I’ve never really looked to Father for fashion advise. He’s been pretty typical (as far as a dad goes) with his clothing choice. He has always worn nicer clothes to work (more relaxed now compared to when I was younger) and a tee-shirt and jeans in the evenings. When he would dress up, for a wedding or other event, He would pull out one of his numerous suits that he has had for some time. When I was first getting into fashion and really trying to look good, I would ask him why he never really got any brand names or bothered to follow current fashion trends. He would respond with the same answer as I get from, pretty much, everyone I bring this up with. “Buying brand names is too expensive and I don’t understand why I would bother spending $90 on a shirt when I can get a similar one for only $25.” Now, before I get into how I got him to change (a little), I’ll first tell you that he is a Vice President at Goodwill and Easter Seals, so he likes to buy his clothes from Goodwill to help support his company (and pay practically nothing for his clothes).
One day, my Dad came back home (from an out of state conference) with a new shirt. It was a blue, 1992 Abercrombie and Fitch Oxford (same one as in the picture). He was amazed that it was 18 years old (at the time) and that it was still in amazing shape! This was the shirt that, finally, brought my Father to buying brand names. He’s still yet to become a Lacoste fan (as finding ANYTHING from Lacoste in a Goodwill is impossible), but he has several great items by Tommy, Izod and (I believe) Ralph Lauren.
I also have found some great deals at amazing prices (at Goodwill). I’ve picked up a couple polos including the Lion Brand polo (mentioned in this post) and a Polo Ralph Lauren polo. Goodwill is also a great place to pick up ties! Getting a new tie at Ralph Lauren can cost you way over a hundred dollars, and it will look fresh and new (not really the look I’m going for)! At Goodwill, I can get a tie for only a buck! It will also have a worn in, rustic look that will make it look like I’ve been wearing the tie since I came home from the hospital, for the first time! So, I defiantly encourage everyone to scout out their local Goodwills and look for some deals (and support my Dad!!!).
It should also be noted that although my Dad and I are dressed similarly in the picture… I had my clothes on first, and he is the copy cat here!
Abercrombie and Fitch Oxford
Abercrombie and Fitch Tie
IZOD Crew Neck Sweater
Tommy Hilfiger Oxford
Christian Dior Tie
Lacoste V Neck Sweater