Dressing like a dad isn’t a conscious decision. Instead, it’s akin to wiping away a bead of sweat about to drip into your eye. It’s like trying to grab your phone mid-air as it slips out of your hand and then playing an expensive and awkward game of accidental hacky sack. Dressing like a dad is automatic, it’s both a reflex and a calling that happens due to forces outside of your control.
In a TikTok video made by the increasingly popular McFarland family, Dylan finds himself on the receiving end of a life-changing call. Not a phone call, but a call to action. With his father Dan providing him with the wisdom and guidance of a Jedi Master, Dylan steps up and embraces the call of the khaki.
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The video opens with on-screen text that reads, “When you finally reach the age to start dressing like a Dad.” As Dylan steps into his room, his eyes widen and his bag drops to the ground. With the cautious excitement of Indiana Jones stumbling upon the golden idol, Dylan approaches the coveted Dad Uniform.
With his dad standing behind him and guiding his every motion, Dylan dresses himself carefully and proudly. As he tucks his shirt into his cargo shorts and tightens his New Balances, Dylan’s eyes fill with the intensity of a dad attempting to mow the lawn before it starts to rain.
Dan watches his son with pride. He passes the torch along with his wire-framed glasses to Dylan, and as father and son face each other in matching outfits, the transformation is complete. In the final frame, Dylan and Dan stand proudly side by side. From their slicked-back hair to their fully visible calf-high socks, the pair looks ready to take on the world. Or, at the very least, the lawn.
With over 15.7 million views, the highly relatable video struck a chord with dads around the world. There’s a unity in the Dad Look, a mutual understanding that with New Balances comes great responsibility. If your own transformation is still in the works, have no fear. When the time to go Full Dad arrives, you’ll know – and we promise, you’ll be ready.