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Let’s just be upfront, we’re all friends here. I’m no-one’s father.


But that doesn’t stop me from having an appreciation for the role played by fathers; an understanding of that which is required from them and insight into the vital role they diligently undertake in a healthy society. Recently, in my family, my brother joined this rather prestigious “band of brothers” giving me the benefit of first hand insight into fatherhood. This can be best summed up by the fact that he posted a rather interesting jazz video on his Facebook account this past Sunday, at around 05h50. Personally I don’t do Sundays until at least 08h30.


Spot the father. Enough said.


My concern is that, for dads, things like fashion and personal expressions of style, tend to be forgotten and left by the way-side; a coping mechanism I would imagine. So I decided to put a series of posts together as an inspiration to dads, both young and old, for those that have recently neglected style and those that have forgotten exactly when they started to neglect style. But also for lovers of dads, those with a vested interest in getting the old man back to his fashion-loving-expressing self.


Today we start with the Happy Traveller.


Travelling Father Fashion Look Book


For the discerning dad who enjoys travelling. The Happy Traveller finds himself in a place of peace while exploring. From the wild winds of the African Bush to the Cape South-Easter, travel offers the perfect opportunity to compliment his love of fashion and accessories.


Traveller Collage Fathers Day Look Book

An appreciation for classic style is what defines this dad, so elegantly expressed in this brown textured wool-blend suit from River Island. The slim fit ensures an on-trend update to a timeless fashion staple that will hold its own in any situation.


Wool Blend Suit Fathers Day Look Book


The look and feel of the Happy Traveller is continued in his choice of travel bag. His selection of the Via Veneta Provoque Untamed in Nguni and matching travel wallet, from Via La Moda, speaks to his sense of adventure and will see this dad through any travel exploit, in style. The Nguni finish to this exclusive piece continues his use of texture in his outfit to express his personal sense of style.


Travel Bag in Nguni Fathers Day Look Book


An outfit is made in the details, and this dad continues his on-trend look with careful attention to his selection of shoes and watch. Trident Timepieces recently launched in South Africa and offer high quality, well designed watches at a price that allows any dad to own multiple pieces to reflect his ever-changing style. In this outfit the Marrakesh in Rose Gold continues his use of textured, earthy tones.  


Trident Watch Fathers Day Look Book


Finishing off his look, this dad opts for a tan high shine leather tassel loafer from Dune London to channel his effortless style. The high shine adds polish to an already classically tailored outfit.


Dune Shoes Ronnie Fathers Day Look Book


Time To Win!

To help you celebrate Fathers Day this coming Sunday, I am giving away a R1 500 Dune London voucher and a Trident Watch to one lucky reader. Fancy winning this for your dad for Fathers Day? Be sure to check out my other two posts this week with further options for Fathers Day inspiration. Here’s what you need to do:


  • Select which look and pair of Dune London shoes you like best and in the comments section of that post, tell me why.
  • Then watch my Twitter account from today, and retweet the post that you like best for a second chance to enter the giveaway. To be eligible for the Twitter entry, be sure to check out Trident Watches on Twitter and give them a follow!


The nitty gritty

Please note that the giveaway is only open to South African readers living anywhere in South Africa. The giveaway closes on Friday 17 June 2016 at 16h00. The winner will be announced on Saturday 18 June 2016 here on the blog.


And the Winner is…

The winner of the Dune London voucher and a watch from Trident Timepieces is Njabulo Lesego (@bulo_bae on Twitter), who entered via Twitter. Well done Njabulo!


Photography by Lebz Skywalker, on the web and Instagram.



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  1. Hi Ryan
    I haven’t followed fashion before. I wear what i am comfortable in and that’s me. I go for the occasional good styleof jacket and shoes. For me, to round off a good pair of shoes is a good pair of socks. You reflect good taste to some in your styles, but surely a good pair of socks to round off and to prevent foot perspiration and foot odour is a must.

    1. Hi Ian! I am so pleased that you are venturing forth into the world of fashion, its all about wearing what you feel comfortable in. I hope you find some inspiration within the pages of my blog! With this outfit, although I appear to not be wearing socks, I am indeed wearing secret socks for the very reasons you outline! Have a good day, and happy Fathers Day for Sunday!

  2. Fatherhood is more than the physical act of raising a human being,
    it’s cultivating a mindful awareness of this beautiful thing we call life,
    and you, Ryan, have this in bucketloads. Proud to call you my brother,
    I always have and always will. Veritas.

    1. Thank you Scott! I am so proud to call you both a family man and my brother! You have such a gem in your life with beautiful little Beth, may the Lord pour out His love, grace and mercy over you, Beth and Steph!

  3. My father was never around I was brought up by my step dad.He is treated me like I was his own.He is my role model and I think the happy traveler’s outfit would look good on him and the Nguni finished bag will go well with the outfit.He is a very proud Zulu man.This would make him a very happy man

  4. I love this look, it’s a ageless and sophisticated casual. I can see my dad and husband looking great in it. I also luuuuurv the bag!

  5. tan high shine leather tassel loafer dune london shoes definitely with the riverisland suit have to look lavish your yourself

  6. Love the tan high shine leather tassel loafer from Dune London. Classy, Stylish, eyecatching, appealing, definately compliments my dad’s love of fashion

  7. I love the look, especially the woolen suit that can be mixed and matched with a man with swag. The loafers are def must be for any man. Less is more and that’s the style that you show. The slim fit trend is a definite way to go for most men because makes a man look sophisticated with style. I also like the play of the bag as who said only women should wear bags.

  8. Being the Managing Director of one of the largest Law Firms in Roodepoort, I believe my dad needs to live up to his expectations and why he is seen as one of the best for the past 29 years. First impressions are lasting impressions and with the right pair of shoes from DuneSA, I’m sure my dad will continue to put his best foot forward; especially with the high shine leather pair.

    #FathersDay #MyLimeBoots

  9. I love the classic tan watch and oxblood loafer combination, so “timeless” and chic!

  10. I really like the tan high shine leather tassel loafer it’s classic and timeless. It’s stylish and eye catching and pulls the whole outfit together making it look elegant. This whole look really suites you. Looking good there Ryan 🙂 🙂

  11. I like the tan high shine leather tassel loafer would look good on me,goes with any outfit and you can wear it anywhere….great look

  12. I love this look, that leather tassel loafer just scream my name. Classic all round look!

  13. I absolutely love this look the best out of the three. It’s sauve, stylish and looks very comfortable. It can be worn to work or out with friends or on a date. Love the watch and the awesome shoes that compliment is wonderfully. ☺

  14. besotted with loafers for men so the tan high shine leather tassel loafer is the ideal look with understated elegance, superb styling!

  15. I am a loafer guy so the Dune London tan high shine leather tassel loafer would be a great choice for me as it is classic stylish look with a suit but you can still pair it casual wear.

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My name is Ryan and I am a work in progress.

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I blog about aspects of life that interest and excite me, those issues that make me think and reflect. These musings I look forward to sharing with you on the blog, as they happen.

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