Gary Lineker swaps football for fashion with his latest eyewear project.

Cary Grant was the first person who showed me how cool you can look with glasses, ”says the Match Of The Day presenter and former English soccer player who comes with a number of specs. revealed Vision Express “In this tortoiseshell frame, if anyone can remember? I think I’ll show my age a bit here … “

More than two decades since retiring from football, the 60-year-old says he’s been inspired by on-screen style icons and vintage fashion, but admits that there are some outfits from his own past that he’d rather forget …

The glasses shoot goes back to different decades, how does retro fashion influence your style?

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“I would like to think that I am a long way from some of the retro fashion trends of the seventies and Eighties – the shell suits and the bright colors, although they were fun back then. I think retro fashion had an impact on my style, but mostly on items I know I can wear rather than entire looks.

“Sometimes I try to combine more classic items or vintage clothes with modern pieces, for example a leather jacket with a white top. I recently bought a Seventies-style All Saints jacket that I love. “

Gary Lineker wears glasses from the Lineker Edit for Vision Express

Who are your personal style icons?

“Outside of the sports world, I take a lot of style inspiration from movies or television, or at least I’ve tried over the years. I would say the likes of Sean Connery, Paul Newman and Don Draper from Mad Men are all style icons.

“Whether they are dressed in sharp, well-fitting suits or casual polo shirts, shirt and pullover layers or neutral slim-fit chinos, they look elegant, self-confident and timeless.”

Gary Lineker wears glasses from the Lineker Edit for Vision Express

Football shirts have developed a lot over the decades, which epochs did you like the most?

“Well, I went through the eighties when very short shorts were introduced. Some people definitely weren’t that keen on it, but I like a bit of freedom to walk around. Then we went into a phase of long shorts – I think we were the first team to wear them when I was at Tottenham.

“I really like retro football shirts and I think some of them are really cool, especially some of the lesser known ones. When I was in my early twenties we had an awful green striped one in Leicester, sponsored by Ind Coope. But one of my favorites would be something like an old classic 1970 World Cup Brazil [shirt]which is now probably a real collector’s item. “

Tottenham’s Gary Lineker speeds away from Arsenal’s David O’Leary during the 1991 Charity Shield match

What did you wear during the lockdown – did you get into the loungewear trend?

“Like most of the nation, I spent most of the lockdown in tracksuits. I didn’t just sit around in pajamas all day, I wore lots of sweatpants.

“Since playing soccer, I haven’t worn any tracksuits or sportswear, probably because it felt like I was wearing my old work clothes, and usually I mostly relaxed in jeans and t-shirts or jeans and casual shirts. But now it’s all about comfort, so tracksuits are again my first choice for relaxing. “

Do you have any fashion regrets from the past?

“My worst fashion disaster that I was thinking about recently was an outfit from the 1990s. After we lost to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals, I stayed in Italy to take the Fair Play Award trophy with Bobby Robson on behalf of the English team and for some inexplicable reason I went for a jacket that was really strong Stripes and then paired it with a big, noticeable, stained tie … It’s pretty appalling to say the least. “

In his role as Vision Express brand ambassador, Gary Lineker is launching Lineker Edit, an exclusive eyewear collection handpicked by Gary, available in-store and online from June 9th.