while we’d never tell you to throw out any of your most beloved threads, there are plenty of rules you need to know—and style tips you should bear in mind—if you want to know how to dress over 40.

That’s why we’ve laid out the greatest tips for looking your best in your 40s, from avoiding cargos (sorry, fellas!) to making sure you don’t wear your Lululemon gear literally everywhere (sorry, ladies!).

1. Skip cargo shorts. Or pants. Or cargo anything.

man walking on train tracks in cargo shorts, how to dress over 40

Cool in college, straight-up uncomfortable in your 40s. And, yes, guys: Cargos are definitely on the list of 38 Things No Man Over 40 Should Ever Wear.

2. Avoid the matchy-matchy look and embrace separates.

woman wearing matching skirt and pants suit, how to dress over 40

A two-piece suit feels so stiff on women, especially if you’re a little bit older. Instead, if you’re dressing for work, try mixing blouses and sweaters with skirts or trousers instead.

3. Your white tees should be crisp—no holes, stains, or shreds.

classic white shirt, how to dress over 40

Time to toss those Hanes. Bonus points if you go all the way and opt for a crisp white polo.

4. Skip out on super-cheap fabrics.

tiara in a pile of tulle, how to dress over 40

Fast fashion may look cute, but that’s about where it ends—in your 40s, steer clear of cheap fabrics and gaudy styles. It’s far classier to have an edited rotation of investment pieces.

5. Pass on the Canadian tuxedo.

denim on denim, how to dress over 40

Denim on denim is literally always a no for men, especially after you turn 40. You should know better by now. Remember: Looking your absolute best is a must if you want to really conquer your 40s.

6. Balance proportions.

woman wearing a penicl skirt, how to dress over 40

Now that you’ve got a rotation of tops and bottoms on lock (see #4), make sure you balance out your wardrobe. A flowy blouse looks great with a form-fitting pencil skirt, but it looks rather sloppy when paired with oversized, loose trousers. It’s like the branches of government: There always needs to be a balance of power.

7. Hang up your sports jerseys.

man wearing a football jersey, how to dress over 40

Don’t care if it’s Game Day. You don’t need the jersey. This especially goes for the 30 Ugliest Sports Uniforms Ever Designed.

8. Bid adieu to Daisy Dukes and micro miniskirts.

women wearing super short denim shorts, how to dress over 40

You could have the best legs in the world and you should still keep uber-short hemlines, like the ones on Daisy Dukes and miniskirts, on their shelves and hangers. We’re not saying you shouldn’t show some skin—just make sure that some things are left to the imagination.

9. Never wear shiny black shoes with denim.

bow tie and black dress shoes, how to dress over 40

Shiny black shoes are a must for men in their 40s: You’re definitely going to attend at least a few super-fancy events, and god knows you’ve got more than one gray suit by now. But don’t wear those wingtips on date night with your Levis—you’ll look like a guy on a business trip who forgot his other pairs of shoes.

10. Ripped and shredded denim should be left behind.

woman wearing ripped jeans, how to dress over 40

A little shred here or there? Stylish. Majorly ripped, oversized holes? Unnecessary—and far from stylish. Besides, why would you want to wear a pair that’s one tear away from completely falling apart?

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