Trend Watch: The Football Managers' Style Secret

The single item that's become a touchline favourite across Europe

Football managers aren’t an obvious source of trend or style inspiration. At best they look neat, well-fitted and expensively attired but fairly safe, like Pep Guardiola. At worst, they’re wearing ill-fitting retro tracksuits with their socks tucked in. Martin O Neill.

The majority tend to lie somewhere in between, mixing up suits with bad manager jackets in an effort to look smart and stay warm at the same time.

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This season however has seen a new approach catching on amongst European football’s elite number ones. And it comes in the form of the V-neck cardigan.

From Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp to the normally less sartorially-inclined Arsene Wenger and David Moyes, it's been an ever present amongst Europe's Premier clubs for a little while now. Worn under a suit, it has the advantage of adding another layer of touchline warmth, while retaining a level of smartness that’s more becoming of men in their position, power and profile than a nylon sponsor-emblazoned puffer jacket.

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It also adds a bit of texture and even character to the more traditional touchline suit look. Jose Mourinho has shown a lot of faith in his knit zip-ups and polos which can do the same job, if more casually than the cardy.

Given they’re men over 40, there’s another rather attractive pay-off of course to having a knit layer between shirt and jacket - it hides any gut overhang that can start to poke through a poplin shirt of its own accord, resulting in a tight, creased and occasionally titty look. Sam Allardyce, take note.

The Suggestion: Try this Hackett Fine Guage Cardigan, £155, which is thin enough to fit under sleeves without bunching up and won't look out of place sitting under a high-quality suit jacket.

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