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All The Reasons You Need To Raid Your Dad's Closet

Because he's got style too.

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Mom jeans have gone from style phenomenon to closet staple. Aside from classic denim pieces, the cyclical nature of fashion means that borrowing (read: stealing, never to be seen again) authentic vintage pieces from our mom's closet is always a good idea. We have seen her influence our outfits many times in some way or other, but let's not overlook the style potential our dads can inspire, too. The oversized shirts, the tucked-in tees, the practical accessories – seriously, dad fashion deserves more credit. 

With normcore reaching a fever pitch – and some regular dads even featuring in Fashion Week – there is no better role model to turn to than the ultimate Average Joe: the generic father figure. His look is all about comfort: any semblance of style is purely incidental. Think hats to shield the sun from his eyes, a loose-fitting shirt with a handy breast pocket to store his car keys and loyalty cards. 

Check out all the reasons you need to raid your dad's closet, plus our stylish selection of the next-best-thing:

The Sports Cap


This is the easiest way to get into the trend since you can find baseball caps practically everywhere and they are very easy to style – avoid looking like you've just left practice by pairing it with a few layered necklaces and a knuckle full of rings that no one could swing a bat in. 
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Urban Outfitters Hand Sign Embroidered Baseball Hat - $22
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Forever21 Active New York Dad Cap - $8
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PrettyLittleThing Khaki Corduroy Cap - $18
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Dartmouth Crew Baseball Hat - $26
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The Old-Faithful T-Shirt


The tucked-in t-shirt is very trendy and in-keeping with the '90s style revival. Go for simple solid tee or a design with a cool, static graphic and tuck it into a pair of high-waisted jeans. Roll the sleeves up if you really wanna to give it a cool-girl update. 
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Topshop Linen V-Neck T-Shirt by Boutique - $48
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ASOS T-Shirt in Candy Stripe - $19
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Boohoo Plus Carys Oversize Basic Tee - $16
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Mango Striped Linen Blend T-Shirt - $60
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The Printed Shirt


Every dad has at least one classic flannel or embarrassing tropical print shirt in his drawer and we know it'll look super cool paired with denim shorts or as an alternative cover up. 
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Forever 21 Plus Size Buffalo Plaid Shirt - $16
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Urban Renewal Recycled Tropical Cropped Button Down Shirt - $49
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BDG Brendan Cozy Flannel Button-Down Shirt - $49
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Topshop Washed Tartan Check Shirt - $48
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Dad Shorts


Literally any pair of shorts from your dad's closet – Bermuda, utility, straight-leg denim – will be instantly transformed with a graphic belt and a smocked crop top to counteract the bagginess of your bottom half. It's time to embrace the knee length look that all parents would approve of. 
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GAP Mid Rise TENCEL™ Denim Bermuda Shorts - $34
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Topshop TALL Ripped Ashley Denim Shorts - $55
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Mango Belted Linen Bermuda Shorts - $30
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Ash Rain + Oak Raw-Cut Shorts - $26
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Practical Footwear


Most dads either go for a comfortable strap sandal or a sturdy Birkenstock for summer. What they don't know is that these former faux-pas pieces of footwear are seriously big runway and high street trends – but don't let him know. If you don't have the same shoe size, there's no harm in pulling on a few layers of socks to keep your feet in place. 
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Teva Original Marbled Flat Sandal - $35
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& Other Stories Scratch Stretch Sandals - $95
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Birkenstock Milano Sandals - $120
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Camper Slip On Sandal - $125
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