There was a time when a kid’s old man was his biggest style icon, carefully guiding him toward a good pair of dress shoes, a slick haircut and that first sport coat. As clothes trend to the casual side, that time seems long gone. But in the spirit of Father’s Day, we can still celebrate the best recent TV dad style. Plus an ’80s throwback who somehow charmed his way in…
Nucky Thompson and Jimmy Darmody (Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt), Boardwalk Empire We’re starting off right with a two-for-one. Like father, like son, as they say. The ’20s were a time high fashion, even (or perhaps especially) in gangster land, and these guys represent.
Harry Crane (Rich Sommer), Mad Men A recent father, Crane is often overshadowed by some of his more high-profile coworkers. But he’s something of a jacket aficionado. Check out that red-and-black plaid trench coat that becomes his go-to in Season 5. Smooth.
Carlos Solis (Ricardo Antonio Chavira), Desperate Housewives He may be one of the most conniving, smarmy husbands (and eventual fathers) ever portrayed, but at least he looks good doing it.
Jin-Soo Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim), Lost Inexplicably, he maintains a sense of style while stranded on a desert island. But witness his bespoke wardrobe in Korea before his fall from grace. Looks prime.
Joel Graham (Sam Jaeger), Parenthood He may look a little like a weekend lumberjack at first glance, but he understands the most important element of style: fit. And his watch selection ain’t bad, either.
Mitchell Pritchett and Cameron Tucker (Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet), Modern Family Another two-fer. Was it their style sense that brought them together? Hard to say. But from quiet to loud, these fellas rep the spectrum.
Sam Bennett (Taye Diggs), Private Practice Often beleaguered by his love life, he’s a man who at least has one thing under control: his wardrobe. And on a doctor’s salary, it’s well curated.
Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos), Full House Was there any doubt? Coolest uncle ever, frontman to the Rippers, and a fellow who maintains ’80s panache while matching his kids. ’Nuff said.