Monday, September 20, 2010

Trailer Trad Attire: Rockin' the Croc, French Style

Even all-time classics need a tweak every now and then. And if you are looking for a fresh take on the Lacoste polo shirt, who better to look to than the French? ATP champ Arnaud Clement has been entertaining tennis audiences for years with his acrobatic, athletic brand of tennis. And, all the while, he has been proudly wearing his country's badge of honor, the Lacoste polo shirt.
But with a twist. He wears them with contrasting bandanas. Before you assume that I'm advocating 'mandanas' a la Brett Michaels, please know that this combination is a classic and has little to do with concealing a receding hairline (For more on guys trying to cover receding hairlines, see my upcoming post on golfers who wear sun visors like Don Johnson did in Tin Cup).

Ah, Lacostes with bandanas takes me back to tennis in the 70's when the high school ace in my town, Doug Woodside, wore his Lacostes with a bandana. But he wore it rolled up and hung around his neck to absorb sweat during matches. Looking back, I think that he wore it that way out of a shear sense of flair. Of course, I was in my wanna-be Fila Borg gear at the time and didn't get it at all. -Takes years to appreciate real style (although Bjorn Borg and Fila were very cool too). Oh yeah, and he dominated wielding beautiful, wooden Wilson Jack Kramers with the 'VS' (VS natural gut strings) stenciled on his strings. -About says it all, doesn't it?

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