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Street Style Trend Alert: Terrace Clobber

Fashion hasn’t had much to thank football for in recent years. We’ve had the terrible haircuts, the atrocious sneakers and, of course, Arsene Wenger’s floor-length puffer coat, giving the Frenchman the appearance of a caterpillar encasing itself in a lumpy polyester cocoon*.

This is all about to change though. Football and fashion have somehow found common ground and over the last few months of street style papping we’ve spotted an increasing amount of top looks that owe their origins to the beautiful game.

In many cases, the best outfits we snapped clearly drew inspiration from the ‘Casuals’ subculture that was born on the terraces of 1980s football grounds. This subculture is inseparable from the hooliganism of the era, but it did give rise to a distinct look that pieced together sporty elements with high-end designer items, referred to as ‘clobber’. In reality, the designer element of the outfits – particularly the funnel neck zip through tops – were chosen to hide their club colours underneath, making it easier to get into rival supporters’ pubs.

Today’s translation of the look revolves around luxury tracksuits – including the funnel neck – baseball caps and retro branding. But since Drake wore the pink Juventus away top in a GQ shoot earlier this year, we’ve also seen loads of football shirts worn as legitimate fashion statements. In our gallery below look out for that same Juve shirt alongside the less-than-subtle Barcelona away top, the German national top and, our favourite, an excellent vintage Argentina top.

*We’re sorry Arsene, and we kind of love your puffer coat now.

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