Waistcoat Wednesday: England fans prepare for semi with Gareth Southgate tribute
If it’s good enough for the England boss then the rest of us will definitely follow.
Football fans are getting into the matchday spirit by donning waistcoats in tribute to England manager Gareth Southgate.
Now, as England prepare for the first World Cup semi-final since 1990 fans are showing off their versions of the M&S attire the England boss has been wearing throughout the tournament.
The craze has united people who didn’t even consider themselves football fans a few weeks ago, buoyed by England’s progress in Russia.
me two weeks ago: ugh when is the world cup over i don’t even care about football— Emma Blackery (@emmablackery) July 11, 2018
me today: good morning to everyone wearing a waistcoat in solidarity with our great and wise leader who is intent on bringing it home
And even those who didn’t own waistcoats.
In York, little 11-week-old Benjamin was resplendent in a mini waistcoat and knitted “tie”.
There’s even been waistcoats made into cakes in support of the charity Bloodwise UK, which funds research into blood cancer.
Baking efforts for tomorrow’s #WaistcoastWednesday in aid of @bloodwise_uk! Top tip: waistcoat is a difficult shape to carve out of icing... I’m sure they’ll still taste good though🤞 pic.twitter.com/0LaHnZbvaW— Emma Victoria Brown (@chattrboxie) July 10, 2018
The charity is encouraging people getting in on the sartorial trend ahead of the game to make a donation.
In honour of #WaistcoatWednesday we are asking you to don a waistcoat and text WAISTCOAT to 70800 to donate £5 to @bloodwise_uk and help beat blood cancer. Here’s mine & I think you’ll agree it’s a very strong look! #ItsComingHome #ENGCRO #GarethSouthgate pic.twitter.com/Y5SzXkmweA— George Rainsford (@georgerainsford) July 11, 2018
Celebrate #GarethSouthgate’s new-found fashionista status and help beat blood cancer by taking part in #WaistcoatWednesday. Simply wear a waistcoat to support @England versus Croatia and make a donation to help Bloodwise fund lifesaving research and support for patients and their families. If you don’t have a waistcoat, you can print one from our website! 🦁🦁🦁⚽️🏠 #ENGCRO #WorldCup #England #ThreeLions #Waistcoat #GarethSouthgateWould #ItsComingHome
Celebrities, writers, journalists and more are backing the national side by wearing a waistcoat.
It had to be done. Waistcoat Wednesday coming up. Come on England! ⚽️🏴⚽️🏴⚽️🏴⚽️ pic.twitter.com/1BHK9k9Yza— PJ Skinner (@PJSkinnerAuthor) July 10, 2018
Not everyone was quite backing Waistcoat Wednesday though. A typo in a few early tweets sent two phrases into Twitter’s top trends – Waistcoat Wednesday was joined, and surpassed, by Waistcoast Wednesday. Perhaps a breezier version.
Here’s to Waistcoat Sunday, right?