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Dandy Dad does sewing – GBSB Live competition

"Fancy making your daughter a pair of pyjamas?" they said.  As the only two things in my life currently are children and a love of tailoring, I said of course I do! The good people at The Great British Sewing Bee Live have invited me to take part in a three hour workshop at the event…

Lunch with Chester Barrie

My life very much feels like it’s in transition at the moment. This sense of straddling the past and the future was neatly highlighted on my last day of full time work in July. I’d swanned off at lunchtime saying I was going to the pub and might be a bit late back for a…

Dandy Dad’s Essentials – The Hawaiian Shirt

The Hawaiian shirt (or Aloha shirt as it’s also known) still proves to be popular with the man on the street, which is unfortunate, as he’s taken what should be super cool menswear item that’s reminiscent of affluent, optimistic post-war America with its tiki bars and exotica, and teamed it with a pair of bootcut jeans,…

Fresh summer looks for girls from Denmark

I'm not a massive fan of the heat. Personally, summer represents the dichotomy between clement weather and the end of layering as a fashion option. It's tough to make a statement with just a T-shirt, penny loafers and chinos, but hey, I'm always up for a challenge. However, new seasons bring with them new collections, which means…

Scandos do it Better

From progressive politics and flatpack furniture, to crime drama and tax-financed welfare programmes, those nice liberal types across the North Sea just seem to do everything a bit better than us, including parenting. I spoke to Anna Ekman at Swedish company BabyBjörn about the ethos behind the brand, how they choose their designs, and how they're one…

Baby carriers revisited

Baby Carriers. What’s a sartorially conscious father supposed to do? Does practicality ever meet style halfway? Many friends and acquaintances will be well aware of my aversion to the very notion of a baby harness. In fact, I wrote a newspaper article about it because I was so adamant that they're a step too far.…

Wardrobe essentials: Hand-knitted ties

I’m probably the only person currently working in digital media that still wears a tie. Not sure whether I blame Millennials or more of a societal shift towards casual wear for this dip in sartorial standards, but it seems a shame that the only time my colleagues are likely to wear sa necktie is for…

Dandy Dad’s Heroes: Grey Fox

“Before Grey Fox there was nothing” I’m paraphrasing John Lennon here but the sentiment remains. I’d been a fan David Evans’ musings on mature style for years before I started writing this blog, and was amazed that nobody else really talked about menswear from the perspective of an older man – dads like shearling jackets…

London Fashion Week Men’s: Chester Barrie

Aah, the menswear Mecca that is Savile Row. Completely unobtainable to most us, this famous London thoroughfare is packed full of bespoke tailors to royalty and the famous. In the words of the great Withnail, "Free to those who can afford it, very expensive to those who can't." Chester Barrie's presence at LFWM was somewhat…

London Fashion Week Men’s: Oliver Spencer

Oliver Spencer is perhaps the quintessential Dandy Dad clothing label. His clothes are designed to be functional AND fashionable – perfect for the sartorial stay-at-home father. Yes, he may have committed the cardinal sin of releasing a line of lounge joggers, but at least they come in a cotton and wool blend, which gives them…

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