This weekend marks an important, and potentially fashionable, day dedicated to all the dads out there. From the high-end Balenciaga dad cap to preppy polos, dad style has earned itself a notable standing in menswear. Whether you’re actually a dad or just aspire to old man steez, there’s no denying that all things paternal are having a moment with men, women, and teens alike.
Undoubtedly, dads have influenced a new generation of street style, featuring white tees tucked into khaki shorts and high socks with sneakers. But the line between rad dad style and bad dad style is a thin one, and it really does come down to centimeters.
You don’t need to actually have kids to be able to pull off the look. You just need to have the right gear and know how to rock it. Fortunately, we’ve picked out some items that can help you get your fatherly fashion sense on the right track. Here’s how to pull off dad style successfully—and son everybody else’s fits.
Keith Dad Hat
Dad Factor: 4 profanities screamed at your son’s T-ball coach out of 10
The curved-brim ballcap is the perfect topper to any dad style ‘fit. This yellow one from Keith is especially appropriate if you or your dad’s name is Keith. Or you happen to be a huge Keith Sweat fan.
Levi’s 504 Jeans
Dad Factor: 4 “Stay off the lawn, kids!” signs out of 10
Dad jeans are two things: high-waisted and washed to oblivion. This pair of Levi’s jeans are cut straight with an overall relaxed silhouette. They’re the kind of denim ideal for mowing the lawn—or just stunting on the sidewalk.
visvim Hockney Boat Shoes
Dad Factor: 5 beer bellies out of 10
Boat shoes are probably the ultimate dad shoe (next to Nike Air Monarchs or the New Balance 990), but the fatherly flex is a pair of visvim Hockneys. Taking a boat shoe upper and putting in on a comfortable EVA sole, these are the kind of kicks that will break the necks of geezers everywhere, especially if worn with pair with khaki shorts and a plaid button down.
Burberry Maddison Jacket
Dad Factor: 6 Liam Neesons in Taken out of 10
Collared golf jackets are blowing up this season, and this blacked-out version from Burberry features a double-zipper placket, so you can show off rare dad hemlines. It’s also good for throwing over a tucked-in T-shirt.
Noah Double Pleated Pants
Dad Factor: 6 TPS reports out of 10
Pleated khakis are the workhorse of every dad style wardrobe. Noah’s pair is cut generously with not one, but two pleats for maximum fatherly fashion appeal. The wide legs further drive home the old man steez.
Dad Factor: 3 dad jokes out of 10
The colorful polo is a dad style favorite. Chances are, your dad has a stack of them in every obnoxious color possible. Tuck it in, throw a belt on, and you’ll be the best-dressed dad in the carpool to work.
New Balance 990
Dad Factor: 6 hours spent in Home Depot out of 10
The New Balance 990 is the epitome of the dad sneaker, and the silhouette continues to son every other would-be pair of paternal kicks. Arguably the go-to lawn mowing shoe of dads everywhere (and other dad-tivities like shopping for power tools), the 990 still reigns supreme.
Stüssy Island Flower Shirt
Dad Factor: 4 family vacations to Honolulu out of 10
Legend has it that dads discovered Hawaiian shirts shortly after the invention of the station wagon, which led to the invention of the family road trip. Pretty sure that’s in history books. You can rock one to be ironic, or just wear it with solid chinos or light denim and pull off a fatherly flex—especially with a white tee underneath.
Off-White x Umbro Flannel Shorts
Dad Factor: 7 cold ones cracked open with “the boys” out of 10
Few things come between a dad and his grill. Toss him some beers and he could be there all day, cracking open cold one after cold one until the coals lose their char. Plaid shorts are the perfect thing to rock under a “King of the Grill” apron, and this pair from Off-White and Umbro amp up the “off-duty golfer” aesthetic.
Thom Browne 4 Bar Oxford Shirt
Dad Factor: 4 “COME ONS!” shouted at the TV showing “the big game” out of 10
The blue oxford shirt is an essential for any guy’s wardrobe, but it works especially well for dads. Thom Browne’s new takes on the wardrobe workhorse offer enough of a visible stunt to separate it from run-of-the-mill versions from brands like Brooks Brothers, and the price reflects that.
NEED Paradise Popover Shirt
Dad Factor: 6 games of golf with clients out of 10
Part casual-polo, and part preppy oxford, this NEED popover is equal parts class and cozy, which is what you want as a dad. Pair with pleated Khakis and Gucci horsebit loafers for to ensure an invite to the country club this weekend.
The next logical step after getting your dad style in gear is to upgrade your business casual steez with some key #officecore looks.