The hot DILF’s (yes, that's Dad I'd Like To...well, ya know) of new film What to Expect When You’re Expecting have sparked us to think about what it takes to be a sartorially savvy dad in these modern times. Every guy has the opportunity to own great style and just because you don't remember what sleep is doesn't mean you should scrimp on your fashion choice. Really, it's the perfect opportunity to expand your newfound attractiveness that is a cute dad with his cute kid. Although the baseball cap and basic tee might have worked a few years ago, 2012 calls for a much more fashion-forward effort. To make sure you’re the hottest DILF on the block, check out our handy summer shopping guide below.
The Dad-Friendly Diaper Bag: Instead of carrying around some horrible pastel colored thing that your wife got for her baby shower, invest in a masculine diaper bag. Since this bag comes in black, it works for you regardless of whether you're toting a son or daughter. Made of tough canvas, this bag is baby vomit (or any other unfathomable mess) proof and a quick wipe will have it looking good as new. The bag also has helpful interior labels designed to make organizing all your new "accessories" as efficient as possible.
Ben Minkoff Canvas Diaper Bag, $325; available at bloomingdales.com
The “I-Sleep-Three-Hours-A-Night” Sunglasses: Sunglasses are an essential item for every new dad. With a newborn baby you can say good-bye to getting a full nights sleep for the next 2 to 3 years. To avoid looking like a hot mess throw on a pair of dark tinted sunglasses that will make you look mysterious and bold instead of strung out and tired.
Givenchy Plastic Sunglasses, $350; available at saksfifthavenue.com
Burberry Metal Aviator Sunglasses, $220; available at saksfifthavenue.com
The Dad Jean: Nothing screams hot dad like a well fitting pair of denim duds. Although a baggier fit might make you feel slightly more comfortable, they’re definitely not practical with a newborn baby and constantly having your hands full. Alternatively, now that you’re a dad you should definitely avoid anything super skinny or with lots of detail on the back pocket. A straight leg fit should be your denim go to.
J Brand 'Darren' Straight Leg Jean, $174; available at nordstrom.com
The Collared Shirt: Basic tees should be reserved for the gym only; instead of making you look laid back and cool, they just end up making you look like a sloppy dad. On your daddy and baby strolls or quality time in the park, (get used to it, you're going to be there. A lot.) you should definitely step it up by throwing on a casual collared shirt.
Brooks Brothers Extra-Slim Fit Oxford with Madras Sport Shirt, $79.50; available at brooksbrothers.com
The Comfy Loafer: When you're a dad, you’re sure to be running around from place to place, so make sure you’re prepared with a comfortable pair of kicks. Loafers tend to be the most comfortable shoes around plus, they are super convenient to slip on when you're on the go. This pair not only provide a sense of comfort, but they’re also some of the most stylish loafers around.
Arfango Tie Driver, $450; available at barneys.com