Defining Dadcore: How to Style the Trend in 3 Ways
Since its introduction into the world of high fashion in 2016, the Dadcore trend has taken the dressed down, borderline daggy fashion of our forefathers (literally) and turned it into an elevated, if you know you know nod to runway trends and streetwear authority.
It’s not in the Dadcore but in the getting of the Dadcore. After New Balance secured its place on catwalks, aspirational items took a U-turn from being exorbitantly priced luxury goods (often coveted for their unattainability) to accessible, general release, “unhyped” sneakers and apparel.
But there is a difference between your standard Lowes fare and the minds of the most clued-in dads worldwide. The ideal combinations of the various dad styles lie in the nuances of proportions and layers, which can take your dad fashion from Cosby Sweater to Obama leisure.
The distinction between refined and unrefined was captured by Barak Obama. On the receiving end of jibes about his sense of style, particularly his affection for Levi’s 501s, Obama famously told Ryan Seacrest, “The truth is, generally, I look very sharp in jeans.”
But the coy comment by the former US president captured the essential belief at the centre of Dadcore; That these dads think they look good. For all the mawkish comments about comfortability above all else, the dads have curated a look that is essentially the perfect wardrobe - the thing stylists, influencers, and models strive for - A capsule that is wearable on the day-to-day, speaks to who you are as a person, and that the wearer feels good in. That’s the holy trinity.
Drawing inspiration from fishing and camping trips, make the most of cargo pockets. A key way to keep organized is to store all your essentials on your body and forego the need for an extra bag. Layer a short sleeve button-up shirt with a fleece vest on top for warmth and comfort. Don’t forget to pack the bug repellant.
Looking schmick for the airport is important and can be achieved with a classic pair of blue Levi’s 501s. The straight-leg fit pairs nicely with an oversized long sleeve button-up shirt. Wear this tucked or untucked depending how much dad authority you are wanting to exude at the terminal. For clout that you don’t have to chase, pair with a New Balance 574. It’s a no brainer.
Mowing the Lawn Dad
Getting all dressed up in a flannel, singlet, and shorts to hit the front yard is all in a day’s work. Channel the ability to tell people to go from your grass to your path with confidence, in a baggy tee and jorts. Factor in sun protection with a dad cap in a neutral colourway. Zip off pants give you the comfort and choice of a relaxed fit short or a wide-leg trouser. The power is in your hands. Don’t forget to overapply sunscreen and not rub it in.
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