Season's trends make dad dapper
Father’s Day is almost here. If you’re still in the market for a gift, new clothes or “furnishings” as men’s accessories are traditionally called can go a long way toward sharpening dad’s style and helping him to keep his cool this summer.
“Most men don’t like to shop or don’t have the time. Sometimes they pick out items that don’t fit well, or may wear items that are dated and a bit drab. However, I find that they are very open to advice,” says image consultant Marie-Claude Robert of Style Impeccable, a national image consulting service.
The interest on the part of many men in sprucing up and looking sharp is growing, increasingly inspired by pop culture.
“TV shows such as Mad Men are having a very strong impact on menswear. They’re bringing back a certain elegance and sense of authority in business attire that we haven’t seen in a while … Many more young guys are paying attention to their appearance with everything from their hair to the style and colour of their clothes and their shoes,” says Walter Dimini, a national spokesperson for Tip Top Tailors.
“Shows like Mad Men and Downton Abbey have been a great influence on men’s fashion," says Toronto-based fashion designer Philip Sparks.
“Menswear is pretty bold this season, and I think dads should be more interested than ever in trying out pieces like a pair of our red work chinos or a navy polka dot dress shirt,” adds Sparks.
“A linen sports jacket is a great summer piece that’s stylish, light and comfortable. Check in dad’s closet for his jacket size. You’ll find the size label in the inside left breast pocket. If you’re shopping for a summer suit, opt for a lighter colour such as grey or blue in a lightweight wool blend,” suggests Dimini.
Bright shirts and ties are among other gifts adhering to the season's style cues, with shades of blue, lavender and pink especially popular.
“Dads can be picky … and while Father’s Day can be a good opportunity to stretch his comfort zone … men are generally pretty specific about how they like clothing to fit. If you’re shopping for a belt, always buy it one size bigger than his pant size so the tab is long enough to go through the belt buckle and the first loop of his trousers waistband,” suggests Sparks.
Other gifts of style that can finesse dad’s style include cuff links, fragrance and toiletry items. “Other gift ideas I’d recommend include plaid shirts, suede loafers, aviator sunglasses, colourful pocket squares and a great watch,” adds Robert.
If you feel that Dad may benefit from some professional help with his wardrobe, you may wish to buy a gift certificate for an image consulting session with a professional, which also includes wardrobe evaluations and personal shopping.