Gareth Southgate's 'knitted tie is the new waistcoat!'

The new waistcoat? Gareth Southgate wears ‘lucky’ polka dot knitted tie as England sail to 4-0 win over Ukraine – and fans note the only time he hasn’t worn it, the team DIDN’T score

  • England manager has been wearing a knitted navy blue polka dot tie for most of national team’s games during the Euros – and fans have dubbed it ‘lucky’
  • The only time he didn’t wear it – against Scotland – England didn’t score a goal 
  • Some have suggested the item could be the new ‘lucky waistcoat’ –  sales rocketed by 35 per cent at M&S after Southgate wore one in 2018 World Cup
  • Percival, for which Southgate, 50, is a brand ambassador makes the £680 suit he teamed the tie with  

After England’s 4-0 drubbing of the Ukraine last night, the England squad’s winning streak continues – and apparently it’s all down to Gareth Southgate’s tie. 

Fans have dubbed the knitted polka dot navy blue tie the manager, 50, has been spotted wearing on the touchline ‘the new waistcoat’ – referencing Southgate’s attire at the 2018 World Cup saw sales of the smart garment soar.  

They’ve also pointed out that the only time England didn’t get on the score sheet during a Euros game so far – when the team drew 0-0 with Scotland – Southgate chose not to wear the tie. 

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England manager has been wearing a knitted navy blue polka dot tie for most of national team’s games during the Euros – and fans have dubbed it ‘lucky’

Some have suggested the item could be the new ‘waistcoat’ – sales rocketed by 35 per cent at M&S after Southgate wore one for the World Cup in 2018

On Twitter,  @rugbytomc summed up the speculation, saying: ‘Can we all just stop pretending Southgate knows what he’s doing and admit it’s down to his lucky tie (which he didn’t wear v Scotland)’   

@timjrich added:  @GaryLineker noticed Garath Southgate has his lucky tie on again, not worn during the Scotland game.’   

@michaelhogan added: ‘Southgate’s knitted polka dot tie is the new waistcoat #ENGUKR’

Others simply admired Southgate’s style.  @H3Oplus wrote: ‘Love Southgate’s tie’.

Although it’s unclear where exactly Southgate’s tie is from – plenty of designer and high street stores have versions including Bronci & Bo, Huntsman Savile Row, J. Crew, John Henric and OTTA.     

The Huntsman Savile Row, which looks remarkably similar to the one worn by the England manager, retails at £140.  

A winning tie! Percival, for which Southgate, 50, is a brand ambassador makes the £680 suit he teamed the knitted accessory with

Bye-bye waistcoat…the navy garment sparked a sales boom in 2018 at the World Cup but has been hung back up in the England manager’s wardrobe. His new look is a light grey suit teamed with a £109 Pablo Cuban Knit polo shirt in navy from Percival, for which Southgate, 50, is a brand ambassador

Touchline chic: Going for sartorial glory once again: Sales of waistcoats at M&S rocketed by 35 per cent after the World Cup in 2018 but Southgate told the Today programme on Radio 4 in May that the ‘lucky’ waistcoat wouldn’t make a re-appearance at the Euros

In 2018, Southgate’s ‘lucky’ navy waistcoat sparked a sartorial storm but ahead of the Euros he said he was putting the item back in his wardrobe.  

He told BBC Radio 4 Today’s programme last month: ‘It was a lovely moment to have that connection with the public. I haven’t worn a waistcoat on its own since… I don’t think I’ll be wearing a waistcoat this summer.’  

For the friendlies ahead of the tournament, Southgate opted for a more casual lightweight grey suit teamed with a comfy-looking fine-knit navy polo shirt.    

The former Aston Villa midfielder might be well aware of his powers of influence, given that the £109 Pablo Cuban Knit polo shirt – with white piping on the collar – comes from the brand Percival, for which he’s an ambassador. 

While football and fashion aren’t often mentioned in the same sentence, high street stores will certainly consider upping their stock of lightweight suits and polo shirts following the sales boom the England manager sparked three years ago.

The semi-final against Croatia that year became known as waistcoat Wednesday, with fans watching the match at home donning their own waistcoats to echo Gareth’s look. 

Fashion stylist Gemma Sheppard gave his latest managerial outfit a big thumbs’ up, saying: ‘Without a doubt, this new look is a considered fashion choice. A knitted polo shirt mixed with traditional suiting is a new spin on smart casual. 

Early signs suggest that the new look might not yet have won fans over, with one dubbing the expensive polo shirt a ‘pyjama’ top

A more casual suit reflects the way people have embraced a relaxed style of work wear post-pandemic, says stylist Gemma Sheppard

‘If the good weather continues, knitted t-shirts and polo shirts are here as a trend for the summer. They’re already stocked in the likes of Reiss, Zara, M&S and River Island to name a few.’

The stylist said the look works ‘because the fine knit t-shirt dresses down formal suiting but keeps a formality that’s essential for Gareth’s high profile job status and creates the perfect hybrid between suiting and relaxed daywear.’ 

Sheppard adds: ‘It’s also a good representation of how desktop dressing post the pandemic has made people stop and think about their return-to-work wardrobes. Gareth’s look is bound to influence this transition into more relaxed work wear. There’s no stopping this style icon!’

However, early signs suggest that the new look might not yet have completely won fans over.

After the friendly with Austria last week, one Twitter user wrote: ‘Not enjoying Gareth Southgate’s shiny suit and polo shirt combo. Bring back the waistcoat, perhaps a skinny knit definitely a tie’.

Another added: ‘Weak collar. Not a good look’ while a fellow football fan chimed in: ‘Who dressed Gareth Southgate? Is he wearing a polo shirt, a shirt or pyjamas under that cheap suit?’

He finished the look with a pair of smart black loafers but opted to wear the suit without a belt – but one football fan suggested his polo shirt looked ‘like a pyjama top’ 

This week, the England manager said players have a duty to ‘raise awareness and educate’ both on and off the field, amid the ongoing row over footballers taking the knee.

In an open letter penned to Three Lions fans ahead of Euro 2020, the England boss said he has ‘never believed’ sports stars ‘should just stick to football’ and insisted his team ‘are role models’.

Writing after a section of England fans booed stars for taking the knee in Sunday’s friendly against Romania, he said it was a ‘duty’ for stars to ‘interact with the public on matters such as equality and racial injustice’.

And he urged that supporters ‘must recognise the impact’ England stars ‘can have on society’. 

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