Clark Griswold, A Dadcore Icon

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Clark Griswold, A Dadcore Icon

Not only did National Lampoon’s Vacation define the meaning of family man, but the All-American classic introduced Clark Griswold and his effortless fashion sense to the world. Released in 1983, the decade’s iconic must-haves are highlighted—Members Only jackets, Lacoste polos—but who knew this timeless look would later serve as inspiration for the fashion trend, Dadcore, a derivative of Normcore. Suburban paternal dressing has a few key signifiers easy to spot: New Balance sneakers, clean lines, a neutral palette, and of course, ironed khakis. So while Dadcore may leave the fashion realm as quickly as it appeared, Clark Griswold’s influence on the style cannot be overlooked.

Check out the gallery above for an in-depth look into Griswold’s suburban style, and how to channel a little Dadcore into your wardrobe—right in time for your own Christmas vacation.