What to wear on matchday

Ever since the casuals subculture of the 1980s, football fans have always used a trip to a football match to show off their fashionable side. So if you’re heading to one this season, and you don’t feel like squeezing into that old replica shirt. Here’s a few things to consider:

Check the weather

When you go to a football match, you’re essentially just stood outside for 2 hours or more, without really moving around that much (especially not if it’s a bore draw). Also, with minimal personal space there isn’t much room to be constantly taking layers on and off. When it’s not too cold, it’s best to go with a light jacketĀ with a couple of breathable layers underneath. For those cold, wet Wednesday nights in Stoke, go for something much warmer.

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Subtle Support

OK, a lot of people don the replica shirt to show support for their team, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you want to have a decent night out after you’ll have to be a bit more subtle. If it’s cold, rep your team with a hat or a scarf (not a half and half, be sensible), or show a little flash of colour from a pair of socks or a plain t-shirt, something that would get you past even the most draconian of bouncers.

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Keep it casual

Take the lead from the casuals from the 80s, they loved their sportswear and would always be showing it off at games. But rather than go ‘full-tracksuit’, incorporate a few retro sportswear-inspired pieces into your wardrobe to keep your outfit suitable for the match and whatever happens after…

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