Not since Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies took New York Fashion Week has there been a fashion duo quite as dreamy as this one. In a move that’s sure to make Son Heung-min stop dead in his Calvins, Men in Blazers has proudly teamed up with celebrated curators of football fashion, Classic Football Shirts, to stock the MiB Shop with some of the greatest football shirts to ever hit the football pitch.
Every week we’ll provide a breakdown of our Top XI Shirts of the Week, with each collection hand-picked by Rog, Davo, and the great minds at Classic Football Shirts. Our Week 3 selection pays tribute to the stars — and sartorial splendor — of the previous millennium. Welcome to our ‘90s Legends list.
Shirt No. 1 of 11: Personalized Ian Rush kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Liverpool home shirt, made by Adidas for the 1995-96 season.
Design: Subtle vertical shadows accentuate the shirt’s bright red stripes, giving this kit a fiery red hue overall. Also features a hard-angled V-neck collar that screams ‘90s football.
Why it’s special: Worn during Rush’s final season at Anfield. The club’s all-time leading goalscorer was unable to hoist any hardware that year, however, as Liverpool finished 3rd in the Premier League and lost in the final of the FA Cup to Manchester United.
Shirt No. 2 of 11: Personalized Asprilla kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Newcastle home shirt, made by Adidas for the 1995-96 season.
Design: A black and white belter of a shirt. The grandad collar and Newcastle Brown Ale bottle label apply just the right amount of flair to this Adidas classic.
Why it's special: Faustino “Tino” Asprilla made his midseason Newcastle debut in this kit, but the flashy, fur coat-wearing Colombian was unable to help the Magpies avoid a famous late-season collapse that saw Manchester United beat them to the Premier League title.
Shirt No. 3 of 11: Personalized Marc Overmars kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Arsenal home shirt, made by Nike for the 1998-99 season.
Design: Clean but full of character, the straightforward JVC logo at the center of this red shirt is well complemented by blue trim on the chest, sleeves, and collar.
Why it's special: In his second season with the club, the Dutch winger contributed a solid 11 goals in 49 total appearances, as Overmars and the Gunners finished second to Manchester United in the final Premier League table that year.
Shirt No. 4 of 11: Aston Villa home kit.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Aston Villa home shirt, made by Reebok for the 1995-96 and ‘96-97 seasons.
Design: Small touches like the yellow stripe in the collar and the silhouetted lion pattern running throughout make this a claret and blue keeper. Plus, Reebok.
Why it's special: Bit of an “end of an era” vibe to this kit, as the Villans won the 1996 League Cup in this shirt, topping Leeds 3-0 in the final. They also finished 4th in the Premier League table that season, a height they haven’t hit since.
Shirt No. 5 of 11: Personalized Gianfranco Zola shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Chelsea away shirt, made by Umbro for the 1997-98 season.
Design: An assertive bright yellow shirt that uses light blue flourishes to enhance its unique, eye-catching appeal.
Why it's special: Chelsea did a cup double in this shirt, winning both the League Cup and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup that season. As for Zola, he scored the winner against Stuttgart in the final of the European club competition, which gave the Blues glory at home and on the continent.
Shirt No. 6 of 11: Personalized Lucas Radebe shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Leeds United away shirt, made by Puma for the 1996-97 season.
Design: Blue and white trim on the sleeves and a two-button collar give this luminescent yellow shirt a look that’s somehow simultaneously flashy and tasteful.
Why it's special: A shirt that was hard for Leeds to let go of, this yellow jersey went from being the club’s away kit in ‘96-97 to being its third kit in both ‘97-98 and ‘98-99. Radebe was named club captain heading into the ‘98-99 season, after which the South African led Leeds to a fourth-place Premier League finish and an accompanying UEFA Cup spot.
Shirt No. 7 of 11: Everton home shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Everton home shirt, made by Umbro for the 1995-96 and ‘96-97 seasons.
Design: Bold black accents in the collar and latin-motto silhouetting add unique touches to this classic Toffee-blue Umbro shirt.
Why it's special: A shirt that saw both highs and lows. Hence, a very Everton shirt. The Toffees reached the second round of the ‘95-96 UEFA Cup Winners Cup in this kit, and also finished a respectable 6th in the Premier League that same season. The following year, however, they could only manage a 15th place finish in the Premier League, and made no cup runs of note.
Shirt No. 8 of 11: Personalized Eric Cantona shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Manchester United home shirt, made by Umbro for the 1994-95 and ‘95-96 seasons.
Design: An extremely “sharp” red and black shirt whose look somehow managed to capture the slightly devious, if not outright ruthless mentality possessed by the formidable Red Devils sides of that era.
Why it's special: Peak Cantona. From his kung-fu kick at Crystal Palace in the ‘94-95 season to leading United to a late-season charge past Newcastle to win the Premier League title in ‘95-96, the great Frenchman was in blistering form (and temperament) while wearing this kit.
Shirt No. 9 of 11: Leicester City home shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Leicester City home shirt, made by Fox Leisure for the 1992-93 and ‘93-94 seasons.
Design: From the Walkers Crisps sponsor to the Fox Leisure in-house apparel logo, this nostalgic ‘90s shirt is as unique as it is stylish.
Why it's special: The Foxes reached the newly-formed Premier League in their second season wearing this kit, as Leicester topped Derby County in the 1994 First Division playoff-promotion final.
Shirt No. 10 of 11: Personalized Tim Sherwood shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Blackburn Rovers home shirt, made by Asics for the 1996-97 and ‘97-98 seasons.
Design: Rovers’ signature asymmetrical blue-and-white shirt gets a buttoned-up look (literally).
Why it's special: Acting as club captain, Sherwood helped drive Blackburn to 13th and 6th place Premier League finishes while wearing this kit. The hard-nosed midfielder later went on to become the manager at Spurs and Aston Villa. He didn’t last a full season at either club, however, and (fairly or unfairly) earned the nickname “Tactics Tim” for his efforts.
Shirt No. 11 of 11: Personalized Paolo Di Canio shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: West Ham third kit, made by Fila for the 1999-2000 and ‘00-01 seasons.
Design: From the midnight blue hue to the combat boot sponsor in the center, this kit is pure Hammers swagger. Which made it a perfect fit for the maverick Italian footballer who donned it.
Why it's special: While West Ham only managed 9th and 15th place finishes in ‘99-00 and ‘00-01, respectively, Di Canio achieved club-legend status in this shirt, scoring 25 goals in 61 PL appearances over those two seasons. He also scored his famous flying volley in March of 2000, which was named the BBC Goal of the Season for ‘99-’00.