If you’re part of the majority of children who have made fun of their dad’s clothing choices at least once in their lives; then, hey, join the club. Although admittedly, there must have been some reason why they bought that weird polo, right?
In an effort to understand that reasoning, I decided to challenge myself and see if I could create outfits from my dad’s closet that would both a) actually fit me and b) fit my taste.
After six long hours of trial, error, and eventually, triumph; I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
Outfit #1: The Oversized Shirt
It’s an age old trick: get an oversized shirt and wear it as a dress. On its own, it’s a pretty simple piece of advice, but what really made me fall in love with this outfit was the effortless vintage effect.
I don’t know where my dad got this polo, but it’s reminiscent of one of those 80s bowling commercials I saw on YouTube once. Naturally, I was hooked the moment I saw it. Safe to say, with his belt doing wonders at accentuating my waist, this outfit was a strike.
Outfit #2: The Graphic Tee
I once told myself I was never going to wear a graphic tee after my (thankfully) brief affair with them in 2012, but I also never imagined wanting to trade wardrobes with my dad, so I guess there’s a first for everything.
The sleeves were a little long for me, but two inch rolls helped make sure I didn’t shrink into the tee too much. I knew its design would clash with the patterned pencil skirt I planned to pair it with, so I strapped on a plain silk bralette that perfectly balanced out the tight-to-baggy ratio. And just as I had hoped; despite the differences between my plaid bottoms and his tartan cap, the two matched in perfect striped harmony.
Outfit #3: Earthy Colors
Earthy colors are in this season, so this tan linen button down was just beckoning me to take it from its rod and wear it. Who was I to resist?
I took a thin white bodycon mini-dress and paired it with some loose off-white linen pants. The light taupe crop top was the stand-out piece that my dad’s button down locked in with its similar color scheme. Warm tones for the cold season? Now that’s cool.
Outfit #4: Satin Trousers
When I first laid eyes on my dad’s satin trousers, I knew that there was no way they would fit me. But the heart wants what it wants; so I took a chance on it and, lo and behold, with the right belt, it slipped on like a glove.
To keep with the cool tones, I took a netted blue cover-up that I snipped into a crop top a while back and paired it with a black halter top that I wore backwards to match the silver zipper with the silver belt buckle. I know: absolutely nothing in this outfit was worn the way it was intended to be. But come on, in the name of fashion, some rules are meant to be broken.
I definitely didn’t expect to love these outfits as much as I do now, so I hope this serves as a reminder for everyone not to discriminate any kind of style before you give it a try yourself. After all, if there’s anything this experiment taught me it’s that the best things in life often come unexpected.
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