Whether you like it or not, the World Cup is here, in fact by the time you read this, we’ll be a week into the shenanigans in Russia, football mania will have descended and you can either ignore it, let it drive you mad or simply embrace it.
Despite being football-neutral the majority of the time, I can’t help getting swept up in the drama, expectation, and excitement of the big tournaments. I come from Iceland and in 2014, I found myself flying to Prague with my football fanatic sister to watch a Euros qualifier between my homeland and the Czech Republic. It didn’t take much to convince me to go all in, we fashioned ourselves some T-shirts, painted our faces and wore novelty headwear, our look can only be described as demented clown Vikings.
The game itself was not particularly enjoyable. The Icelandic fans were in a caged section of the stadium which didn’t raise any alarm bells at all! We froze our tits off and we lost 2-1. But it didn’t matter, we had so much fun getting into the whole thing. Literally, every other Czech Republic fan wanted their photo taken with “the crazy Iceland fans” and we all ended up getting drunk and merry together. In the end, I don’t think we could have had more fun even if we had actually won.
For this World Cup, I’ve been reeled in again like Putin to a foreign election. Iceland has qualified for the first time ever and I have a football mad 9-year-old who despite being 50% Icelandic and 50% English, is 100% team Iceland. (Sorry, not sorry, to my English husband). Although it’s tempting, I’m not going to embarrass him (or myself for that matter) by going full hooligan this year so I’m looking for something simple, cool but patriotic. I’m thinking Björn Borg with a hint of Victoria Beckham in Baden Baden circa 2006.
World Cup in Style
I’m going to start with the socks, this pair are a steal from Primark (£1.50). They’re lightweight with retro stripes and they look super cool pulled up with trainers, I’m a converse girl but any flat-bottomed white based trainers work.
Bike shorts are in this summer but unless you’ve got legs like RuPaul, or you want to look like a long jumper, I’d sit that one out. You can’t go wrong with denim shorts, they’re everywhere at the moment, these boyfriend shorts from H&M (£19.99) are a great basic but if you want something a bit edgier, I love this high waisted, belted pair from Zara (£25.99)
For the t-shirt DON’T splurge out on your country’s official kit shirt as a) they cost a fortune and b) they don’t look nearly as cool as some of these super-retro, super-unofficial fitted scoop neck T-shirts you can find online for around a tenner a pop. I’d branch out as well, spread the love and buy another country’s shirt, I am loving these Polish and Brazilian ones. Put them on – you’ll look amazing and confuse the hell out of people at the same time.
So there you have it, my guide to enjoying the World Cup in style. Get stuck in, enjoy the games, enjoy the drinking, the shouting, and the drama. Paint a flag on your face, invite your friends and family over and cheer on your team and when they crash out, find another one to support, preferably Poland or Brazil, their t-shirts are ace.
If you’re ever invited to a Police Academy 3: Back in Training themed event/party, this outfit is ideal for that too.
Ósk is a TV Producer who cut her teeth on shows such as Popworld and The Kate Moss Years back when tv channels still made fun pop culture shows. She’s a director’s wife, a mother of 3 and a London College of Fashion alumni. She is also originally from Iceland which means she is related to Björk and has Smoked Puffin for breakfast every single morning.