Mera Papa Best, Mera Papa Best
You remember the iconic Dhara AD where the kids say “ My daddy strongest!!”?
Well, I could totally relate to that. It’s not that he was the tallest or the fittest; but because I could totally imagine him skipping on a rope in his work wear (jacket included), if that is what it TOOK to make me (and my sister) happy.
And the fact that he was such a DUDE in so many ways. He wasn’t scared of street dogs, or thieves, and he could light a BIJLI BOMB in his hand!
Cats in the Cradle
Problem was, when I was growing up, my father, a sales and marketing guy (who worked with coated sheets and steel) had to travel a lot. So we would only get to see him a few days of a month. And those 4 or 5 days in a month were really special.
Beetle Bees and Bee Gees
Mind you, he entered early adulthood when The Beetles rocked his record player (I have many stories about the LPs), I also remember a lot of re-runs of Saturday Night Fever, an iconic film with classics from Bee Gees. I am not sure if it happened on purpose but bell-bottomed trousers, waistcoats and formal jackets made it to a lot of his pictures. In fact he even wore a royal blue suit with a BOW TIE on his wedding day!
One of his favourite pictures is this one: he wears a classic black suit, a crisp white shirt, a red tie and lace up shoes. I guess it reminds of the thrill of travelling; this one is from Holland, and probably the thrill of being young-er.
Years went by and workwear remained the same: regular fit trousers in classic shades with crisp shirts. Ties and jackets were worn on the basis of meetings and agendas, till his last working day. Which is why I was surprised when he told me he had NEVER owned or worn a pair of JEANS. Apparently, he went straight from school uniforms to trousers and the jeans never fit in.
Now he wears a pair of regular fit jeans, preferably slightly lose because, you know he’s 68, and has a pot belly. He sticks to plain Polo T Shirts, a pair of sneakers and a pair of aviators: a shape of sunglasses he’s been wearing since 1981. Here is what I’d think he’d like from Jabong.com:
If I close my eyes, I can still see my Dad, reading on his rocking chair, dressed in a beige kurta pyjama. I call it the Jagjit Singh effect. Not that I want to take any credit away from my Dad but my dad always had an ear of great music, and I think Jagjit Singh’s few albums (like Someone, Somewhere and Mirage), followed by his live performances affected his wardrobe.
Be it sitting at home and reading endlessly, having drinks with friends or going out, he feels the most comfortable in a kurta-pyjama till date. Again, he sticks to regular fit, slightly loser from the tummy along with sandals. Here is an ensemble I picked out from the website.
This kurta pyjama from Mayank Modi is minimalistic and these chappals from Spunk totally in his comfort zone. He also likes wearing Nehru Jackets (before Modi made it an agenda), so I picked this beige jacket from Earthy Hues.
Needless to say, some shopping is due! Anyway, Dad I hope you see this: wishing you a very Happy Father’s Day!
And what about you? How are you celebrating Father’s Day? Let me know!
Note: This feature is a part of #DandyDad Series with Jabong.com