8 style upgrades for dad, just in time for Father’s Day

Most dads are notorious for not caring about their looks – 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 certainly try a little more. To help 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)

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These glasses are very popular because you can get a set of sturdy frames and polarized lenses for less than it would cost to take Dad out to dinner. When Huckberry first launched the Weekenders, they came in a simple style and a few colors. Now the company has a slew of fun designs, 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 that is bold but classy.

Wave Towel Polo ($ 68)

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A polo is the perfect compromise between a t-shirt and a button-down. With a collar, it has just enough style to fit at work, but still with an easy-to-wear, no-frills design that daddies love. I like this one from waves because it’s made from an organic cotton terry that feels firm but soft on the skin. The fabric has a vintage look from the start and will take on a beautiful patina over time.

Readywares Deluxe Utility Apron ($ 55)

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Chances are, your dad enjoys repairing and tinkering. Maybe he’s working on bicycles, cars or is in the middle of remodeling the bathroom. Whatever he does, this apron will help. Made from 20-ounce waxed canvas, it’s designed to protect your clothing and keep your essential tools close at hand. And the dirtier it gets, the better it looks. I also used the apron for barbecues in the summer and I think it’s great that the two front pockets are the perfect size for my favorite beer cans.

Mission Workshop Axis Modular Waist Pack ($ 130)

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Your dad is cool enough to wear a camo belt bag like this one from Mission Workshop. Made of sturdy 500-denier nylon, the Axis is big enough to stow all your essentials (wallet, keys, sunglasses) as well as a small camera and a light cover or a thin layer of cold weather. He’ll wear it while he’s waiting, when he’s running errands on his bike or on a group ride with friends. Then he can wrap it over his shoulder like a mini messenger bag in town or on vacation with the family.

Civilware Brad Leone carbon fiber hole knife ($ 140)

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Brad Leone is best known as a Bon Appétit and YouTube chef, but from the looks of his Instagram he’s also a fun dad and husband. He loves 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 awkward to transport. As a left-hander, I love the simple, two-handed opening mechanism with one hand.

Huckberry x Chaco Z / 1 Agave sandals ($ 110)

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Pops probably owned a pair of chacos, but I’m sure they aren’t as brave as these. The supports are done in a dark, rich tan and each is covered with little illustrations of the agave plant we all know as the source of tequila and mezcal. Worn with shorts or rolled up trousers, these sandals attract everyone’s attention, but never look conspicuous. Your dad still gets the supportive footbed and all-terrain soles that Chaco is famous for.

Shinola the Runwell quartz ($ 595)

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Your father would never buy an expensive watch, and that’s why you should. I love this model from Shinola because it’s made in Detroit and has a simple but elegant design that doesn’t make it feel confident. You also get features such as an accurate, reliable and maintenance-free Argonite 705 quartz movement, a scratch and break-proof sapphire crystal front and a tailor-made leather strap. The price is high, but reasonable considering it will last for decades.

Yeti Rambler 10 Ounce Mug ($ 20)

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I recommend this well-known and often-reviewed mug for the most part because it now comes in a bright, beautiful orange. Dad will definitely stand out when he enjoys his coffee every morning and his favorite ice-cream drink in the evening. The colorway 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 fishermen of the Pacific Northwest.

Main photo: Jakob Schiller

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