By Matt Glazebrook, 15 June 2014
Good old dads. Forever fixing things at your flat like a human YouTube instructional video and pottering around in comfortably apportioned slacks. Except when sometimes they surprise you by looking all dapper and stylish (usually when you find an old photo of them in their full Mod regalia, but occasionally in real life, too). In tribute to these moments of fatherly fashionability, and in just a general salute to the fellas who raised us, we present five of the best-dressed dads in film and TV history.
Christopher Plummer's all-singing, all-whistling Austrian officer is a bit of a grump in The Sound of Music, but you can hardly blame him. We'd be annoyed if we spent this much effort looking suited and booted only to arrive home and find the governess has dressed our children in a bunch of old curtains.
Best-dressed dads aren't necessarily also best at being dads, but whatever Jon Hamm's Mad Men character Don Draper lacks in setting a positive example for Sally, Bobby and Gene, he makes up for in being the most immaculately suited, elegantly flawed family man on telly.
What were we saying about bad dads? Gene Hackman's entire character-arc as Royal from The Royal Tenenbaums is that of a loveable cad trying to right past wrongs with his offspring – and his wardrobe reflects this. A brash, double-breasted suit, leather driving gloves and a killer Crombie coat make for a look that says 'stylish old rogue you'd almost forgive for always introducing you as his *adopted* child'.
The ultimate movie patriarch and arguably cinema's greatest dad dresser. Whether styled to the nines in formalwear or kicking back, casual-like, in an open-neck shirt and braces, Marlon Brando's dapper Don from The Godfather provides the sort of fatherly fashion advice you couldn't (and wouldn't want to) refuse.