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 jacket with a couple of breathable layers underneath. For those cold, wet Wednesday nights in Stoke, go for something much warmer.
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.
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…