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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.

 

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Rain in Style

Father's Day is right around the corner, and I thought we could talk about men's fashion. Yes, even men can have style and if your guy is anything like my husband, they sometimes need a little push (ahem shove) in the right direction.

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First, let me say that I was blessed with the most amazing dad. Whether he knew it or not, he was often the voice of reason for me growing up. My parents had a rough time with me in my teen years. I wasn't an easy child. This one time, when I had gotten in trouble at school, they called my dad in and I remember him talking with the principal and school officer. As a lawyer, he was using his ”lawyer speak” and discussing the proper course of action. Instead of being suspended, I was given community service. I was always made to be accountable for my decisions; neither he nor my mom tried to talk anyone out of handing me due justice. There were other times when I had to go before a judge or other authority figure and my dad always counseled me to dress up and show up. To be the best version of myself in order to help myself. Advice I still remember to this day.

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They say that women look for a man to marry that's like their dad. I know that I did. My husband is a lot like my dad. He has a weird sense of humor, he's intelligent, he’s hard working, loyal, he protects me and supports me, he understands me and doesn't try to change me, and he is an amazing father. My kids and I are blessed to have him.

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I'd like to make this Father's Day post about giving style-stagnant men that same spark of light that I got about a year ago. The spark that helped me get my style groove back. Take my husband, for example. My husband, God bless him, tends to find one look that he likes and just wears the same look all the time. For him, it's jeans or khakis with a buttoned up plaid shirt and a t-shirt underneath. I think he's always been that way, except in college he wore graphic tees and cargo shorts.

Over the last few months, I've been buying him different things to wear. And I think I've peaked his interest. It started when I convinced him to try Stitch Fix for Men. Yes, they do have a men's service. My husband has gotten two boxes and he has kept everything in both of them. I really believe that the mix of items in his boxes has helped him to break out of his dad style rut. I got him hooked on Mavi Jeans, which came in his Stitch Fix box. He is obsessed with them now. This blazer, that I convinced him to buy, came from H&M (here) and has been a favorite, too. He can wear it casually with jeans and a t-shirt. I love this layered look on men. It's easy to do, but still looks polished.

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Speaking of layering, it is one of my favorite looks for men, but obviously it's really only doable in the cooler months. I love blazers and I love a good structured jacket.  This one is more of a zippered sweatshirt, but it still works for layering. As a side note, I also convinved my husband to grow out his facial hair, and I love how much older and sophisticated he looks now. See the difference?  

 

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I also really love graphic tees on men. My husband had gotten rid of all of his old ones, so we have been replacing them. This snake one came from Express, the green one is from a Kennett Brewing Company in Kennett Square, PA. These two are his favorites right now, but I have picked out like five more for Father's Day, all of which came from Lucky Brand, here. An important requirement for my husband's clothing is that it has to be slim fit. So consider fit when looking at t-shirts, blazers, button up shirts and even jeans. A slim straight leg jean is what looks best on him. He has a slim, muscular build, so baggy clothing is a no.  

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I also love shirts that have buttons at the collar (Henleys, I think they are called). I found some short sleeves ones for him at Target recently (here) that I love. He has a white one and an olive green.  They are great by themselves or layered under a blazer or other structured jacket.  

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I have also been trying to get him to branch out from his normal cargo shorts.  I have nothing against cargo shorts. They are rather useful to store stuff in, you know, like my wallet, keys, hair brush, makeup bag, phone...but I want to see him wearing different things too.  He picked these shorts out himself from JCrew, here, and I approve. Men's shorts have lengths, just like women's inseam numbers, which I didn't know until recently.  I prefer a longer short on him, so anythnig from 9 -10.5 inches. 

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Shoes are also important for me...I mean men.  LOL.  I love these grey shoes that my husband has; they look great dressed up or with jeans. I actually think that his shirt and jeans here are both from Stitch Fix.  Just like us ladies, men need different types of shoes.  Granted, they don't have all of the amazing options like we do, but shoes make the outfit whether you are a man or a woman.  Check DSW for some good options. I think most of my husband's shoes have come from there. DSW is great if you can't get your husband into a shoe store. You can order online and return to the store! 

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So, let's hear it for the hardworking men and fathers in our lives.  They deserve more than a new set of grilling tools. Unless, of course, grilling is to them what shoes are to me, and if that's the case then rock on. For my husband though, I know he enjoys having clothes that look good and fit him well. I love to see him excited about getting ready to go out with me.  He is almost as bad as me...although I still take longer to get ready.  

 

Happy Father's Day to all of you amazing dads, you deserve it.

 

Head on over to www.raininstyle.com for more style fun.

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