As a guy closes in on 30, there often comes a time when he looks in the mirror and realizes his face is different, yet familiar. He opens his closet and finds that the reason that face looked familiar is that he's turning into his father. He leafs through the button-down collar shirts, wool slacks, looks down at his Wee-juns and sighs--gray hair must be just around the corner.
Referred to as "Generation Xers" by some sociologists, these aging twentysomethings have grown beyond the grunge look, yet are not ready to give up their youth. For those who have found they've got nothing to wear to a nice party but the uniform of an accountant, there are alternatives.
Slacks made with a "crepe" weave could become the standard for those trying to fit into a younger look.
"This is really going to span every age group," says Mark Schell of Mark Schell Designs for Men in Corona del Mar. "You can wear a shirt and pair of slacks made of a crepe fabric, and it will stand out. It's a hot young fashion item; it's fashionable yet understated."
Gen-X neckwear also tends to be understated and muted--even to the point of nonexistence. "Keeping the top button closed is still a popular look when you're wearing a nice shirt," Schell says. "It's been a fashion statement for a while, and guys are still doing it."