5 "Anti-fashion" fashion trends we can thank our dads for
Dads—we love them. In time for Father's Day 2019, we honour the first men in our lives as we shower them with gifts aplenty and allow them into our closets as they vie to be named the most stylish dad. Little do they know that they were already rocking the latest fashion trends way before they hit mainstream. Here's a handful of the "anti-fashion" fashion trends we can thank our dads for.
The fanny pack
Before the millennium, this notorious accessory was commonly found on dads, specifically while travelling. It was often made from waterproof nylon which only meant one thing for the practical father: keep all important documents here. Fast-forward to present times and the accessory has (thankfully) gotten a redesign with new silhouettes (we love Longchamp's round shape) for a less slouchy and more polished exterior, worn across the shoulder instead of the waist.
The bucket hat
Two words: Fishing trips. Usually found in their trunk of rods, hooks and bait was a necessary accessory to beat the scorching heat—a wide bucket hat. Sometimes they even came with a cord to be tied around the neck to keep it from flying away. We can only imagine how proud our dads must feel when they see their fishing hat on the runways. 3.1 Phillip Lim rehashed it with vibrant florals for Spring/Summer 2019 while Valentino reimagined the silhouette with a taller and narrower shape for Autumn/Winter 2019.
The trekking sandals
Back in the ‘90s, this chunky open-toed sandal was another key staple. As if owning a pair wasn't enough for our fathers, they had to buy a pair for their children, too. The thick-soles and loud Velcro straps are forever ingrained in our memory...and are making a huge comeback. The familiar silhouette receives a modern update in striking colourways and embellishments as they step up to the plate. Shop The Buro Edit here.
Fathers of today saw the height of ‘60s fashion and lived it. Before the recent resurgence of the throwback trend, dads once donned the flower power-driven trend during its hey day. 50 years later and the bold look is not how our fathers may remember it. Seen on Prada, Proenza Schouler and Stella McCartney (to name a few) during their Spring/Summer 2019 shows, the tie-dye has been appropriated to be appreciated by the youth of today, with a more sophisticated touch. It's a lot less hippie, but high on the hipster.
Malaysia know this as the "selipar rumah" or "uncle slippers". Who would've thought the lightweight slip-on our dads would wear in the house would make such a big splash in the fashion scene? A big favourite among the most fashionable celebs (Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and Gigi Hadid have been spotted in the casual footwear), we're all for these no-fuss, easy slide-ons. Worn on its own, they're the perfect accessory for a day at the beach or a cool dip in the pool. If you're looking to up the ante, pair it with socks for street style edge.