WAISTCOATS AND GOAL POSTS
GARETH SOUTHGATE'S STYLE AT THE WORLD CUP
Gareth Southgate has become a hero throughout the country to a whole range of male, female, football fans and patriots. His calm
attitude, his encouragement, warmth and respect for his team has been admired; as has been his style throughout- wrapped up neatly
in one sartorial item – the waistcoat. The England manager has been seen at the Russia World Cup pitch in a series of waistcoats, designed as part of the suiting uniform. Marks & Spencer, the official suit supplier to the England team since 2007, said demand for waistcoats has risen 35% thanks to what they say is the ‘Southgate Effect’.
The waistcoat is a fascinating garment, because it transcends class division. A three-piece suit has often been considered elitist; adorning public school boys and peacocks alike; however, they also belong to the working class – to snooker players and Peaky Blinders. The class distinction is underlined in the buttoning of the waistcoat. The bottom button on a waistcoat is traditionally left undone –historically this was a style adopted due to a rotund Edward VII-whowas unable to fasten them – but Southgate has been pictured wearing his buttons done up. This is interesting because the waistcoat – a little like football itself – it is a great leveller. It can
dilute class distinctions.
The best way to wear a waistcoat is without a jacket- it implies thatyou are working, ready to roll up sleeves and get grafting. It is also
the most flattering of men’s garments, framing the body and slimming the torso, particularly if like Southgate’s, the waistcoat is
made of a dark, plain fabric. What’s not to love about that. We will be watching on Saturday, whilst wearing a Waistcoat.
Saturday 7 July: World Cup Quarter Final: England V Sweden