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Old 07-02-2012, 04:58 AM
 
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Am I just old-fashioned, or is it a turn-off to women to see 40-ish, or worse, grey-haired guys dressing in all black skateboard clothes, or even carrying a skateboard with them? I don't mind regular shorts and t-shirt, but this boardie uniform seems really out of place after a certain age. I've seen guys in this garb try to pick up women in business suits. It doesn't go over well. Is the idea of more or less age-appropriate clothing passe? Is there a psychology about this, is it an attempt to recapture, or cling desparately to a faded youth? Or just personal preference? What to the ladies think, have you run into this phenomenon?
Considering the large number of middle-aged and older American women who dress and wear make-up that would better suit a teenager or a tart, I think the question about a 40-ish guy in skate boarder garb should be generalized: Why do people wear clothes that are obviously inappropriate to their age and body shape and size?

Maybe if women thought about why some women do that, or have had discussions about it with women, it might be the beginning of a clue to the 40-ish skate board gear guy. Start looking closer to home. Inappropriate clothes are to my eyes more often a female phenomenon.
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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If a guy wants to carry a skateboard and wear funky clothing, it's none of my nevermind.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:20 AM
 
Location: stuck
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i didnt realize there was an age cutoff. holy crap. im 31 yrs old and still wear these clothes that you call "skate clothes". first of all, i have never once said to myself, i need to go buy some new skate clothes. it just sounds gay when put that way. i grew up skating, still actually have my board, although i hardley ride anymore due to 2 previous broken ankles and an iffy left knee. i personally like the way that style of clothes fits me. now i still get carded at bars sometimes, so i guess i look younger too. but i dont plan on changing my stlye of clothes at a certain age. or once i hit 40 should i start buying sweater vests and adult diapers?
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:59 AM
 
Location: York, PA
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Am I just old-fashioned, or is it a turn-off to women to see 40-ish, or worse, grey-haired guys dressing in all black skateboard clothes, or even carrying a skateboard with them? I don't mind regular shorts and t-shirt, but this boardie uniform seems really out of place after a certain age. I've seen guys in this garb try to pick up women in business suits. It doesn't go over well. Is the idea of more or less age-appropriate clothing passe? Is there a psychology about this, is it an attempt to recapture, or cling desparately to a faded youth? Or just personal preference? What to the ladies think, have you run into this phenomenon?
I've seen worse. Frankly, if it doesn't affect my life, more power to 'em.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:20 PM
 
Location: An hour from NYC*wheep*
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I'm glad I never saw one before. How ridic for a middle age dude to dress up in some teen skate board get up? It's time to grow up, lol.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Am I just old-fashioned, or is it a turn-off to women to see 40-ish, or worse, grey-haired guys dressing in all black skateboard clothes, or even carrying a skateboard with them? I don't mind regular shorts and t-shirt, but this boardie uniform seems really out of place after a certain age. I've seen guys in this garb try to pick up women in business suits. It doesn't go over well. Is the idea of more or less age-appropriate clothing passe? Is there a psychology about this, is it an attempt to recapture, or cling desparately to a faded youth? Or just personal preference? What to the ladies think, have you run into this phenomenon?
One day I saw a man who looked late 50s or older rolling down the street on a skateboard. He was shirtless and 75% salt 25% pepper haired.
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I don't like to see men who are my age or older looking like they are still dressing like they did in high school. You can wear a jersey at the ball game, but please wear some real, well-fitting clothes the rest of the time.

(I just laugh and laugh when I see a 40-something in their saggy jeans. Black jeans and doc martens with a black trench coat, 90s grunge look etc.)
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:35 PM
 
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If its his career and he is sponsored. Then no it isn't a turn off...
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:22 PM
 
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I think skatewear on older guys looks weird because skate culture is very youth-driven. In fact if you look at the X-Games you literally have middle-school groms like Ryan Sheckler competing & winning! Contrastly, surfing/kiteboarding/paddleboarding have alternative voices for older advocates like the Surfer's Journal, so popular culture allows guys to be beach bums/surf rats their whole entire lives.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:47 AM
 
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I used to love watching the X-games. I remember when Tony Hawk pulled that 900 off. That was an amazing moment in skate history..

Sorry to digress..

About to go see if I can find that footage on youtube.
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