No summer wardrobe is complete without a great pair of chino shorts. This versatile staple can get you through anything the warmer months have to offer, but we often find that you have to compromise on comfort and/or fit. Most chino shorts are ‘Dad cut’ and way too structured, so just don’t look that good and comfort-wise make laid back summer days a little less laid back. So are the J.Crew Dock Shorts the perfect pair? Well let’s just say they flatter and deceive. The combo of a slightly tailored fit and elasticated waistband means they look great in any smart/casual setting but are also supremely comfortable. Dad friendly but without the compromises.
Hand woven shoes with a story. Mohinders are made by third-generation artisans in Athani, India and whilst this guarantees first rate workmanship and authenticity, they also look equally good in any summer setting you can find. Durable water buffalo leather paired with natural crepe, cushioned rubber soles means they are comfortable and worthy of the investment. If you get these, they will get attention and people will ask about them, but rest assured the craftsmen who make these shoes are fairly compensated and part of a non-profit cooperative so you will have a good story to tell.
Whether it’s rain or shine or just a bad hair day, a baseball cap can rescue you in so many situations. The Mid-century Americana styling sported by Ebbets Field Vintage, instantly turns their caps from ‘Dad style’ to fashion forward. Wear any item from their range and the craftsmanship will make you feel like you’ve stepped back to a time where everything was made to last. All of the headwear and clothing they make is handcrafted and timeless so no upgrades necessary, unless of course a family member (permanently) borrows your hat (and they will) meaning having to pick another beauty from their array of different teams and styles. We especially love the ‘Trucker’ style mesh hats for spring/summer as they are slightly cooler... IF you can get your hands on one, as all Ebbets Field products are popular so they don’t hang around.
Simple is best. Life can be complicated (especially with kids) and sometimes you just need to be able to put something on that is comfortable, looks good and will get you there, no matter your adventure. But simplicity doesn’t have to mean a lack of style or substance, as Swedish designer Bread and Boxers have proven. Originally designed by Henrik Lundqvist as an extension of the hotel mini bar to rescue travellers who had packed a little too light, this brand has now evolved into a go to for high quality basics. Their whole range is classic and refined with just the right level of styling and no unnecessary detailing, but we especially love their hoodies. Pair them with pretty much anything for a laid back style in soft yet hard wearing fabrics, that travel well too. In a world with so many perplexing choices to make, just keep it simple (stupid).
Taylor Stitch Slim Chino
Everyone can tell you that there is nothing more versatile in a Dad's wardrobe than a pair of chinos. However, telling you where you can find a pair that are comfortable and hard wearing but with a modern, flattering fit is not something everyone can do. The Taylor Stitch Slim Chino (seen above in British Khaki, but available in several fabrics to suit) is definitely one of those chinos that ticks all the boxes and will mean you can avoid navigating the endless 'Dad'-fit versions that are out there. Just because you want to wear something practical does not mean you have to sacrifice style. As with all Taylor Stitch products these will be with you for a while and are worth the investment.
This will probably not be the last time we mention GH Bass on this website as their footwear is always our go to for long lasting, laid back style for all occasions. These Camp Moc Decker Lites are the perfect spring/summer boat shoe for years to come and you'll be hard pushed to find something in your wardrobe that they don't go with (they make them in tan and the blue above). These guys have been making shoes since 1876 and are the kings of all things 'Moc Toe'. In fact, you can't go wrong with anything in their 'Camp Moccasins' range for any style or season...we especially love those beautifully crafted Camp Moc Rangers if the weather turns.
Spring is finally in the air, so that must mean it's time to get those summer wardrobe staples in order. One thing every dad will know is that you sometimes have to sacrifice style for practicality, especially when it comes to warm weather footwear. Sandals can be a controversial choice, but with the original rope sandals from Teva you really will bridge the gap between comfort, practicality and style. Teva were created from humble beginnings- the original was crafted from an old velcro watch strap and a pair of flip flops, but they have evolved into a universally tried and tested winner for strap and go footwear. They really are a go-anywhere, do-anything choice. You can even wear them with socks (for extra indulgent comfort)...no really you can, but maybe just around the house.
The holy grail? An everyday t-shirt that goes with everything and is cut to flatter most shapes and sizes. Made in LA, these t-shirts are built to last (we have some going on over 3 years with continued use) and you are guaranteed to find one to suit your style. This may not be the holy grail, but when you’re a dad with not much time to pick out an outfit, knowing you can throw one of these on and it will just look good and be comfortable no matter what, will make you feel like you’ve found t-shirt nirvana at least. Our favourites are the pima curved hem tees.
London based sustainable mens swimwear brand Riz Boardshorts' latest offering- Buckler, brings a classic tailored swim short that can transition from beach to bar seamlessly. We love the unique prints and attention to detail in these shorts, whilst the fit is second to none. These are built to last from 100% recycled materials, so your eco conscience will stay clean. They will also give you a discount if you give them your old shorts...so no excuses not to upgrade your summer swimwear now.
A bit like Begetter, the folks at Taylor Stitch were formed out of a need to help an audience that they felt wasn't being catered for. With that passion and attention to detail, every aspect of their clothing is finely tuned, ensuring clothes that will look good and last. One of our favourites is the Long Haul Jacket. Available in a few hard wearing waxed materials, our pick would be the waxed canvas- a perfect spring/autumn transitional jacket. A little shorter, tailored fit, but sure to go with everything.