt clothing, the researchers said.
For the research, published in the journal Ageing and Society, the team examined how men, aged between 58 and 85 from a variety of social backgrounds and sexual orientations, respond to fashion and clothing choices as they age.
Despite being confident in their dress choices, several men admitted that changes in body size that come with old age impacted their ability to dress as they wished, with some noting the ways clothes 'shrink in the wardrobe'.