8 style enhancements for dad, just in time for Father’s Day
Most dads are notorious for not caring about how they look, usually because we just want to go on the next adventure. I’m not saying we’re a bunch of bums, but most of us could definitely try a little harder. To help you out, I’ve rounded up eight simple Father’s Day gifts that I’ve tested that will definitely help us improve our style.
Huckberry Weekenders Sunglasses ($ 35)
These glasses are very popular because you get a set of sturdy frames and polarized lenses for less than what it would cost to take dad to dinner. When Huckberry first launched Weekenders, they were offered in a simple style and a few colors. Now the company has a ton of fun designs to offer, my favorite of which is this modern take on the classic Wayfarer silhouette. Any color you choose will look great, but I suggest something like Maroon, which is bold yet stylish.
Wellen Towel Polo ($ 68)
A polo shirt is the perfect compromise between a t-shirt and a button down. With a collar, it’s got just enough style to fit in with the work, but it still comes with an easy-to-wear, slip-on, no-fuss design that dads love. I like this one from Wellen because it’s made from an organic cotton sponge that has a solid yet soft feel on the skin. The fabric has a vintage look from the start and will take on a nice patina over time.
Readywares Deluxe Utility Apron ($ 55)
Chances are, your dad enjoys fixing things up and tinkering with it. Maybe he’s working on bikes, cars, or renovating the bathroom. Whatever he does, this apron will help you. Made from 20-ounce oilcloth, it’s designed to protect her clothes and keep her most important tools close at hand. And the dirtier it is, the better it looks. I also used the apron for summer grilling and love the perfect size of the two front pockets for my favorite beer cans.
Mission Workshop Axis Modular Size Pack ($ 130)
Your dad is cool enough to carry a camouflage bum bag like the one from Mission Workshop. Constructed from a durable 500 denier nylon, the Axis is large enough to hold all of your everyday essentials (wallet, keys, sunglasses) plus a small camera and a lightweight cover or thin layer for cold weather . He will wear it around his hold while shopping on his bike or on a group ride with friends. Then he can carry it over his shoulder as a mini messenger bag in town or on a family vacation.
Brad Leone Civilware Carbon Fiber Punch Knife ($ 140)
Brad Leone is better known as Enjoy your meal and the head of YouTube, but from the looks of his Instagram he’s also a fun dad and husband. He certainly enjoys adventure and doesn’t take life too seriously. This knife, which he designed with Civilware, is beautiful to look at thanks to the carbon fiber handle and modified drop point blade. At 2.5 inches, the blade has enough weight for most jobs, but is not bulky to carry. As a left-hander, I love the easy, ambidextrous, one-handed opening mechanism.
Huckberry x Chaco Z / 1 Agave Sandals ($ 110)
Pops probably owned a pair of Chacos, but I’m sure they’re not as daring as these. The straps are a rich, dark tan, and each is covered in little illustrations of the agave, which we all know as the source of tequila and mezcal. Worn with shorts or rolled up pants, these sandals grab attention but never look so showy. Your dad still has the supportive sole and all-terrain soles that Chaco is famous for.
Shinola The Runwell Quartz ($ 595)
Your dad would never buy an expensive watch, which is why you should. I love this one from Shinola because it’s made in Detroit and has a simple yet elegant design that won’t make him self-conscious. You also get features such as a precise, reliable and maintenance-free Argonite 705 quartz movement, a scratch and impact resistant sapphire crystal front and a bespoke leather strap. The price is steep but reasonable when you realize it will last it for decades.
Yeti Rambler 10 oz Tumbler ($ 20)
I recommend this well-known and oft-reviewed mug largely because it’s now available in a beautiful bright orange. Dad will definitely stand out enjoying his coffee every morning and his favorite frozen drink in the evening. The colourway also has a cool story. It is inspired by the orange color of the king crab and the orange bibs worn by the king crab fisherman of the Pacific Northwest.
Main photo: Jakob Schiller