EVERY MAN’S ENTOURAGE NEEDS A GOOD TAILOR AND A TRUSTED BARBER. FROM DISGUISING DAD BODS TO TAMING THE FUZZ, HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL HACKS FROM THE PROS TO NOTE BEFORE YOU DO YOUR FATHER’S DAY SHOPPING
You may have heard of the dad bod as the latest trend for men. It’s that cuddly, unpretentious physique sported by the likes of Hollywood heart-throbs Jason Segel and Leonardo DiCaprio, favouring a gentle paunch and cuddly torso.
Modi Song, co-founder of online tailor Joe Button, says hiding behind baggy T-shirts and loose hoodies doesn’t do the dad bod credit, whereas a correctly fitted shirt or suit can make a bloke feel like a million bucks. She says men with a bit of meat on their bones tend to dress in clothes that are far too big for them in the hopes it will hide their larger frame, not realising that it actually makes them look bigger.
“The trick is to find garments that rest lightly on their bodies without too much tugging and pulling,” Modi says.
“As a general rule of thumb, you should be able to fit a fist in between their torso and the shirt or jacket lapel.”
Clothes that frame the body, such as suits, blazers and sports clothes, are preferable for dad bods over figure-hugging tees.
If you want to splurge on a suit for Father’s Day, fit is critical. Choose a single-breasted style – double-breasted suits hug the entire midsection, and if there’s a bit of beer belly action happening, the jacket will gape open at the front rather unflatteringly.
Avoid super skinny or wide lapels. While these might be trendy at the moment, you’re best off getting the lapel width custom-made to suit your chest size. Look for darker solid colours or textured solids. Navy and charcoal have a slimming effect, but avoid prominent check patterns that make you look larger.
Celebrity stylist and Target ambassador Donny Galella reminds men to button their blazer correctly.
“Never do all of the buttons up. A simple rule of thumb: with a two-button suit, fasten the top button and with a three-button suit, fasten the top two or middle one only,” he says.
Once you’ve nailed the threads, it’s time to turn to grooming. An amazing beard doesn’t just happen overnight – it requires patience, commitment, time and perseverance.
For well-groomed whiskers, you’ll need to clean up your act. Just like shampooing your hair, it’s important that you also give your beard two to three washes and a thorough rinse weekly. A beard oil, like the Jojoba Company’s 100 per cent Natural Australian Jojoba, will soften the hair, make it easier to tame and help soothe the dreaded itch.
Make sure hair is combed, well brushed and dry before you attempt to trim or shape.
“CLOTHES THAT FRAME THE BODY, SUCH AS SUITS, BLAZERS AND SPORTS CLOTHES, ARE PREFERABLE FOR DAD BODS . . .”