June 16, 2015
By Leanne Delap
The spray-painted macaroni frames will always come first in his heart. But Dads everywhere need a little spoiling on the fashion front this time of year. Encourage the male role models in your life to go for a streamlined look poolside with this tasteful yet playful Etro Multi-Fern swimsuit. This is the James Bond amount of trunk coverage: not overtly bun-hugging Speedo, but not baggy board shorts either. Men are not used to showing off their legs (or having them ogled, for that matter), but this midthigh cut is a flattering length on nearly everyone.
It is, after all, the year of the “Dad Bod.” The label was coined this past spring by a Clemson University blogger named Mackenzie Pearson, who described the look thusly: “I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.”
The hashtag went bonkers, and the commentary was surprisingly positive. The Dad Bod look, which is not exclusive to procreative types and applies to men of all ages, generally means nicely defined, reassuringly strong pipes paired with a reverse six-pack, wherein you add the beer directly onto the belly instead of carving out abs of steel. The Jonah Hills of the world are in fact closer to our collective ideal than the Magic Mikes. Call me a hopeless optimist, but I say that in the same way we are making real strides in accepting of women’s bodies and actively celebrating what were once “flaws,” the Dad Bod moment shows that real women like their men real, too. And just this past week, New York magazine’s influential online site The Cut declared fashion legend (and Dad to a toddler) Tom Ford, previously known for his mercilessly pristine image, as himself embracing his inner (and outer) Dad Bod.
So go ahead and splurge on a fancy swimsuit to tell the man in your life he should go flaunt it, love handles and all. Etro trunks, $325 at Holt Renfrew Men, www.holtrenfrew.com