Get in shape from the start with vintage swimsuits
Not to be this guy, but I really don’t know the first thing about most sports. That said, I appreciate a good jersey and think I have a decent eye for what is going to look good.
Wearing a team jersey (unlike a cap) without being a true fan of the team – or even the sport – is enough to justify the ridiculous. It’s not that different from wild, tie-dye rock merch without being able to name your favorite “St. Stephen” recording (it’s 4/30/77 at the Palladium, by the way). my need for authenticity when it comes to sports shirts because, let’s be honest, some of them are just stunning.
I’m not the first person to advocate wearing uniform tops as a style choice. Sportswear has entered the fashion world for quite some time. Rappers representing hockey and basketball teams in the 1990s at Jonah Hill bolstering his status as a divine style by putting a Phoenix Suns jersey in his pants. Supreme has created all kinds of trendy sportswear, from baseball to cycling shirts. And then you have the kaleidoscopic world of soccer jerseys, from the absolutely wacky Nigerian World Cup jersey to Drake in his pink Juventus kit. All of this to say that like most things in the postmodern hellish landscape we live in, the meaning of wearing a team uniform has completely transcended any team allegiance.
So how can you start wearing swimsuits without looking like a in plain clothes cop? Vintage is always a better option. With less specialty fabrics and classic graphic patterns, they’re a bit easier to incorporate into your everyday look, and wearing one is as much a celebration of nostalgia as it is true fanhood. While hockey, football and baseball jerseys all have their own unique style, most popular European or Commonwealth sports have kits closer to T’s and polo shirts, which also makes them more suitable for everyday use. There’s also accessibility: Vintage rugby jerseys, cricket league jerseys, and soccer jerseys are all available in abundance on eBay and relatively easy to find.
Wear the brand
Unlike most American sports, the placement of prominent sponsors has always been an attractive design element of British and European sportswear. Before all funders were giant telecom, web services, and gambling platforms, sponsors had a little more local flavor and flair, creating stylish threads. Take the 1970s Hamburger SV Campari sponsored shirts that I’ve been trying to track down for years, or the Yorkshire Tea sponsorship of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Here are some top notch sponsors that I couldn’t help but point out:
The point is, when you are looking for a jersey to copy on eBay, you cannot search by sponsor. The best luck I’ve had is visiting dedicated sports websites and researching “unusual” or “better” sponsor listings, then heading to the store once I know which team represented them and when.
Give cricket a chance
I have tried to understand cricket several times. I even watched a Vox Explain Netflix episode, but still, it doesn’t really fit for me. Having said that, I still love their jerseys. What’s a little more fun about cricket and rugby jerseys is that there is a huge network of leagues that operate regionally which translates to reasonably priced jerseys and a lot of fun. in terms of design. As I mentioned above, I have a soft spot for Yorkshire County Cricket Club jerseys for their Yorkshire tea sponsor, but there are plenty of other options:
The best way to search for smaller cricket team jerseys is to search a list of all the local clubs, associations or leagues in a certain country. The most important are England, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the West Indies, New Zealand and Australia. This will give you a good starting point to dive deep into eBay. I also couldn’t mention cricket without leaving you with a crispy sweater.
No other dedicated sportswear has seen as many fashion cycles as the rugby jersey. They’re arguably in the middle of a moment right now, with brands like Rowing Blazers and Noah chanting their virtues with every drop. This is for a good reason; they rock. Colorful, a cross between a shirt and a sweater, a neat collar… what’s not to like? The nifty rubber buttons still touch me too. Rugby jerseys are slightly different from normal rugby jerseys mainly because instead of just stripes and patterns there are also team badges, embroidery etc. And many are made from a simple cotton jersey rather than a performance fabric. Once the temperature starts to drop in the evening, nothing better than to don a comfortable rugby.
So that’s your primer. Head over to eBay now, notes in hand, where you will find all the parts related to this article, as well as many others. Well, at least assuming I don’t buy them first.
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