When I saw this post I jumped for joy!  The Huffington Post published a piece, “Men’s Fashions in Your 50’s.” It recognizes the quagmire many 50ish men feel regarding what to wear.  Obviously they’re not the sneaker set anymore but they don’t want to look uptight either.  The post then goes on to list guidelines as to how to take care of oneself, e.g., stay healthy and fit, maintain your skin, spend on your wardrobe, keep your suits up-to-date, stay clean and chic and don’t neglect your casual clothes.

None of this is brain surgery.

So why did this excite me so much? No shit that there’s tons of beauty and fashion advice for all sorts of women: young women, older women, pregnant women, skinny women, heavy women, and the list goes on.

But not so for men.  In our culture, men aren’t supposed to “care” too much about their appearance, right?  Won’t it make them seem like sissies?  So not only isn’t there too much “out there” in terms great beauty/fashion advice for guys, but also many men don’t want to ask for it either.

For a while now I’ve been bemoaning this reality.  Not because I wish the dudes around me dressed better (though that’s not so bad) but because I think if men were given more liberty to express, explore and converse about their appearance, perhaps more of them would connect more strongly with their bodies.  And in doing so, they would appreciate their bodies more, not just as markers of physical prowess, but as beautiful, amazing things that should be nurtured and cared for.  And I truly believe if they were to be more connected and appreciative of their bodies, they may take better care of their health.  We all know the stats about men’s willingness and speed to see doctors versus those of women.  Men sorely lose on that score.  And it has major repercussions, like diagnosing disease when it’s too late.

So I applaud any guys out there who help other guys feel good about how they look.  In the end, guys may benefit in even more, critical ways too.

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