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INSPIRATION AND ADVICE

STYLISH GUYS IN RETRO SPORTSWEAR

By Lakeisha Goedluck, August 7, 2018

From '90s Californian skater steez to the soccer-inspired terrace style that emerged during the '80s, channeling sporting subcultures is still the way to go for SS18. So, to get involved in the hype for old-school sports gear, check out these street-stylers who’ve added key bits of sporting gear to their get-ups.
A model wearing a string vest and adidas shorts | ASOS Style Feed

Who said you can't rock a string tank? The ultimate top-half choice for hot weather, this guy keeps cool (in more ways than one, mind you) with a multicolored option. To counterbalance the colorfulness he’s got going on up top, he pops on a pair of classic navy adidas shorts. To add even more flavor to his ‘fit, he throws a patterned Louis Vuitton cross-body bag into the mix. To emulate his look, finish off with a pair of clean white kicks to slightly tone down your ensemble. Can of Red Stripe, optional.

A street-styler wearing a white T-shirt and striped tracksuit bottoms | ASOS Style Feed

Sometimes you find a piece of sportswear that’s so good that you can’t help but make it the focal point of your outfit. We suspect that that’s what this guy's experienced, seen here rocking a pair of purple track pants that every member of RUN DMC probably owned back in the day. As his pants have a slight sheen to them, he’s decided to stick to simplicity when it comes to the rest of his get-up. A staple white T-shirt with a small graphic print and monochrome shoes ensure that those pants of his attract the most attention.
A model wearing a multicoloured tracksuit jacket | ASOS Style Feed

You’ve got to love Will from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, because his character brought the gags and good gear in equal measure. Delivering his humorous one-liners in a backwards cap and a day-glo-hued track jacket, he was emblematic of the in-your-face hip-hop-inspired aesthetic that was ubiquitous during the '90s. Bring the look back to life like this street-styler and wear your fluorescent jacket with a complementary tee and staple black jeans. Trade in the duffle bag for a backpack and you’re good to go.

A street-styler wearing a football shirt | ASOS Style Feed

A hallmark of the Italian-born Paninaro aesthetic and the UK's own terrace style, pairing a soccer shirt with your regular threads is a solid idea. Make like this street-styler and team yours with slim-fit jeans — wear a turtleneck top underneath when fall hits for a little extra warmth. To round off his look, he goes for the most sought-after accessories of the season — a slick cross-body bag and vintage shades are all you need. 

A model wearing a cap, a white top, a cross-body bag, jeans and Nike trainers | ASOS Style Feed

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When it comes to compiling a standout ‘fit, the most challenging part is deciding on your color palette — but this guy’s mastered it with his black, white and red ensemble. Somehow, he’s managed to cram several retro sportswear pieces into this one seemingly minimal get-up. He wears a baseball jersey-style top over his long-sleeved Supreme tee for a nice bit of summer layering, and he goes for black jeans and iconic Nike dunks on his bottom half. A black cap and an embellished cross-body bag make for the ideal finishing touches to an outfit executed with finesse.

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