The sports stadium is a sanctuary for sartorial slobs . . . but it doesn’t have to be.
Embrace the athleisure trend
Designer tracksuit pants, luxury sneakers, graphic crewneck sweatshirts — sports luxe is a trend that refuses to relent, meaning these gym-to-street clothes are some of the most on-trend garments you can get your hands on.
Up your sneaker game
Sneaker heads are living in a golden era of high-end kicks, from sporty streamlined runner-style sneakers to luxury brands’ take on basic classics, over-the-top designer sneakers to bulky, colourful, retro-style trainers. The timeless white sneaker is a compulsory feature of every stylish man’s collection, as well as something more daring, perhaps with a pop of colour, a bold print, or an unusual material.
And your knitwear
A wintry evening at the football is a great excuse to pop on a chunky beanie — a thick cable knit for that hipster look, or an oversized high-top beanie for a more urban vibe — and a warm scarf, sticking to block colours if you’re making a statement with brighter hues elsewhere in your outfit.
Retro nylon track jackets, oversized wind-breakers, a puffer jacket or vest, a lightweight Harrington jacket, military-inspired bomber . . . you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to stylish outerwear options to wear to the footy.
Ditch the jersey
Riding a BMX. Attending music festivals. Wearing replica football shirts. There are some things that men of a certain age simply need to give up. Those skin-tight synthetic kits are designed to be worn by finely tuned athletes, not the blokes who pay to watch them run around with a pie and a beer in hand.
Don a tee, instead
If you’ve seen some of the abominations against fashion that sports merchandise stores sell, you know that whatever T-shirt you feel like wearing won’t be the worst top in the joint — meaning the stadium is the perfect place to experiment with a flashy graphic tee, like the abundance of retro designs the classic sportswear brands are churning out to feed the athleisure obsession.