Fashion in sport is a little…limited, for lack of a better word. It doesn’t ever really evolve and that’s a shame. But there are sports that seem to fit this limitation slightly better than others. Individual sports manage to look a little classier than team sports, for example. So I have here a short list of a mix of both individual and team sports so I can come to some kind of decision.
So let us begin, shall we…
I feel like I needed to get this one out of the way so I don’t have to spend too much time talking about it because I’m not the biggest football (Or in American English, soccer) fan in world and talking about it causes me to fall asleep.
They basically all wear the same thing.
Well that’s football covered. No I’m only kidding. But it’s true; they only really differ when it comes down to the pattern of the kit, nothing else ever really changes and it seems like this is it. Football fashion is a stagnant pool of unchanging boredom that makes fans believe they look like their favourite moron… I mean footballers outside of the stadium, which- and i’ve already put my foot down about this in a previous blog-is NOT the case.
There are however sport’s from which you can take the outfit and make it work for the outside world; which brings me neatly on to sport number two.
- Often very contemporary
- Example being the golfers Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter who dress with this style each time they play. (even though I don’t really like Mr Poulter as he is an egotistical show-off who wants everyone to know just how rich he is) But that’s not the point, he still dresses very well.
- Very strict dress codes make a for a much more niche audience at events which in turn allows for a more enjoyable and relaxed day out.
- Luxury, expensive sponsors
Golf is my sport; I’ve played since I was around eleven years old and I love it. I love watching it and playing it (both in real life and on the X Box). You soon realise, when playing golf, that there is an infinitely larger choice in clothing than football and this is a good thing. It allows for the sport’s fashion to evolve in a way that football never can. Rickie Fowler, for example, wears a snapback when he plays. Now my hostility towards snapbacks is no secret, but it does mean that he is modernising the way golfers dress; thereby opening the sport up to younger audiences who see it as ‘cool’; therefore the game opens itself up to wider demographics making it a more profitable sport, end of discussion.
- More of a scope for different outfits due to it being a very individualistic sport.
- Cleaner, more high-class sport than football, so basic kit simply looks much better.
- Same idea as golf, the audience is just politer. You’ll never find a crowd at tennis calling the umpire a w***** or throwing flares on to the court, for example.
Tennis is an interesting one; I only ever really watch Wimbledon and that’s about it really. But again, that’s not the point. The point is that Tennis is an individualistic sport and so, like golf, the scope for a more individual style when it comes to the kit is much larger than say cricket or football. White is obviously a very popular colour in Tennis and that’s ok. Football has so many players on each team that if both sides wore white it would be slightly confusing. But Tennis can quite easily get away with it because the most players you’ll ever see on a tennis court (unless there is some very unorthodox form of the game somewhere in the world) is four. So Tennis is limited, but when each player wears a slightly differing shade of green down the sleeve or when a sponsor is different the kit changes quite drastically and GQ has a field day.
Hey, talking of fields (a game of cricket is played on a field, right?)
Cricket is one of the most popular games on the planet; it’s a team game, so it has something in common with football; but that’s where the similarities end. The trousers and jumpers-which do admittedly often look exactly the same- would look just as good off the field as it does on it; unlike football, where a fan wearing a football kit walking down the street can only (in my eyes) be described as a chav…
Cricket is boring, the games can go on for decades, and the fans can get a little rowdy. But unlike football, the fashion is very conservative, and I like that. I said that football’s style of kit has become stagnant and that it will never evolve and it’s the same case with cricket; yet I’m very ok with that as well. You see, cricket is a British institution and no British institution should ever change if its traditions (like breaking for tea and sandwiches at half time) are going to stick around. If they start pimping up the kits, who knows what other chaos could ensue! They might start having energy drinks and glucose pouches at half time instead; and that can never happen.
So there are some sports that can do fashion quite well; it’s just football is most definitely not one of them.
Don’t forget to leave a comment letting me know what you think and of course, what you think of fashion in the world of sport.
Until next time…