With Father’s Day fast approaching, many of us are still sadly separated from our families as a result of lockdown measures remaining in place. Consequently, the pressure is greater than ever to find the ideal token of our appreciation for our beloved dads. And sure, a socially-distanced walk remains an option, but you may prefer to send him something particularly special for this particularly strange Father’s Day.
And if, as many do, your dad stakes his reputation on being sharply dressed, you’ll likely want to get him something suave and sophisticated to add to his wardrobe. After all, he’ll surely be beside himself to get something he can show off once the restrictions on socialising are lifted. So for any sons and daughters still scrabbling for something to order, read on for a little bit of last-minute gift inspiration for your stylish dad.
Treat Your Dad to Some New Formalwear
As widely reported, during the course of lockdown, there’s been a marked increase in the number of people opting to take their weekly Zoom meetings for work in — gasp — sweatpants. But let’s face it, once lockdown is over and social calendars start filling up again, we predict the pendulum will swing back and formalwear will win the day. If nothing else, the clothes shoppers taking advantage of downtime sales will surely be wanting to show off their new duds.
With that in mind, now would be the perfect time to treat your dad to something new to add to the fancier section of his wardrobe. Consider the timeless formalwear designs of brands like Hackett, or supporting the beleaguered Moss Bros, who were one of the first and hardest-hit brands in the wake of the pandemic. Whether it’s a new double-cuff shirt, or a full tuxedo, goodness knows your old man has earned the chance to get suited and booted once more.
Make Him Feel Special with an Elegant Pyjamas
Of course, it’s understandable that you might consider a gift that leans into the current trend for loungewear, with some brands seeing a 200% increase in sales of their leisure lines. And after some years in the wilderness, circumstances have intervened to bring the humble pyjama back in vogue. Still, just because comfort is the order of the day, it’s unlikely that your dad will want to sacrifice his sense of style in the process.
After all, there’s always been more to PJs than simply being a set of functional flannel to sleep in, which may explain why major designers have got in on the act. From sleek silk styles to contemporary cottons, there’s bound to be something your dad will love. If you need some inspiration, consider a short-sleeved Polo Ralph Lauren nightshirt and shorts or the timeless elegance of Derek Rose pyjamas, described by the Evening Standard as “the OG of men’s luxury nightwear”.
Your Dad will Love a New Pair of Shoes
Once upon a time, dad shoes was a term that simply referred to a chunky, functional pair of trainers, suitable for a trip to the shops, a spot of gardening, or a casual trip to the pub. However, as millennials get older and become dads themselves, the urge to spruce up their look has followed them through the ages, giving footwear for dads of all ages a much-needed makeover.
So whether you want to gift your dad something to exercise in, or a pair of loafers in which to meet friends in the great outdoors, the new breed of dad shoe is definitely something he’ll enjoy. There’s a whole array of styles to choose from, from John Lobb deck shoes to modern-looking golf shoes to accompany him around the course, so to say you’ll be spoilt for choice when looking for footwear this Father’s Day would be a serious understatement.