8 Style Lessons You Can Learn from Dads

8 Style Lessons You Can Learn from Dads

Eight fashionistas dish on stylish lessons they learned from their pops.

By: Sydne Summer

It's usually Mom who gives daughters fashion advice. But fathers can certainly put in their own two cents. Sometimes, it's an unwanted opinion. Remember the first time you wore a mini skirt and Dad cringed? But fathers are absolutely able to give insight into what men think of style. Here are some examples from eight fashionistas on lessons they learned from their pops.

1. Wear What You Love
Although I was born and raised in sunny Southern California where the weather is warm year-round, my closet is full of coats and jackets in multiple colors and textures. I developed my “steez” early on, as my Dad would rock a "Members Only" jacket or leather jacket almost every single day. He owned multiple colors of the same jackets and always managed to make it look cool with whatever he wore. If you like something enough, I believe you should work it into your own unique style. Those classic staple pieces become a part of you are — and I have my Dad to thank for that lesson!

– Michelle Marie of MichelleMarie.net

2. Buy a Fashion Souvenir
My dad does yearly “family trips” in exotic locations around the world. We've been to Belize, Germany, London, the British Virgin Islands and Scotland, to name a few. He's been doing these trips since I was 12 and has taught me that it's always good to invest in an article of clothing to remember each location. There are disposable pieces in my closet, and then there are items that I'll always keep to forever remember that vacation with my family. It's something that will never go out of style in my eyes.

– Sarah Boyd, Simply Stylist www.simplystylist.com

3. Stick With a Classic Red Mani
I love trying out new nail polish colors. But I learned early on from my stepdad that men prefer more classic manicures, especially bright red. Sure, I'll still rock neon and mint nails. But if I'm going on a special date, I keep his tip in the back of my head and do a quick polish change beforehand.

—Sydne Summer of SydneStyle.com http://sydnestyle.com

4. You Do You
When I was in high school, I discovered old photos of my dad from the ‘80s and thought, “Man, he was one stylish dude!” It was around that time that I realized my love of fashion came from him. He taught me, by example, to keep it simple and cool. Go for what I feel good in without worrying about what other people think. That still rings true to me every time I dress.


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– Grasie Mercedes of StyleMeGrasie.com http://stylemegrasie.com/

5. Keep it Simple
Bright lipstick and colorful eyeliner have been big beauty trends the past few seasons and are still huge this current season, too. They are trends that I enjoy indulging in now and again. But I learned from my dad first that, when it comes to what makeup men prefer on women, less is always more. And the same holds true for my husband. A fresh face with natural-looking makeup is the way to go for every day. And I save the fun lipstick colors and trendier looks for my girlfriends who will appreciate it!

– Kelly Lee of KellyGoLightly.com www.kellygolightly.com

6. Never Underestimate the Power of a Precise Shaving Routine
My dad taught me how to shave my legs with the patience of an angel. Since men shave their faces, my mom figured there was no one better to show me the ropes. At 11 years old, I was so self-conscious about my ghastly gams that I begged my dad to allow me to make mine hair-free! He did just that and showed me the value of a high-quality razor and shaving cream. Smooth legs are the perfect accessory to summer trends like minis and swimsuits.

– Marcy Guevara of TheMarcyMinute.com www.themarcyminute.com

7. Quality Always Trumps Quantity
When it comes to shopping for classic pieces, Dad always stressed the importance of quality over quantity. I listened to his sage style advice and invested in versatile pieces like tailored shirts and layer-over-anything sweaters. These pieces are always in heavy wardrobe rotation for me and have withstood the test of time and trends.

— Jenny Wu of GoodBadandFab.com www.goodbadandfab.com

8. Fellows Like a Fresh Face
From the time I started wearing makeup, my dad instilled in me to keep my look classic and clean. He always thought I looked best natural without a bunch of makeup and fuss. That's something I've carried with me to this day. And I think all men agree: less is more.

—Ashley Tarkington of Ash ‘N’ Fashn http://www.ashnfashn.com/

As the founder and editor-in-chief of SydneStyle, Sydne connects with her readers through her inspirational yet achievable style, while providing how-to solutions, trend spotting and styling advice. She currently lives in West Hollywood with her very chic rescue dog, Bunny.

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