The style lessons we learned from all of YOUR dads
Give yourselves a round of applause — you guys came all the way through in answering our call for pictures of your dads looking their coolest, sharpest, and best. Some of your dads are dapper fellows, some have legs for days, and others could belong to the original tracksuit mafia. Bottom line: these guys have style.
We’re lucky to just to have great dads, and luckier still if we can glean some vintage fashion knowledge from them — or better yet, some vintage fashion. Keep scrolling for some OG style inspiration, then get shopping so you and dad can play a round of ‘who wore it better?’.
Jidenna would approve of these classic men (from left): We can’t tell: is this Janita Naidoo’s dad back in the day, or is it John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever? Talia Oneida Komal’s father reminds us of when strictly formal dress codes were a thing in this sharp tux, complete with bow tie and gloves. Joy’s dad is vintage cool in wire rim specs, stripes, bell bottoms and his afro on graduation day. Sanelisiwe Zulu’s dad cuts no style corners in this razor sharp double-breasted number. Since our pro researchers (stalkers) couldn’t find your name, @bahtoz, please tell your dad for us that his bold red jacket is bang on-trend. Nandi N’s dad wins our #squadgoals award with his friends in these slick navy suits.
Style lesson: If suits aren’t part of your style arsenal, you have some untapped sartorial potential.
Introducing the kings of cool (from left): Deen Adams’ dad is serving heat with his old school denim, slick shades, veldskoene and that fire pose. Caylin Wilsnach’s father combined a golf shirt with short dungarees for a killer casual look that almost makes us want summer back. Lebogang Mashapa’s dad is the very definition of swag leaning on his bike in a leather jacket and straight cut chinos. Naidene Cooper’s old man wears a western denim ensemble that would actually look just as at home in Raf Simons' debut Calvin Klein collection as it would on a farm. Denise Khoele’s dad scores all the style points for his mixed prints and gold accessories.
The style lesson: The devil’s in the details. When it comes to casuals, a little planning and effort goes a long way.
For the dads doing the legwork (from left): Ronel Reid’s father looks like sunshine on a cloudy day in his summery get up. We don’t know what we like better on Courtney Peterson’s dad: the soccer kit or the handlebar moustache? Charl Whitehead’s father gives us #couplegoals in check shorts that have been coordinated to match with the lovely lady on the left (Charl’s mom?).
Style lesson: This is all the proof you need that gents need not shy away from high hemlines — if your dads could do it, so can you.
The actual adidas Originals (from left): Michele Scholtz’s dad looks like an off-duty tennis pro in his vintage golf T-shirt and Charlene Bhana’s father’s 3-stripes tracksuit collection is too. much. sauce.
Style Lesson: Serving dad swag since 1949, adidas sportswear is classic for a reason.