Match Fitness: catchin’ up on the fashion

Before we dig in, a mea culpa: this version of Match Fitness is a doozy! Instead of hitting the cadence I’d supposed of a column each two or three weeks, it’s been a few month and a half. With a number of Seattle Sounders and OL Reign video games in that span, there’s a variety of floor to cowl. I’ll do my greatest to maintain it transient, whereas nonetheless making this price your time. Just know that there’s a variety of fashion to deal with. Let’s get going!

There are some actually enjoyable/humorous carpool buddies within the squad today. Danny Leyva will get a trip to work from Raúl Ruidíaz, which I’ve to think about is likely one of the most pleasant commutes potential. Kelyn Rowe and Brad Smith are the opposite most notable tandem. They’re not fairly an odd couple, however they’re a humorous pairing, no less than relating to their fashion. Brad Smith is an enormous Designer Brand Dude. He loves labels like he loves his spouse. In that first picture he’s rocking a Givenchy shirt, Louboutin sneakers and a Gucci bag. Even dressed down a little bit within the second image, he’s nonetheless rocking a Dover Street Market x Off White tee that’ll run you over $100 if you’ll find one from a reseller.

Meanwhile, Rowe’s bringing actual Wine Guy vitality in each of his seems to be right here. With what appear to be some canvas Sperrys and a light-weight jacket within the first look, he’s simply as prepared for a recreation or a visit out on Lake Washington in his boat. The re-evaluation from Rowe is far stronger, in my view. The shirt is nice — I’m keen on a floral print — with the darkish base shade serving as an ideal basis for the muted pastel colours of the print, the size of which is great. The method he’s styled it, too, with the buttons undone, his Ray-Bans hanging, and the sleeves casually rolled gives the impression a extremely cool vibe. Pairing the nonchalance of the shirt with slacks and loafers is a professional transfer, very nice work.

For some individuals, coming informal together with your ‘match simply isn’t going to chop it. There’s a protracted custom of Sounders goalkeepers actually dressing for video games, and Spencer Richey and Stefan Cleveland each clearly perceive the project even when their interpretations are a little bit totally different. Cleveland appears to be utilizing his game-day seems to be to check run outfits for summer time wedding ceremony season. I actually dig the selection to work in shades of blue, choosing a jacket with a denim-y vibe to it paired with a darker blue pant and a striped bow tie that bridges the hole between the 2 shades of blue. The cuff of the pants is nice, and I L O V E monkstrap loafers. My solely grievance is that there’s one thing bizarre taking place together with his collar. I believe it’s extra of an consideration to element factor reasonably than match, so I’ll let him slide.

Richey and Jimmy Medranda appear to be they coordinated their outfits, however I hope they each simply occurred to decorate like they’re going to kill Captain America after the sport by chance. I’m an enormous fan of the turtleneck seems to be from each of those guys. Richey’s trying cozier together with his heavier weight turtleneck and topcoat. The match is nice, and his hair minimize is clear. I’d really feel completely secure with him as my bodyguard. Medranda’s spin on the turtleneck is certainly flashier. Leaning into the lighter facet of the identical shade palette, the white shirt and sneakers actually brighten this lookup. The silver chain and Ferragamo belt crank the entire thing up a notch or two.

To be completely truthful, the fashion recreation via the primary couple months of the season for the Sounders has been a little bit lackluster. It’s not been dangerous, however nobody’s actually reached the degrees we’ve seen previously, and it simply doesn’t appear to be guys are having as a lot enjoyable with it. That’s completely not the case with OL Reign. Week in and week out, the Reign gamers are knocking the fashion recreation out of the park once they pull up at Cheney, they usually do it whereas strolling as much as a veritable runway with teammates greeting them with cheers and a curated playlist to get the vibe proper. Amber Brooks killed it with this Nike sweatsuit, however was fearful that the look won’t be sturdy sufficient by itself. Enter the last word accent: her mother! There’s simply no flex fairly like strolling up together with your mother in a custom-made equipment, and that Reign away quantity is an absolute stunner. Beautifully accomplished, ‘Ber and ‘Ber’s Mom.

Nouhou has been rightfully praised for a way he’s transitioned to his new position as a left-sided middle again within the again three the Sounders are utilizing. The versatility that enables him to play as among the finest left backs within the league AND as an elite CB doesn’t cease when he walks off the sector, although. Nouhou additionally showcases a powerful versatility in his fashion. First he’s completely killin’ it with this high-end grunge-inspired streetwear look, throwing the sleeveless flannel over a Burberry tee and a few black denims, then ending the entire thing off with some tan suede Chelsea boots. The look is hard. Then he comes at you with refined simplicity, sporting simply the white button-up and letting his matching chain and watch do the speaking for him. Nouhou’s all the time bought one thing to make you go, “DAMN.”

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An outfit doesn’t have to be costly or flashy to make an announcement. Sometimes it’s higher and extra vital to make use of your look to make a literal assertion, and Quinn’s bought an extremely vital one. Protect trans children. It’s simply that straightforward. They crushed this one.

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Nicole Momiki has made unimaginable use of being a Nike athlete. She retains exhibiting up in tremendous clear sneakers (these ones are rad, and she or he confirmed up with some Nike Blazer Lows beforehand), and this trench-length rain jacket is superior. We’ve solely gotten glimpses of her in video games up to now, however I’m excited to see her creativity flourish on and off the sector.

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Abdoulaye Cissoko hasn’t but made his Seattle Sounders debut, but when this Jaws shirt from H&M is any indication then he’s able to make a splash.

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Each of those 4 seems to be is powerful, from the hat on Brad Smith’s head to the sneakers on everybody’s toes. I actually wish to speak about a few items right here particularly, although. Fredy Montero isn’t featured on this version of the column, however he nonetheless could be the largest winner from the Sounders this time. His espresso store, Santo, has made a number of appearances as he’s made positive that his teammates are all connected with espresso and merch, and the merchandise is nice. The design is straightforward, reasonably than being over-worked. Brad Smith’s carrying that hat in two of the three footage he’s in right here, and the tee that Kelyn Rowe’s sporting is excellent. Rolling the sleeves on a brief sleeve shirt is a superb styling transfer, and I recognize that Rowe’s totally purchased in on that.

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When I stated the Reign gamers have been crushing the fashion recreation, I meant it from the underside of my coronary heart. No Sounders participant has put the thought right into a single look that Dani Weatherholt put into this one. Those boots. The proportions. The high-waisted pants and crop prime. THE ATTITUDE. Goodness gracious. Boys, take notes.

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I really like Lauren Barnes and Jess Fishlock. I really like them every individually, however I really like them much more collectively. In our final time collectively for Match Fitness they made the minimize for his or her coordinated outfits. This time, whereas the outfits aren’t coordinated in a match-y method, they really feel very very similar to they’re meant to exist collectively. I can’t clarify it any higher than to say that it’s the early ‘90s and mother or dad has a sizzling new girlfriend they usually’re very a lot in love and taking a visit to Atlantic City collectively. They look nice, they’re having enjoyable. What extra may any of us ask? To see extra of the enjoyable, I extremely recommend that you just try the OL Reign Instagram.

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Will Bruin pulled up repping what’s, in my view, one of many coolest jerseys out there proper now. Others have talked elsewhere concerning the newest crop of Reign jerseys, so I’ll simply say that utilizing a shared motif throughout the house and away is an superior transfer, and the best way that season ticket holders’ names have been built-in into the sample of the away shirt is by far one of the best and coolest execution of that idea that I’ve seen. After the actual fact, Bruin stated on Twitter that he felt like he might have tousled by carrying a jacket and obscuring precisely what he was carrying and a few of the particulars of the shirt. While I believe extra Sounders gamers ought to observe his lead and decide up a Reign jersey or two, and perhaps some Storm gear as nicely, and it could be nice to see these logos and that assist entrance and middle, there’s nothing incorrect with attempting to include it into an precise outfit. Shouts to Will for grabbing that third piece to finish the look, however perhaps subsequent time use a bag or a hat.

To his credit score, styling a jersey as a part of your regular apparel might be difficult. I wrote a little guide on the subject final yr, and might be dropping one thing within the subsequent week particularly on how I’d fashion the Jimi Hendrix equipment. After that, I’d love that will help you remedy your private jersey woes, so put together your questions and maintain your ears and eyes open for more information on the best way to take part!

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