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Vacation Dadcore is a style and lifestyle aesthetic that is based on the timelessness of Hawaiian prints, well-worn sandals, comfortable hats and chill vacations. Vacation Dadcore is the easygoing and practical fashion choices of dads on vacation, who prioritize laidback comfort over flashy appearances. From polos to button-downs, vests to cargo shorts, anything goes in Vacation Dadcore - as it's only truly Vacation Dadcore if you don't really care what you're wearing and just want to get a tan!

The goal of Vacation Dadcore is to help you relax and enjoy some chill times in this crazy world. So why don't you take the Dadcore pill and unwind and let loose?


The visual aesthetics of Vacation Dadcore are heavily influenced by the Miami Beach movement of 1974, which is mainly known for sweet moustaches, funky shirts, golden sand and blue waves. The Miami Beach movement inspired a generation of '70s kids who refused to let the style die, and they brought it back in the '90s, incorporating socks and sandals but toning down the bright color palette to earth tones.

In keeping with the beach theme, Vacation Dadcore conjures up images of beautiful blue oceans, wide sandy beaches, and thatched-roof huts selling boozy drinks at 10 am. You may think it's just palm trees swaying in the breeze, and cruise-liners dotting the horizon, but for those who like to mix things up, late-night bowling alleys, diners, arcades and loads of other places can give off those retro vacation vibes.

The iconic visual of a Vacation Dadcore outfit includes a brightly-colored Hawaiian shirt, a tan that puts hotdogs to shame, and a seriously thick moustache that adds even more sex appeal.

Overall, Vacation Dadcore embraces all things kitsch, nostalgic, and relaxed – it's the perfect style for those who want to escape to a simpler time without sacrificing any of the fun.

Other popular Vacation Dadcore vibes include:


Vacation Dadcore

This man's living the Vacation Dadcore dream in his Hawaiian Classic attire.

This laid-back, retro look is all about channeling your inner 70s detective lounging poolside with their seventh piña colada in hand. Imagine Hawaiian shirts, cargo pants, comfortable sandals and a pair of aviators to top it off– all combined for the ultimate relaxed yet stylish vacation vibe.

To fully embrace this trend, think of classic vacation destinations such as Palm Springs, Maui, or Miami. Choose bold, tropical prints for your shirts (Go for for breathable materials like linen or cotton). Incorporate some shorts with way too many pockets in a complementary color, like a muted blues or greens, and finish off your look with comfortable and stylish sandals or flip-flops.

Top it off with a panama hat, aviator sunglasses and don't forget your trusty fanny-pack. The look is all about effortless practicality. Remember, the key to Vacation Dadcore is all about staying cool and comfortable while standing out.

Here are some simple outfits you can try at home:

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Lance stepping off his daddies yacht in typical Yacht Dad.

The Hawaiian Classic:

  • A bright Hawaiian shirt of your choice
  • A kick-ass moustache
  • Anything else can go!

The Disney Dad:

  • Mickey Mouse ears
  • Very large camera
  • White trainers
  • Beige/tan cargo shorts

The 70s Cop:

  • The Hawaiian Classic
  • Aviators
  • A tucked-in Hawaiian shirt
  • Blue jeans

    A vintage Grill Guru in their natural environment.

The Yacht Dad:

  • Polo shirt
  • A woolen jumper wrapped around the neck
  • Sunglasses

The Drinking Buddy:

  • Tattoos (if you have them)
  • A white vest/cutoff tucked in
  • Jeans with a cool belt
  • Boots

The Latin-American Dad:

  • A Guayabera
  • Loose linen dress pants
  • A Panama hat
  • Loafers
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    Socks and sandals. Blue background not essential.

The Grill Guru:

  • "Kiss The Cook" apron
  • Plaid short-sleeve shirt
  • Cargo shorts with pockets for grilling utensils (A spatula is a must)

Optional Items:

  • Socks and sandals
  • A beard to go with the moustache
  • A boozy cocktail in hand
  • A sleek fanny pack

Hawaiian patterns for reference[]

Vacation Dadcore Vendors[]


Looking to create a Vacation Dadcore-themed home that's laid-back and playful? Here are some décor ideas:

  • Vintage travel posters: Add a bit of wanderlust to your space with some cool retro travel posters from around the world.
  • Lounge chairs: Comfy lounge chairs are a must.
  • Tiki mugs: Serve up tropical cocktails in these or show them off on a shelf.
  • Surfboards: Even if you're nowhere near the ocean or have no idea how to surf, a surfboard can add beachy vibe to a space.
  • Rattan furniture: Lightweight, durable, and with a distinct 70s feel, rattan chairs, tables, and baskets are Vacation Dadcore to the core.
  • Hammocks: String up a hammock in your backyard or on your porch for the ultimate laid-back lounging experience.
  • Floral prints: Inject some bold and colorful floral prints into your home with posters, throw pillows, or art for a playful, vacation-inspired vibe.
  • Vintage maps: Pair your travel posters with vintage maps. Plan out your next vacation in style.
  • Neon signs: Brighten up any room with some sweet retro neon lights.
  • Woven rugs: A boldly patterned woven rug is perfect for adding some texture and a bohemian/Dadcoreian vibe to your floors.


Movies and TV Shows[]


  • Alien from Spring Breakers
  • Dennis Nedry from Jurassic Park
  • Jumba Jookiba from Lilo and Stitch
  • Herbert 'Hi' McDunnough from Raising Arizona
  • Ace Ventura from Ace Ventura (Film Franchise)
  • Beach Kens from Barbie (2023)
  • Asteroid City by Wes Anderson

TV Shows[]

  • James 'Jim' Hopper from Stranger Things
  • Thomas Magnum from Magnum P.I.
  • The White Lotus (2021), Season 1
  • B.J. Hunnicutt from M*A*S*H*


Vacation Dadcore is all about creating immaculate vibes of carefree relaxation, and music plays a big role in doing this. While there is no specific genre of music that defines Vacation Dadcore, the mood and feeling that the music gives off is mainly what matters. A great Vacation Dadcore playlist includes songs that transports you to a world of cool breezes, golden sand, blue waves and fast cars.

The perfect Vacation Dadcore song should be able to take you to a tropical paradise, no matter where you are. These songs need to make you feel relaxed, carefree, and allow you to forget about your busy life for a moment. Whether you prefer classic rock, reggae, or indie folk, the songs should be able to transport you to a laid-back vacation state of mind.

Another neccesary element of a Vacation Dadcore playlist is that it should be the perfect background music for sipping your favorite boozy drink, whether you're lounging by the pool, hanging out on the beach, or just enjoying some time your backyard. The songs should pair perfectly with a chilled to perfection beer, a frozen margarita, or even just some ice-cold water.

Finally, while some of the music should be easy-going, be sure to have some that's perfect for dancing. After all, what's a vacation without some good beats music to get you on your feet? Whether you're a pro dancer or just want to groove to the beat, the music should inspire you to let go and dance like no one is watching.


The Dad of Rock, aka the King of Rock. Elvis Presley's Blue Hawaii soundtrack.

Examples of musical artists:


Here's a few Vacation Dadcore playlists to make you feel like Tom Selleck cruising in his iconic Ferrari 308.


Here's a few Vacation Dadcore Artists who dip into the visual medium of chill times, inviting beaches and funky shirts.

  • Hiroshi Nagai: Nagai crafts illustrations that vividly depict tropical landscapes and serene beaches. Through his skillful use of vibrant colors and a nostalgic sensibility, his art invites viewers to unwind and transport themselves to a realm of leisure and relaxation.
  • David Hockney: Hockney is known for his vibrant scenes of pools and bright picturesque landscapes, all of which capture the essence of leisure and vacation life.
  • Eizin Suzuki:
  • LeRoy Neiman: Neiman works with bold colors and depict energetic scenes of sports, wildlife, leisure and travel. His art gives off the whirlwind of emotion you feel when stepping off the plane and exploring an exciting unknown place.
  • Serena Mitnik-Miller: Her paintings often focus on bright crystal water, golden beaches and relaxing and tranquil costal landscapes.



An avid Vacation Dadcore follower trying to stay cool in these hot summer months.

Some popular Vacation Dadcore activities include:

  • Sipping a cold one
  • Hangin' by the pool
  • Chillin' on the beach
  • Telling some groanworthy jokes
  • Making some boozy cocktails (see below)
  • Looking around art galleries, museums, and zoos
  • Playing cards by the sea
  • Getting a sweet tan
  • Getting a less-sweet sunburn
  • Cruising bars
  • Trying on new Hawaiian shirts
  • Growing a kick-ass moustache
  • Always leave before sunrise
  • Taking videos you will never rewatch
  • Always order your food in the language of the country you're in (even if you don't actually speak it). Repeat it if they don't understand
  • Haggling for prices
  • Chowing down on some delicious Chinese food
  • Getting hydrated from a juicy watermelon

Dad Jokes[]

Here's a few Dad Jokes to get those brain juices flowing:

  • Why don't scientists trust stairs? - Because they're always up to something!
  • I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. - It's impossible to put down!
  • What do you call a pile of cats? - A MEOWTAIN!
  • How do you organize a space party? - You 'PLANET'!
  • I used to play piano by ear, but now I use my hands!
  • Want to hear a joke about construction? - I'm still working on it!
  • Did you hear about the claustrophobic astronaut? - He just needed a little space!
  • How do you make holy water? - You boil the hell out of it!

Boozy Cocktails[]

Fun to make, better to drink!

Please drink responsibly and don't drink if you are underage.


Vacation Dadcore is more than just about fashion, it can also be a lifestyle that is centered around the simplest pleasures of life. At its core is the belief that we should take time to slow down, enjoy the moment, and look great doing it!

There are a few principles that embody the lifestyle of a true Vacation Dad:

  • Embrace the art of relaxation: This means taking time to truly relax and disconnect from the stresses and pressures of everyday life. Whether it's chilling in a hammock or reading a book by the beach, the key is to slow down and enjoy life as much as you can.
  • Focus on simple pleasures: Instead of chasing after material possessions, a Vacation Dad's lifestyle prioritizes simple pleasures such as spending time with friends and family, enjoying some good food and drink and just simply enjoying the beauty this world has to offer.
  • Embrace comfort: Comfort is key when it comes to Vacation Dadcore. This means choosing clothes and accessories that are comfortable and functional - and that also have the occasional funky floral print.
  • Prioritize experiences over possessions: Instead of collecting material possessions, the Vacation Dadcore lifestyle emphasizes the importance of collecting great experiences and unforgettable memories. This could mean going on a road trip, trying out some new hobbies, or simply spending a day doing things you already love.

So how can you embody the Vacation Dadcore lifestyle? It starts with taking the time to slow down and enjoy the present. This might mean taking a vacation or simply taking an afternoon to relax and unwind with a couple of boozy cocktails.

Finally, prioritize experiences and simple pleasures in your day-to-day life. Spend time with loved ones, enjoy an ice-cold beer, or simply have a wander along the beach. By embracing the lifestyle of Vacation Dadcore, you'll be able to relax, unwind and enjoy life to the fullest. Maybe even try growing that mustache you think will look cool.


Vacation Dadcore Heroes[]

Vacation Dadcore Vibes[]

Vacation Dadcore's Historical Events[]

June 17th 2023 - A Vacation Dadcore themed night took place at the Imposters Theater in Cleveland Ohio between 6:00 PM - 10:30PM. More information about this Historical Event can be found here.

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