The World Cup is upon us and football — yes, the other kind — is set to take over Brazil and subsequently our television sets. A decidedly bigger buzz than usual seems to be gripping the city as shops and restaurants promise to fulfill all our wearing and viewing needs. And considering all the athletic-inspired ready-to-wear that coursed down the spring and fall runways, it’s safe to say that the fashion flock predicted this sporty mania all along.
Getting into the spirit has never been easier (one glance at Public School’s brilliant sweat trousers will make you a convert), and there’s no need to know your way around a pitch (a.k.a. a playing field) to embrace the style yourself.
A bomber jacket is a closet staple, and when executed for adidas by Stella McCartney, it is most definitely a home run. This piece has a contrast, ribbed waist and deep front pockets for toting around the essentials. $300. 610 Broadway (Houston/Bleecker Streets); 212-529-0081; adidas.com
Believe it or not, we’re naming Bermuda shorts, or at least this pair from Intermix, as a must-have piece this season. The cotton sweatshorts are in a dusty navy hue with an elasticated waistband and cuffed hem. $158. 1003 Madison Avenue (77th/78th Streets); 212-249-7858; intermixonline.com
When British “It” designer Christopher Kane gets his hands on a sweatshirt, it becomes anything but. On his spring runway he splashed cotton-blend tops with sequined floral graphics — ideal for slipping on to stay warm during breezy beach nights. $1,345. 477 Broome Street (Wooster/Greene Streets); 212-941-9656; kirnazabete.com
Public School, last year’s CFDA award winner, has teamed up with J.Crew to make the quintessential, athletically inclined Scarlet trouser. Made of a stretchy viscose, the charcoal-grey pants have belt-buckle details and ribbed cuffs. $168. 99 Prince Street (Greene/Mercer Streets); 212-966-2739; jcrew.com
Alexander Wang has always been able to skirt a fine line been sporty and feminine. Here he undoubtedly succeeds with his tape yarn, short-sleeve pullover. It is just the thing to wear over a swimsuit or throw over a sleeveless dress. $350. 103 Grand Street (Greene/Mercer Streets); 212-977-9683; alexanderwang.com
Besides being in the throes of the World Cup, baseball season is upon us. Look chic at the next Yankees game you take in (whether at the stadium in the Bronx or viewed from your local watering hole) in 3.1 Phillip Lim’s oversize sweatshirt emblazoned with a quilted crest and contrast sleeves. $1,100. 115 Mercer Street (Prince/Spring Streets); 212-334-1160; 31philliplim.com
College knits of yore get a sophisticated update on the Talia Varsity sweater by Rag & Bone. This turquoise piece will look just as good thrown over your tennis whites as at a post-match Sunday brunch. $395. 104 Christopher Street (Bedford/Bleecker Streets); 212-727-2990; rag-bone.com
For those fashionistas feeling extra spirited this season, look no further than Opening Ceremony’s limited-edition Varsity jacket. This piece has a snap button closure and is made of cozy wool and supple leather. $365. 35 Howard Street (Broadway/Lafayette Streets); 212-219-2688; openingceremony.us
Slip on Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Cosmo satin top and you’ll be ready to cheer for any team that happens to be on the TV. The baby-pink-and-fuschia color combo give this a perfectly girly, grown-up look. $395. 403 Bleecker Street (West 11th/Bank Streets); 212-924-0026; marcjacobs.com
Think of this deliciously soft Mary Katrantzou sweatshirt as a tangible version of the ideal summer vacation. Her print of floral fields, open windows, and wide blue skies is just the thing memories are made of (and made in). $700. 611 Fifth Avenue (49th/50th Streets); 212-753-4000; saksfifthavenue.com