How To Not Dress For Middle Age: Walter White

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In one week’s time, Breaking Bad – and the greatest TV character since Tony Soprano – will be no more. We may have lost sympathy with Walt over the seasons, but we’ll miss him nonetheless. Not least for his undying commitment to middle-aged dressing.

In an era when middle-age is said to start at 50 and men are more likely to dress like their kids than their fathers, Walt is a throwback to the kind of Dad clothes we always vowed we’d never wear.

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But despite his style failings, Walt offers up some crucial style lessons for men everywhere.

Don’t make the same mistakes.

 


We all have a bit of beige in the wardrobe. Just make sure it stays as ‘a bit’.

The bulk colour of choice for the old and infirm, once you start buying beige it can be a hard habit to break.

The most terrifying example of this was when Walt rocked triple beige during one head to head with Gus Fring - jacket, trousers and suede shoes, all at the same time.

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In every man’s wardrobe there’s a jumper we don’t want to throw out. Once, a while ago, it fitted well, the pattern worked, the fabric was soft and new. Now it’s pulled, it’s weary, it’s dated.

Get rid of it. If you don’t act now, it won’t be long before it creeps out of retirement without you noticing. And that’s Walter White territory.

 

A good pair of pants is your last line of defence. If you’re going to get caught short in the desert making meth-amphetamine, at least do it in something that isn’t a 5 year-old pair of white Y-fronts. There’s no excuse for not freshening up your underpant collection at regular intervals.

 

It’s a classic Walter White mistake - wearing an old round neck under your open-neck shirt so it pokes up prominently around the collars. If you have to wear a T-shirt, investing in some basic V-necks will make a big difference. Easy.

 

Walt loves a simple zip-up blouson jacket and this is as close as he ever gets to a good style choice. Except he goes and ruins it all by buying it from the own-brand range in a supermarket. A classic Baracuta would be an instant win and at less than £100 wouldn’t even dent that barrel of money.

 

There are some looks even the most style-resistant men can’t screw up. Sure the clothes themselves aren’t great but the overall effect of simple dark colours gives an immediate impact and authority. Important in a regional drug lord.
 

 

In the final episodes Walt looks like a cross between a tramp and a hipster but his dark-framed glasses are a definite improvement on the ageing rimless style he has worn non-stop up to now. The lesson? Don’t get too set in your ways – small changes can have a big impact.

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