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Retro Sportswear: Step into Sporting History

We like nothing more than when sportswear hits the style pages. And so it’s come to pass this spring with 80s tennis wear and 90s active wear and labels (hello again, Fila, long time no wear) getting the nod. We’ve curated some of the finest examples of this trend – jackets, T-shirts, polos, trainers and sweatshirts – from brands such as Ellesse, K-Way, K-Swiss, Champion and Adidas. Don the garb and think of happier times when you were younger (applies to all except the Euro ’96 England Away “strip” – we had to throw our original version away… couldn’t get the tear stains out).


Ellesse Xaviero jacket

Sportswear

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£55, buy on ellesse.com (opens in new tab)


K-Way 1990 remake 126 jacket

Sportswear

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£90, buy on k-way.co.uk (opens in new tab)

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Adidas Originals Superstar ’80s track top

Sportawear

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£55, buy on urbanoutfitters.com (opens in new tab)


Timberland classic boots

Sportswear

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£160, buy on urbanoutfitters.com (opens in new tab)


Ellesse Sasso track pants

Sportswear

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£45, buy on ellesse.com (opens in new tab)

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Umbro Pro training Euro ’96 Away top

Sportswear

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£40, buy on umbro.co.uk (opens in new tab)


Fila Blackline Dalton navy crew-neck sweatshirt

Sportswear

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£45, buy on fila.co.uk (opens in new tab)

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Saucony Shadow OG navy sneakers

Sportswear

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£80, buy on size.co.uk (opens in new tab)

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Lacoste polo top

Sportswear

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£110, buy on lacoste.com (opens in new tab)


K-Swiss Classic 88 sneakers

Sportswear

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£88, buy on kswiss.com (opens in new tab)

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Fila BB1 polo top

Sportswear

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£40, buy on fila.co.uk (opens in new tab)


Farah Dorell grey marl holdall

Sportswear

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£55, buy on urbanoutfitters.com (opens in new tab)

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Champion red sweatshirt

Sportswear

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£70, champion-eu.com (opens in new tab)

Gary Kingsnorth was the fashion editor for Coach as well as Men’s Fitness.