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Photos: Italian sport teams know how to suit up—except for one

Inter Milan players Rodrigo Palacio and teammates celebrate after a goal
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Maybe Inter Milan should stick to jerseys.
  • Annalisa Merelli
By Annalisa Merelli

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During the soccer World Cup last year, the Italian team might not have been the best, but it arguably was the best dressed. With Dolce & Gabbana three-piece suits, the Italians looked like something straight out of a fashion shoot—in a good way.

Italians excel at the menswear game. It’s an old and rich sartorial tradition that finds perhaps its highest expression twice a year at Pitti Immagine Uomo, a large men’s fashion trade show held in Florence; the last one was in June. High-end fabrics and well-tailored, slim-fitting suits are the marks of the dapper Italian man—and sports stars are no exception.

AC Milan dress in Dolce & Gabbana

Photo courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana, via Facebook
Winter look.
Photo courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana, via Facebook
Summer look.

Juventus chose Trussardi

Foto courtesy of Trussardi / Facebook
Juventus in Trussardi.
Photo via Mondo Juventus / Facebook
Juventus in Trussardi.

The Aironi rugby team is dressed in Moschino

Photo via Atelier Dessanti/Facebook
Aironi in Moschino

And Inter Milan picked… Brooks Brothers?

The only team to let the side down was Inter Milan. Despite having their pick of Italian designers, the players crossed the ocean for an outfit that made them look like they were headed to some sort of sad British prep school:

Photo courtesy of FC Internazionale Milano/Facebook
Inter Milan in Brooks Brothers. True story.

To borrow the words of a disappointed fan, what’s with the hideous shoes?

What’s worse, the team appears to be proud of it:

True, Claudio Del Vecchio, Brooks Brothers’ CEO, is Italian, but that evidently doesn’t translate into the clothing. And to think that for this the team ditched some perfectly good Versace suits, which Inter wore until 2013:

Photo courtesy of Versace/Facebook
Inter in Versace.

Inter had better suit up properly. Meanwhile, foreign teams too have discovered that when it comes to suits, Italians do it better.

Real Madrid went Versace

Perhaps seizing the opportunity that Inter Milan lost:

Photo courtesy of Versace/Facebook
Real Madrid in Versace.
Photo courtesy of Versace/Facebook
Real Madrid in Versace.

Bayern Munich stayed classy in Armani

Photo courtesy of FC Bayern München/Facebook
Photo courtesy of FC Bayern München/Facebook
Photo courtesy of FC Bayern München/Facebook
Photo courtesy of FC Bayern München/Facebook

Even the British teams looked better than Inter Milan. They didn’t choose Italian designers, but at least wore reasonable shoes.

Arsenal went French in Lanvin

Photo courtesy of Lanvin/Facebook
Arsenal in Lanvin.
Photo courtesy of Lanvin/Facebook
Arsenal in Lanvin.

Chelsea sports Hackett of London

Even with those ties, and brown suede shoes, they still look better than Inter.

Photo courtesy of Hackett London/Facebook
Chelsea in Hackett London.
Photo courtesy of Chelsea Official/Facebook
Chelsea in Hackett London.

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