It’s been a celebration of our loved ones as of late: we’ve dished out on full pampering experiences for our mother figures last month, and it’s now time to swivel over to give the men in our lives some much-needed attention. Father’s Day is swiftly entering our horizons, and if you’ve found yourself caught in a standstill as to what to get for your father this year, you’re not alone. It certainly comes as no surprise, considering the probable lack of definitive answers you’re getting from them too. The rule of thumb? If it’s not something they believe they desperately need, it’s free rein for you to decide—judiciously, of course.
When it comes to our often convenience-driven father figures, you can be rest assured that a little wardrobe refresh will be graciously appreciated. And from that golf fanatic to the one who’ll willingly welcome a suit-up moment, there are a myriad of dad types to pull out our style cards for. Practicality and comfort should be your guiding light, but who’s to say they can’t achieve those things whilst keeping it sleek and chic? Below, we lock in a series of Vogue-approved gifts for every type of dad figure to start making a sartorial statement come this 19 June.
For the active dad
For the one who’s always down for a workout session, or two. While you might find him hitting the gym before and after his 9 to 5, his weekends are equally packed to the brim with a slew of outdoor activities. A morning hike up nature trails with the family, cycling in the evening with his lads, and a full-on camping trip are all in the works for him. A simple sartorial fix for him would be an upgraded pair of trainers that can be relied on to go the distance with him.
For the tech-savvy dad
Playtime aside, this dad’s potentially one that never misses a beat on the latest gadget release. He loves to keep his devices close to him for swift activation, and always knows his way around a tech mishap in those Zoom meetings. Portability is key in this case, and a stylish update to their laptop or tablet bags will go a long way.
For the dad who loves a golf session
Nothing says dad more than a love for golf. Touted as one of the most popular hobbies for a father figure to enjoy—be it for the social experience or the novel sport of patience and finding a sense of calm—true golfies would be sure to appreciate a polo T-shirt that has now become a monumental staple for the sport.
For the dad who lives in streetwear
Casual and urban has always been his prime aesthetic: think easy T-shirts, sweatshirt layers and an outfit-defining pair of sneakers. Before it was famous on the runway, this dad had made street style his go-to , even though comfort was his primary reason all along. Fast forward a decade later, the subculture has been remade into its own with stylish reinterpretations of streetwear staples you see everywhere on the ‘gram, perfect for a timely update of his current wardrobe mainstays.
For the dad who loves his comfort
A necessary mode of convenience is key for this dad, seeing as he’ll be taking his typical route: from the regular coffee spot he frequents to the small park he goes through for a light stroll. For something he can slip into, just as easily as he can remove it when he returns home, a trusty pair of Birkens might as well be classified as a wardrobe staple for him.
For the poolside dad
He knows a good piña coladas when he sees one. Sun’s out, and so is he—but he’s saving his fun under the sun for a refreshing day at the poolside. Whether or not he actually dives into the deep himself is debatable, but the deck chairs are his ideal spot of solitude for the weekend. Be sure to sweep up this opportunity: a Hawaiian shirt and movement-inspired shorts ensemble might even get him booking the family a resort getaway instantly.
For the dad who never misses an opportunity to suit up
The days of power suiting and business formal being an everyday affair might be well behind us, but some might wish otherwise. With the best intentions at heart, they care about making a lasting impression, and one that counts. From a smart tie pairing to elegant, minimal cufflinks, these accessories prove it’s all in the details when it comes to suiting up.
For the fashion-forward dad
The leather jacket and bold prints in his wardrobe are telling markers. He’s got a diverse line-up of vividly distinctive outfits—ready to come into apparition at a moment’s notice. Stylish, chic and always one step ahead of you, this dad doesn’t actually need your help on the fashion front. But who said an extra accessory would ever hurt?
For the cool, supportive dad
He’s got a shelf of every vinyl there is to own, and gets the Clueless reference you think he’s clueless about. He’s unafraid of trying something new with you, even if he knows he probably won’t like it. Every time you came home with a boyfriend or girlfriend, he’d always sit you down after to ask if you’re sure of what you’re doing, but he lets you get your giddy summer love anyway. So for this dad who’ll unabashedly jump into anything with you? Inject some humour into his closet for a good laugh together, or switch things up and let him get in touch with his quirky side.
For the dad who’ll love a good throwback
Singing ‘Desperado’ in the shower is his guilty pleasure. For this dad, he takes every opportunity he can get to do a massive throwback to his heydays—and a full outfit makeover is definitely one of them. We’re thinking full-on retro: bell bottoms in denim, leather jackets, print on print, and a splashing array of hues for a bolder rack range that sends him back to the good ol’ times.