Working the Rad Dad Look

Get ready to crack open the old family photo albums, because dad-fashion is certifiably “in” this summer.

Get ready to crack open the old family photo albums, because dad-fashion is certifiably “in” this summer. Call it stress-induced nostalgia or just a communal case of the quarantine crazies, but this is the summer of socks and sandals, knee-length shorts and trucker hats—and if you’re looking for fashion inspo, you should look no further than your 1998 family road trip. But if you can’t convince your dad to relinquish his old Hawaiian shirts, don’t worry! We’ve broken down the perfect fatherly fit from head to toe. Beige-lovers, rejoice.

Camp ‘88 Hat, Camp Brand Goods

Dad Hat

No self-respecting dad would be caught dead camping without a baseball cap. This Camp Brand Goods snapback is a perfect double hit of nostalgia and sun safety. Camp ‘88 Hat, Camp Brand Goods, $40.

Scene Glasses, Bonlook


Forget 2018’s tiny sunglasses trend—in 2021, the bigger the better. Montreal brand Bonlook serves grandpacore with these 70s-inspired shades. Scene Glasses, Bonlook, $180.

Otiefalia Relaxed T-Shirt, Camp Brand Goods


This camper tee looks straight out of 1985, and it’s ethically produced, too—granola dads everywhere will approve. Otiefalia Relaxed T-Shirt, Camp Brand Goods, $40.

Hawaiian shirt, Old Navy

Hawaiin Shirt

The Hawaiian shirt is perhaps the most versatile summer piece of all. For true Canadian Dad authenticity, try walking into an Old Navy to pick up this number. Hawaiian shirt, Old Navy, $35.

Fleece Mudge Daypack, Ram Canyon


The best part about dad-core fashion is that it’s as practical as it is fashionable. Hike in style with this Ram Canyon backpack. Fleece Mudge Daypack, Ram Canyon, $160.

High Loose Bermuda Short. Levis/Aritzia

Bermuda Shorts

Bermuda shorts can be controversial, but we think they’re a staple piece that’ll last you a lifetime if you get a high-quality pair, like these ones from Aritzia. High Loose Bermuda Short. Levis/Aritzia. $88.

Tie-Dye Socks. Old Navy


Would it really be a dad fit without socks and sandals? Try these tie-dye ankle socks for maximum summer-camp vibes. Tie-Dye Socks. Old Navy, $14.

Zurich shoe, Native


Finally, top off your combo with these Native hiking sandals in a wide array of vintage-inspired colourways. Zurich shoe, Native, $65.

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