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Help me find good clothes for my 62-year-old dad

post #1 of 17
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My father just retired and wears the worst clothes you can imagine and I want to surprise with some nice, kickin' new threads.

 

He wears old pants with rolled up legs and he puts tape on the holes...

 

He wears old, worn out shirts.

 

He wears old, ugly sneakers.

 

Socks with holes in them.

 

T-shirts with wolves on them and crap.

 

Etc. 

 

Basically old JCPenney and Walmart type stuff.

 

He's not poor, but he's cheap as hell and couldn't utterly care less what he looks like.

 

He's somewhat short at 5'7 and "stout" (aka a bit overweight but not obese).

 

He's also not the suit and tie kind of guy. Especially now that he's no longer working.

 

I want to help him look like a million bucks but without spending a million bucks.

 

I want to buy him some stylish (but age appropriate) shirts and pants, a nice pair of shoes, a belt, and maybe a hat.

 

And I don't want to spend more than a few hundred dollars.

 

Can anyone give me some tips to help me with accomplishing this?

 

Like what store collections I should look at?

 

It will be very much appreciated!

post #2 of 17
Well his build is in your budget for outlet Polo and Brooks Brothers stuff. Good quantity + quality for a few hundred dollars worth. I'm sure the Labor day weekend sales will help out in that department.

Get him some casual 'sport shirts' from Polo.. White, Blue in Oxford. Get him a few polos, belts, some casual pants etc.. since it seems he does not dress up, but would rather favor comfortability. In regards to a hat, I don't know what sort of hat you are looking for but I'm guessing not a baseball cap, get him a hat that matches the clothes you are buying if its really necessary.

Last tip: Check for coupons and browse the clearance rack, it seems anything is better than what he has (no offense)
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by Saturdays View Post

Well his build is in your budget for outlet Polo and Brooks Brothers stuff. Good quantity + quality for a few hundred dollars worth. I'm sure the Labor day weekend sales will help out in that department.

Get him some casual 'sport shirts' from Polo.. White, Blue in Oxford. Get him a few polos, belts, some casual pants etc.. since it seems he does not dress up, but would rather favor comfortability. In regards to a hat, I don't know what sort of hat you are looking for but I'm guessing not a baseball cap, get him a hat that matches the clothes you are buying if its really necessary.

Last tip: Check for coupons and browse the clearance rack, it seems anything is better than what he has (no offense)

This.

Outlets are your friends. Try Brooks Brothers too; they often have good outlet prices and a decent inventory.
post #4 of 17
Surely at his age he is both capable of deciding how he wants to look and also permitted so to do? or does he not fit the social outlook you need?

Just leave him ion peace to be an eccentric.
post #5 of 17
Maybe start him with a bandana and some cool shades.
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post #6 of 17
Quote:
Just leave him ion peace to be an eccentric.

Actually, from the "real world" perspective, the OP is more likely to be the eccentric one.
post #7 of 17
I'd suggest Lands End as a good resource for moderately priced, tasteful classic sportswear that offers very good value for money. You could buy him a nice assortment of sports shirts, polos, khakis, chinos, etc. for a few hundred bucks. For shoes, maybe A-E Wilberts from one of the A-E outlets.
post #8 of 17
are you looking to buy him new stuff and hand it to him? do you assume he'll replace the old stuff with new/
are you looking to take him shopping and then either you pay or he pays for new stuff?


I recently got my dad (similar situation) to do some updating and the line of reasoning was as follows, either pick an occasion (eg en event coming up, or changing seasons, recent weight loss, etc)... in my case he'd lost some weight, so I said to him 'hey dad, you know you've lost some weight and are really looking so much trimmer, but some of your shirts and pants are now really just too big for you. I'm sure you want to show off how much better you look and some of your stuff just isn't doing it for you. I've got some time now and have been learning a lot about good quality clothes, can we spend a few minutes going through some of your stuff and I'll lend a hand to help you decide which things look great and which ones are just past their life?" start there, first get him to get rid of a bunch of old crap, then tell him you know of a few stores he'll really like and you want to treat him to some new threads since you're so proud of him. go shopping with a list in mind of some basic items (jeans, khakies, v-neck sweaters, shoes, etc) and buy some stuff. make sure to fit on a LOT and keep taking the one he wants plus a size smaller. ask for confirmation from a pretty SA (not help, just confirmation that he looks good), and when you've checked off your list, go home and try to get rid of the rest of what he has. every time he wears the new item, tell him how good he looks, and when he wears an old item, ask him if he has a nicer one to wear...

hope that helps.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post

are you looking to buy him new stuff and hand it to him? do you assume he'll replace the old stuff with new/
are you looking to take him shopping and then either you pay or he pays for new stuff?


I recently got my dad (similar situation) to do some updating and the line of reasoning was as follows, either pick an occasion (eg en event coming up, or changing seasons, recent weight loss, etc)... in my case he'd lost some weight, so I said to him 'hey dad, you know you've lost some weight and are really looking so much trimmer, but some of your shirts and pants are now really just too big for you. I'm sure you want to show off how much better you look and some of your stuff just isn't doing it for you. I've got some time now and have been learning a lot about good quality clothes, can we spend a few minutes going through some of your stuff and I'll lend a hand to help you decide which things look great and which ones are just past their life?" start there, first get him to get rid of a bunch of old crap, then tell him you know of a few stores he'll really like and you want to treat him to some new threads since you're so proud of him. go shopping with a list in mind of some basic items (jeans, khakies, v-neck sweaters, shoes, etc) and buy some stuff. make sure to fit on a LOT and keep taking the one he wants plus a size smaller. ask for confirmation from a pretty SA (not help, just confirmation that he looks good), and when you've checked off your list, go home and try to get rid of the rest of what he has. every time he wears the new item, tell him how good he looks, and when he wears an old item, ask him if he has a nicer one to wear...

hope that helps.



Good tips!

 

post #10 of 17
Um, your father recently retired. Most guys I know who are in his shoes want to kick back and dress like a slob for awhile. Give him a fucking break.
post #11 of 17
[quote name="Yuckers" url="/t/263480/...T-shirts with wolves on them and crap...[/quote]

Slow down buddy. If your dad has a "The Mountain Three Wolf Moon Short Sleeve Tee" then maybe you should be taking fashion advice from him.
post #12 of 17
A lot of men care more about turning themselves out well as they get older. That was certainly true in my case.
post #13 of 17
I think he is past the point of no return!
post #14 of 17
Shouldn't this be in dumb threads? It's stupid.
post #15 of 17
In b4 DT smile.gif
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