Saturday, July 24, 2010

You dress well, you go deep

This FIFA World Cup recap has dragged on for too long. Unexpectedly too. And on the penultimate day I present to you the best dressed coaches of the World Cup, as well as some honourable mentions. Three gentlemen stood out for me during the month long tournament: Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk, Frederic Weiss of Slovakia and Huh Jung Moo of South Korea. All of them displayed different kinds of stylish representation and did so consistently and, as far as they could go in the tournament.

South Korea exited the tournament at the round of 16 stage, at the hands of Uruguay. However coach Moo's style was in full display in the group stages against Argentina. In this game he was classically attired. An image befitting an elder statesman of the game of football.

On this particular day, albeit a loss, coach Moo came all out, in a navy double breasted pin stripe suit, white semi-spread shirt and a red tie. Subtle touches such as a lapel pin only enhanced his overall look. I surmise that he wore black shoes as they would blend well with his ensemble and also impart the sentiment that South Korea was ready to take on the tournament's jester and, meant business.

Forgot to mention the peak lapels. This look was fairly consistent considering the fact that businessmen from the Far East and South-East Asia are synonymous with being suited for the office. Coach Moo just parlayed that onto the soccer field, in a very classic manner.

Any man, in sports, that understands the stylish quirkiness of working cuffs has to be knowlegeable in style. I think there is a tacit consensus that sportsmen are bad dressers therefore coach Frederic Weiss of Slovakia was the exception. I duly took note of the black pin stripe suit worn by him and his coaching staff and was highly impressed. But the working cuffs with a white colour coded button hole made for sartorial analysis and admiration.

This was a rather untold sight but very welcome.


I see lapel pins were a common sight with coach Moo and Weiss.

Slovakia's demise in the tournament came at the hands of this man...

Bert van Marwijk of the Netherlands. What's not to admire about this look..? Single breasted, dark grey, crisp white shirt, double vents, slim lapels and, those season appropriate brown chocolate brown suede oxfords. The fit is immaculate and fits his body perfectly. His ensemble really caught my eye. What it really translated to me was poised and composed, even in the face of the mighty Brazil. For me he was the tournament's best dressed coach. And, it's a shame that he was edged out in the final by Vicente del Bosque of Spain.

Honourable mention

My one honourable mention goes to England coach  Fabio Capello. The reason why he didn't make my top 3 is the fact that his ensemble was very bland and uniform-like, with a pinch of lack of inspiraton. Much like the way England played. However coach Capello gets cool points in fit, proportion and ensemble. I recall a game where he was wearing the same suit as a 3 piece. Had me admiring how an Italian was adhering to classic British tailoring.

PG: Man to man, generation to generation.

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