Whistles icon: Pep Guardiola
Man City's new head coach brings more than just his attractive, possession-based style of football to the Premiership this season; his personal style is a pleasure to watch too.
If the players have a troubled relationship with fashion, it goes double for the managers, making Pep Guardiola’s sharp tailoring and immaculate basics a welcome alternative to the dugout’s usual mix of sleeping-bag coats, dad gilets and shiny suits. The crossover of training kit and formalwear can be a beautiful thing in modern menswear but translates badly to the sidelines, making the dodgy tracksuits and sheepskin coats that managers in the 70s and 80s infamously wore now seem coolly relevant in comparison. What the 45-yr-old Spaniard introduces to the English game is a new sense of European elegance, both on the pitch and off it.
Though no stranger to a three-piece, Guardiola favours understated two-button suits in navy or grey, worn over premium V- or polo-neck knits for a signature look that feels smart but with a relaxed edge. The time he split his trousers celebrating, after coming from behind to beat Porto when he managed Bayern Munich, pays testament to Pep’s love of slim silhouettes. While considered outerwear staples, such as the tailored overcoat and military-style parka, reflect a taste for timeless classics that carries over with perennials like the straight-leg chino, fitted T-shirt and tennis shoe. Forget silverware, it’s all about winning casualwear at City from now on.