The World Cup is well under way, and along with the players in the cup come thousands of loyal fans. However, what are World Cup players and fans wearing in and out of the field? We did a little research and here is what we found.

 

First and foremost: the jerseys. No stadium is complete without a swarm of colorful fans. Each participating country’s fan base traveling through Brazil for the World Cup, come decked out in their country’s gear and colors from head to toe; however, not all jerseys are created equal. Fashion experts gave their take on the winning jerseys to The Courier Journal.

 

2014 USA National Jersey (www.footballfashion.org)

2014 USA National Jersey (www.footballfashion.org)

The jersey for Team USA received mixed reviews. Designer and stylist Estée Stanley from Los Angeles says “The USA jersey feels very patriotic,” and that “It’s easy to identify the country as the U.S.” Patriotism is an important element to bring to an event like the World Cup, but others have argued that the new shirts, which do not have any stars or stripes, but instead use large blocks of color, resemble Domino’s Pizza uniforms.

 

Other teams, like Brazil, have stayed with their traditional designs. Sticking with one pattern can be advantageous, because there is never any doubt as to which team the players actually belong to. It is also convenient and economical for fans who may feel the need to continuously update their gear each time a change is made.

 

(www.GQ.com)

(www.GQ.com)

On the beaches men have been seen sporting shorter trunks; just as bikinis in Brazil are known for showing more skin, so are the swim trunks. GQ states that “swimsuits have been trending shorter for a few years now, and longer shorts are starting to look a little dorky and dated in 2014.” In order to pull off the shorter trunk look though you must keep a few pointers in mind. In their Summer’s Best Swim Trunks on Brazil’s Hottest Beach article, GQ gives a general guideline for how to pick trunks. “If you’ve been hitting the gym hard, sport a five-inch inseam. If you’re more average (that means most of us), go for seven inches. If you’re really tall, a nine-inch inseam might be okay.”

 

In general, the important thing to remember while in Brazil is that it is just like any other country with a warmer temperature. Tourists are warned to beware of sporting the stereotypical carnival costumes, as these are not normal attire, but rather outfits saved for special occasion. Plan on wearing your usual summer style, with more of a World Cup spin and you should be good to go.

 

What are your favorite World Cup Jerseys? Let us know in the comments below or tweet me @LydiaYekalam