Throw it back with vintage-inspired style perfect for the after-hours athlete
Words: Shai Rama | Photography: Steve Marais
Retro sportswear encapsulates the essence of 80s nostalgia, hanging out with the lads and watching footy at the pub. The resurgence of this vintage-inspired, athleisure look is coming in hot this season – channeling vibes from the cutting-edge Britpop era and ensuring that your weekend look is always on point. Sportswear is constantly getting redefined with more fashionable aspects in mind but the retro element always seems to be a common thread in each iteration of the athleisure look.
From oversized jackets to track pants, these items blend statement-making colours with weekend-worthy practicality and are sure to take your casual fits to the next level. We’ve rustled up a few pieces to get you started as well as some tips on how complete the ensemble too.
The Boca Junior
Key aspects of retro sportswear are layering as well as colour-blocking and this radiant look ticks both of those boxes. A clean blue shirt with yellow stripes layered over a long sleeve yellow tee acts as the focal point of this fit and is sure to have you standing out in a crowd. A brand synonymous with retro sport fashion, adidas Originals have constantly set the standard in terms of what’s hot and what’s not and with these cropped pants you’ve definitely got yourself a statement-making look. Rock it with matching kicks to finish off the outfit.
The “No, I’m Not A Sunderland Fan”
Patterns reminiscent of an under-13 soccer team are huge in retro sportswear and this look successfully combines bold stripes with formalwear. This red and white striped shirt worn under a classic red, white and blue windbreaker comes through with the heat and its lightweight construction also makes it a go-to for all weather conditions. With a busy top half, you have to go for something simple at the bottom and these jeans with slightly distressed details work perfectly. Complete the look with a pair of low-key Vans.
The Rugged Defensive-Mid
Vintage sports shirts are a retro sportswear staple and this rugby jersey is a stylish take on the British sporting classic. The trend is timeless – from Mick Jagger in the 60s and 70s to Kanye West and Tyler, The Creator now. This standout shirt comes in an eye-catching red hue with a white collar as well as a white stripe across the middle, which will create a visual trick where you'll appear broader in the chest. Rock it with a pair of denims and some white Chucks and you’ve got yourself a relaxed look for catching all the games in.