There‘The fact that coolness and fatherhood cannot coexist has long been a myth that fathers are unnaturally drawn to sloppy fits and unnecessary bulk when it comes to clothing. And yet dad fashion has been on trend for several years at the same time, because chunky New Balances and lightly washed high-waist jeans are always ubiquitous among young people who manage to look chic and cool ironically in the same clothes, traditionally made fathers see everything else than out. So what is a father to do, and more importantly, how should a father dress?
How does a father manage to find the perfect balance there? At least to stay on trend a bit and neither look like he was 22 years old nor as if he had given himself completely to the bad dad style?
Well, we have to start by dispelling the notion that fathers can’t be cool, and then it’s time to look at the fashions of fathers who continue to express themselves in style. Below are five cool dads who are rewriting the rules of how men can and should dress after they become parents.
Matty Matheson has gained an abundance of loyal fans in recent years, not just because of his cooking skills and oversized personality, but also because of his personal style. The heavily tattooed chef and father of three has set a dress code for himself, a uniform that varies subtly from day to day, but ultimately consists of the same basic parts – T-shirts, jeans, a pair of clog-like shoes that go together go well with a chef’s lifestyle, all topped off with some sort of hat. It sounds simple enough, but the key to Matheson’s style and what makes him so interesting is his penchant for workwear-inspired pieces and vintage t-shirts, the former offering details like patch pockets and the latter typically within an inch of their life. Paired with Birkenstock Bostons or the Yeezy-like Merrell water shoes, as well as a retro trucker hat or a cap that sits slightly over your head, a look is created that exudes an effortless coolness that many try to achieve.
Like Matheson, actor Adam Pally, also a father of three, is drawn to workwear styles and brands, be it a durable canvas jacket or Red Wing boots. But the actor doesn’t shy away from throwing some hypebeast elements into the mix on occasion, typically in the form of a very enviable pair of sneakers. For dads who have always been curious about Jordans but felt they didn’t have what it takes to take them off, Pally shows how to wear them without looking like a poser, and show them off with practical pieces like jeans or chinos and paired oxford with a classic blue, a look that can be achieved without being boring. Never leaning too far in any stylistic direction, it is obvious that Pally simply sticks to the rule of wearing what he likes and designing the pieces to fit the boundaries of his personal style, whether it be wallabees with a minimalist suit or Air Jordan 1s with a blazer. We also praise his recent decision to bleach his hair at 39.
What happens when a Palace-approved skateboarder becomes a father? You are getting the coolest of all cool dads. Having previously modeled for Supreme and Burberry, McCoy is currently the creative director at Thames, largely inspired by skatewear and British culture, in addition to his all-important dad title. Long lauded for his personal style, McCoy seems to have really come into his own in recent years, the way he dress is undoubtedly influenced by fatherhood. He still retains the occasional boyish elements like knee socks worn with shorts and Addias sneakers, his style is steeped in classic men’s clothing like crisp striped button-downs and navy blue crew necks that reflect his youth (he’s only 24, after all) and background, adding a heavy gold bracelet and chunky rings or a pair of sleek rectangular hues to make them feel fresh again. For all of those classic menswear pieces that you have in your closet but hate to wear because they feel over the top, McCoy’s style is a reinvention masterclass.
The fact that Adonis Bosso is one of the most sought-after male models certainly doesn’t harm his coolness factor, but that not only makes him cool, especially since he often wears matching outfits with his son Saphir. equips him with mini leather jackets and tracksuits that mirror his own. When he doesn’t suit his son, Bosso dresses casually, which is understandable given the more flashy designer pieces he has to wear for a living. That’s not to say Bosso’s style lacks interesting elements, as he is often inspired by his African heritage and he’s not afraid to throw in vintage pieces, like a Harley Davidson leather vest over a Bob Marley T. – Shirt with a fluffy houndstooth jacket and a cowrie shell that dangled from his hair.
Mordechai Rubenstein, known to most as Mister Mort, has long been stressing other people’s style, but the time has come to give him the credit he deserves for his own. A frequent fan of Gorpcore pieces (think LLBean sweaters, Birkenstocks, and hiking roots), Rubenstein pairs the pieces with his other favorite clothes – oxford shirts, patterned ties, brightly colored berets, and corduroy pants. The result is an often colorful mix of clothes that only someone with Rubenstein’s expert hand could pull off while styling. The seemingly different colors make sense when he’s wearing a pink V-neck sweater over an olive-green shirt with a collar (with an unbuttoned collar, of course) paired with 90s jorts and birks. It’s part neat, part cereal, part yuppie, part deadhead, and definitely crazy, but it never gets boring.
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