Soccer and fashion have long been intertwined.
It’s the application of creative expression – a darting run through three defenders on the way to goal or a bespoken three-piece suit and snappy pair of socks.
The list of sartorialists has ranged from the free-wheeling, large collars of George Best, the measured dapperness of David Beckham and Pep Guardiola’s mastery of the sweater, skinny tie combo.
Perhaps the intersection of soccer and style can be attributed to the fact that soccer jerseys can be worn out and about and not just on the field of play. The effervescence of canary yellow against the background of caipirinhas and drum circles, the stark white simplicity of the Three Lions in the corner of a dingy pub or the brightness of the Oranje walking along a path of the Vondelpark in Amsterdam. (Note: I’ve tried to rock my 1995 purple Damon Stoudamire Toronto Raptors jersey in public – not a good look).
In what other sport are Cristiano Ronaldo’s short shorts so widely revered (see www.kickette.com) and detested? Who but Gigi Buffon, an Italian goalkeeper, could make a snood (fancy word for neck scarf) a fashion statement?
In this edition of Touchline TV, we tag along with Fire midfielders Corben Bone and Daniel Paladini to Chicago’s Trunk Club (www.trunkclub.com) to see how style takes shape and pick up a few helpful hints on how to match our shirts and trousers.
Hopefully this helps us at Always on the Inside become cool (er, cooler?).
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