It may be the year of the dad bod but that doesn’t mean that fathers across the globe should be equally as lenient about their fashion choices. We somehow managed to convince our better halves that harbouring a body resembling a tower of mashed potato was not only acceptable but desirable, in what can only be described as the greatest Jedi Mind trick since Luke Skywalker finally got his chance to celebrate father’s day. However something tells me our better halves won’t be quiet as forgiving if we decide to get as sloppy about our wardrobe.
Luckily Father’s Day 15′ is just around the corner, Sunday June 21st to be precise, which means one thing… PREZZIES. Like most dads socks and underpants may be where the father’s day gift bar has been set but this year it’s time to mix things up a little, drop some non-elusive clues about what you really want or take things into your own hands and treat yourself for surviving another year of fatherhood. But what to buy?
I like to avoid pigeon holing dad style, as a new member to the club myself I can say I am far from filling the clichéd dad slippers just yet. We may be looking at ‘Forever 21’ in the rear view mirror but we’re far from over the hill.
Ralph Lauren is my old reliable and with good reason, no matter what your age or style they’ve got you covered. From the ‘Polo’ label for the classic dad to the ‘Golf’ label when you’re looking to style up the back 9 or the ‘Denim & Supply’ label for the free spirit dad and it just so happens they’ve put together a ‘Father’s Day Gift Shop‘ so you can start laying the ground work with your family members ASAP. Here are a few of my top picks from across the site.
RALPH LAUREN DENIM SPORTS SHIRT
The denim sports shirt, this has been part of the Ralph Lauren furniture since I don’t know when and it’s still one of my favourites. With its broken in soft denim it has a touch of everyday class and should be top of your father’s day most wanted list.
DENIM & SUPPLY STRIPED COTTON-LINEN CARDIGAN
Every dad should have a cardigan right??? And since we’re not granddads just yet I thought this linen blend cardigan was the bomb for summer 15′. It has a nice chunky knit with standout pastel stripes and being from the Denim & Supply end of the spectrum you know it has a little boho vibe, which is huge this year, meaning you can take this cardy from the fireplace straight to the festival.
DENIM & SUPPLY NAUTICAL STRIPED COTTON SHIRT
Next time you get cornered to re-paint your kiddies room or decorate the en-suite how bout ya don’t and just say ya did??? This paint splatter long sleeve tee is also from the Denim & Supply range and puts a different spin on an otherwise predictable summer nautical theme. Add it to the list!
RALPH LAUREN HAWAIIAN CAMP SHIRT
It wouldn’t be summer without a BBQ and everyone knows the BBQ is dad’s domain. Enter Hawaiian shirt, this is one of my favourite pieces on the site, it’s fresh, fun and perfect for those summer days when you’re feelin’ a little ‘Magnum PI’. A dead cert for the gift list and your family holiday, this is the shirt that will dominate the family photo album.
DENIM & SUPPLY STRAIGHT-FIT KINGWOOD SHORTS
Denim shorts, another summer must-have. So many men’s jean shorts are way too fitted these days which just far looks too daisy duke for my liking, this pair sport a nice relaxed fit in longer length with raw edges to give you that “yeah I just cut the legs off my jeans” masculine feel. Pair with above shirt to take it to another level, Ralph Lauren cigars anyone???
RALPH LAUREN PILOT SUNGLASSES
A good pair of aviators are a year round accessory essential which means these pilot specials from Ralph Lauren should definitely be on your father’s day gift list. They have a slightly more sleek silhouette than typical aviators while the tortoise-shell top bar gives them that maverick personality, after all ‘Topgun’ is top of every dads movie collection.
POINTS TO TAKE AWAY
- Dad bods may be in but let’s not allow dad fashion to meet the same fate.
- Drop some hints now as to your dadly desires or just take charge and treat yourself.
- Just because you’re a dad doesn’t mean you have to retire your style, stay inspired.
- Shop the Ralph Lauren Father’s Day Gift Shop for more great gifts especially for dad.