Cool dad Paul Newman with his family.
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Dads are categorically uncool. And yet lately, the pendulum has swung so far in the opposite direction that the dorkiest of dad attributes —
dad jokes, dad hats, dad jeans — actually feel kind of cool again. You only need to look at Balenciaga as proof: Their last menswear show in January was an ode to Bernie Sanders, the ultimate dad-style muse. But what do you get for the dad who has genuinely good taste? The chic dad whose role model isn’t Bernie, but Paul Newman back in the day, or David Beckham now? Just in time for Father’s Day, consider this the Hip Dad Starter Pack.
Vince Double Layer Crew Neck Tee
Hanes T-shirts? Never. These are two-ply so they’re not see-through and infinitely softer.
Burberry The Kensington Long Heritage Coat
Toss a Burberry trench coat on any man and you automatically assume he’s a British-accented charmer.
Salvatore Ferragamo Printed Tie
He doesn’t always wear a tie but when he does, it’s absolutely made of extremely soft Italian silk.
Acne Studios Max Raw Slim-Fit Stretch-Denim Jeans
Beauty (and coolness) is pain and nothing hurts more than breaking in raw
Valentino Camouflage backpack
Because if your wardrobe is filled with fancy
jeans and double-ply T-shirts, a standard briefcase feels far too stuffy.
Alexander McQueen Dogtooth jacket
Why wear a black suit when a houndstooth pattern is far more interesting? Be sure to tailor it so it’s almost
too snug and short enough to flash ankle.
Alexander McQueen Dogtooth Classic Trousers
David Yurman cable classic tall bottle opener
He can’t dive into his extensive rare-wine and craft-beer collections with just any old
corkscrew and bottle opener.
David Yurman cable classic corkscrew
Prada Teddy sunglasses
Can you be cool if you’re not hiding behind a pair of
sunglasses? No, and these Prada ones are especially stylish with their aviator shape.
Tiffany & Co. 18k Gold Cuff Links
It takes a rare man to pull off jewelry beyond a single ring but aren’t cuff links the same idea? These 18-karat gold ones are especially striking.
Brunello Cucinelli Leather Bomber Jacket
This buttery leather jacket feels like an especially rare vintage find and is a nice departure from the standard black moto.
Louis Vuitton Horizon 55
The ultimate for any traveler would be a complete set of Louis Vuitton luggage and his own private plane to shuttle him anywhere in the world on a whim.
Bottega Veneta Bi-Fold Wallet
The perfect home for an AmEx card and a few Euros but never a year’s worth of receipts.
Balenciaga Arena sneakers
Nothing is more “so uncool that it’s cool” than white dad sneakers.
Cartier Ballon Bleu De Cartier Watch
Tucked under a shirt sleeve, it’s the ultimate power move when he casually flicks a hand out to reveal this watch.
Giorgio Armani cotton twill shirt
Because you need a shirt to go with the prior watch and this immaculate white cotton one is especially luxurious.
Hermès Lennox box calfskin belt
Every suit needs a belt to look complete, and no one does leather better than Hermès.
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