SOURCE: Martin Miller's Gin

May 30, 2007 10:00 ET

Classic Style and Good Taste for Father's Day

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 30, 2007) - Tired of neckties; had it with aftershave and all through trying to sell Dad on the latest new designer looks? When it comes to Father's Day, the search for the ideal gift can be tricky.

This year, just in time for Dad's big day, the makers of Martin Miller's Gin asked 100 fashion editors from magazines and newspapers across the country for their help in choosing menswear that's proven it can stand the test of time. Here are the classic fashions the experts say will always be welcome additions to any man's wardrobe, proving that good taste never goes out of style.

1. Buttoned Down - No guy can ever have enough white, Oxford cloth button-down shirts, say 22%. Introduced by Brooks Brothers in 1896, the first ones were patterned after those worn fastened down by polo players to keep their collars from flying up during play. Whether they're topping jeans or setting off a suit, white button-downs are the number one must-have classic for every man.

2. Well-Suited - If money's no object this dad's day, a beautifully tailored black suit will take him anywhere, say 15%. According to Wikipedia, "the modern suit did not appear until the early-to-mid nineteenth century, but the origins of its coat can be traced back to the revolution in men's dress set by Charles II, king of Great Britain in the 1660s... and popularized by British dandy Beau Brummel by the early 1800s." Some say the best suits still come from London's Savile Row.

3. Levi's, Wrangler's or Designer Denim - First created in Genoa for the Italian Navy, denim came into its own when Levi Strauss and partner Jacob Davis added copper rivets to make it sturdy enough for miners during the California Gold Rush in the 1850s. Whatever his age, no guy's wardrobe is complete without a few pairs of jeans, according to 13% of the editors.

4. Got the Blues? - Every dad should own a classic Navy Blue Blazer, say another 13%. The style was first worn by the members of the rowing club of St. John's College, Cambridge, England. If Dad's already got a good one, splurge on a set of real gold shank buttons for a really authentic look.

5. Sport (shirt) of Kings - Polo shirts were de rigueur summer wear for men long before Ralph Lauren. In fact, the style was invented for tennis players by René Lacoste, the French 7-time Grand Slam champion, and only adopted by polo players -- seizing on a good thing when they saw it -- in the 1930s. For six percent of the editors, polos are another style that's forever fresh.

6. Thomas Burberry's Best - The trench coat was invented by Thomas Burberry for the British War Office in 1901. Adopted by Dick Tracy, The Phantom, Rick Blaine ("Casablanca"), Neo and Morpheus ("The Matrix"), among many others, the trench coat has never gone out of style. Three percent of the editors maintain that it never will.

7. Officers, Gentlemen and Regular Guys... all look great in khakis. Like the trench, khaki slacks were first adopted by the British Army in India during the 19th century. The dust-colored cloth went on to become a staple of military men from all over the world. Today, they are still an essential in any man's wardrobe for three percent of the fashion experts who participated in the poll.

If that's not enough to choose from, other editors contributed suggestions such as loafers, v-neck sweaters, pea coats and seersucker suits. Like Martin Miller's Gin, a classic gin distilled in England, then shipped to Iceland and blended with the purest water on earth, all are items that prove that styles change, but good taste never does. This Father's Day, a son or daughter couldn't do better.

Martin Miller's Gin - England Distilled - Iceland Chilled

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