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5 Fashion icons for men over 50

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1st Jan 2015 Fashion & Beauty

5 Fashion icons for men over 50

You don't have to be young to be trendy. Many over-50s males can carry off an air of style and sophistication that the younger generation can't touch.

1. George Clooney

Still an icon as he strides into his fifties, the American actor's silver hair only adds to his generally suave demeanour. A good sense of dress and the ability to handle himself in public leaves others looking like overgrown teenagers in comparison. Never seen looking scruffy, always with time to spend with fans and with firm humanitarian beliefs, it makes it very hard to find a flaw in the man.

 

2. Sting

He may be in his 60s, but he's still touring the world like a trooper. By letting his music do the talking, Sting limits his public comments to charity work, political issues and good causes. That leaves the man as something of an enigma, which is always good for an icon, and those sharp cheek bones don't hurt at all, even though he's been hiding behind a beard for the last year. A true advert for clean living, he looks good dressed in anything, but off stage is rarely nothing if not immaculate. The fact he's not afraid to send himself up, is another key part of the recipe for icon success.

 

3. Nick Hewer

Coming to celebrity rather late in life thanks to his stint as Lord Sugar's advisor on The Apprentice, Nick shows there always room for brains on the list of essential features for an icon. The fact he's usually attired in a very smart shirt, tie and jacket (who knows what he wears below the Countdown desk) means he's a very smart part of the daytime TV furniture. Nick recently celebrated his 71st birthday and shows no sign of slowing down, or letting his standards slip. 

 

4. Colin Firth

Probably in the running for any quintessential Englishman award, Mr. Firth is thriving in his mid-fifties. While we usually see him dressed in whatever his latest movie requires, when out of character, the man is nothing but dapper and charming across endless magazine covers and red carpets. The latest in a generation to sell the idea of the cool, suave and sophisticated, yet slightly angst-laden Englishman, Colin is a key pillar in film society, where his fashion seems as timeless as his slightly unkempt hair. 

 

5. Gary Lineker

Gary Lineker - over 50s fashion Icon
Gary Lineker on Have I Got News For You, via: BBC/Hat Trick/Richard Kendal

Rarely out of the media spotlight thanks to his endless sports hosting duties, Gary can carry off formal, casual and sporty at the drop of a cap. His cheery nature, optional goatee and light grey temples make him look good in anything, and since he can talk his way though the dullest of nil-nil matches with some of football's blandest pundits, he always comes out looking like a wit and raconteur. Being a goal-scoring icon for many of doesn't hurt that image, and although Alan Shearer could push him on a good day, there are few better when it comes talking a good game in HD and coming out looking damn near perfect.