Dadcore Chic: Why You Need To Raid Your Father’s Wardrobe
Your dad’s wardrobe may not be your first port of call for fashion inspiration – but take Father’s Day as a reminder that dads can be style icons. And right now they’re particularly relevant to the zeitgeist. “Dadcore” is the watchword RN, with brands big and small – from Balenciaga to Ashley Williams – championing worn-out denim, hike-friendly anoraks and loose-fit suits.
It’s a trend that’s one to watch for grown-up daughters as well as sons, because there’s nothing more nonchalantly chic than menswear-inspired pieces mixed and matched with women’s wear: just think of Coco Chanel with her high-waisted trousers and a Breton sweater (borrowed from the men of the French navy), or Katharine Hepburn in her crisp, oversized white shirts. If style panache isn’t among your own dad’s strengths, worry not – these five key pieces should help you start a shopping list.
The Trench Coat
As Alexander McQueen demonstrated this season, a broad-shouldered, wide-lapelled trench coat is confident and imposing. In womenswear, look for something loose and voluminous – and wear it open like you’re too busy to belt.
If your father bought the boldly checked two-piece suits of the ’70s and ’80s, he may wish to dig them out again. Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen and Gucci were among those who this season sent suits down the runway in retro-corporate brown, blue and grey plaids. Wear with chunky trainers and a retro football scarf to keep in the daddish groove.
The Classic Loafer
Gucci’s horsebit loafers have been the trademark of a well-dressed gent since they were first sold in 1953. On women they’re equally dashing. Wear with flared jeans or smart trousers, but either way, make sure they’re cropped to the ankle bone to show off that shoe.
The Loose-Fit Blazer
That wardrobe staple of the ’80s man, the long, loose blazer is, thanks to Balenciaga, back on the style agenda. Resist a nipped-in waist and go instead for the androgynous cuts but play against the silhouette by wearing a floaty fabrics underneath.
The Tailored Shorts
The best-dressed men have smart, plain shorts for summer and they wear them pressed: see Michael Kors’ models in belted, knee-length shorts in shades of lilac and camel. Channel the off-duty-student look by pairing your own shorts with a slouchy sweater and pristine white sneakers.