The Not So Crazy History of Cricket Whites and Striped Cricket Blazers
A striped cricket blazer is seen, these days, as something of an eccentricity; a leftover quirk of old-fashioned English ways whereby summer sports were played in office attire. But in the early days of cricket, and sports such as tennis and rowing, a blazer was actually a practical choice. Sports blazers started life with rowing. Before the days of shell suits and sweatpants, a sporting jacket was a practical option to keep warm while playing sports. Wool was used for its insulation properties, durability and weatherproof qualities, and a 'blazing' red was used, so that spectators could more easily pick out rowers on the water.
It's a similar story with cricket whites. If you were visiting from another planet and saw cricketers, playing on grass and mud, rubbing red cricket balls on their playing kit, you'd think white was the choice of lunatics. But cricket whites were invented before an age of Pantone colour matching, or fabrics readily available in all colours under the sun. Cricket club whites were also thought up before hi-tech breathable fabrics. And with cricket being a summer pursuit, white was chosen for cricket teams because it reflected the heat more effectively. Handily, head to toe cricket whites are also the perfect backdrop for brightly coloured cricket blazers!
Cricket Doesn't Want To Let Go Of Striped Blazers
As time passed and cricket blazers were no longer needed on the cricket pitch, they continued to be popular off the pitch. Cricket blazers were a way for the cricket club alumni to stay connected. The custom cricket blazers could be worn with casual or work attire to show lifelong club affiliation. The tailored cricket blazers were costly and often passed on to younger generation of cricket players as a right of passage.
And it's not just retired players that wore their striped cricket blazers with pride off the field - striped cricket blazers and sport blazers were a common appearance in school and university corridors, with members of sports clubs being allowed and encouraged to make striped cricket blazers a part of their uniform The beginnings of preppy fashion!
Fast forward nearly a hundred years, and to the outsider, not much has changed. Cricket has held on to most of its traditions, including the cricket whites and the striped cricket blazers. But there have been many changes below the surface. Advances in fabric technology mean that cricket players can now benefit from cool, breathable fabrics that wick away sweat, so cricket whites don't necessarily need to be white anymore.
Some bright colours have made it into kits, following the same lines as blazers, so that spectators can easily spot them on the cricket pitch from afar. But a white cricket kit is so hard-wired to cricket, it's a hard habit to give up. The heat reflecting properties of white are still beneficial, especially as cricket has spread from the English village green, to the heat of India, the Caribbean, and the rest of the word. And even though cricket blazers are not a feature on the pitch anymore, the tradition for a cricket club kit to include a bright blazer has remained.
Fresher Fabrics For Traditional Cricket Blazers
Traditional wool cricket blazers have remained a popular choice and twill blazers are a nice modern twist for more outlandish designs. Our updated twill blazers are extremely practical for this Summer sport, and endlessly popular with cricket club members and supporters.
Developments in textile technology together up with advancements in manufacturing processes mean that made-to-order cricket blazers are now more affordable to produce, so there are fewer hand me downs. All of our blazers are bespoke and tailored individually. We offer a huge range of sizes, for both men and women (another big change from cricket's origins), and also for children, and in addition, the back length and sleeve length on each blazer is tailored individually to on each blazer.
Create A Blazer Masterpiece With Finishing Touches And Bespoke Linings
Block colour cricket blazers, or wide-striped cricket blazers were traditional because they were easy to spot from afar, and spectators could tell who they were cheering for. Now that cricket blazers are used primarily for cricket club social events and cricket club group photographs, you can bring your cricket blazer design bang up to date.
Narrow stripes, edge piping, and finishing touchs like cricket club badge embroidery and gold buttons can all add a bit of modern personality to your new cricket club blazers. An extra special, modern touch is bespoke blazer lining - any pattern, any print, or even a photo!
Be Inspired By The Eggs And Bacon MCC Cricket Blazer
Of course, if you don't want to mess with a winning formula, we can also produce you a brilliantly traditional cricket blazer. And a cricket blazer is one area where traditional definitely does not mean boring.
Take Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the club that call the world's most famous cricket ground, Lords, home. The design for their 'red and gold' wide striped blazer hasn't changed since the 1860s. Affectionately nicknamed 'eggs and bacon', the contrasting colour scheme for their cricket blazers really shouldn't work, but put against cricket white and in the context of a cricket pitch, and it all makes sense.
The red and gold striped cricket blazers are thought to be a nod to William Nicholson, a club member and lifelong benefactor who invested in the club so that they may purchase the cricket ground. Nicholson was the owner of Nicholson's Gin Company and their brand colours were red and gold. So you could say that MCC's cricket blazers are one of the earliest examples of brand sponsorship!
There are three inspirational lessons you can take from MCC if you're thinking of designing a new cricket club blazer.
Firstly, don't be afraid of a bold redesign. MCC changed their colours from a much more subtle, light blue colour.
Secondly, don't be afraid of something bright. Who knows what MCC would design now given the enormous range of colours and colour combinations on offer?
And thirdly, don't be afraid to pay homage to (or suck up to, or bribe) your sponsors and backers by using their signature colours as inspiration for your new cricket blazers.