Spring/Summer 2020 is full of heavyweight prints, lush silky fabrics and plenty of sportswear references to boot — more specifically, nods to boxing. Versace, which only recently dropped a pair of $3,126 USD leather boxing gloves, weighed in with numerous references to the sport this season in the form of silk shorts. Rick Owens teamed up with Champion for SS20 to deliver mesh shorts and tops all around, while names such as Daniel W. Fletcher and Kiko Kostadinov stood ringside with their subtle nods to the prevailing seasonal trend.
At the same time, high-top sneakers have had a resurgence throughout the last year, as has flashy gold jewelry. Altogether, boxing is pound for pound one of SS20’s biggest trends. If you’re on the ropes, read on to find out how you can incorporate the boxing trend into your daily look. From Balboa-referencing power suits to 1920s-inspired vests and even a dive into a referee’s outfit, HYPEBEAST has you covered.
Converse OG Pro Leather High Top
A boxer’s shoes must have ankle support and a flat base, offering stability and comfort above anything else. Converse’s recently-revived OG Pro Leather High Top provides exactly that. The pair originally found fame as a basketball shoe in the 1970s after being worn by Julius “Dr. J” Erving, has been a sneaker staple ever since. Opt for this crisp white iteration as you step into spring.
Daniel W. Fletcher Moire Boxer Shorts
Daniel W. Fletcher’s eponymous label champions traditional British heritage and sportswear. As a result, these moire boxer shorts take inspiration from retro boxing attire as they are produced from vintage fabrics — therefore each pair is slightly different — and have a high-rise cut. Fletcher finishes the pair with his signature branding, bound edge details and a true-to-original elasticated waistband.
Rick Owens x Champion Mesh Vest
Fresh from Rick Owens’ Spring/Summer 2020 “TECUATL” runway is this collaborative Champion tank. Rick Owens turns the training staple into an avant-garde piece by making it in mesh and adding an embroidered pentagon star patch on the side. Pair with shorts for a strong summer look.
Versace Baroque Print Silk Bermuda Shorts
Any boxing-inspired roundup wouldn’t be complete without an honorary mention to Versace. This season the Italian house combined sportswear references with Versace’s trademark boldness, as exemplified by these baroque print silk Bermuda shorts. The short’s all-over print and shiny material will help you stand out like a boxer in the ring.
AMBUSH Gold Leather Logo Bracelet
Channel your inner champion with this AMBUSH gold leather logo bracelet. Its name-plate like branding taps both the bold logos found on top of a boxer’s waistband as well as the winning belt, while its gold-toned finish further notes a top-billing prize.
Balenciaga Black ‘80s Shoulder Blazer
Balenciaga (perhaps unknowingly) delivered an iconic look for SS20 with its ‘80s shoulder blazer, as it so heavily nods to the power suits worn by Rocky Balboa circa 1982. Its wide-fit, over-accommodating shoulders, unique take on double-breasting (spot the single button on the asymmetrical closure) and wide-darted chest all allude to the generous blazers worn by Stalone, and its black finish gives another nod to his business-only attitude.
Saint Laurent Striped Knitted Lamé Tank Top
The thin, floaty nature of Saint Laurent’s striped knitted lamé tank top is like it came straight out of the 1920s. On the other hand, its shimmery gold flecks reference the likes of Mick Jagger in the 1970s, reflecting the brand’s glamorous attitude for SS20. This tank top is a no-brainer for those who want to reference trend upon trend this upcoming season with a versatile piece.
Moschino Black & Gold Printed Belt
Repeating the Moschino moniker around a black and gold belt is more of a general reference to contact sports. With its webbing fabric base, minimalistic finish and elongated length, this belt makes reference to many sports if you don’t want such a direct boxing aesthetic.
Versace Barocco & Robe Cotton Bathrobe
Versace’s Barocco & robe cotton bathrobe is synonymous with both boxing and the brand itself. It’s a timeless piece — showgoers at Milan Fashion Week were even spotted wearing it this season — and a unique way to explore outerwear.
Martine Rose Ribbed Collar Shirt
It’s not just boxers who are having a fashion moment this season, the referees are too. Martine Rose is known for her references to sports, and her ribbed collar shirt is no exception. With badging on the arm, branding on the neck and its relaxed oversized look with drop sleeves, the on-trend shirt is perfect for those looking to work a more subtle sportswear-indebted look.