Men’s fashion has long looked to the sports for trends in style and design. Many designers and high-street chains have been taking inspiration and developing new ideas with activities such as golf, tennis and polo in mind, and adapting them to be worn beyond the country-club drive way. In fact, they have succeeded so much, as to make the formerly sporty gear look smart, well tailored and classic, and the best thing about it is that you don’t even have to be athletic yourself to rock the sports apparel look and adapt it to your everyday wardrobe – work or play.
With golf, tennis and polo being very traditional gentlemanly sports, designers such as Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Fred Perry took inspiration from each one and combined them into a universal sporty/smart look. Ralph Lauren even took it up a notch and the company actually produces polo shirts specific to many golfing and tennis tournaments held throughout the season.
In todays article, we’re going to be taking a look at some timeless pieces that have derived from sportswear.
Get The Look
Classic Polo T-Shirt – you’ll find your muse for this basic staple piece from Ralph Lauren, Lacoste and Tommy Hilfiger campaigns. They come in an array of colours and designs, and are sure to satisfy even the fussiest fashionistas and guarantee you will be spoilt for choice. For a classic golfing or tennis T opt for a navy or a white main colour, and if you do want to stand out from the crowd go for bold and bright yellows, fuchsias and greens.
Chinos and Shorts– Golf inspired chinos are bang on trend, coming in a wide choice of prints and colours. On the high-street Zara Man, Topman and H&M always offer a vast selection. The traditional approach has been reinvented, and today you can get a great variety. If you like to play it simple, stick with classic cuts and styles but if you like to stand out opt for a brighter colour.
Chunky-knit Cardigans, and Sweaters – Gives an ‘Aprés Game’ feel to the whole outfit. Chunky knit off-white cardis create a sophisticated yet relaxed look. A navy jersey blazer with a ‘crest’ on the pocket gives a bit of an All-American country club feel; and if you are going to go all out – layer them up and rock the old school tennis pro-look.
Boating Shoes – always easy to find on both the high-street and high-end – ASOS, Mr.Porter, Ralph Lauren, Gant, Timberland and Topman always offer a wide range.
The great thing about this look is that it’s so versatile and inter-seasonal, that it easily takes you from spring all the way into early fall with very little adjustments made. The longevity and the timelessness of these pieces is not surprising, as the original tennis uniforms’ designs are still being used as starting points for new collections – and this is one of the trends that is here for a long-haul, so the pieces are definitely somewhat of an investment rather than a fad.