Squaring is Caring

Can’t have too many of ’em. Pocket squares are the easiest way to inject color into my outfit without being too loud.

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Pocket square? What pocket square?

This chestie above is a prime example of what I’m talking about. Here, I’ve got the whole tonal thing going on with the all brown, but then I inject a bit more color into the outfit with the camo pocket square.

Now imagine if I wore the same outfit, except with the solid shirt swapped with the camo on the pocket square. That camo shirt would be a little too loud, wouldn’t you say?

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The “RP” stands for “Really Pretty”.

Pocket squares are even cooler when you get them embroidered with your initials, like the square in this chestie above. Embroidered pocket squares say “Hey, this square is mine. I pay attention to little details like this.” It’s also a really cool thing to hand down to your kids. People will be all like, “Sweet square! What does the ‘RP’ stand for?” and they can be all like, “It belonged to my dad” and they can even hand it down to their kids and stuff as well.

Big ups to the fine fellows at O’Harrow Clothiers for the embroidered squares, by the way. All those squares in that big grid-o-squares up top are from O’Harrow, as well.

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Dad Essentials

As many of you are aware, I am a father of three. As such, I gotta make sure I pack right whenever I take them out. Unfortunately I’m also pretty vain and self-conscious so I gotta make sure I’m looking good while I’m at it. Here’s some of the stuff that keep me ready for a day of fatherhood in style:

Man Bag-Turned Diaper Bag

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Helmet Bag from QP Collections

Most baby bags out there are either really feminine or really techy. To look more like a dad who knows what he’s doing and less like a dad who had his wife pack his diaper bag for him, grab a nice-looking yet still very practical tote. Something like the bag pictured above or one of these nifty totes from Filson.

Diapers, Burp Cloths, etc. etc.

You know, stuff that I use at home for my baby – except travel-sized. Butt cream, baby wipes, diapers, thermometer, that Nose Frida suction thing, bottles and breastmilk/formula, spare clothes, all that good stuff. If ever I’m not sure, I just grab all the stuff in my wife’s diaper bag and shove it into my super-sweet tote (see above).

Extra Shirt

At some point in the early stages of fatherhood, my baby will likely pee on me. Or throw up on me. Instead of spending the rest of the day partially covered in urine/vomit, I pack another shirt – a really versatile one that matches anything I decide to put on.

Baby

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My daughter Daisy and me. She gets her looks from me, as you can plainly see.

No dad is a dad without one.

Dad Hat

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One that screams “Look at me, I’m a cool dad”. This one from Ebbets Field Flannels is pretty sweet; I wear it whether or not I’m on dad mode.

A Classic Pair of Sunglasses

I use my shades to be able to see without them noticing anyone who is silently judging me. I look super young for my age (I’m 29 and get ID-ed any time I order a beer at Olive Garden(LOLJK I don’t eat at Olive Garden)), so when I walk around the the park with my baby daughter I often get mean looks from judgy grandmas. The kind of looks that say, “What is this thirteen-year-old doing with a kid?”

Bonus for the microfiber pocket square. I hate dirty glasses, so I’m always wiping mine clean with one of these pocket squares that double as a microfiber glass cleaner.

Got any other essentials for dads? Get at me in the comments.

Mobile Blogging (Work in Progress)

I’m new here.

This blog is still very much a work in progress. I still don’t know yet what to put here, to be honest. I’ve got a few ideas here and there but those ideas are too time-consuming to implement, and I am too lazy busy to implement them.

Anyway, if you’ve got some ideas for this blog, let me know. I’m happy to take any and all suggestions.

Also, “blogging” may not be the correct term for this thing, since it’s really not full-on content or anything. Let’s call this “mobile blogging”.