Close your eyes and imagine your favorite shirt in your closet. What makes it your favorite shirt?
For me it’s a no-brainer. It’s not actually one shirt but rather my massive collection of soccer jerseys that all combine to be my favorite type of shirt.
The jerseys are made to wick away any sweat that forms on the shirt. Let me tell you that the wicking is second-to-none with these outfits. During the summer I would honestly not suggest wearing any other top unless one is trying to get a tank-top tan. In the winter it’s a great lower layer that you don’t have to change out of when you get inside. You can even get winter versions of jerseys, which have long sleeves. No need for a sweatshirt or jacket when the temperature is in the 40s or 50s.
Along with comfort, style is paramount with soccer shirts. You will see designs that are not normally seen in a t-shirt or button-up shirt. Soccer designers are not afraid to push the envelope and put bold, wacky patterns in every spot on a shirt. This is most apparent with jerseys in Europe. Juventus, based in Italy, sports a pink jersey with a giant black star on it. Germany’s Borussia Dortmund has letters that look like they should be on a digital clock or in a science fiction movie. It is these eccentricities that set one who wears these items apart from the masses.
You can be patriotic any day of the week while wearing a soccer kit. The United States jerseys always feature the red, white and blue colors. If you’re a Spaniard you can prominently don the crest of royalty along with the World Cup Champion stars. Are you British? Throw on the three lions!
Friends are easily made when wearing a player or team of significance. When wearing a Messi jersey one can garner “MESSI” cheers while walking down any city block. It is an instant conversation starter for anyone who wants to chat soccer. And if you go to the supporters watch group for your team or whatever team you are wearing, it means fun times and making great friends!
That being said, one can also quickly make enemies by walking into the wrong place at the wrong time. I recall walking into a Real Madrid bar while wearing a classic FC Barcelona kit, which was a huge mistake! I essentially turned every person in that bar to look my way whenever a play went toward Real Madrid. At the end of the day Barca won, so I walked out of the pub with my head held high. There isn’t a better feeling in the world than that.
Honestly I am floored that more people aren’t breaking down doors to get more soccer jerseys in America because honestly there is no downside to wearing them. They look more formal than basic t-shirts but are infinitely more comfortable. They last forever if taken care of properly. You immediately look cultured by wearing a foreign team and can become instant friends with fans of the team you are wearing.
Seriously, do yourself a favor. Go buy a soccer jersey and tell me that it’s not the most comfortable item in your lineup.