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INSPIRATION AND ADVICE

STUFF TO STEAL FROM YOUR DAD

By Sarah Kershaw, December 1, 2017

Remember when you were a kid and you’d cringe at what your dad would throw on for the gardening on a Saturday? Well, if any of those feelings still linger, banish them — you might not think it but your dad’s look is lit, and here’s why.

Street style you can steal from your dad

Picture: Imaxtree

Fleeces

We all complained when our parents would try and prise us away from the PlayStation for a "brisk walk" and shove us into wellies and a raincoat. But now, with the rise of the "urban outdoorsman," practical pieces such as fleeces,

raincoats and puffers are right at the top of our holiday wish lists (even if we’re not planning to adventure any further than the bar on the corner). This season, get yours in teddy fleece for an on-trend update to your weekend wardrobe. 

Street style you can steal from your dad

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Corduroy

Your dad’s baggy-kneed slacks are probably best consigned to the great ragpile in the sky, but cord is back in a big way. Incorporate it into your wardrobe in the form of a chunky retro shacket, or go subtle with a baby-cord shirt or straight-leg pants. 

Street style you can steal from your dad

Picture: Imaxtree

Turtleneck sweaters

We’re big fans of the turtleneck, and with good reason. While your dad’s pseudo-intellectual phase may have been and gone, the highbrow look is everywhere right now. Layer one under a smart coat for a twist on your tailoring, or go chunky with your winter sweaters. It’ll bring a touch of '60s Michael Caine to your look, which is never a bad thing.

Street style you can steal from your dad

Picture: The Urban Spotter

Vests

With puffers riding high in the style charts again, the humble padded sleeveless jacket never felt so "fashion." Thrown over streetwear or a directional two-piece, it's a practical shot of warmth that packs a style punch at the same time. This is a whole different beast from your dad's ratty dog-walking vest, although it carries the same style DNA. 

Street style you can steal from your dad

Picture: Imaxtree

Hiking boots

In the same vein as waterproofs and fleeces, hiking boots have benefitted greatly from fashion's recent obsession with the great outdoors. Street stylers pounding the pavements of London, Paris and Copenhagen could have been headed to Everest base camp if you just took their feet as evidence. Go full explorer with proper cord laces and high-top suede designs for the full effect.

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