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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.


Rain in Style

The “dad style” or the “dad uniform,” similar to yoga pants and T-shirts for moms, would be cargo pants, baggy T-shirts and flip-flops. Am I right? It’s not only women that get stuck in style ruts and need a little help to break free. Guys do too! Except that, for guys, accepting style help might be like asking for directions... it’s a challenge for some. I am here to help! Let’s start by taking the predictable out of the “dad style” equation by using a few wardrobe staples to up your (or your loved one’s) style game.

First, let’s talk JEANS. I love a man in a great pair of jeans. For spring and summer look for a light-wash denim, in a straight or slim fit (but not super skinny). A more relaxed, but still fitted, jean is in. I love Mavi jeans, Lucky Brand jeans and even Calvin Klein.

outfitCollared shirt and T-shirt, Good Fellow from Target. Lucky Brand jeans and Steve Madden shoes.

Second, COLLARED SHIRTS. Vertical stripes and tropical prints are big this season for guys. Try one, unbuttoned, over a T-shirt for an easy layered look. Not a fan of tropical prints or florals? Totally fine. Go with classic stripes, plaid or chambray. Just be sure that the fit is correct. The Good Fellow line at Target is a great place to start; they have standard and slim cuts. Try rolling the sleeves for a more casual feel.

collared shirtsOutfit from Stitch Fix

T-SHIRTS: I absolutely love graphic tees on men, but they must fit well. Stay away from shirts that are loose fitting. Crewnecks are common, but try V-necks, too! Check out Lucky brand, and Target also has great basic tees in both necklines.

graphic TshirtGraphic Tee from Lucky Brand. Calvin Klein jeans from TJMaxx.

SHORTS: I know guys love a good cargo short; you need the pockets to stash all of the things we women ask you to carry, right? But venture out a little bit and try a chino-style short. Or, find a cargo short that has tighter-fitting legs. Good Fellow at Target is again a great place to start. Pay attention to length. I prefer shorts that hit at or slightly above the knee for guys, not below the knee.

Good Fellow shirt and shorts from Target. Skechers shoes.

SHOES: Remember the bulky running shoes of the 80s? Well, those are back in... but I can’t get on board with that; it’s a little too old school for me. For men, I prefer an oxford-type shoe, or slip-ons. I love Steve Madden oxfords, Skechers slip-ons and Toms lace-ups. DSW has you covered.

dad shoesSteve Madden shoes

Tip: For the really reluctant shoppers, why not try a style box service? You’ve heard me talk about Stitch Fix for women before, and now they have a men’s service! Simply go online to www.stitchfix.com and fill out a few questions. For a $20 styling fee, a stylist will send you five items to try on at home, keep and pay for what you love, then return the rest for free. It’s easy and is a great way to branch out.

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