May 14th, 2010
Suit Styles: Everton FC End of Season Awards
Now that the EPL season has drawn to a close, footballers can hang up their club kits in favour of awards season, evening attire. Having too many choices at our disposal renders our decision-making abilities useless. We’d argue the same for the players of Everton FC.
Attending their club’s annual end of season awards dinner at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool, a few of the first-teamers demonstrated the variety of dress one may encounter at a “black tie optional” event.
In other words, this type of dress code has no limits or shame.
Simply Chic Suits
When in doubt, go the suit-and-tie route, as both Tim Cahill and Victor Anichebe illustrated.
Not only is Cahill supremely talented and good-looking, but he also dresses better than 90% of his competitors off the pitch. And, somehow, Anichebe makes a slightly stiff Windsor collar seem classically cool (as did John Heitinga). Without question, both players were the evening’s style stars.
The most formal attires in attendance were worn by Phil Jagielka and Jack Rodwell. However, both guys lack the traditional black tie finishing touch: a waist covering (via a waistcoat/cummerbund).
Tuxedos usually do not allow for customization outside collar stays and cuff links. But because of this one-size-generally-fits-all approach to cocktail party dressing, the generic fit of Rodwell’s tux does do a stellar job of emphasizing the barely legal teen’s massively broad shoulders.
Although not our preferred looks, these players abided by the dress code without going overboard. And we must commend footballers making fashion progress where we can.
We’re going to keep it very real here, boys: those who advised you to enter the public domain looking as such lied to your faces and laughed behind your monochromatic backs. And, most likely, spit in your morning bowl of Captain Crunch for extra enjoyment.
The looks of Leon Osman and Marouane Fellaini, which even we can’t accurately depict with our sharp tongues, are only recommended for those wishing to be confused with the hired help.