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Gift Guide: Thoughtful presents for the fashion-forward dad

By MAAN D'ASIS PAMARAN Published Jun 16, 2024 4:55 am

The latest looks in men’s fashion point to Dad Style, which combines comfort and practicality with a dash of personality. This Father’s Day, PhilSTAR Life asked fashion experts for tips in choosing the right shoes and bags that will update dad’s look for work or leisure.

Designer Boy Kastner Santos, who specializes in custom wear for men and women, says it is important to dress up to go out. “Putting an effort on how you look is a great way to be productive. When you look good, you feel good, and you are more confident to take on the world. I think it’s also important for dads to look after themselves, and paying attention to fashion is one way of doing it.”

It is often hard to shop for dad, but it only takes a little nudge to get him looking fresh out of a ‘dadcore’ catalogue. Santos teams up with fashion stylist Asha Angeles to give some Father’s Day gift suggestions with timeless and functional pieces that can update dad’s classic look.

White sneakers

“Spotless white sneakers are flexible enough to be used with any casual or office event dad needs to attend. It’s a no-brainer closet staple that goes with anything and everything,” Angeles shares. (Milanos Teddy)

Black sneakers

Angeles says, “A pair of sleek black sneakers is as versatile as a pair of white sneakers but without the maintenance!” (Sprint)

Athleisure shoes

Big bulky shoes form an integral part of dadcore look. Gift dad with colorful striders that will take him comfortably around town. (Sprint Jose)

Classic oxfords

For dads who want to get ahead in the corporate ladder, and for those who simply need a pair of reliable footwear for formal functions, Santos says you can never go wrong with the classic Oxford in black leather. (Salvatore Mann)

Structured tote bag

“Tote bags are a trend that’s not going away any time soon. Majority of the circulating totes are made from canvas, which gives dad a laid-back look, but choosing one that has structured material (such as denim, leather, or nylon) makes him look still easy-going but more polished and professional,” says Angeles. (Salvatore Mann)

Simple backpack

A trusty backpack is a great go-to for when dad needs to travel with his work laptop. Choose one that is comfortable to use and has enough pockets for his gadget’s accessories. (Travel Basic)

Bags with big pockets

Dads who are in the big leagues need a stylish bag that has a separate large pocket for important documents. “It is never okay to hand in a creased paper,” Santos says. (Salvatore Mann)

Roomy luggage

For dads who have been bitten by the travel bug, Santos suggests luggage with roomy storage. “If it is for a business trip, he might need to bring a portable steamer so that he will always look fresh and presentable.” (World Traveller)

This Father’s Day, shop for Dad’s gifts at the SM Store with the hottest deals on shoes and bags. There is a Men's Sale happening from June 14 to 30 at all SM Stores.


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