The Infamous Short Sleeve Sweatshirt

The Infamous Short Sleeve Sweatshirt

The Infamous Short Sleeve Sweatshirt

You may have seen the Short Sleeve Sweatshirt look in a few iconic films. One that immediately springs to mind is the 1976 Oscar winning classic ‘Rocky’ (included in our ‘Top 6 Boxing films you should watch’ journal).

Rocky

We trust you recognised the infamous short sleeve sweatshirt and long sleeve t-shirt combination worn by Rocky Balboa (played by Sylvester Stallone) through the majority of his training scenes.

Rocky

Not only was this a typical look for Rocky, you can see the short sleeve crew look on ‘Hilts’ (played by Steve McQueen) in the 1963 film ‘The Great Escape’. Set in a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, the allied soldiers are determined to escape. McQueen’s typical look was a short crew neck sweatshirt, khaki chinos and a baseball mitt and ball in hand at almost all times. His look from the film became so desired that Belstaff had a launch completely dedicated to it called the ‘Steve McQueen Trial master capsule collection’. Not only Belstaff, but Persol, Baracuta and Tag Heuer were also inspired by his style.

Steve McQueen

To achieve a similar look, many recommend cutting off the sleeves of your already owned or perhaps brand-new sweatshirt… no need. For our Army Gym collection this spring/summer season, we have the ideal short sleeve sweatshirt, which is pigment dyed and has been made with 100% organic cotton in Portugal. This rare design is also complemented with a ribbed hem - a much neater look than trying to DIY with your kitchen scissors.

Steve McQueen

Check out our lookbook with professional boxer Joe Maphosa to see the classic short sleeve sweatshirt and long sleeve t-shirt combination in action.

Joe Maphosa