The Greatest Sportswear In Films Over The Past Five Decades

Fashion / March 10, 2020
by Jacob Peatfield

Have you ever looked back on some classic films and thought “that clobber looks quality”? Sometimes the right outfit can be just as iconic as any line on the big screen. Here at scotts, we think sportswear should be an essential piece of your wardrobe, so join us in having a look at the best sportswear pieces in cinema over the decades.

70s – Rocky (1976)

Simply put, you can’t talk about 70s sportswear without a nod to Rocky Balboa. The cult classic saw Rocky fight his way to the top whilst kitted out in some top adidas along the way. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t get much better than the promo image below. A vintage adidas sweatshirt (that has a look of their current balanta range) a 70s moustache, and a Lamborghini Countach to top it off…need we say any more?

80s – Back to the Future (1985)

Fast forward 9 years after Rocky Balboa, Back To The Future is one of the biggest films of 1985. But it isn’t Marty or Doc, or even the Nike MAGs that are catching our eye. That’s because bad guy Biff Tannen is sporting this gem of an adidas tracksuit… vintage green, three stripes, adidas trefoil, track top style. Sorted.

90s – Forrest Gump (1994)

The big screen was bound to be dominated by adidas in the 70s, with them being the biggest brand in sportswear through those years. By the 90s there is a new kid on the block, and Nike hit the screens with their Cortez in this iconic moment from Forrest Gump.

Unlike in other films, the product placement here reaches new heights as the Cortez becomes a pivotal part of the storyline, helping the Forrest to cement himself as a cult legend. Run Forrest, Run!

00s – The firm (2009)

No list of sportswear in films would be complete without 2009’s The Firm. Starring Peaky Blinder’s very own Paul Anderson, this film is a terrace must-see. Honestly, we’re talking track tops galore, vintage Fila, Tacchini, and every other god-tier brand that is loved amongst the terrace community.

2010s – James Bond Skyfall (2012)

A more understated entry here from 007. Everyone knows how versatile the gazelle is. Whether you’re out on the town or dressing them up – they’re a wardrobe staple. If there was ever any doubt, Bond proves it here with a classic three stripes look.

2020s – The Gentlemen (2020)

Stripes and Checks? It shouldn’t work. It really shouldn’t, but Guy Ritchie makes it work. The Gentlemen hasn’t long hit our screens, but has made as much as an impact for the great outfits as for the edge-of-your-seat storyline. In a look where Burberry meets adidas, you either love or you hate it. Hey, we’re all for it.

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