Style Icons Who Have Nailed it in Their 40's

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Yes I'm coming for you 40's. Though I'll forever have one foot in my 20's. I'm in the embers of my youth as Frank would say, but have never felt better. I'm in better shape now than I've ever been and currently writing this under a palm tree in Whitsundays, killing an hour before I head out chase down the sunset on my paddle board. Life is good. 

Before I do I wanted to highlight the style icons in their 40's that I admire. I'll do a series of these overtime as the generation thing, how people dress as they go through the gears of life fascinates me. 

DAVID BECKHAM 

David Beckham is the gift that keeps on giving for influencers and bloggers. Annotating his different outfits can certainly kill a slow news day in fashion. He's a wonderful ambassador cum-co-owner for Kent & Curwen, a British heritage brand with now a flagship store in Covent Garden. 

He traverses the line of style and statement effortlessly. Wearing some beautifully pared down pieces that will get anyone noticed without screaming 'look at me'. Exactly the line a man in his 40's needs to know. 

CHRISTIAN BALE 

Readers of my blog might have guessed that one was coming. I love Christians red carpet game more than his casual out-of-office style. Which is about as non-descript as it gets but hey-ho. Lots of cargo pants and non-logo denim shirts from what I've seen in the press.

He is obviously on good terms with Brioni however because Christian's always immaculately turned out at black tie events. His Brioni tuxedos are styled with black silk shirts and matching black ties to emphasise his mysterious quality. 

He is after all Bruce Wayne still in my eyes. He is an enigma of an actor taking on crazy roles for independent movies like The Machinist. That film was bananas. 

JUDE LAW

The thing I love about Jude Law is that he has a natural eye for a decent casual game. He has a very English style, loves his braces and his Donegal tweed. Well before he took on the role of Watson in Sherlock Holmes. 

He is a big proponent of wide brim hats are Brooklyn-esque beanies. I've read online that his style varies from Topman to Hackett London. As a resident Londoner it's no surprise that he's an indigenous shopper. 

DERMOT O'LEARY 

He has an awesome line of aftershave does Dermot, be sure to check out my blog reviewing his fragrances exclusive to M&S. He's regularly touted as being one of the UK's best dressed style icons in their 40's 

He has had some turbulence in the fashion industry. Investing and apparently losing £70k in former Savile Row tailor Spencer Hart. 

Dermot has a very unfussy style, fan of roll necks and a modern look. His lapels often suitably narrow, nipped in at the waist with a slight flair in the skirt. Very Doug Hayward of the late 70's. 

SADIQ KHAN 

If it's ever been possible to completely dislocate ones feelings of a person; their political agenda from their personal style, Sadiq Khan is that man. 

Seemingly out-of-office during the Climate protests. Knife crime at a record high. Cross Rail not delivered and the infrastructure for transportation has been somewhat wanting in London of late. All of which I can't hold Sadiq personally accountable for, but I just don't know what the man is doing other than looking swathe in his blue suits. 

He makes off the peg Zara (reportedly his go-to) look like tailor made costumiers. Sadiq dresses perfectly for a man in his late forties. His height is also a factor. He has a diminutive body (carriage) so low rise trousers work well.

High rise with inverted pleats would distort his frame. His shirts fit snug but not sprayed on. Never a tie so I think he wants to relate to the man on the street. He looks like he's about to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in. If only he would.  

 

 

The Christian Bale Look: Where to shop

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Christian Bale is a very interesting Style Icon. For my money he is at the apex of A-list actors and his canon of films will already leave a greater legacy than most of his contemporaries. American Psycho is one of the ballsiest art house films, now a cult classic, but could have completely derailed his career as an actor. The subject matter was too risqué for Leonardo Di Caprio who reportedly turned the role down. 

But let’s focus on Christian Bales style. Of late I've seen him adopt a very black-on-black look when it comes to the red carpet. Bespoke Brioni, black shirt, black tie and black suit. In keeping really with the aura of the man which is still something of an enigma. How perfect for The Dark Knight, to have such an illusory appeal. For my money he'd make a great James Bond, still. But The James Bond producers typically opt for a calibre of actor who is still a relative up and comer. Bale is too established to cut the figure of Bond now. 

Sorry I was talking about his wardrobe. In this article I'm going to give you some alternatives to the Christian Bale look, I'm not affiliated with the brands in any way. 

Bale has a very casual, almost schlubby look when off screen. This Navy Harrington over navy tee and straight denim is very much an incognito look for Bale. He is not looking to stand out or grab attention. I've picked this outfit out because the fit is still fantastic. Not every outfit has to scream 'look at me'. 

I've pulled a close alternative Navy Bomber jacket from RRD that has a very fitted silhouette.

Continuing along with the Christian Bale casual look you'll notice that even his casual style has little time for ostentatious logos or designs. This black denim shirt has been worn in. The collars are slightly dog-earred and the colour has drained. 

However, I know from experience that you should be reluctant to ever wash your denim shirts. The Lee Western denim shirt might have a dual patch pocket instead of Bale's singular breast pocket, but you'll still achieve a similar look. 

The Cargo pants, or cargo trousers as we call them feel very American on Bale. He probably feels more at home in his casual attire. I get the feeling if he didn't have to scrub up for roles that demanded a shave, he would be living night and day in cargo pants. 

You can find dirt cheap cargo trousers online. H&M, Mountain Warehouse all do them for £20 ish. I quite like the cut of the Jack Jones Cargo pants and you can shop for those here

I doubt Bale feels comfortable modelling clothes for modelling sake. I'm sure he'd much rather be doing push ups somewhere. But he's wearing a very deluxe black Salvatore Ferragamo Knit jumper for this shoot. 

I'm going to recommend something else other than a £10 knit from H&M. By the way, if we really want to do something about fast fashion maybe search engines can do something else other than throw up H&M or ASOS stuff that you can buy for less than a Soya Cappuccino. 

Anyway, check out my friends down at King & Tuckfield. They have some knits that are sustainable and deluxe. One is currently half price. 

The American Psycho raincoat jacket. Yes, one of the most famous coats in the history of cinema. I know for a fact that Rains in Coal Drops Yard near Kings Cross had a limited edition run of these. 

They do a metallic, silver equivalent on their site so I'm presuming the transparent jacket may have sold out. Perhaps it was never listed and was in-store only. I'd certainly give them a call and ask if this is the exact jacket you want.