Consider it the latest must-have kit.
England manager Gareth Southgate has worn his now trademark waistcoat (no jacket) for every match of his football team’s historic march to Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final meeting against Croatia.
#WaistcoatWednesday is trending on social media. Marks and Spencer MKS, -0.13% says it’s their waistcoat that Southgate dons and the £65 ($86) garment is nearly sold out, the Independent reported. It’s trending along side #BringItHome as England finds itself in a World Cup semi-final for the first time since 1990, just before the Croatia as we know it today even existed.
The paper said there’s a push for the garment to be declared an item of cultural significance, with both the Museum of London and the National Football Museum keen to acquire Southgate’s.
The waistcoat, as part of a suit, is routinely referred to as a vest in American English, although technically there’s a difference.
Now crushed fans of teams watching from home will be quick to point out that England could reach the final without playing a team in the top 15, but that’s not going to crush a country’s dreams.
A young French team awaits the England-Croatia winner for the final on Sunday. And if the significance of the Cup’s world stage isn’t already clear, consider that one of the French stars, Paul Pogba, dedicated his win over Belgium to the Thai boys soccer club and their daring cave rescuers, another story that has captivated the world this week.