Me: Dad’s often get a bum wrap when it comes to fashion – as being slobs or perpetually behind the times. Do you think it’s deserved?
Patrick: No! Well, ok, maybe. (Pause). For many, perhaps yes. I try pretty hard not to become the butt of that joke.
Me: So what do you do to avoid it?
Patrick: Here’s my secret – pretend your wife is always about to leave you for a well-dressed man. And then be that well-dressed man.
Me: Do you pick out the clothes for your kids?
Patrick: Well, I’ve got a little one, so we’ll see what happens there. Unfortunately for me, both my older kids had very strong senses of their own personal style from a pretty young age, so I never got to take out some of my more creative ideas on those canvases. Trying to tell them what to wear – or not wear – was a one way street to a temper tantrum. I guess think they take after me in that way. You should have seen the fit I threw at Diesel the other day when they tried to suggest a different sweater. Fists pumping the ground, tears streaming down my reddened face, it was something else.
Me: So what’s some fashion advice you have for men out there?
Patrick: Fewer clothes, but better clothes.
Me: What do you think of jewelry for men?
Patrick: Anything’s fair game until you sell out to the man and have to show up to an office everyday. But I always wear my P-Diddy diamond-studded bling right under my work shirt. Represent.
Me: Why is it that dad’s are so much harder to buy a gift for than mom’s?
Patrick: Hmmm….maybe women are just better at expressing what they want?
Me: Ok, so what would you want for Fathers Day?
Patrick: Anything but more socks or ties, PLEASE! Let me think about it. Ok, I got something. Cufflinks. Most of the time we just fake it, but few things make a man feel more like he’s actually a grown-up professional than cufflinks.