Father’s Day, Fashion Edition: The Style Set on Dad’s Best Advice


tommy
Photo: Annie Leibovitz, courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Father knows best: Looks like Tommy Hilfiger took his dad's advice.

With all due respect to Mom, sometimes there's no one quite like dear old Dad.

And with Father's Day looming this Sunday, June 19 (you've sent your card, right?), FashionEtc reached out to some of our favorite fashion figures to reminisce about the best advice—from the profound, to the pithy, to the practical—they ever received from their old men.

Preach on, Papa!

“My father always told me to work hard, dream big, and make family a priority." –Tommy Hilfiger

“To be able to go up and down in life with the same beautiful smile! My joie de vivre and philosophy of life is my strength.” –Catherine Malandrino

"Don’t be afraid of hard work. A lot of 'talented' people actually just work harder than everyone else. Never underestimate the importance of team sports. The ability to work well with other people will serve you in many other ways later in life. If you say something with confidence, people will listen. Be friendly, open, and honest with everyone—every person deserves respect, no matter the circumstances." –Lisa Mayock, Vena Cava

"Eat good food, stay in cheap hotels. Always make sure when traveling that your dinner is more expensive than your hotel room. Never use a middle name or initial, it's pretentious. Seeing a double feature on a sunny day is a great day. Family is the only thing that matters. With hard work you can have whatever you want. Never toast a fresh bagel. Gamble in moderation, and always match what you won with a gift for your wife. Always buy generic brand. Be nice to everyone and never think you know more than anyone else." –Sophie Buhai, Vena Cava

"If you really like to cook, hire someone who really likes to clean dishes." –Isaac Mizrahi

lady gaga

Courtesy photos; Getty Images (Nicole Richie, Simon Doonan); Amy Troost (Pamela Love)

Left to right, Catherine Malandrino, Vena Cava's Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai, Isaac Mizrahi, Oribe, Nicole Richie, Stacey Bendet, Tracy Reese, Pamela Love, and Simon Donnan.

"My dad gave me all the confidence in the world. He told me never to say no to a project—if someone gives you the opportunity to participate in something new, just give it a whirl. Be fearless. I learned so much from my dad, and I still follow that advice today." –Celebrity hairstylist Oribe

"Always enter any room with a smile on your face. Still working on that ... " –Nicole Richie, House of Harlow 1960 and Winter Kate

"Do what you love." –Stacey Bendet, Alice + Olivia

"When we were growing up and choosing careers, Dad always said, ‘Be prepared to work twice as hard as anyone else if you want to achieve your goals.’ Once I started my business, I was working like a fiend, night and day, weekends you name it, just trying to stay afloat. Dad’s advice turned 180 degrees to, ‘Don’t forget to take some time to smell the roses.’ Bless his heart, despite the stern exterior, he’s really a softy!” –Tracy Reese

"Never use your teeth as a tool." –Pamela Love

"If you are going to wear a dangly earring, then don't bleach your hair." –Simon Doonan

What's the best advice your dad ever gave you?

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: