The men in white tees

Given that when I go for one of my occasional jogs my appearance is defined by a heaving chest, a puce face and a mask of sweat time spent considering what to wear while running is poorly spent; such is the fate of the style obsessive.

It recently came to me that the ideal role models for athletic wear are Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, the two main characters in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. There’s no way to improve on the plain white T-shirt and longish white shorts so perfectly showcased in the movie – they put modern gear to shame.

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The question was where to go to find such a T-shirt? Serendipitously I re-acquainted myself with Sunspels product range a few days later, and among the underwear in the British brand’s new East London shop I spotted a white short-sleeve Henley the sight of which had Vangelis’ famous theme music ringing in my ears.

It’s doubtful that the Egyptian cotton has the moisture-wicking qualities of my polyester Nike T-shirts, but style always comes at a price. Now the search starts for the right shorts.

Words by Mansel fletcher, Esquire executive style editor.

£46 from www.sunspel.com