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As we journey through the years, certain iconic dad styles—particularly from the '80s and '90s—have stood the test of time as symbols of fashion heritage. From the sharp suits of the past to today's relaxed casual wear, there's a unique sense to the evolution of dad style. What makes it so cool? Perhaps it's the nonchalant attitude towards fashion that fathers seem to effortlessly embody. As Father's Day approaches, we take a look at some dad style (or dadcore) trends that continue to thrive in the fashion world.

Dad shoes

Amid the burgeoning of athleisure oin the '80s, "dad shoes" emerged, prioritising function over form. They captured the attention of dads and everyone else who valued practicality. The '90s then saw these shoes taking on bulkier and seemingly less fashionable versions. Today, revitalised by brands the likes of Yeezy and Balenciaga, "dad shoes" have enjoyed newfound popularity. With its continued momentum, there's no doubt that there'll be newer releases of fresh iterations alongside timeless classics from Nike, Reebok, and New Balance.

Jorts

Jorts—short for jean shorts—surged in popularity last year, possibly owed to TikTok. Picture Adam Sandler for the vibe—they hit just above or below the knee, embodying that awkward sense of dad-like modesty. While hardly ever deemed cool, they've eventually become a summer staple. Even brands like Acne Studios and Bottega Veneta have embraced the style, solidifying its status as part of menswear's lexicon. After all, mastering dadcore is all about letting go of the traditional "cool" factor while effortlessly maintaining a sort of devil-may-care aesthetic.

Wraparound sunglasses

For the sporty dads, wraparound sunglasses are more than just eyewear: they're a symbol of practicality and understated coolness. Originally designed for athletic pursuits, they have since become synonymous with the dad aesthetic. The '90s witnessed a creative reinterpretation of these sunglasses as partygoers recontextualised their light-shielding prowess to navigate the neon-lit dance floors of the era. Today, their versatility and function-first appeal can be seen from festival-dressing to futuristic style leanings.

Polo shirts

Once synonymous with the business of golf and tennis, polo shirts have undergone an evolution from a dad's wardrobe staple to a versatile essential. They were most recently embraced by the younger generations through the surge of the "old money" trend, featuring prep-era fashion notably exemplified by Ralph Lauren. Their casual yet polished aesthetic renders them suitable for a myriad of occasions, from casual Fridays at the office to weekend brunches.

Oversized dad blazers

Oversized blazers, once emblematic of dad's penchant for investment pieces no matter how wrongly sized, have found unexpected resonance among younger audiences. These oversized, boxy blazers are now statement pieces, challenging traditional notions of fit and silhouette in menswear. Contempoary purveyors of oversized blazers include brands like Saint Laurent, AMI, Dries Van Noten, and Gucci—all of which return to the silhouette time and time again. If that's not a sign that dad's are actually fashionable, we don't know what is.

Each facet of dad fashion serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of paternal influence on style. So here's to the dads who effortlessly blend comfort with class, (unknowingly) leaving an indelible mark on fashion for generations to come.

Father's Day is coming up on Sunday, 16 June 2024. There's still time to figure out how to express the enduring love you have for Dad but here's an idea: a luggage. Not just any luggage though, but the Samsonite Proxis™.

The Samsonite Proxis™ is what great travel luggage should be. It's incredibly lightweight yet has a strong exterior at the same time, thanks to Samsonite's Roxkin™ material. The innovative multi-layered material is resilient and is made to withstand shocks and knocks—it essentially bounces back into shape.

Gifting the Samsonite Proxis™ is symbolic in more ways than one. The tough and resilient exterior is a stereotypically father-figure trait but a luggage can also represent possibilities of the future. Travelling opens the door to endless experiences and having the right accessory aids in that quest of making whatever tomorrow a reality. It's a way of thanking him for all that he's done and offering him a tool for all his tomorrows—much like how he's provided them for you.

Each Samsonite Proxis™ is designed with the same functionality; the only difference is in its colour and hence, the inherent personality of its eventual owner. We break down the four colours and three sizes within the collection and the travel personalities that they're best suited for so that you know you're making the right decision this Father's Day. Tomorrow is here and there's no time to waste in getting that head start.

The Outdoor Warrior

He's a cross between Bear Grylls and Aaron Taylor-Johnson—he won't be sequestering himself out in the wilderness like the former, but rather, enjoys the thrill of being one with nature for a considerable amount of time. His idea of fun includes hiking up a mountain in the middle of the night just so that he makes it to the peak at the crack of dawn, taking in the splendour of Mother Nature.

A luggage makes zero sense in the wilderness, no matter how tough and lightweight like the Samsonite Proxis™ is designed to be. But he's also not a regular outdoor-loving dad; he enjoys the luxuries that he's worked so hard to afford. He'll bring along the Proxis™ Spinner 75/28—the largest in the collection—to check into a luxury lodge, and switch it for a robust outdoor backpack that fits nicely into its roomy interior. He loves the outdoors, yes, but he's no savage.

Proxis™ spinner 75/28 in Black, SAMSONITE

The Discerning Silver Fox

A man as dashingly foxy as Oscar Isaac and Patrick Dempsey deserves a travel companion that reflects the sophisticated charm he's honed through years of experience. The Proxis™ in Silver makes perfect sense for someone with such a discerning taste, yet knows he doesn't need to try hard at all to appear put together. After all, this is someone who guided you through your first cigar, and that one night he sneaked in a shot of whisky for you to try when Mom wasn't home—all for a lesson in good taste.

The Spinner 69/25 size is a conscious decision. It's the mid-sized luggage in the collection and fits quite a lot. He doesn't need much but only because he's the kind of organised traveller who already has his outfits coordinated in his mind and packs only those combinations. He knows what he wants and needs; everything else is unnecessary.

Proxis™ spinner 69/25 in Silver, SAMSONITE

The Always Young-at-Heart

You're often reminded countless times that he only looks as old as he feels. And according to him, he's only at his prime—just like Gong Yoo and Idris Elba. He's an early adopter of all things trendy and cool, long before you've even heard that digicams are back in style or that the AirPods Max are for the aesthetics. But most importantly, he's a kid at heart, fiddling with his Nintendo Switch as a way of kicking back after a long day at work.

A youthful disposition such as his is matched only by the Proxis™ in Lime. It's unapologetically bold and stands out from the crowd just like he does—which is great because he does get distracted sometimes while waiting for his luggage to make its way on the conveyor belt.

Proxis™ spinner 75/28 in Lime, SAMSONITE

The Beach Lover

He's every bit like Jason Momoa—super chill, marches to the beat of his own drum, and most importantly, loves the beach. He loves the water and is typically the first one to run towards it every chance he gets. He's also the reason why you're able to swim pretty decently, thanks to all those weekends spent on swimming lessons. You cursed under your breath every Saturday morning because you'd rather stay in watching cartoons, but hey, you're now treading water like it's second nature.

Like every true-blue beach lover, he needs very little for his beach vacations. The Proxis™ Spinner 55/20 in Petrol Blue (what else, really) is the perfect size to fit the essentials—a pair of swim shorts, sandals, some shirts and even his very own packable yoga mat for those zen mornings.

Proxis™ spinner 55/20 in Petrol Blue, SAMSONITE

The Samsonite Proxis™ collection is now available at all Samsonite stores (excluding factory outlet stores) and online at samsonite.com.sg.

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