It wasn’t always this way, but at some point, “dad style” got a bad rap. The fashion police had descended at it was game over for the older man.But just as things looked like they couldn’t get any worse, things began to turn around. Suddenly fashion icons started copying what we dads have been doing all along. And now it appears as if we might somehow be cool again.
You might think that all of this sounds unlikely but consider the evidence.
When men get to an older age, they feel the urge to wear a peaked cap. Nobody's quite sure why this happens. But it’s something that seems to have started on golf courses up and down the country. Now, though, it’s not just dads sporting caps everywhere they go. It’s also some of hip-hop's freshest talent.
Once upon a time the world was obsessed with selvage denim. Everybody who was cool wore dark-dye indigo. But now the fashion has changed. Dark-dye has been replaced by stonewashed denim in a complete reversal of tastes.
Some commentators point out that we’ve seen stonewashed before. Dads have been wearing it for years while washing the car on a Saturday morning. Now it seems that stonewashed is well and truly back in fashion. Recently, Kanye West himself was spotted wearing a pair.
The Vacation Shirt
Older men have been ridiculed for years for their love of bright, colourful shirts. All week at work, they have to go through the monotony of boring, pastel colours. But on holiday, it’s time to party and put on something that really calls for a celebration. For years the Hawaiian shirt was a bit of a joke. But now top designers are getting in on the act. Valentino and Louis Vuitton are both selling toned tropical shirts that make no apologies. And if you think they’re only appealing to the older generation, think again. Harry Styles is known to be partial to the odd Hawaiian shirt or two.
Dads love the convenience of throwing on a pair of old trainers in the evenings and on the weekends. It’s an excellent way to conveniently blend leisure and activity. But what was once a convenience has become something of a trend. Now more and more young people are ditching their converses from trainers. They’re looking for brands with what they call “throwback appeal.” In other words, Nike, Adidas, Puma or Reebok. Who would have thought it?
Pulled Up Socks
For years, older men have been berated for pulling their socks up. Socks are meant to be hidden away, well below the line of the shoe. But, of course, that’s not how it was done in the old days. And so dads have stuck with what they know best.
But now it turns out that sticking with what they know best is a good idea. Cool kids like Harry Styles and Shia LaBeouf are pulling their socks up, just like their old men. Is it skater inspired? Who knows?