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top of the pops: the five items you should steal from your dad's closet this father's day

Whether it’s Big Daddy’s rad plaids or Flan-diddly-anders’ go-to green sweater (very Bottega Veneta autumn/winter 14), dads have always been under-the-radar style icons. But in the dawning age of normcore, L.L. Bean turtlenecks and 501s seem to be back on the upswing, and not just among the daddy day-care demographic. In honour of Father’s Day, here are i-D New York’s five items you should furtively borrow from your Dad.

Text Emily Manning
Photography Paul LockeEric MesaTom KellyPhyllis Buchanan and Thomas Hawk

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  • be a blue jean baby

    Spend only five minutes on Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue and you’ll think a warehouse full of boxy deadstock Levis (we’re talking the kind that department stores used to sell next to their lawnmower section) had gone up in flames and everyone ran off with all they could carry. Mum jeans have had their moment, and now dad denim is the apple of our eye.

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  • find the perfect patagonia

    My brother and I have pined after our dad’s Carhartt collection for some time now (although we can’t bring ourselves to rob him of the hoodies he holds so dear), but it seems the fashion industry’s preferred outerwear is the father of all fleeces: Patagonia. The Southern California based retailer’s greatest hit - the classic Retro-X fleece - served as inspirations for both Patrik Ervell and Marc Jacobs’ recent collections, but it’s your father’s fishing trips that first brought this shaggy staple to life.

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  • join team teva

    Growing up, no one sound broke open the floodgates of disgust and embarrassment quite like the crackling of your dad’s Teva velcro echoing throughout your childhood home (some lucky few had dads who preferred the sensible-yet-still-repulsive Merrell slip-on clog). After about a decade in hiding, the strappy sandals are making their triumphant return to the fashion world, on the heels of their inaugural collaboration with Opening Ceremony.


  • fall into the gap

    It’s been over two decades since Art Club 2000 shook up the New York art scene by satirizing Gap’s 90s marketing blitz through staged photos with apathetic, androgynous overtones. Yet while the Cooper Union collective’s work criticises the casual clothing chain, today’s intelligentsia embraces the shopping destination of dads across America. If you’ve been eyeing your dad’s Gap khaki collection, it’s time to take the plunge.


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  • top tourist

    Thanks in part to Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, off-brand tourist baseball hats are giving Supreme’s caps a run for their money for downtown’s preferred headwear. C’mon, we know your dad has still got the Windy City snapback from your family trip to Chicago 15 years ago. Better yet, he might have held on to his 97 company softball tournament duds.

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