Being a dad doesn't mean you have to look like one. You can dress comfortably and look good, too.
- Step 1: Dress up a little. Wear a tie when you don't have to. Sweatpants are for the gym -- change into a pair of khakis, even if you're just putzing around the house.
- Step 2: Put away the cross-trainer sneakers unless you're cross-training. You can wear loafers with nearly anything.
- Step 3: Make sure your clothes go together. Don't wear a hodgepodge of different styles, and don't wear clashing colors. If you're not sure about whether you match, ask your partner or kids, they'll be honest with you.
- FACT: In 2002, over 90 percent of mothers and fathers reported hugging their children under 33 on a daily basis, compared to 74 percent of mothers and 50 percent of fathers hugging children ages 10 to 12.
- Step 4: Pay attention to accessories. Wallets, ties, belts, scarfs, sunglasses all count. Look beyond mere utility and consider quality and craftsmanship. A belt can say much more than "I'm holding up some pants."
- TIP: Never unbutton your pants after a meal, no matter where you are.
- Step 5: Trust in the classics. Look for designers and labels that have stood the test of time. Standard white shirts and bluejeans never go out of style and go with nearly anything, except maybe a formula stain.
- TIP: If your clothes are stained, torn, or don't fit you anymore -- throw them away. They're clear indications of a dad.
- Step 6: Wear clothes that fit you. You probably don't have the same shape you did in college, so stop wearing the T-shirts and flannels you wore back then. And wear bluejeans that fit -- sagging jeans aren't acceptable unless you're a plumber.
- Step 7: Pay attention to trends. Flip through a couple of fashion magazines and find styles you like. You don't have to transform yourself into a metrosexual dandy, but update your wardrobe with a few high-quality, modern pieces.