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The Sporting Life
Americans have a reputation for being success-driven, taking fewer vacations than any European would consider healthy. Yet despite Calvin Coolidge's dictum "the business of America is business," most Americans don't habitually wear business suits. Indeed, to walk down an American city street and observe passersby, one would assume that all Americans are amateur athletes, so ubiquitous are baseball caps, T-shirts, yoga pants, and sneakers. As Russell Baker observed, "In America it is sport that is the opiate of the masses." That emphasis is reflected in our generally casual / disheveled / borderline sloppy wardrobes. But even much of what today are considered 'dressy' clothes began as sporting costumes. The button-collar shirt was originally designed for polo players, while the modern American suit with its single vent back was originally intended to be worn on horseback. Here's a collection of sports-themed apparel that doesn't involve Spandex or jerseys with large printed numbers.
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