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STYLING

HOW TO WEAR: SUMMER DADCORE

By Lakeisha Goedluck, June 10, 2018

For the past year or so, dressing like your dad has been the sartorial zeitgeist. Chunky, borderline-ugly shoes, sensible half-zips and slim-fit jeans have been championed by street stylers everywhere —but now’s the time to update the look for SS18. So, if you’re down to rock your finest father-inspired gear, here’s how to nail the aesthetic ahead of Father's Day next Sunday.
A model wearing a Tommy Hilfiger hat, white T-shirt, check short-sleeved shirt, denim shorts and New Balance sneakers available on ASOS | ASOS Style Feed

In the '90s, when you probably couldn't dress yourself yet, your dad was most likely out flexing in his freshest hip-hop-flavored gear. From color-block track jackets to logo-print sweatshirts, brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike and Tommy Hilfiger were the ones to be seen in back in the day.
A model wearing a Tommy Hilfiger hat, white T-shirt, check short-sleeved shirt, denim shorts and New Balance sneakers available on ASOS | ASOS Style Feed

To channel the look, pop on a white T-shirt and then layer an oversized short-sleeved check shirt over the top. Go for a belted pair of long denim shorts on your bottom half — a silhouette that’s much sought-after this season. Then, finish off your ’fit with an era-defining Tommy Hilfiger denim bucket hat and some slate gray kicks.
A model wearing a check polo shirt, shorts, socks and sandals available on ASOS | ASOS Style Feed

Delving into the dad stereotypes here, but if your old man is always down for some golf, then you’ve probably spotted him in a knitted polo shirt not dissimilar to this one. A solid option for sunnier days, keep your look laid-back and go for a pair of shorts in the same colors as your shirt.
A model wearing a check polo shirt, shorts, socks and sandals available on ASOS | ASOS Style Feed

And if you’re feeling brave enough, pick a dad-flavored classic on foot: the sandal and sock combo. Pro tip = pick a pair of calf-high socks from your favorite sportswear brand to add a streetwear edge to your ensemble.
A model wearing a striped T-shirt, a color-block track jacket, check pants and Reebok Classic sneakers available on ASOS | ASOS Style Feed

Circling back to your dad's retro steez, we bet he had a color-block track jacket or two in his wardrobe. For mild days or when it looks like it’s set to rain, throw one of these bad boys on over a classic striped T-shirt.
A model wearing a striped T-shirt, a color-block track jacket, check pants and Reebok Classic sneakers available on ASOS | ASOS Style Feed

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Down low, copy your father’s present-day style and wear a pair of refined belted check slacks — the contrast between the two halves of your outfit will show that you can dress with skill and flavor. Then, round off your get-up with a pair of Reebok Classics. Your dad’ll be proud, trust.

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