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Time to brush up on your jai alai skills.

This month’s Esquire features a rundown on the more obscure sports and the Brit-inspired clothes they require. This being Esquire, the labels range from Burberry to Canali to the omni-present Mr. Lauren, but the styles are much more…uniform. White pants, white knits and white sneakers are more or less the uniform from tennis to cricket. Polo isn’t mentioned, but you can probably guess what to wear.

Much as we like a sleeveless sweater, we’re a little skeptical about the sport angle. It’s easy to talk about sports clothing as a wellspring of inspiration for designers, but when you start listing examples, all you end up with is very preppy sports and very preppy clothing. Nobody’s lining up for baseball-style three-quarter sleeves or (god help us) bowling shirts.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom