If you want to treat your dad to something fancy this Father's Day, how about a wardrobe makeover?
"A lot of dads will be getting clothes this year, whether they want it or not," says Michelle Dalton Tyree of Fashion Trends Daily. "The National Retail Federation estimates that 46 percent of consumers will be buying some type of clothing for dad this year."
But you can do better than the old standard of gifting a tie. You can go "tie adjacent," instead.
"The new trend I’m seeing in L.A. is the rise of places that will make made-to-measure shirts," says Tyree.
They can cost anywhere from $100 to $150, depending on the fabric, style, buttons and more.
"Clothes that are tailor made for you instantly convey that you’re in command," she says, "and it’s a relatively affordable wardrobe investment that you’ll have more than just one season."
The process starts by getting your measurements taken. It takes about 10 minutes.
Then a great shop and tailor will walk you through all the options to make sure the shirt or shirts fit your lifestyle and job: Are you a tie guy? What kind of collar would you like? Should it have a breast pocket?
Tyree highlights a few retailers in Southern California where you can get the process started.
One is Untuckit, located on Melrose, that specializes in custom shirts that you can wear untucked.
There's also menswear boutique Sid Mashburn at the Brentwood Country Mart.
Online, there is Propercloth which will walk you though the process of how to take your own measurements at home.
"There’s no reason to be intimidated," says Tyree. "It could be addictive!"