I see many fashion-related parent blogger posts. Things like ‘my baby’s outfit of the day’ or ‘what I wore to BritMums’ share the clothing choices, style and dress sense of mums all across the globe.
I don’t recall ever seeing much from dads on the same topic though. Yes, there’s the odd Instagram baby outfit photo or a blog product review of a t-shirt, but fashion-related content must just not appeal to the daddy-folk out there as much as mums.
I therefore wanted to try and address this with my own dress-related post, not that I make a habit of wearing dresses. Call me creatively inspired by London Fashion Week, or struggling to come up with new blog content, I thought I’d share my own unique style with you – a look that I like to call ‘the stay-at-home dad staying in the home ensemble’.
Now, I’m not suggesting that all stay-at-home dads dress like this. I know that some actually give a crap about looking presentable, which is a category I sadly don’t fall into. Instead, for me, it is all about comfort, ease and practicality.
When your days mainly consist of stopping your one-year old from killing herself around the house and the only person you speak to is the Postman, I kind of think there’s better ways of spending my time than making myself look as pretty as possible. After all, I’m beautiful on the inside, right?
So, what does my usual getup comprise of?
I never really understood the concept of “changing into some comfy trousers”. The missus would always do this if we were just hanging around the house or when we’d get back from work, whereas I would just wear what I’d been wearing that day.
That all changed though when I got my first pair of ‘lounge pants’ from Primark, which I think are actually just pyjama bottoms with a different name to make you feel less guilty about wearing them all day. The elastic waist, the loose fitting material, the absence of a zip and button, and most importantly, the funky superhero print, mean that I’m ready for action whenever I’m required – much like Batman or Superman.
Despite them looking so cool, fashionable and on-trend – DC and Marvel is big business at present, don’t you know – I tend to reluctantly change out of them if I’m leaving the house. Although, I will admit that I’ve walked the dog around the block wearing then on a handful of occasions to the horror of my middle-class neighbours.
Having worn shirts five-days a week for more years than I like to recall back when I was a corporate jerk, the last thing I want to do is where a shirt when I don’t have to. Some blokes like to wear a casual shirt, but that just ruins my ‘university-student look’. Instead, I normally go for a good, old t-shirt.
When in the house, the choice of t-shirt I wear is determined by a simple process. If there is a t-shirt on the floor next to my bed and it doesn’t smell, then I will put it on. If there isn’t a t-shirt, or it smells, then I’ll take the first one I find in the wardrobe. I’ve never been a fan of creating washing for the sake of it, so baby excretions and/or body odour tends to be my yardstick.
I have a fair few t-shirts. Because I’m a bit of a rebel, you’ll find many different colours, patterns and logos in my wardrobe. I might be wearing a plain grey t-shirt on Monday and Tuesday, a cheeky striped number might be worn on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, whilst a logo or motif may be present on my Saturday and Sunday t-shirt. It really is that mental.
I normally get my t-shirts – or tees as us cool kids like to call them – from the likes of TK Maxx, Topman or Primark, however that does mean your at risk of bumping into someone with the same top. In an effort to find something a bit different, I’ve recently discovered places like Zazzle, who allow you to personalise t-shirts and other clothes yourself or buy cool, custom-made ones created by others. Fair to say I know where all my t-shirts are coming from now!
I haven’t got anything against jumpers or cardies – hell, I even own a few – but a hoodie is definitely my outer-layer of choice. For whatever reason, I’m just at ease in them – maybe it’s a throwback to my once violent gang days.
Granted, they may not be the nicest looking thing in the world, but hoodies have practical benefits when you’re at home with a baby. And, after all, I’ve learnt that I’d much prefer to choose practicality over anything else when a tiny human is involved.
Firstly, there are pockets – this is a great place to store snotty tissues, snacks and your sanity. Secondly, they have a zip which is great for regulating body temperature when running around at soft-play or when wearing your sprog. Finally, they have a hood, which is good for playing peekaboo or drowning out the noise when your little one is screaming.
That’s my, let’s admit it, pretty sexy getup when I’m at home with the sprog. How do you dress when looking after you kid(s)? Does any of this sound familiar or am I just as lazy as the missus accuses me of being? Let me know below!