The Ideal Gift For Father’s Day

ideal gift for Father's Day

t-shirt: Hugo Boss, lounge pants: Hugo Boss

My dad is a retired Silicon Valley engineer, famous for sporting his socks with sandals and free t-shirts. Come to think of it, I don’t believe he has purchased a shirt for himself in over 20 years. He adores free things, so when I explained to him Hugo Boss wanted to dress him for my Father’s Day blog post, he emailed back, “Sounds interesting.” This would be a good time to tell you that my dad has never used an exclamation point in his life. He is also a man suspicious of all good things, so “sounds interesting” is a top drawer comment from him.

After confirming his participation in the collaboration, I asked him what he needed. He replied, “modern pants.” I replied, “What kind of modern pants, like for going out to dinner or more for home?” He returned with, “Not dressy. Smart casual.” Although my dad speaks many languages, conversation has never been his strong suit.

Since he is retired, and we are in a pandemic, I requested comfortable loungewear: a regular fit t-shirt in soft cotton, regular fit pants with a drawstring in pique jersey, and a two-tone structured jacquard sweater in recycled yarn for dressier occasions. Since he lives in San Jose and I live in San Diego, when the Hugo Boss box arrived at his door a couple of weeks ago, we jumped on a video call so I could watch him open it up.

ideal gift for father's day

There are few things that give me more joy than watching my father open up a present. No one is more present than my dad when he opens a present. He analyzes the packaging, inspects any tags, and immediately puts to use or wears whatever it is that has been given to him. And he speaks the entire time, narrating every thought, feeling, and realization as he examines his new possession.

Here is his commentary upon unfolding the Hugo Boss t-shirt, “Oh look at this. Soft. What size is this? Large, okay good. What is this made of? Where is the tag? I can’t find the tag? Left side? Okay, okay. No tag there. I don’t know what this is made of, something soft. I can’t guess it. This looks small. This is a large? Looks like a medium. How do I wash it? Soft though. Let’s try it on. What do you say?”

The shirt is now on him. “Oh this is nice. This is expensive. Does this fit right? Is it supposed to be this tight? Are my nipples showing? This is a good shirt. Let’s show Debi.” He takes the computer so I can accompany him and his newly applied t-shirt into the kitchen to show his partner of 20 years, “Debi, what do you think? This is a nice shirt!” Debi enthusiastically agrees that it is fantastic.

Time for the pants. Dad really goes nuts for these pants, “Ooh are these slacks? What are they made out of? What are these? Where do I wear them? Do I wear them to a restaurant?” “No Dad, these are lounge pants. You can wear them around the house,” I reply. “What? No. Are these jogging pants? Dressy jogging pants? Only for the nice runs? They have pockets. These are a large. They look like a medium. I can’t gain a pound. These are good pants.”

ideal gift for father's day

He thought the lounge pants were so nice he genuinely wanted to wear his dress shoes with them for the photoshoot. Dress shoes. I said, “No, Dad, you’re going to wear your sandals. These are casual pants.” He only jokingly asked if he could wear his socks with the sandals because even he knows men wearing socks with sandals is ill-advised.

Of course, he loved the jacquard sweater as well: “This feels expensive. I look good!” My dad has never looked better actually. It is seriously refreshing to see him in nice clothes, which brings me to the topic at hand. The ideal gift for Father’s Day is either something your dad needs, like modern pants, or something your dad wouldn’t buy himself, like modern pants. On the list below, you will see all sorts of wonderful pieces to make your dad (or you!) look as handsome as my dad.

Sizing Tip: My dad is wearing larges in all the garments. He is 5’9″ and 189 lbs. He has a 43-inch chest and a 35-inch waist. Like many stylish brands, Hugo Boss runs slightly slim, so order a size up if you’re not sure. They have free shipping and free returns, so feel free to order multiple sizes. The shipment cut off date for items to arrive by Father’s Day is June 14th.

Fun Fact: After trying everything on, Dad said, in all seriousness, that he would “take a shower” for his Hugo Boss modeling debut. LOL.

Hugo Boss Regular-fit T-shirt in soft cotton

ideal father's day gift

Hugo Boss $68

Is it just me or does my dad look way better in this t-shirt? This model is quite scrawny and this shirt is meant for athletic or bigger men. Not that my dad is ripped; he just barely fills out the sleeves himself.

Lab Series Future Rescue Repair Serum

There was a time when it was believed that men got better looking as they age, while women not-so-much. My god, the tables have turned. Women look phenomenal. Men are looking weathered. Even men as young as 39 are looking haggard. The reason is education and exploration. Women are taught skincare young and explore the products that best work with their skin for decades. Men are grossly behind and it shows. Get your dad (and yourself!) a serum to refresh that skin. I highly recommend Lab Series. It can be used day and night. (Read my full Lab Series review, here).

Hugo Boss Regular-fit T-shirt in soft cotton

ideal gift for Father's Day

Hugo Boss $68

This is my dad’s t-shirt, but in a different color. I have no idea why they had these skinny guys models these regular fit shirts. They look like children in them. If your dad isn’t too skinny, he will rock this tee.

Hugo Boss Regular-fit T-shirt in mercerized cotton

ideal gift for Father's Day

Hugo Boss $78

I have put this Hugo Boss v-neck on many clients for years. Men love the high v-neck to cover their chest hair.

Zint Collagen Powder Peptides

ideal gift for Father's Day

Zint $39.99

After I found out Jennifer Lopez was 50, I picked my jaw up off the ground and looked into her beauty regime. The main takeaway was consuming collagen. I started putting a scoop of top-notch Zint collagen powder into my water every morning. Within 30 days, my knees hurt less and my skin was radiant. Radiant! This is the ideal gift for Father’s Day if you can get the bugger to digest it every morning.

My blog posts are my honest and personal opinion. Sometimes my content includes products sent from brands or PR firms. In this case, Hugo Boss gifted clothes to my dad. If I am sent something that is unimpressive or boring I don’t write about it. 


  • Chuck says:

    Nice getting Dad in front of camera! Love the men’s posts and especially Boss stuff. Thanks Vanessa

  • Jc says:

    Your dad looks fantastic!!! I wish more people would seek your guidance for attire… you seem to be able to find the perfect balance of style and comfort for all ages and sizes. I hope you and your dad had a great time working together for your Father’s Day posting on your blog. 🙂

    • Vstyleformen says:

      Jean! I just saw this comment. Yes, I love to dress EVERYONE 🙂 Thank you so much for reading and commenting, you’re the best!xoxo

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