Debenhams has revealed that the age at which men become ‘invisible’ to women has advanced by at least a decade, according to new research* carried out by the retailer. Men can now win a woman’s attention based on looks alone up until they are 55 years old.
Just 30 years ago, few women would have found any man over 45 years old worth a second glance, rendering them effectively invisible at any gathering.
Ruth Attridge, Debenhams’ spokeswoman said: “Older men are now remaining more attractive to women for longer than ever before.
“They are increasingly seen as eligible, prospective partners rather than old bores with little energy left to catch the female eye.
“It’s great news for George Clooney and Brad Pitt, but might not make that much difference to Bruce Forsyth.”
A much greater emphasis on dressing well and keeping fit has dramatically improved the impression an older man can create across a crowded room, Debenhams’ research shows.
Many men now spend a lot of time, either alone, with a partner or with a professional personal shopper, selecting styles which suit their figure, as well as paying attention to colour co-ordination to complement their complexion, hair and eye colour.
Baldness is no longer seen as a stigma, and even a slight paunch isn’t enough to prevent him from gaining female attention.
The trend towards women marrying and having children in their late 30s and early 40s has also decreased the age difference which would once have made older men ineligible.
They often find the increased financial status of older men reassuring because it can represent increased security for their children.