Give your dad the gift of style with these classic and affordable pieces, hand-picked and endorsed by the editors of GQ.
The ultimate, red-blooded steak knives
What you expect from a steak house you rarely expect to ﬁnd at home: infernal broilers that crank up to 1,200 degrees, beefsteak tomatoes the size of softballs, onion loaves as heavy and dense as bricks. But what about those hefty, thick-handled steak knives? Couldn’t you go for a few of those back at the ranch?
Buy steak knives at a kitchen store and you end up with slim, elegant utensils more suited for a veal paillard than a two-inch-thick porterhouse.
Fortunately, many steak houses these days—like New York City’s BLT Steak—are now selling their knives. Well weighted and dangerously sharp, they’re as essential as a charcoal grill. You do use charcoal, don’t you?
BLT Steak Knives, $85 for a set of 4
Bass Weejuns Dover shoe
Bass introduced the Weejun loafer in 1936, but it wasn’t until the ’50s that guys started slipping dimes (the price of a phone call) into the mouths of the shoes’ straps. Pennies were substituted eventually, and when James Dean stepped into a pair of loafers, it cemented their iconic status. Since then, they’ve been enjoyed by all, from schoolboys to punks to elegant prepsters.
In 2007, high-fashion labels like Prada and Gucci made versions in designer leathers and exotic skins. This year, Bass has reinvented its trademark loafer with a slimmer profile and modern lines. The result is stunning, and so is the price. The shoe is more fashionable without being too fashion-forward. Wear it with a slim khaki suit or a pair of dark jeans. And at $125 a pair, it’s a smart way to master your own reinvention.
Dover by G.H. Bass & and Co., $125.
The Driving Cap
The driving cap dates from sixteenth-century England (yeah, we know, before there were even cars!), but its rakish cachet is as strong as ever. Back then it was called a flat cap, and as with a pair of jeans, very little has changed through the centuries. The deep back and sloping brim give it a sly attitude, making it a great sun protector on the green or in the sand. And the cap’s got urban appeal, too: It’s worn by both hip-hoppers (back to front) and style icons (front to back; just ask Brad Pitt). The hat comes in a range of colors and fabrics (think cotton for the summer months), making it the perfect complement to nearly any outfit, no matter which century your head is in.
The Skinny Striped Tie
If these ties look familiar, it’s probably because they either date from your school days or remind you of what your congressman was wearing on C-SPAN last night. But the very first diagonally striped ties actually hark back to nineteenth-century England.
Today these ties, commonly known as repp ties, cut a more modern look, thanks to their slimmed-down physiques and tricolor detailing. What’s great about them is they add punch to an outfit without getting too wild. Start off by pairing one with a solid white or blue shirt and then graduate to a pencil-striped shirt. And don’t worry—you won’t look like you belong in history class or on Capitol Hill.
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