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HOW TO WEAR: SUMMER DADCORE
By Lakeisha Goedluck, 10 June 2018
For the past year or so, dressing like your dad has been the sartorial zeitgeist. Chunky, borderline-ugly shoes, sensible half-zips and slim-fit jeans have been championed by street stylers everywhere – but now’s the time to update the look for SS18. So, if you’re down to rock your finest father-inspired gear, here’s how to nail the aesthetic.
In the 90s/early 00s, when you were probably still in nappies, your dad was most likely out flexing in his freshest hip-hop-flavoured garms. From colour-block track jackets to logo-print sweatshirts, brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike and Tommy Hilfiger were the ones to be seen in back in the day.
To channel the look, pop on a white T-shirt and then layer an oversized short-sleeved check shirt over the top. Go for a belted pair of long denim shorts on your bottom half – a silhouette that’s much sought-after this season. Then, finish off your ’fit with an era-defining Tommy Hilfiger denim bucket hat and some slate grey New Balance creps.
Delving into the dad stereotypes here, but if your old man is always keen for a spot of golf, then you’ve probably spotted him in a knitted polo shirt not dissimilar to this one. A solid option for sunnier days, keep your look laid-back and go for a pair of shorts in the same colours as your shirt.
And if you’re feeling brave enough, pick a dad-flavoured classic on foot: the sandal and sock combo. Top tip = pick a pair of calf-high socks from your favourite sportswear brand to add a streetwear edge to your ensemble.
Circling back to your pap’s 90s/00s steez, we bet he had a colour-block track jacket or two in his wardrobe. For mild days or when it looks like it’s set to rain, throw one of these bad boys on over a classic striped T-shirt.
Down low, copy your father’s present-day style and wear a pair of refined belted check slacks – the contrast between the two halves of your outfit will show that you can dress with skill and flavour. Then, round off your getup with a pair of Reebok Classics. Your dad’ll be proud, trust.