Whether you’re a new father or you’ve been one for a while now, you’ll know that there are a lot of jokes about ‘dad fashion’ which often include a pair of brown sandals and white socks (if you do this, please stop). But besides the obvious offense, what are some wardrobe choices that show you’ve truly made it to cliché ‘dad’ status? Here are 5 signsthat you dress like a dad.

1. A Novelty T Shirt for Every Day of the Year

Perhaps you’ve been in this situation before: you’re going on a trip, even if it’s a small one to a local tourist attraction, and your dad wants you to pick him up a souvenir. What does he want? A t shirt, obviously.

Dads also love a custom t shirt like the ones you can get from Prints Canada so that they can show off their favourite things like tv shows, sports, movies, etc. Does this sound like you, too? If you’ve got the novelty tee, then you’re definitely a dad.

2. Cargo Shorts Because Everyone Needs Pockets

Being a dad is a rough gig and having the pocket space to accommodate that difficult lifestyle is an important part of a dad’s wardrobe. Depending on your kid’s age you might need to have some wipes on hand or their favourite candy, meanwhile having pockets leftover for your cellphone, keys, and wallet.

3. A Baseball Cap for Any Kind of Weather

Sunshine, rain, sleet, or snow – it doesn’t matter, you can wear a baseball cap in any kind of weather. Not only does it protect you from the elements, but perhaps also from the possible bald spot growing atop your head?

Good news is that baseball caps come in a variety of styles, and that they can even be silk screen printed on so that you can get a custom hat just for you.

4. Transition Lenses Glasses to Save Some Valuable Time

Who has time to switch between their regular glasses and sunglasses? Not dads, that’s for sure. That’s why they opt for transition glasses instead, so that they can be temporarily blinded when stepping inside… or rather, so that they don’t have to worry about needing to buy a pair of sunglasses. Instead, their transition glasses will adjust to the light, giving them one less thing to worry about.

5. Complete the ‘Dad Look’ with Pair of New Balance Sneakers

Every parent needs a good pair of sneakers, but for some reason dads seem to flock towards New Balance shoes. It’s become such a staple of a dad’s wardrobe that if you see the shorts, white socks, and white New Balance shoes on a dude, then you can place a safe bet that they are indeed a dad.

If the Shoe Fits…

Have you found yourself with any of these items in your wardrobe? If so, then there’s no shame. You’re just a dad who wants to be efficient and comfortable – nothing wrong with that. It’s what everyone really wants, anyway (even the women in your life) – you’re just brave enough to commit to it.