Fashionable Father’s Day

Because Father’s Day is a day to celebrate the dads in our lives through reflecting back on those unforgettable, nostalgic moments, take the day to recognize his fashionable style—because we all know they have rocked a pair of dad jeans at least one time or another.

In honor of our dads, Dean Spychalski and Terry Carter, two of the coolest, toughest and most kind men we know, we asked them to define their style and what inspires them. Now, because they are our dads, they each had to each say us, of course. While it’s probably somewhat true, as we encourage them to try new things to stay fashionable on a regular basis, our dads have similar styles and both dress for their occasion. They also both like to keep it basic, and separate their style for work and play.

We sat down with our dads and this is what they had to say:

Fashionable Father's Day | My Girl Dressed Me

Outfit inspired by Josh’s dad Terry Carter.

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20 Summer 2014 Essentials

Roll up your sleeves. Unbutton that top button. Slip on those boat shoes. Summer is finally here. After an extremely long hibernation (especially for the My Girl Dressed Me guys here in the Midwest), we’re ready to show some skin.

The key to any seasonal transition is to take it slow while embracing the changing climes… because let’s face it, even if your guy resists, the heat and humidity are guaranteed to find him!

Help your guy look great throughout the season – while staying cool – with these 20 Summer 2014 Essentials.

1. Swimwear

20 Summer Essentials - Lightning Bolt USA Big Wednesday boardshort

Lightning Bolt USA Big Wednesday boardshort

His swimsuit is his summer uniform–make sure it pops. Recommended brand: Lightning Bolt USA.

2. Sunglasses

20 Summer Essentials - Warby Parker Ormsby in English Oak

Warby Parker Ormsby in English oak

Squinting’s days are numbered. Recommended brand: Warby Parker.

3. Boat Shoe

20 Summer Essentials - Rancourt & Co. Boat Shoe in Brown Chromexcel

Rancourt & Co. boat shoe in brown chromexcel

It’s summer–it’s ok to show a little ankle! Recommended brands: Rancourt & Co. and Sperry.

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Say No to Makeover Surprises

Say No to Makeover Surprises

We keep saying, “start slow and with the basics” – well, we mean it. Approaching a style makeover on your guy out of the blue could backfire, and it could take a while to get back on track.

Picture this: The guy in your life (could be your dad, brother, boyfriend or husband) comes home from a long weekend away with his friends. He walks into the house and sees a few new outfits laid out on the couch as he drops off his travel bag. He stops to examine the scene but doesn’t realize the clothes are for him. You, the excited sister, mother, girlfriend, partner or spouse walk into the room and say, “Do you like the new outfits I picked out for you? Let’s try them on!”

Although this is a super nice and thoughtful gesture (a scene straight out of a romantic comedy), it can be offensive – especially if you haven’t had a chance to discuss this style makeover. It may even raise questions from him, such as, “Do you hate the way I dress?” Cue the scene where the guy storms out of the room to the bedroom, puts on his ratty t-shirt and past-their-prime gym shorts and plops himself down on the couch for the rest of the night. #SurpriseMakeoverFail

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Starter Watch

Starter Watch

All guys should own a wristwatch… or two. We’re not talking about bracelets or fitness bands or Pebble smartwatches that all are tricked out with the latest tech bells and whistles.

We’re talking about old school timepieces that do what they were originally intended to do: tell time. Well, tell time, and complete your look.

I wasn’t always a watch advocate. They got in the way. Tended to look gaudy… or too blingy. And they didn’t always match my outfit.

But I tested the waters with an easily accessible Timex for J.Crew military starter watch that was low barrier to entry, matched multiple ensembles and was interchangeable with various NATO watch straps. From the first compliment (which came minutes after I put it on), I was hooked. Let’s just say it was my gateway drug into the intricate world of wrist candy.

Heed these helpful tips when searching for your first starter watch:

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Dress for the Season

Dress for the Season

Transitioning into a new season is the worse. Men and women alike ask similar questions: Should I pack a jacket? Will I be pitting out by noon? Are boots still appropriate? Shorts… do I dare?

As your guy shifts from spring to summer, help him dress for the season with these transitional tips that will ease him into summer looking fresh, while still feeling comfortable.

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