Move over coastal grandma, dadcore just crashed the party, right in time for Father's Day.
It started with Hailey Bieber rocking socks and sandals, then Ted Lasso charmed us with his heartwarming awful dad jokes, and next minute we’re unashamedly binge-watching oddly satisfying lawn maintenance TikToks to fall asleep.
Add in the recent return of bum bags and the reprise of daggy dance moves as we get back on the dance floor after our COVID hiatus; we’re embracing cringey dad moments more often than you’d think.
In a world where we overthink everything, a bit of the 'daggy dad' authenticity can be comforting and even inspiring.
That’s because the cringe moments our dads/step-dads/father-figures create come from a lack of self-consciousness that most of us can only dream of.
Credit to biology, psychology or the patriarchy, dads are just out there doing their quirky thing. Not worried about what anyone thinks of them. Whether it’s questionable fashion, unwarranted confidence for a new skill, terrible jokes or brutal honesty at an inappropriate moment, everyone has a dad memory from their childhood that still makes them cringe.
And probably a photo to back it up too.
This year I’m embracing the nostalgia to give my dad the perfect gift for Father’s Day. Despite what every single ad on my Instagram feed is suggesting, I’m certainly not buying him underwear.
At 67 years old, I think he’s earnt the right to choose his own undies.