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Latest AW19 Arrivals: AMI, APC & COMME des GARÇONS

Discover What The Autumn-Winter ’19 Season Has In Store

Luckily for us, and especially luckily for you, we here at Aphrodite have found ourselves in the possession of some stellar attire for the upcoming AW19 season. So, whether the understated, clean lines of APC are just your thing, or COMME des GARÇONS’ unconventional silhouettes are the must-have pieces for your collection – we reckon you’ll have no trouble picking up some staples this season.

Two noteworthy labels, both of whom operate from their base in the tangled streets of the City of Lights, have transcended this season’s offerings with their clean-cut aesthetic and comparable design codes. Parisian imprints, AMI and APC, are steered by lauded male designers and share the same minimalist outlook and effortless French elegance through each and every collection.

Bringing a much-needed pop of colour to the doom and gloom of the autumnal period, AMI’s Alexandre Mattiussi has indulged in a selection of sweet shades to kick things off. With hues ranging from punchy pistachio, buttery beige and vanilla, AMI’s tees, sweats and hoodies will illuminate any dull weather standing in your path and serve your ensemble a brighter note. Silhouettes are anything but slender, in the mind of Mattiussi – the boxier the better. But, of course, no AMI piece is truly complete without the signature ‘Ami de Coeur’ emblem in pride of place, again – showcased larger than life for AW19.

Ami Hoodie Ami de Coeur Tee

Much like its French neighbour AMI, Jean Touitou’s label APC is very much predictable, and we mean that in the greatest possible way. Every year APC avoids ‘trend’ fashion and the unsustainability associated with that; delivering in turn styles that promise to remain relevant for years to come, free from ostentatious surprises and certainly nothing too out of the ordinary. For AW19 you can expect to see a plethora of branded pieces, whether it be tees, sweats or accessories, they’re all proudly sporting the label’s abbreviated ‘Atelier de Production et de Creation’ moniker.

Take for instance the simple navy sweat below, both cosy and comfortable, the design wouldn’t look out of place in five years’ time thanks to the timelessness of Jean Touitou’s fuss-free aesthetic, an element of APC that’s helped it pave such a presence within Parisian youth culture.APC SweatshirtAPC Sweatshirt Navy

Across the globe and within the affluent, architectural streets of Tokyo’s Aoyama district, Rei Kawakubo’s talented team has been hard at work producing the next COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT range. Less avant-garde than the brand’s main collection, Kawakubo’s SHIRT diffusion line sees a range of shirting designs delivered in a multitude of palettes. The hoodie and coach jacket below play on the pinstripe theme found across the COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT collection this season.Comme des Garcons HoodieComme des Garcons Coach Jacket

Built in fine stripes of blue and white, the traditional coach jacket is seldom seen in a pattern of this kind, making it almost certain to stand out throughout urban settings this season. Also subverting the norm, the hooded, pinstripe piece in the brand’s line up is definitely not bound for off-duty days like the conventional hoodie, instead, the cut, construction and fit nod more to formal, weekend outings.

All of this, plus a variety of sleek, smart accessories on offer both in-store and online will ensure your wardrobe receives the seasonal refresh it needs. Shop all the featured garments on our website or in our Sunderland city centre store now.

Comme des Garcons Multi Wallets

COMME des GARÇONS WALLET: Lost In Logomania

COMME des GARÇONS WALLET ‘Huge Logo’ Capsule

For some seasons now fashion brands across the board have pleaded their case for logomania. From streetwear labels to luxury houses and every circuit in-between, the movement’s undoubtedly industry approved. No stranger to an emblazoned aesthetic, Rei Kawakubo’s Japanese imprint COMME des GARÇONS has led the logomania vanguard for years. Spanning tees, hoodies, shirts and accessories, the label’s moniker, and subsequent logo, unapologetically takes the identity of a globally renowned empire.

For SS19, the brand’s WALLET diffusion line embarks on a logo-charged tirade. Crafted to exacting standards in Spain, the premium collection employs cowhide leather to construct each silhouettes smooth surface. Brought to life in punchy cherry red and black hues, the capsule lends itself to several wallet shapes and sizes. Designs vary from billfold, to coin holder and elongated, while each possessing a common denominator; the COMME des GARÇONS logo stationed front and centre.

COMME des GARÇONS WALLETS

COMME des GARÇONS WALLET Huge LogoThe French term, that translates to ‘like boys’, is stamped to each wallets exterior, presenting an unmistakable finish to every accessory in the line up. Gold hardware secures the zipped versions, while gold-foil branding also appears within the capsule.

Though visually each wallet is of the same aesthetic, internally, the styles serve different purposes. Ideal for keeping your loose change safe, the small to medium coin holders are perfect for general storing and transporting. In contrast, the billfold and elongated wallets arrive with organisation in mind. With slots for cards, notes and coins, these slick versions don’t compromise on space or security. COMME des GARÇONS WALLET BillfoldCOMME des GARÇONS WALLET Huge Logo Collection

As Rei Kawakbuo’s designs don’t hang about for long, be quick to add one of these bold wallets to your collection before they’re all gone. Shop the entire COMME des GARÇONS WALLET collection in-store or on our website.

Top 10 Graphic Print T-Shirts

No matter if you’re team front print or back print, prefer your top half attire colourful or monochromatic, we can all agree that nothing screams summer like a good old-fashioned graphic t-shirt. Lightweight, breathable and packing a sufficiently weighty visual punch they are a great way to add some extra depth to your outfits when the spring layers begin to come away and your shorts finally find their way back from the dark corners of your winter wardrobe. So, with the temperature rising and the allure of the local beer garden becoming almost unbearable there has never been a better time to stockpile your short sleeve essentials and bulk up with a heaping helping of colourful callouts.

Maison Kitsune T-Shirt

Maison Kitsune

With a music label, coffee shops and an astoundingly good ready-to-wear line under their belt you’d probably imagine that Maison Kitsune are about ready to take a back seat and appreciate the multifaceted, tricolour empire they’ve manged to construct around them. Well, as the Franco-Japanese brand unveils its plans to open the first of its Kitsune hotels in 2020, we’re here to tell you that’s where your wrong and we have just the crustacean based t-shirt to prove it. Boasting a ribbed neck and cotton jersey fabric, the t-shirt swaps out the usual fox motif for a crab resulting in both a classically refined Kitsune style illustration and a clever bit of advertising for their Bali based accommodation. Top marks from us.

Paul & Shark T-Shirt

Paul & Shark

Continuing the theme of sea-based creatures up next we have Paul & Shark. Keeping quality high on the agenda the Italian yachting brand takes the humble t-shirt and imbues it seam to seam with their usual premium craftsmanship. Displaying a colourful rendition of the classic shark logo screen printed to the chest the garment is rounded out with double-stitched hems, a ribbed neck and a slightly less weighty cotton perfect for the rising temperatures.

Patagonia T-Shirt

Patagonia

No stranger to the occasional colourful back print, Patagonia again return this season with a fresh addition to their t-shirt line-up. Made From 100% organic in the brand’s typical ecological fashion, the t-shirt comes with taped shoulder seams for improved shape retention and a bold psychedelic mountain sunset scene plastered to the rear. If this doesn’t make you want to power your way to the top of the nearest slight incline we don’t know what will.

Ten C T-Shirt

Ten C

In-keeping with the brand’s militaristic aesthetic this Ten C t-shirt swaps out loud prints for a more subdued approach, instead opting to let it’s Italian made quality do all the talking. With side splits adding an extra dash of functionality and a bound neck for structure the t-shirt is rounded out with a lowkey shoulder logo print.

Paul Smith T-Shirt

Paul Smith

In somewhat contrasting fashion, next up is British designer Paul Smith. Using their affinity for colourful characters the short sleeve top exchanges the usual zebra motif for a slightly more morbid line-up of printed skulls to the chest. Subtly flanked by the brands logo below the t-shirt is made from 100% cotton and comes with the selection of ribbing naturally found in a top-half garment of this stature.

adidas Originals T-Shirt

adidas

Tapping into one of our most basic human instincts, the need for an ice lolly when it’s a bit hot, adidas apply a playful approach to the conventional double-sided formula. Working the classic trefoil logo into a vibrant tropical island scene to the front, the t-shirt employs a, ‘juicy mix icecream’ print emblazoned to the back.

Stussy T-Shirt

Stussy

Of course, it wouldn’t be right to do a rundown of some of our favourite printed bits without mentioning Stussy. With arguably one of the most recognised logos in the streetwear game and an impressive resume serving up some of the best in graphic-heavy garments it doesn’t come as any surprise that they found their way onto the guest list. This particular specimen displays the aforementioned script callout to the front with a circular emblem print to the back for expected levels of effortless appeal.

Comme des Garcons T-Shirt

Comme des Garcons

Brandishing a piquant yellow base this t-shirt from Comme des Garcons is a must have for the more minimally minded among us. With a completely clean front and accompanying logo back print, the t-shirt is crafted from a slight stretch material for bonus comfort points.

Ralph Lauren T-Shirt

Ralph Lauren

Retaining a staunch preppy swagger with an added helping of patriotic flair the best dressed bear in fashion returns just in time for the hot weather. Cut in a custom slim fit associated with the New York based brand, the t-shirt is topped off with some tasteful branding and a contrasting ribbed neckline.

DSquared2 T-Shirt

DSquared2

For those looking for a more high-end addition to their summer shirting Canadian born twins Dan and Dean canten of DSquared2 have got you covered. Put together with fit and quality in mind the t-shirt sees the world-renowned logo reworked into a contemporary overlapped design that takes centre stage for an unmistakable finish.

Shop all the t-shirts listed above as well as plenty of other short sleeve styles online and in store now.

The Seasons Roll By

Trends are funny old things. One moment you’re retiring the denim jacket from the champagnes and the campaigns and within a blink of an eye it’s back as the quintessential layering piece. C’est la vie, as the French say, amongst other things, such as; Roll Necks are this seasons must have layering piece, especially this pink piece from Paris’ own A.P.C., amongst contemporary design from Comme des Garçons SHIRT & Maison Margiela.

Has layering gone too far? Can it go too far? Is knit on knit a crime? Can 2018 be the year we allow same knit’s to live with one another in harmony? Questions that aren’t for us to answer, but this Ami on A.P.C. action makes a convincing case.

Who dares wins, and in this coldest of winters it’s worth investing in a daring selection of classy cold weather warmers. Practical, stylish, contemporary with a touch of classic heritage influence? It’s all in Ami’s prerogative with their Ami De Coeur range that mixes the best of menswear design with the sensibilities of streetwear.

 

Wearable Art: The Comme des Garçons Basquiat Collection

Legendary Japanese fashion house Comme des Garçons kick off their Autumn/Winter 2018 SHIRT collection by tapping the estate of the late, great street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat for a capsule of collaborative tees.

First rising to fame in the late 1970s – under his graffiti tag SAMO – for his works around the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Basquiat was part of a cultural hotbed in the area, where the worlds of hip-hop, punk and street art coalesced. Through his graffiti and later gallery paintings, Basquiat addressed both social and personal issues of wealth imbalance, cultural segregation and the racial tension of the time.  His impressionist style and appropriation of pop culture icons gained him wide acclaim in the art world. After his premature death from heroin overdose at the age of 27, collectors have been clamouring for Basquiat’s work, with one of his paintings recently fetching an astonishing $110.5M at auction — a record breaking figure.

Also famous for flaunting rules and norms, Comme des Garçons choice of Basquiat pieces for the capsule makes total sense. Lead designer Rei Kawakubo has always carved her own path in the fashion world, both in her designs and the way she runs CDG as a brand, so the affinity with an artist like Basquiat is clear; in fact, Basquiat himself did a catwalk show for the brand’s Homme Plus line in 1987, a year before his death.

Celebrating the artist’s life, the t-shirts depict some of the artist’s most famous works — such as Bronze and In Italian — and boast block printing in complementary colours, like mini works of art in their own right. The quality, as expected of Comme des Garçons, is second to none, and branding is absent, letting the art speak for itself. You don’t need an art degree or a private gallery: they’re just good prints, minus the multi-million dollar price-tag, on quality tees from a legendary brand.

Grab yourself a piece of wearable art history today: the Comme des Garçons Basquiat collection is available instore and online now from Aphrodite Clothing.

Earn Your Stripes: Summer Stripes Edition

Spending its early life on the torsos of sailors, criminals, clowns and other despicable characters, the striped garment has enjoyed it’s latter years as the classy fashion choice. With its versatility we felt it essential to offer the best in stripes from the Aphrodite1994 range.

Vertical Shirts

Although thought to be exclusive to your wolves of wall street, the vertical stripe to a crisp shirt adds a perfect patterned layer to any outfit. Wear it like you would a regular oxford or chambray offering as an overshirt in the warm or layering in the cold.

As simple as it comes, the tailoring on offer from Japan’s favourite minimalist brand is unparalleled, justifying the high-quality price tag. With its point collar, single-needle tailoring and a patch pocket to the chest, this usually formal styling takes on another life as an essential wardrobe wearer for finest of casual combinations.
One of our wardrobe essentials, the Striped Ralph Lauren Oxford is such a staple in Polo archive and so intrinsically Ralph Lauren that other striped iterations of the oxford shirt might, in fact, be mistaken for it. 100% cotton construction woven in a thin slimming stripe, this shirt has been cut in a slim fit for a more tailored look that guarantees a versatility not seen by many, making it perfect for dressing down and up.
 
Having covered its blue brother in our recent ‘Kind of Blue’ feature, it would just be flat out rude to not acknowledge the pretty in pink sequel. Styled as a box fit Hawaiian shirt, the striped garment includes a choice of button up or casual collar all developed in a holiday-ready linen fabrication.
Hooped Polos

A sporting classic, any champion of the athleisure wear is sure to provide their spin on the hooped polo. With a look that screams either Wu-Tang or Tiger Woods depending on your preference, there’s a serious amount of versatility in the style.

Part of a double bill of Paul & Shark polos (think of this as the Godfather 1 to our up and coming Godfather 2 in a world where the Godfather 3 doesn’t exist) this variant of everyone’s favourite yachting outfitters is a sure fire way to be noticed by its standout colouring and fine quality crafting. Smashing 3 nautical colours into one with its navy, light blue and orange colour combo, it’s a surprisingly easy dress down option for jeans, slacks or a fitted trouser.
 
You can rely on only a number of things in life: death, taxes and Ralph Lauren Polos. The American outfitters will forever be associated with the colourful world of polos, finding a foot in 90s streetwear with their varied design. With it’s red and white design, this polo is a simple and slim staple shirt.
 

Paul & Shark Polo Shirt – Grey / White / Peach

You didn’t have to wait long for the big reveal, and can you say you’re satisfied with the offering? It’s a unanimous yes from the Aphrodite team, and we’re sure it is from you too. Tempting the simple white and grey base with a pale pastel pink is a stroke of colour blocking genius from the Italian team and offers a colour variation to their rather simplistic variations.
Pinstripe Pants

You haven’t seen this kind of pant style since prison wear, and it isn’t as juvenile as once before!

In a league of their own as our singular striped pant option, the Armitage trouser from Oliver Spencer is a relaxed fitting, formal looking, pinstripe weave that you didn’t know you wanted, and we guarantee you’ll need after inspection. We live in a world where formal wear is now comfortable, so get with the craze and strut to the corner shop in style.
Basic Bretons

The industry standard, the iPhone of the garment world, the universally recognised sign of a mature fashion icon, the striped t-shirt says it all with only a small palette to work from, but boy does it work!

As it goes with Scandinavian minimalism, there’s only a select number of patterns accepted into its new age architect lookbook. It’s a good job that monochrome stripes are one of the foundations of the movement, as there are very few better dress down fashion styles. Norse Projects, your friends from the utmost north of Europe, are champions of the striped garment, adding tiny embellishments to each model. The Niels Tee takes on a sketched line work display in its stripes for a unique look.
What’s better than a single stripe pattern? Double stripes! Also, not a stranger to a striped garment (as displayed above) are Oliver Spencer. Their Conduit t-shirt is the gateway to a finer casual style offering a simple base in this outing, placing navy and grey as the two-tone offering.
No messing around from Folk and their classic stripe offering. This dictionary definition offering of the striped style needs no sell, it’s a solid piece of kit for your wardrobe!
Multicolour Bretons

Lifes too short to be boring, so lighten up a bit and add some colour to your striped wardrobe.

It’s simple, it’s striped, it’s yellow. Dubbed as ‘beeswax’ in its subtle colouring; the soft shading to the typically bright colour welcomes a foundational pairing option for a plethora of outfit editions. Treat yourself to this extroverted colouring for the warmer months.
Take the previous caption and place ‘Vintage’ in there and you’ve got yourself a rivalling quality garment
Dominating your stripe spectrum are the specialists at Oliver Spencer, and they’re bringing a pocket to the stripey t-shirt design. The sky blue design and contrasting collar are a brilliant addition to a timeless design.
 
Honourable Mentions:

Colourblock Casual

A quick shoutout to some essential items in the Aphrodite1994 arsenal.

A seamless construction in a nautical Red / Cream / Navy complexion, this block striped sweatshirt is a minimalists statement piece.

Sporty Stripes

adidas 3 Stripe T-Shirts

We couldn’t have a stripe feature without the brand literally made of stripes!

6 Ways to Style the Chino

There’s nothing more versatile than the chino when it comes to menswear style and with fashion sub-genres being at their most varied, eclectic and widest range yet, we take a look at some of the looks on the street and how the classic style has been adapted.

Streetwear 

Wide leg chino pant, rolled to ankle length and a bit of layering on the upper whether it be jacket and hoodie or t-shirt and shirt combo. Brands paired throughout the fashion subculture range in everything from Nike and Champion to Y3 and OAMC the brand founded by Luke Meyer, former creative director of the brand at the forefront of it all SupremeAs possibly the widest and most varied subculture of the already wide and varied fashion culture, let us just say the range of choice we have is so broad that there’s plenty of room for, activities so to speak? Our pick for the warmer months is a dress down attire with Norse Project Indigo cap, Patagonia pocket tee and a fresh pair of Adidas Yung-1s.

Heritage Gent

The beauty of being able to pair a polo with plimsolls and a comfy trouser is exactly what makes this look so popular and above all, distinctive. The heritage gent would go nowhere in matching garments so a contrast is an intricate detail not to be missed. Known to rock the Beige before any of the modern-day adopters, the heritage gent has been decking chinos with the smartest of casual looks since there was a history to document. Fred Perry Polo and Novesta Star Master topped off by Ray Bans in Havanna Brown.

Scandinavian Minimalist

There is nothing more crisp and clean than the Scandinavian look and this is mainly down to the simplicity of every ensemble, the chino being a regular piece. The sleek style is usually complemented by the polished finishing of tapered legwear showing that all important top of footwear and bare or sock covered ankle. Striped Albam tee, Grenson Sneaker 1 and APC Tote places you in touching distance of the highest of fashion, with the refinement of a simple colour blocked aesthetic.

Surplus Solider

Attennnnntion! The post-mod-army-surplus-super-solider is known to get the dress down fashion as regimented as possible, pairing a smart casual style with essential men’s wear items to create the cool civilian uniform. Taking the old army sensibilities of the Clarks Desert Boot in a versatile beeswax colouring, and pairing it with a simple oxford shirt by the way of Norse Projects and a classic Baracuta Harrington jacket.

Contemporary Cool

That’s right, Chinos can totally set off a high fashion outfit as a contemporary choice, especially paired with the cool colours for the palette. Take the pairing of the ghostly white Margiela T-shirt and Sock Racer, then place a crisp blue stripe CDG shirt over the top. Give the T-shirt a tuck too for a variation to the norm, plus a crop to the trouser to accentuate the ankle bootie. The style is in the quality and design, the simplicity of the look with its pale tones and minimal patterning is intrinsically Comme Des Garçons, as well as representing a deconstructed style in the vein of Margiela, taking the typical fashion look and breaking it down to its sensibilities.

Casual Terrace

A match in heaven, the BOSS Green polo and adidas Gazelle work in conjunction to present a matched colour scheme. Where the usual denim would sit comes a change in the chino, colour matched with the gum sole of the adidas Gazelle Super and paired perfectly with the grey, white and blue colours of the BOSS Green Paddy 3 Polo Shirt. With influences of heritage and streetwear, this outfit works as a classy dress down approach still incorporating a classic adidas silhouette into the look.

Kind of Blue: Summer Shirts Edition

Welcome reader. Relax, take a seat, and press play on our summer shirt feature. Drink? We thought you’d never ask.

Short Sleeves

The sight of a short sleeve blue shirt strikes fear into a number of men and with justification. It can be a divisive affair, more pie guzzling than Ryan Gosling, but don’t fret we’re here to help!

For menswear, there are certain brands you can guarantee to provide a simple and effective design British sensibilities. The highest of our priced short sleeves but fitted perfectly off the peg for all body types. Small details like a contrasting top button, logo tab to pocket and stripe details to the side seams give the shirt unique embellishments to push it away from its contemporaries.
Although your token blue shirt is a light blue number, this deep blue creation from the Polo brand is a versatile offering that can work in casual and more formal designs with it’s contrasting blue offering a foil to most staple formalwear palettes. Crafted from a featherweight twill fabric, this is perfect as a summer shirt to air it all out.
Offering a perfect middle ground to the above offerings, this mid-blue oxford offering from the laurel wreath is casual wear through and through with button-down collar, box pleat and contrasting locker loop to the rear of the shirt.

Striped 

For all you men in blazers, this is the section for you. Honestly, the next time you lean those elbow patches on the bar to talk about the footsie 100, you won’t look like a Richard.

Clean cut, no-nonsense, and surprisingly not an eccentric offering from Comme De Garçons shirts. Show your fashion awareness with the Japanese brand’s best in men’s formal attire taking an eloquent approach to the men’s striped shirt.
Kings of French cool, APC bring a minimalist contemporary air to every seasonal offering from the brand, and it’s a consistent presenting in this striped shirt with a cream and blue mix in its colouring. A timeless approach to a timeless item.
This typically preppy garment might not be striped per se, but it fits our agenda and you’ve gotten this far so why should you care, this shirt is too nice to kick up a fuss.

Hawaiian 

Pigeonholing this in as it’s our only Hawaiian that fits the criteria, and it’s not really a Hawaiian at that, more a box fit, box fresh, punching above its weight, casual commando in the fashion field.

You see why we included this now, right? Relaxed boxy fit, soft fabric composition, multi-button collar options, it’s a swiss army knife in a shirt.

Chambray

The carbon fibre of the blue shirt world, the chambray is you high performing supercar in your wardrobe. More of a Tesla in Aesthetic than a Bugatti, it’s what’s under the hood that counts, and the chambray is packing some serious power.

This genuinely might be the greatest shirt ever made in the history of the greatest shirts ever made. APC has the uncanny knack of knocking every garment out of the metaphorical park of quality, and this Japanese cotton clad chambray is a year-round killer.
Dyed with indigo and stonewash to create a denim blue complexion it’s ‘Murica in a classy chambray design, embracing the denim colour to great effect on a casual and lightweight design. Pair with more denim for the authentic rawhide look.
Norse Projects have the uncanny ability to nail the a-typical stylings of any staple garment with their Scandinavian minimalist air. When we’re eventually able to 3d print objects by verbal demand, the scream of ‘Alexa, Chambray Shirt’ will yield this exact design.

Oxford

Even the word ‘Oxford’ connotes a world of regal, timely gentlemen and women oozing the aroma of books and rich mahogany, taking the bimmer out for a spin to the local shop to pick up a box of earl grey in anticipation of afternoon tea and scones.

It’s hard to offer a shirt selection without omitting Ralph Lauren, they’ve dominated the preppy shirt creation since the dawn of man (that’s a fact). Does what it says on the tin etc.
Take the previous piece on the Anton Chambray and replace the c-word with Oxford. Consistency.
To be honest, as much as I love oxford shirts, they’re just the same thing with a different logo. You cannot go wrong with the selection at hand (Unless you don’t buy any).

Overshirts

The book ender of sorts, a good overshirt (or shacket if you’re so inclined) is the layering item you need in your arsenal. Add it to a summer wardrobe for a lightweight layer and throw it under a big coat for the winter lets focus on summer for now though.

Current kings of the overshirt, Stone Island place their tech sensibilities on a metallic nylon overshirt. Fastening to the front, with a statement crinkle effect and supremo construction courtesy of the Italian maestros.
Combining the shirt and a zip with great aplomb is the dark indigo iteration in the Paul Smith zip shirt. Featuring twin patch pockets to the chest and buttoned cuffs, it’s a typically subtle affair from the rainbow man, offering the classic British fashion sensibilities with a contemporary air.
This is literally, at the fundamental of it all, a blue shirt, that fact cannot be disputed. It’s a blue shirt you wear over things, like an overshirt. Therefore it deserves being placed in our ‘kind of blue’ overshirts section. Plus it also happens to be a denim jacket, therefore, you can wear with any of the above items and it’ll look crispy.

The Best Kits in World Cup History

We present out 10 best football kits in World Cup history spanning 66-18, showcasing the most aesthetically pleasing designs that international football has ever seen.

10- France 2018

This year’s crop of kits has brought us a fresh offering on some established styles from Nike, adidas, Puma and New Balance amongst others. Taking a contemporary fashion slant to the always popular France national, Nike has updated their template for the tournament to include a simple henley button collar and a tonal gradient to the sleeves, plus a plethora of France specific embellishments to represent their heritage. Their breton stripe training kit is also worth applause for its quintessentially French display. We’re steps closer to an APC x FFA, we guarantee it.

9- Japan 2018

It’s only fitting that the forward-thinking fashion facilitators in the world are provided with one the most unique offerings of the current world cup. The nation that brought us Comme des Garçons and Edwin amongst others has developed an eye-catching kit consisting of a denim colour base and consistent spots flecked throughout the kit, inspired by traditional Japanese samurai warrior armour. Whilst other nations pay homage to their footballing heritage in the form of their kits, Japan is referencing their warriors of premodern Japan. On top of that, they’ve placed their traditional FA badge on the breast, with an embroidered flag above.

8- Netherlands 1974

Displaying a nice shade of oranje across their kits, the peak of Holland’s footballing capabilities also saw them peak in the kit department, decking the legendary Johan Cruyff and his men in a simple orange long sleeve with black accents. Presenting their coat of arms loud and proud, the details are sparse other than the 3 stripes of adidas seen on everyone but captain Cruyff, who famously shed his strip of one of the 3 stripes thanks to his then deal with fierce rivals Puma.

7- USA 2010

Although their showings at FIFA tournaments haven’t been up to scratch, the bold and brash stars and stripes have always provided us with competition in the form of their red, white and blue kits. Their away kit offering in 2010 finally placed them at the forefront of the football world for everything but their ‘soccer’ ability. Taking cues from Polo Ralph Lauren in their sporty yet preppy look, the kit displays a vibrant sash to the frontal area, a fitting design for the world leaders in pageantry.

6- Soviet Union 1966

2018’s hosts and its former collection of states made a splash in the 1966 World Cup. Refusing outright to wear the Umbro sponsored kits of the tournament, the CCCP took their first outing in their red kits at Roker Park to beat former world champions Italy 1-0. Aided by Ballon d’Or winning goalkeeper Lev ‘Black Spider’ Yashin, decked out in his token all black outfit, it was a stylish and ultimately entertaining affair.

5- Argentina 1986

Argentina may be associated with a lot more than just kits in this incredible year for football, but dodgy replacement quarter-final kits and goals aside, 1986 introduced the world to the quintessential light blue and white jersey donned by the legendary footballing bad boy Diego Maradona. Decking the humble cotton offering with the Argentine FAs emblem and clean crew neck, it was the simple yet effective kit that lent them a cool air whilst going all the way. Kurt Cobain had his Converse, Slash his top hat, Freddie Mercury his moustache, Diego Maradona had the best iteration of the Argentine kit of all time. Of. All. time.

4- Denmark 1986

Another favourite from 86 comes in the form of unusual contribution from Hummel and Denmark. Commonly known as the brand who ruin football kits for bad teams, it was a perfect design spark at the right time for a thriving Danish team aided by superstar Michael Laudrup. A red and white affair with contrasting pinstriped panels and chevrons down the sleeves, it was a statement of intent from a country looking to make waves with a generational bunch of talent. Although they may not have come close to winning, they won our hearts with this wholly unique style.

3- Peru 1978

2018 has seen kit designs ramped up with homages to past football heritage of all qualified teams. In the case of Peru, their current kits are a wild throwback to one of the most unique and cleanest displays in football fashion. One of the first countries to adopt the diagonal stripe to their kits, the 78 world cup saw the pinnacle of Peru’s national team journey displayed in its beauty all the way till it’s eventual quarter-final exit at the hands of Pele and Brazil. Still, one of the greats of all time made sure he was walking away with the red white displayed boldly on his chest, swapping shirts with Ramón Mifflin after the whistle had blown.

2- Nigeria 2018

It may be premature to dub Nigeria’s current offering as one of the greatest kits of all time, but we have a strong case we swear! The intersection of fashion and football was inevitable, but in the last decade we’ve seen high fashion brands adopt the sporting styles of the beautiful game to great effect, from Virgil  to Gosha and all the way down to their reciprocal collaborations with Nike and adidas, we’ve seen football fashion become an accepted way to present yourself, adding a prestige. Combine all that with the hypebeast culture that dominates our fashion scene and you get the Nigeria kit, the first football top to sell out as soon as it was made available. It’s revolutionary.

1- Germany 1990

The grandaddy of them all, the shirt synonymous with efficiency, with 90s style, with winning, the swooping technicolour design from Germany’s very own adidas. It’s quintessential ownership for any retro football fan. Everything about its design is so ironically unique considering the contrast to its wearers, all modelled on one another. Can anything ever come close to it?

Honourable Mentions:

France / Atletico Kimberley 1978

The only club kit to ever be worn in World Cup history thanks to a mix up between French and Hungarian FAs, local club Argentine club Atletico Kimberley bailed the French out from a faux pas that left both teams taking the field in white. The clean green and white stripe contrasted beautifully with the blue and red lower bodies of the France team.

England Third Kit 1990

We had to acknowledge a classic that was never donned by the 3 lions, the best blue shirt in England history, boosted by it’s showing in the timeless anthem ‘World In Motion’. New Order guitarist and singer Bernard Sumner rocks the 3rd choice kit flanked by suitably excited bandmates and John Barnes post-rap.