Football and fashion: Our World Cup kits of the tournament

France away kit 2014. Photo: Supplied France away kit 2014. Photo: Supplied

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
12:31 PM

Back in the late 80s and throughout the 90s sportwear that was usually reserved for the pitch and pumping it out at the gym, became the fashion of choice on the street.

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Brazil home kit 2014. Photo: SuppliedBrazil home kit 2014. Photo: Supplied

While the decade saw us remain hurt and defeated at the World Cups in Italy, USA and France, stylistas celebrated the teams’ kit, as we wore our favourite team’s strip with pride – and with a pair of joggers or ripped jeans.

Fast forward to 2014, and with the 90s trend for slashed denim, band t-shirts and neon, sportswear is once again fashionable.

Here are my pick of the top tees from the World Cup to wear on your chest and the ones that shouldn’t even make it out on the field.

Mexico home kit 2014. Photo: SuppliedMexico home kit 2014. Photo: Supplied

Top Three

France (away): The stripe is the pattern of choice for spring and summer wardrobes and this year the traditional pattern has had a makeover with bright colours or pastel shades replacing the traditional navy and white. Cue France’s World Cup away kit - the subtle grey and white stripes makes this an easy-to-wear look that will last you through to winter.

Brazil (home): As the hosts many of us might be tempted to buy their shirt as a souvenir, and fashion wise it would be a good purchase. Yellow is one of the colours for this summer and it’s also the hue that is seen on the autumn and winter 2014/2015 catwalks. Wear with navy blue to join the fashion parade.

England (away): Forget the white of the home kit, red is where it is at on the pitch and in the style stakes. Clash with orange to get this season’s colour block look or wear with blue to mimic the new nautical look and wear the three lions with pride.

Bottom of the league

Mexico (home): A lightening bolt and colours that should only be seen at Christmas, the Mexican’s home strip is hideous and should be given the red card.

Russia (home): Claret might be the colour of choice in some winter collections, but for now it’s a miss. Reminiscent of school PE kits, if burgundy was your school’s colour (and similar to Spain’s shirt which nearly made this list if it wasn’t for the fact it ticked the bright red box) the go faster stripes almost save it, but it’s definitely an own goal.

Germany (home): Apparently the designer of this kit said that this shirt was inspired by a sense of understated brilliance. Understated and brilliant it is not. Not worthy of the reserve team.

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