The Best Of Football’s Pre-Game Formal Wear

The football world’s pre-game “red carpet” is still far away from what we’re seeing on the NBA, but seeing a bunch of grown men stepping out in matching dapper suit and ties can really shift a tarmac into a runway in an instant. While athleisure and streetwear are a big thing for most footballers (take Paul Pogba and the millennials for instance), there’s always room and so many reasons for them to dress themselves like proper gents.

Here are some of the best pre-game suits that the football world has ever seen:

Thom Browne – Barcelona

We start out with the most recent partnership to form: For the second time in a row, American fashion designer Thom Browne and his eponymous label (who is also Lionel Messi’s current favorite atelier) are once again selected by the Spanish giants to create the team’s official off-pitch uniforms. This time around, the sharp suits feature grey cashmere knits, crisp white Oxford shirts, khaki chinos whit stripes and varsity jackets. They are expected to start suiting up for their 2019/2020 Champions League campaign.

Dolce & Gabbana – Chelsea

Dolce & Gabbana is no stranger when it comes to dressing up footballers. Back in 2010, after designing the official formal wear for the Italian national team as well as Italian giant AC Milan, its next project was with one of the big teams in London: Chelsea Football Club. Probably one of the most complete formal wear partnership package to ever exist, the collaboration even had a blue printed calfskin trolleys as well as an exclusive male and even female manager suit and trench coat. Last but not least: Dolce & Gabbana gets to have their own lounge at Stamford Bridge.

DSQUARED2 – Manchester City

In 2016, Manchester City announced a multi-year partnership with Italian luxury brand DSQUARED2. Known for their tailoring and innovative cool denim that mixes Italian and English tailoring codes with modern touches, the partnership creates one of the most distinguishable exclusive pre-match uniforms for the team when they travel for Champions League game.

Lanvin – Arsenal

Lanvin, one of the most revered of Parisian couture houses, has been Arsenal’s official tailor since late 2013. Three years later, the London club’s then manager Arsène Wenger decided to re-establish the tradition of their players wearing suits on match days. The collaboration between Lanvin Homme and Arsenal saw the release of main pieces such as club-crested midnight blue suit (from Lanvin’s demi-mesure service), a crisp white poplin shirt, neat navy cardigan and red silk tie.

Hugo BOSS –Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, & Tottenham Hotspurs

Having also been the official formal wear for Real Madrid, BOSS’ current partnership stands with five-time European champions Bayern Munich, the French league domineering Paris Saint-Germain, & the new force to be reckoned with coming from North London, Totenham Hotspurs. The collection provides, players, coach and staff with navy blue suits from the Create Your Look collection for official engagements, plus a casual BOSS look for travel made differently for each clubs.

Emporio Armani – Italian National Team

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) also recently partnered with Italian fashion house Emporio Armani for the upcoming four years. The wardrobe, designed exclusively by Emporio Armani, includes formal uniforms for the Italian national football team, the national Under 21s and the women’s national team that consists of a suit paired with a shirt and overcoat, shoes and accessories such as a kit bag, backpack and belt, as well as small leather goods and Emporio Armani eyewear.