Although defined as “sporty”, in reality this type of clothing rarely has anything to do with the practice of sport; now this term is generally used only to indicate an informal way of dressing. Even the clothes or accessories actually related to sport have become part of the fashion of everyday use, and are worn quietly even in the city or, in any case, on occasions that go beyond the world of sport (such as meeting at the bar for an aperitif) Daily Jocks.
Men’s sportswear contradicts almost all the rules of classic dress, with respect to which it appears as a “free zone” free from patterns. Yet, in reality, sports fashion “appears” free from patterns only because it adopts criteria other than those classics; on the other hand, even in non-conformism there are “rules” to be respected, rules that over time also become codified norms. Hence, sportswear, both for men and women, while adopting criteria that are often opposite to those of fashion classic (such as wearing excessively bright colors or the shirt outside the trousers), precisely for this reason it confirms its validity and does not in the least affect the stability of the latter in the imagination of man.
A type of men’s sportswear is the basic (basic) “vein” which, due to its simplicity, essentiality and rigor of the forms, has stabilized above fashion. Being based on quality and on the “almost” personalization of objects, the basic has become a sort of revised and corrected “classicism”, which nowadays denotes style and good taste. Born in the United States by adopting clothing and accessories with technical functionality, the basic was adopted by the man who asked for “solidity” in sporty clothing; a “classic” example is the polo shirt (which originally had long sleeves and was made of wool) or the button-down shirt (with buttons at the tip of the collar).
Both of these items of clothing were originally actually “sports” items. Used since the mid-1800s by English polo players, in the early 1900s they were adopted and reinvented by an American company: the Brooks Brothers , which spread them en masse. In short, these garments, until recently only the prerogative of an English sports class, became a fashion which, thanks to their characteristics of quality and exclusivity, then became a “classic” of so-called sporty clothing. An example is the Lacoste “polo” which, created by the French tennis player René Lacoste in the 1920s (on the model of the aforementioned English long-sleeved polo shirt) then became a classic item of basic sportswear.
- Khaki cotton
- with flaps on the back pockets
- shorts in madras, can also be used for swimming
- shorts that reach to the knee and are worn with a belt
- lightweight corduroys small coasts.