Dad Style: 8 Fashion Lessons Vogue Editors Learned From Their Father Figures

Many trendy moments in fashion have been inspired by the ugly and cool ways fathers were thought to dress. There was daddy’s sneaker – chunky, bulky, retro – and of course daddy’s baseball cap. But there are also a handful of other ways to channel daddy’s style like the t-shirt with belted pants, a pair of slightly washed denim, a calf-high athletic sock and, of course, the holiday shirt. colorful and carefree. While you can certainly find a few daddy style tips in the fashion world, you can also go straight to the source and emulate your own dad’s wardrobe – that’s where it all started, after all.

Ahead of the Father’s Day holiday, we asked a handful of publishers to share their fathers’ fashion experiences and memories. Turns out their style is way more than wacky sneakers (sorry, daddy) and cheesy fanny packs. It’s true that father figures can teach us many wonderful life lessons, but these dads even know a thing or two about how to dress.

Chioma Nnadi, editor

My dad only wore suits when I was growing up, even when he wasn’t at his desk job! To add a little more leg length, he would pair his suits with sleek Cuban heels. I always thought they were a little silly as a kid – I mean, who in their right mind wears uncomfortable hard-bottomed shoes on the weekends? But now I realize that elements of her late 1970s style have found their way into my own wardrobe. Case in point: I recently bought a pair of men’s heels from Gucci (I have huge feet so I often find myself buying men’s shoes although it turns out they are also the style of women) which are basically a fun take on the ones my dads would wear. The words “ice” and “lolly” are encrusted on the back of each two inch heel. I know he would love them.

Gucci Ebal horsebit leather loafers

Steff Yotka, Senior Fashion News Director

Despite the fact that while I was growing up my dad always encouraged me to adopt the American minimalism of a classic white Oxford shirt – he told me to channel Sharon Stone in The Gap, I wanted to channel Scary Spice in leopard print – he’s actually a colorblock master. I often think of the outfit he wore for my 25th birthday, a cobalt polo shirt and sneakers with lime green shorts and his vacation clothes which consist of flamingo pink shorts, patterned camping shirts and d ‘a series of colorful Uniqlo t-shirts. He never spends much on clothes except for the occasional Dries Van Noten shirt in a groovy print, but he still looks polished and exciting. My reference for the colorblock is always Raf Simons’ spring 2011 show for Jil Sander; that’s something my dad and I can agree on.

Bottega Veneta cotton t-shirt

Brown Canton Shorts Orlebar

Emily Farra, Senior Fashion News Editor

My grandfather grew up in Egypt and always wore gold jewelry, even after moving to the United States in the 1960s and encountering a much lukewarm culture of male style. I would like to think that part of my own jewelry obsession stems from him! I’m lucky to have a few of his pieces now, including a signet ring with Arabic text (which I need to have sized!). For our 30th anniversary, my dad also gave me and my twin sister Liz a watch that our grandfather bought in the 80s via a telegram auction. It is smaller in a mixture of steel and gold with a bracelet, much more delicate than the big watches that men wear today. It also inspired my dad’s appreciation for watches, and I’m honored to be the third person to wear it (at least when it’s not on Liz’s wrist! Luckily we’ve become very good at sharing. We time share that seal as well.)

Classic Foundrae Balance Signet Ring

Madeline Fass, editor-in-chief of the market

As a classic motorcycle and auto enthusiast and former college band member with a healthy obsession with music, my dad taught me to love and appreciate the classic leather motorcycle jacket. He’s been wearing the same Schott jacket for about 25 years (just one of many in his repertoire) – we’re talking about ROI and cost per wear! When I was 25, he gave me my first real leather motorcycle. Leather jackets are just one of those genderless items that exude freshness and look better with age as you wear them. Lately I’ve been really riding my used oversized motorcycle for this reason. Her love for leather may have something to do with my obsession with the material – it’s safe to say there is a leather or vegan version of almost every silhouette in my wardrobe, shorts long to shirt dresses. And when it comes to his well-suited looks for New York’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Motorcycle Ride for Men’s Health (the last time he insisted on matching Rowing Blazers jackets), he’s my forever inspiration. .

Schott NYC motorcycle leather jacket

1980 Rowing Blazers Striped Blazer

Nanushka belted vegan leather shirt dress

Ella Riley-Adams, Senior Life and Beauty Editor

A lot of my clothes come from my dad’s closet! Since he’s now relying on a collection of Orvis t-shirts and Patagonia shorts, I’ve been fortunate enough to receive a few of his older, more formal shirts, which I wear tucked into high-waisted pants or loose-fitting over. a short dress. My favorites include an emerald-colored silk Lanvin shirt and a striped Paul Smith number, which I actually wore on one of my Vogue interviews. Lately, however, I’ve been inspired by my dad’s commitment to color: he’ll pair shiny Nikes with patterned socks and a lime green shirt with a lavender hat. The result is both effortless and eye-catching, which seems like the perfect combination for our return to a more social life.

Paul Smith men’s slim-fit cotton shirt with signature stripes

Yosemite The Elder Statesman tie-dye cashmere socks

Charlotte Diamond, Associate Fashion Editor

My father is a man of simple pleasures, and his clothing choices definitely reflect that. One detail that I took away from him is the power of a good denim jacket: solid, fair broken, oversized, and has ample room for a few strategically placed pins along the collar. Plus, my most precious possession is a sweatshirt from its crumbling college track days, but I feel like I hug it every time I wear it.

Chloe Frankie Clap for Her Pin

Willow Lindley, Director of Accessories

I found myself drawn to an excessive amount of loose buttons, especially those worn over t-shirts, vintage straight-leg Levi’s, and even elastic waist shorts. I’m all about men’s clothing for women but mostly daddy style. It is in this realization that it came to me: my two moments of joy are intrinsically linked. My dad always has and always will dress like Jerry Seinfeld. It seems to run deep in my DNA.

Classic Frank and Eileen Joedy Poplin Shirt

Rachel Besser, Market Editor

My affinity for a good oversized sweater comes directly from my father. I used to loot her closet before school and regularly wear her half-zips and cashmere turtlenecks. Today, I love good oversized half-zip silhouettes, mostly because they remind me of him.

Rag & Bone Lena half-zip sweater

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Lisa Yang Jimmy ribbed cashmere half-zip sweater

Totême stretch merino wool sweater

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