Some dads tend to have the same uniform, usually consisting of flip-flops or sneakers, sloppy gym shirts and worn-out baseball caps. Being a dad doesn’t have to mean dressing like a dud! Starting from the bottom and working up, shoes and socks should be the fashion foundation, setting the tone for the outfit. From there, hit the midsection with a functional and fashionable belt. Then, make a statement with a unique and comfy t-shirt. Top it all off with a lid that’s fashionable and functional. Here are five tips to elevate dad’s look from bland and boring to funky and fresh.
Nordstrom Shoes (Photo Credit: Juliet Farmer)
There are a lot of things you can skimp on when it comes to fashion — shoes shouldn’t be one of them. And when I’m talking shoes, I’m not talking Crocs, flip-flops or gym shoes. I mean statement shoes that are fun and stylish, to give your wardrobe a boost. Think Adidas, Vans, Converse, etc. in bold colors, durable fabrics and comfortable styles. Shop online at Nordstrom or Zappos, both of which offer free shipping and hassle-free returns. Don’t let the fact that these brands also make shoes for skaters or soccer players stop you. While the styles may have been created with a particular activity in mind, they can be worn almost anytime and anywhere. Dressed up or dressed down, a great pair of kicks can set the tone for a new fresh Dad style.
What better way to showcase a new pair of kicks than with some fashionable new socks. Forgo the drab cotton athletic socks and check out pairs in bold colors and/or funky patterns. Your new shoes will thank you (if they could, that is). Places like Gap, Macy’s and Nordstrom (or their websites) have a wide variety of styles to choose from. You’ll quickly get the idea — socks at these stores are a Dad’s best friend.
Target belts (Photo Credit: Juliet Farmer)
Belts serve a specific purpose, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fashionable too. While there’s nothing wrong with the basic black or brown leather belt, stylish options include bright colors in plastic, cool stripes in canvas, or, if you must, embellished belts in brown or black. Think patterns, metal studs, etc. Look in-store or online at Target, Gap and Macy’s for a variety of options. And remember that a belt should fit properly — using the first or last notch means the belt is the wrong size.
T-shirts are a great way to add style to your wardrobe via pops of color, cool and unique graphics and sometimes even unexpected humor. Better yet, they transition seamlessly from season to season. At websites like Threadless, have original, artsy t-shirts that are sure to turn heads. While Threadless shirts are inexpensive, they take time to come in the mail. For instant gratification, Target offers a great collection of men’s t-shirts sure to trick out a wardrobe. Choose from worn-in surfer styles, edgy rock ‘n’ roll graphics and/or obscure pop culture references. Regardless, these t-shirts will help take that wardrobe from average to awesome.
Nordstrom Hats (Photo Credit: Juliet Farmer)
Time to put away the beat-up baseball cap and back away from the faded golf visor. Those kinds of hats are great for the playing field, the gym or the beach. But just because you need to put a lid on it doesn’t mean you can’t do it in style. Fedoras in fresh pops of color or woven materials, like straw, make for nice headpieces. Newsboy and driver caps bring subtle flare without the big “Look at me, I’m wearing a hat” stigma. Both Macy’s and Nordstrom offer a wide selection, but note that this is definitely one of those items to try on before buying.
Juliet Farmer was born and raised in Sacramento, where she resides with her husband, two cats, and rescued greyhound. She is a freelance writer who regularly writes about food, pets, health and wellness, entertainment, and fashion.