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Wear This, Not That – Avoid Embarrassing Your Kids in Public

By on May 2, 2013

Most dads couldn’t care less about fashion and how they dress, but once their teenage children begin to get embarrassed around them, they finally gain interest on the way they look. There really isn’t one specific style that dads should follow, but there are certain style rules that you should keep in mind.

When a dad notices their teenager getting embarrassed with the way they look, they become quite cautious with the clothes they put on. This in turn, causes them to try too hard when picking out the clothes they wear.

The style options that dads are given are quite limited, because some teens tend to get embarrassed with all the clothes their parents wear. With a couple tips in mind, you can be less embarrassing when around your kids.

3 Style Rules so Your Teen isn’t Embarrassed by You

1. Don’t Wear Clothes Out Of Your Age Group

One of the most embarrassing and annoying things that teenagers hate is to see their dad wearing clothes that weren’t made for people in their age group. It is very embarrassing to walk around with your dad wearing clothes that their classmate could wear.

So make sure you don’t buy any clothes that weren’t made for people in your age group. Clothes that aren’t age appropriate basically include jerseys, wife beaters, skinny jeans, basketball shorts, and sweats. When buying clothes, always remember exactly what your child would think about the outfit.

2. Don’t Copy Famous Celebrity Clothes

Never ever wear clothes inspired by the hottest male models and celebrities. The last thing you want is for your child to think you’re an impersonator of their favorite celebrity.

If you see an outfit that was worn by Justin Bieber or Zac Efron and you thought it would look nice on you, it likely won’t. There’s a reason why these clothes are worn by celebrities; they are very over the top and something that regular people won’t wear.

3. Don’t Match Your Clothes With Your Teen

Don’t ever wear colors and clothes that are matching with your teenage child. Not only will it embarrass them, but it will likely give their friends bullying rights for quite some time. If your child isn’t aware that you’re matching clothes with them, then don’t risk it. As hard as it is to believe, kids nowadays don’t find it cool to wear similar clothes with their dad.

Tips On Dressing Properly As A Dad With Teenagers

– Dress Neat And Slick

When dressing yourself, simply go for a neat and slick look. Consider a simple business look that is comfortable and clean. Remember, the less design the clothes is, the better. Don’t wear clothes that have so many unneeded designs and shocking colors. A simple long sleeved polo tucked in black pants and a belt is the perfect example of an appropriate dad outfit.

– Don’t Worry About Latest Trends

When buying new clothes, don’t worry about following the latest fashion trends, because the more simple the clothes you wear the better. Dads should not really care about wearing clothes that are up-to-date with the latest trends. That being said, it doesn’t mean that it’s okay to wear boring old clothes.

– Ask Your Teen’s Opinion

Don’t be afraid or shameful to ask your teenagers what they think about your clothes. Let’s face it, children nowadays have become quite articulate fashion experts that know a lot about what and what not to wear. Plus, getting your teenagers advice will ensure you that you won’t windup wearing clothes that embarrasses them.

When buying your clothes, always consider buying outfits in various types of simple colors. Avoid shocking colors like bright orange or green, hot pink, and shimmering gold. Neutral colors are the most dad appropriate, and these colors include, beige, brown, light blue, maroon, and teal. If you want to take a risk on the clothes you wear without embarrassing your teenage kids, only wear one stylish piece at a time. Basically, if you want to be stylish, only wear a trendy belt or jacket, but never wear them all at once.

By keeping the advice above in mind while dressing yourself and shopping for new clothes, your fashion sense won’t be an embarrassment to your teenage kids.

About Simple Dad

Steve is the founding editor of The Simple Dad. He has 3 crazy kids: 12 and 9 year old daughters and a 14 year old son. Married to his beautiful wife of 17 years, Alexandra.
  • Paul Wandason

    This sounds like great advice! At the moment my wife tells me off for dressing up my daughters (14 months and 3.5 years) in clothes which don’t match or whatever…I really have no idea! I hadn’t even thought of the terror of needing to dress *myself* properly to avoid embarrassment when they’re older – thanks for the heads-up, now I’ll be prepared!

    • Brad

      Thanks Paul! Glad you care about how you look and how that affects your family. As for dressing my daughters, I know how you feel, I barely have any fashion sense as it is!

  • Andy Harris

    Don’t Wear Clothes Out Of Your Age Group – What does this mean? As I am no longer a toddler I don’t have handy age ranges on the label of my clothes and I’ve never seen a ‘going on 40’ range
    in any shop. Who wants to be pigeon holed like this?

    Dress Neat and Slick – Why? I’m not at work. Don’t I get to chill out now and then? I’d prefer to be embarrassing than abide by any of these rules.

    • Brad

      Andy – wear whatever you want. Go ahead and be an embarrassment. I’m sure your kids will still love you.

      • Andy Harris

        Ha ha! I’m sure he will!

        All joking aside though, I really don’t agree with your philosophy. You seem to be saying dress like you are at work, try to blend into the background and ask for approval. I don’t want to live my life like that. Don’t you think that you are reinforcing the stereotype that Dads are embarrassing idiots? I’m sick of being patronised by adverts and the mainstream media and if there is one thing Dads should do is stick together and break these myths. Your thoughts?

        • Paul Wandason

          Don’t Wear Clothes Out Of Your Age Group – I took this to mean that we shouldn’t be “mutton dressed as lamb” in order to ‘please’ other (i.e. non family) people. In the end, I only care what my family thinks about me and the way I dress. I must admit that I’ve opened the front door dressed in princess dressing up clothes and a wig! I was playing with my young daughters and we were having a whale of a time! So what if the postmen gave me a funny look – it was what my girls thought of me at the time, and they loved it! (Actually to be honest – the postie understood the situation! 😉

          • Andy Harris

            If I was a woman I would take ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ to mean no short skirts and leopard print. What does it mean to a man? No grown man should dress like Justin Bieber but beyond that there is very little else to determine what is for your age range. What does a 30 year old wear that a 40 year old shouldn’t? We should wear what we like and that most definitely includes princess clothes!

          • Brad

            To take your argument Andy – why can’t a 50yr old dress like Justin Beiber? Because it makes you look desperate to appear younger. Thus people will make judgments about your mental/emotional state and treat you accordingly. The whole point of the article is to dress well (as long as you are comfortable) so as to reflect that you are a well-adjusted, contemporary person. What you wear also reflects how you subconsciously feel about yourself. (whether you acknowledge that or not). And in reverse, what you wear can affect how you feel about yourself.

            So if you want to wear princess clothes, not a problem. Or the same sweater you wore 25 yrs ago, not a problem. People will judge you accordingly.

          • Andy Harris

            Two points in reference to your reply

            – People I respect judge me on my actions, I have no time for people who judge me on my appearance.

            – No adult should dress like Justin Bieber, anyone who doesn’t know that deserves to be mocked. I’m talking about grown ups. What does a 30 year old wear that a 40 year old shouldn’t? Why should we dress like we are in the office all the time?

            You are ignoring my main question. Don’t you think that you are reinforcing the stereotype that Dads are embarrassing idiots? You could have celebrated Dads but chose to continually refer to them as embarrassing.

          • Brad

            No, I don’t think I’m reinforcing any stereotype about Dads. The simple truth is that for most men/dads, fashion is not on the top of our minds. And as a result, some clothing decisions can be embarrassing to other members of the family. It’s simply an attempt to educate and empower dads to look better, and thus fell better about themselves.

            Above all this Andy, it’s obvious that you don’t put too much concern into how you dress and how you are subsequently viewed. More power to you. You wear what you want.

            This article is for the rest of the men/dads out there that are at least slightly aware that they could improve their appearance through a few simple clothing changes.

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