Written by: Štěpánka Strouhalová
Photo by: Věroslav Sixt
When enjoying active relaxation and moving about in the fresh air, a playful, relaxed style is best. It not only looks good, but it can help make you a winner.
On the waves of retro
Retro brings inspiration from the very beginning of sport, between WWI and WWII, from 1920 to 1940, when style and elegance were a strict condition. Incidentally, the “finer, elastic, suitable for sports” Lacoste shirt appeared way back in 1933. The London cut, popularized by Prince Edward of Wales, appeared in the same period – “a slim waistline, emphasized shoulders, and rolled-up sleeves” – a neoclassic as if it were made for pétanque or croquet players. The look of the ’70s and ’80s recalls American team sports or a British college, while refined yachtsman motifs harken back to the ’50s. Polo shirts and classic T-shirts, jackets and sweatshirts are adorned by either sewn-or or painted numbers, logos, stripes, colored borders, asymmetrical designs, and marked color contrasts. But what’s really most important is a sense of a good time and comfort.
The basis of the universal “sports weekend” look is T-shirts and sweatshirts that carry off perspiration well, as well as actively permeable, wind-resistant jackets. A light, fast-drying jacket with a cottony or fine silky feel is ideal. Pants can be stretchy or not too tight cotton or linen in the so-called work style, but jeans-type leisure pants are also acceptable. Leg lengths range from capri to heel-length, and pants with variable-length legs are practical. An interesting novelty is 7/8 pants, which reach to just above the ankles, but they don’t look so great on shorter people, so only people with long legs should wear them. Pre-shaped or padded knees and folded mid-thigh side pockets are nice details. Women’s clothes join functionality with specific shaping and fashion expression. So women can borrow a certain measure of elegance from their golf or tennis colleagues – for example, nice knit vests either with sleeves or without, or mini culottes.
A return to nature is symbolized by fresh, optimistic colors, from gentle natural pastels in sky blue, sand, or bamboo, through a basket filled with colorful fruits like melons, papayas, limes, kiwis, or bananas. Combining them with neutral tones of white, gray, or khaki is especially effective.
|Top, 1170 Kč, jeans, 2970 Kč, sweater, 2690 Kč, all from Tommy Hilfiger, shoes, 1990 Kč, Black Label||Striped shirt, 1790 Kč, green polo shirt, 1690 Kč, Tommy Hilfiger,white three-quarter pants, 1650 Kč, tennis shoes, 1390 Kč, billed hat, 390 Kč, all from Attrattivo, purse, 799 Kč, Promod.|
You can have an adrenaline-filled summer unscathed if you rely on a high degree of protection.
Arp – Tommy Hilfiger, Palác Flóra, Vinohradská 149, Praha 3
shop of the month
T-SHIRT SHOP: If you’re looking for inspired T-shirts with even more inspired prints, go to the new ŠiK shop owned by TV personality Šárka Kubelková. A T-shirt with the text “I’m a Virgin (but this is an old T-shirt)” or “Touch me and I’ll kill you” are sure to pump fresh blood through your boyfriend’s veins, at prices starting at CZK 199. You can also combine T-shirts with women’s and men’s sports attire matched in pleasant summer pastels.