Sportswear has been around for decades now and as its name is a bit of a giveaway it was clothing designed to be worn for playing sport with original garments including tracksuits, whether it be a full tracksuit or just a tracksuit top, t shirts, polo shirts, shorts, trainers etc. A wide variety of sports soon adopted this clothing as their attire.
Over the years sportswear became more popular and many sports stars were famous for the clothing they wore. Tennis was one of the most renowned sports for the players looking good in their sports clothing with John Mcenroe and Bjorn Borg being the two players leading the way. Mcenroes brand was Italian Sergio Tacchini and he was always looking smart and cool in his white but slightly jazzed up polo shirt and shorts. Borgs brand was again Italian but his choice was Fila, again he would be more of a fashion icon than a sportsman with his BJ tracksuit top over his striped polo shirt and tennis shorts.
Im sure the two brands rivalry off the tennis court was as big as the two players was on the court as both brands were battling to be the number one sports fashion clothing brand.
Away from tennis this sports clothing look was become a very big fashion thing and casuals from all over the country had adopted it and lads would wear Fila Vintage Tracksuit Tops on Saturday afternoon for the match with their jeans or cords and choice footwear which was normally a pair of European three stripe trainers.
It wasn’t just famous tennis players who were the only celebrities wearing Fila Vintage clothing, the iconic and desirable Wham were very big fans of it and George Michael wore a Fila Vintage Tracksuit Top on Top Of The Pops and for many photo shoots.
Although Fila Clothing was massive in the 80s it had died off by the 90s and fashions had moved. Towards the late 90s people were starting to want vintage sportswear this was due to the explosion of Britpop music and the likes of Blur and Oasis favouring the retro look. This look grew into 2000’s and Fila was a sought after label by the cool kids but you could only by second hand vintage versions of the original tracksuit tops and prices soared and the BJ Tracksuit Tops were changing hands for in excess of £300.
Fila eventually rel-aunched their original styles in the Fila Vintage range which is basically a fashion brand made of the original classic design tracksuit tops, polo shirts, shorts and other clothing from the 80s.
director Nick Love’s passion for Fila Vintage clothing has been seen in
two of his flicks firstly The Business in 2005 were Danny Dyer and
Tamer Hassan would be strutting round Marbella kitted out in Vintage
Fila tracksuit tops, polo shirts and shorts. In 2009 Love remade the 80s
cult football hooligan the firm and again Vintage Fila sportswear was
everywhere, I’m sure never as much has been seen together than the 80s
and I’m sure casuals of all ages when to see this.