There are a lot of things that seem different once you become a dad, and fashion is no different. If you’re about to become a father and you’re one of those guys who likes to have their hair a certain way, spends a few hundred pounds on clothes shopping without thinking, and takes their style seriously, then all that is probably about to change.
You live in jeans and t-shirts
There are a few reasons why this is true. First of all, both are easy to clean, so whether you’re up to your neck in baby vomit or he/she has thrown their food all over you, all you have to do is throw them in the washing machine and let it do the work. Secondly, no fancy shirts are worth the risk, so you just stop buying them, and finally, most of the time you go for comfort as your priority. When you get home from work, you know you’re in for an evening of entertaining the baby, so you can forget about getting dressed up and heading out to a bar.
You look for practicality
When you go shopping for clothes, you start to think about things like “if sticky fingers get on that, will it be ruined or will the stains come out?” – genuinely, anything other than practical clothing goes out the window. You think of how much wear you’ll get out of something and how many situations you’ll be able to wear it in. Is it a colour you can wear all the time? I find myself keeping things very simple with my wardrobe these days.
You want value for money in everything
Another thing you’ll focus on is value for money, and this extends to work wear and occasion wear too. I recently had to pick up a new suit, and there is a huge range of styles and colours at Jacamo. The best part about it though is that they have multi-buy offers, so while you can get a discount for buying a full three-piece suit together, you can also get savings by buying several pairs of an item, such as trousers and polo shirts. As everything is such good quality, it lasts longer and you really get more for your money.
Your style takes a backseat
The dad-style is the fashion look that you’ll take on, and this basically means simple, understated and relaxed. Why is this? Why does a flair for fashion fall behind? Mainly because you’re banking on having a small child throw up on you, draw on you or engage in a form of play that results in you getting your new outfit torn. However, you also become more focused on your baby’s fashion. You may not be able to wear what you’d like, but you can make sure your child is the best dressed out there.
I hope this short list prepares you for the way your fashion sense is about to change.
What other tips do you have for first-time fathers?