polos shirts for men What dads shouldn’t wear
Does your dad wardrobe leave you walking several steps behind him at the shopping centre? Do you cringe when he wears that too tight sweatshirt from university? This Father Day, give his wardrobe a helping hand by incorporating some fashion staples along with some of the hottest trends.
men may say they don care about their wardrobe but I think they do it just a matter of degree, says Robin Keeler, a fashion consultant for shopping centres across Canada, including Erin Mills Town Centre in Mississauga, Ont., Pickering Town Centre in Pickering, Ont. and St. Vital Centre in Winnipeg, Man.
This summer, it all about vibrant colours like bright blue, tangerine orange, moss green and red. If your dad is colour shy, introduce it in small doses a pair of shoes, belt, printed socks, a bright shirt or even a pair of shorts.
Be careful not to overdo this trend. If wearing a brightly coloured polo shirt, for example, everything else should be neutral, Keeler warns. Classic neutrals such as sands, stones, cappuccinos and browns are a great alternative to vibrant colours and can be paired with a hint of pastel or white.
Prints and patterns, such as Hawaiian and retro prints, are another big trend, says Suzanne Timmins, vice president of fashion direction at The Bay.
to slimmer cuts, as the oversized look is dated, she says. Baseball caps are also back on trend and another way to infuse vibrant colours into dad wardrobe.
are always trendy but we really in a sunglass moment, Timmins says, pointing to classic aviators as an example.
This summer Olympics usher in a renewed interest in athletic gear so you see lots of training wear, including Olympic 2012 hoodies. The sports trend is also influencing men fragrances, Timmins says.
The sock free trend is a little tricky. sock free only on a really summer day and only with a casual, laid back look rather than a business look, says Keeler.
Colourful footwear a coloured deck shoes or loafers with a coloured upper or coloured sole are another hot trend this summer.
Shorts should hover around the knee or mid thigh. When choosing a bathing suit, remember that many men don look good in oversized boarding shorts.
for a shorter length and more fitted suits but never a Speedo, says Keeler.
Staple wardrobe items
A suit and tie or at the very least a sports jacket and dress pants are absolute musts.
breasted is safe and looks good on most body shapes, says Keeler. should be in a neutral colour and classic cut so it will last longer. My mantra: always buy the best you can afford. Tailored, flat front pants in chino or cotton twill for summer. Choose a neutral colour that goes well with a dress or polo shirt.
Lightweight fine gauge sweater for spring and chilly summer nights. It works well under a jacket or over a shirt or T shirt.
Crisp white dress shirt if he wears a suit on occasion.
Properly fitting casual pants or flattering jeans.
A button down shirt in a versatile colour like French blue.
Leather shoes in a classic style (not too chunky or too casual) and basic colour so they can be worn with tailored pants or suit.
Leather belt or, if your dad is very casual, a canvas belt.
Good quality white cotton T shirts are another must. a great layering piece and look great under a shirt or sweater, with jeans or flat front pants, says Keeler.