Today is la dia that we celebrate PADRES!!!
Dads get corbatas (neckties) or a camiseta (tshirt) that says “Best Dad”
Dads are taken out for dinner or to their favorite sporting event.
It’s daddy’s day so whatever he wants, he gets!
Well, what yo quiero is to share with you is three things that fatherhood has taught me about style!
1. I REPRESENT MORE THAN MYSELF
I’m el líder of my family. I’m the figurehead that the world looks to to protect and provide for them. While more than important, provision goes beyond money and tangible things that have an associated value.
To my daughter (and future children), I provide an ejemplo of what a man should look like. When she gets ready to go on her 1st date (at 30 years old, lol), she’s going to choose someone that reflects me.
These, among others, are qualities that I would want my daughter to look for in a man. Also, a well dressed man consistently:
- Exhibits attention to detail
- Exudes confidence
- Exemplifies leadership
These are also the qualities that I want my niños and esposa to see in me.
As a fashionable black man, I am a walking billboard for black culture as well. The creativity that it takes to piece together such a dapper demonstration of dignity is admirable. It speaks to the innovation that resides in me ( and all other fashionable black fathers and men) in its totality.
Speaking of reflection, it will be seen in the mirror of the world. As such, the segundo thing style has taught me about fatherhood is…
2. I’M IN AN ELITE CLASS
I’m a dad and that means I’m in an exclusive fraternity!
I’m an African American dad and that means I’m a superhero!
In a tiempo when black dads are not as present in the family as in yester-year, I take huge pride in this responsibilidad and privilege.
- My personal style helps to change the narrative in how the black male and the black father are perceived in media!
- A well groomed and astonishingly put together black man all but eradicates the notion that all black men are ghetto thugs and hoodlums (which is how mainstream media and Hollywood often portray us).
3. I AM FEARLESS
Tradición and cultura has boxed in style for men for years and it can be suffocating. It has been said that only certain colors are masculine. The old consensus was that being well manicured and paying atención to your appearance wasn’t manly. I scoff at that sentiment!
Men of style and culture know that it can be a daunting task trying to live up to such standards that are, honestamente, not grounded in reality. Being a man of style has started to change the conversation about the perseption of masculinity.
Gents, be confident in this:
- Dressing well doesn’t mean you’re soft and weak.
- Smelling nice doesn’t mean that you’re not a man.
- Polishing your shoes has no bearing on toughness.
- Getting manicures and pedicures doesn’t make you any less of a man’s man.
Style conscious gents have endured ridicule and castigation for daring to strive for excelencia in our appearance. We’ve been fearless in this pursuit regardless of the level of criticizing!
Hermanos, I applaud you for being courageous in this endeavor. You deserve a standing ovation for enduring the name calling, being cast away, and having your manhood challenged.
Call upon that gallantry in life when times get hard. Know that you can and will conquer difícil circumstances when they present themselves!