It’s safe to say a few years ago most people wouldn’t be looking to their dads as inspiration for how to dress (unless your dad happens to be seriously stylish), but a lot can change in the cycles of fashion and recent years have seen the increase in ‘ugly fashion’.
The trends we once wouldn’t be seen dead in are now the go-to looks on the high streets and the catwalks. Kanye West has become a particular pioneer of this type of fashion. In 2018 everyone sought the ‘Dad Trainer’, a chunky soled shoe that encompasses retro colours and exaggerated design befitting of the 1980s. More recently, West has encouraged wife and muse Kim Kardashian to don socks and sliders. Once the emergency footwear of taking the bins out, this combination of ugly socks and accessible sliders is now actually a popular trend. The trend typically sees the traditionally sports clothing items teamed with juxtaposing girly pieces, socks and sliders paired with a bodycon dress being one prime example.
This trend pattern extends beyond athleisure, as high fashion houses have looked at ways to tap into the increase in sporting apparel without steering too far from their traditional aesthetics. Balenciaga has achieved this in perfection, with the Speed trainers (the ones that look like socks) being top of every fashionistas wishlist.
Times have moved on from the ‘Dad Trainer’, for 2020 the newest must-have accessory is set to be the ‘Dad Bag’. Taking inspiration from the functional camera bags you’d mostly see your dad donning on a getaway, the straps on the bag are chunky and wide and mainly seen on shoulder bags.
Take a look at our top picks for the trend below.
The Best Camera Bags
For investment pieces, statement is key. Burberry is making noise with the B Logo Shoulder Bag, encompassing the brands signature check patterning with a varsity style letter ‘B’.
Gucci and Stella McCartney take a more glamorous approach, with the former featuring a beautiful floral motif to adorn it’s Ophidia camera bag. Staying on brand, this version of Ophidia makes use of the classic Gucci red and green stripes to create a standout strap design. Likewise, Marc Jacobs goes traditional, updating a simplistic structure with a chunky strap.
Coach combines both classic and modern, introducing the thicker strap to it’s Horse and Carriage collection. The Kat camera bag comes in a selection of options, but the oxblood offering catches the eye. An ideal hue for autumn and winter, this Kat bag oozes elegance and classic aesthetic. The gold and red strap brings the look up to day to mix sports and casual glamour to befit the modern woman.