Not since Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies took over New York Fashion Week has there been a fashion duo quite as dreamy as this one. In a move that’s sure to make Jack Grealish lose grip of his custom Gucci duffle, 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. This week’s selection pays homage to an uber-intense German rivalry between the Bundesliga’s two most successful clubs. From BVB to Bayern, wilkommen to MiB x CFS’s “Week 9, Kits of Der Klassiker 🇩🇪” list. Also, don’t forget to tune in to the first Der Klassiker of the season Saturday, as Dortmund and Bayern meet on ESPN+ at 12:30 PM ET.
Shirt No. 1 of 11: Personalized Mats Hummels shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Borussia Dortmund home shirt, made by Puma for the 2015-16 season.
Design: The thin, black horizontal stripes, and the angular trim on the sleeves and hemline give this bright yellow kit a decidedly modern feel, which carries over to the back of the shirt, thanks to the rounded, futuristic name and number fonts.
Why it's special: This was Mats Hummels’ final season with Dortmund, as he would switch allegiances and sign with BVB’s Klassiker foes Bayern for the 2016-17 season. Hummels would eventually return to the Black and Yellow for the 2019-20 campaign. As for the head-to-head results in ‘15-16, Dortmund lost and drew with Bayern in Der Klassiker, while also falling to their hated foes in the final of that season’s German Cup.
Shirt No. 2 of 11: Personalized Tomas Rosicky shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Borussia Dortmund home shirt, made by Goool for the 2000-01 season.
Design: From the e.on sponsor logo, to goool.de as the shirt designer, there’s a real German tech bubble vibe to this kit. Not that the shirt’s design doesn’t stand up on its own. Black stripes on this yellow shirt, along with black trim on the collar and cuffs, complete the kit’s classic Dortmund look.
Why it's special: Rosicky joined Dortmund on January 9, 2001, meaning he missed the first Klassiker of the season (a 6-2 Bayern win in Munich). Dortmund fought back in the second meeting, earning a 1-1 draw at home on April 7. While BVB finished 3rd in ‘00-01, they would go on to win the Bundesliga title in ‘01-02, Rosicky’s first full season with the Black and Yellow.
Shirt No. 3 of 11: Personalized Erling Haaland shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Borussia Dortmund cup shirt, made by Puma for the 2021-22 season.
Design: A special kit made for BVB to wear in cup competitions for the ‘21-22 campaign, the look harkens back to a stretch in the 90’s when companies like Adidas and Umbro placed design elements centrally and symmetrically on the front. The shoulder and chest stripes add the right amount of detail to the stripped-down aesthetic of the shirt.
Why it's special: The kit worn during Haaland’s final season with Dortmund. Despite suffering numerous injuries, Haaland was BVB’s top scorer in ‘21-22, converting an impressive 29 times in 30 total appearances, but the Norwegian’s goal-scoring wasn’t enough to prevent Bayern from winning both legs of Der Klassiker that season.
Shirt No. 4 of 11: Borussia Dortmund away shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Borussia Dortmund away shirt, made by Nike for the 1997-98 season.
Design: As unique as it is stylish, this heather gray shirt is an example of late 90’s Nike design at its finest. From the neon accents in the collar and cuffs, to the cursive “s.Oliver” sponsor logo, it’s a shirt that almost feels as though it was intended to be worn off the pitch, rather than on.
Why it's special: Dortmund struggled domestically in ‘97-98, only managing a 10th-place finish in the Bundesliga, while also falling to Bayern in both legs of that season’s Klassiker. They were a different proposition in Europe, however, as the Black and Yellow topped their red Munich rivals in the Champions League quarterfinals to reach the semis of that year’s competition.
Shirt No. 5 of 11: Borussia Dortmund away shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Borussia Dortmund away kit, made by Puma for the 2013-14 season.
Design: A direct interpretation of the club’s “Black and Yellow” nickname. With its monochromatic black torso and yellow shoulder pads, this sturdy kit wouldn’t look out of place hanging from a hook in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker room.
Why it’s special: Led by manager Jurgen Klopp in his second-to-last season with BVB, Dortmund split their Klassikers with Bayern in ‘13-14, with each side grabbing 3-0 away wins. It could be argued that Borussia got the upper hand overall, however, as they beat Bayern in that season’s German Super Cup.
Shirt No. 6 of 11: Personalized Robert Lewandowski shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Bayern Munich home kit, made by Adidas for the 2019-20 season.
Design: This kit was designed to pay tribute to Bayern’s home stadium, the Allianz Arena, best seen in the front-of-shirt pattern, which is an interpretation of the stadium’s famous honeycomb outer facade. The diagonal grid, coupled with the red-on-red stripes and trim, make this monochromatic uniform one that certainly did the Allianz proud.
Why it's special: Not only did Bayern capture the treble in winning the Bundesliga title, the Champions League title, and the German Cup, but they went on to win the German Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup, technically giving them a sextuple for the season. As if that’s not enough, Bayern also topped BVB in both legs of that season’s Klassiker. Lewandowski was immense throughout, scoring 55 goals in 47 matches across all competitions.
Shirt No. 7 of 11: Bayern Munich home shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Bayern Munich home kit, made by Adidas for the 2018-19 season.
Design: From the red-on-red stripes zig-zagging horizontally across the shirt, to the dark blue trim on the cuffs, this Bayern shirt has a decidedly modern feel to it. It was also worn with dark blue shorts, which made it an even bigger departure from the club’s traditional red-on-red look.
Why it's special: The ‘18-19 Klassiker was a vital one, in that it technically determined that year’s Bundesliga winner. Dortmund prevailed in the first October leg, and had they gone on to win the second leg in April, there’s every chance they could have captured the title that season, as Bayern ultimately won the league by just two points over BVB.
Shirt No. 8 of 11: Bayern Munich home shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Bayern Munich home shirt, made by Adidas for the 2012-13 season.
Design: This shirt has a slightly more casual, low-key feel than some of the other heavily patterned Bayern uniforms rolled out over recent years, yet it’s a kit that still manages to capture the German giants’ championship mentality, thanks to the gold Adidas stripes and logo.
Why it's special: After disappointingly falling to Chelsea in the previous season’s Champions League final in Munich, Bayern bounced back with resolve in 2012-13, as they captured the Bundesliga title, the DFB Pokal, and the Champions League title. While both legs of Der Klassiker played out as draws during the league season, Bayern made up for it by topping Dortmund, 2-1, in the Champions League Final.
Shirt No. 9 of 11: Personalized Mario Gotze shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Bayern Munich home shirt, made by Adidas for the 2014-15 season.
Design: A red-and-blue shirt that’s similar in design to the kit worn during the ‘95-96 season. Despite the shirt’s departure from the traditional all-red Bayern top, it still pays homage to club history, as the blue in the kit was pulled from the club badge, and the club motto, “Mia san mia” (“We are who we are”) is stitched on the back collar of the jersey.
Why it's special: Along with Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze was another Borussia Dortmund star who made the jump from BVB to Bayern. Gotze spent three seasons with the German giants before returning to Dortmund, but not before playing in both of Munich’s Klassiker wins in ‘14-15.
Shirt No. 10 of 11: Personalized Thomas Helmer shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Bayern Munich home shirt, made by Adidas for the 1995-96 and ‘96-97 seasons.
Design: Bayern’s red-and-blue Barca-esque kit, this shirt hits all the right nostalgia notes, thanks to the sporty, striped collar, and the central alignment of the Adidas and Opel logos.
Why it's special: Thomas Helmer was another German star who crossed Der Klassiker line, as he played for Dortmund from ‘86-’92 before switching allegiances to the red half of the rivalry the following season. The centerback went on to play for Bayern from ‘92-’99, and even helped the club earn its first, and only, UEFA Cup/Europa League title in 1996.
Shirt No. 11 of 11: Bayern Munich home shirt.
Club, manufacturer, and season: Bayern Munich home shirt, made by Adidas for the 1984-85 and ‘85-86 seasons.
Design: A tastefully understated, but highly attractive, Bayern shirt thanks to the alternating blue-and-white diagonal pinstripes, as well as the small Adidas leaf logo. The Commodore computer sponsor logo, as well as the absence of team crest, further add to this shirt’s unique ‘80s appeal.
Why it's special: Bayern won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in ‘84-85 and ‘85-86 while wearing this shirt. The club was led by midfielder Lothar Matthaus, as well as Michael Rummenigge, younger brother of club legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who had moved to Inter Milan before the start of the ‘84-85 season.