A Guide to Cricket Shirts

There is evidence that people have been playing the sport of cricket from as early on as the 18th century, although there is speculation that the sport originated a lot earlier on than that.  Likewise, there is evidence, in the form of paintings, of teams playing the game wearing uniformed club attire from the 1800’s.  As the years went by, the style of the games club clothing developed, and as the game became more popular all around the world, the need to differentiate between the various club members meant that clothing began to vary from one club to the next.  In some cases, cricket shirts worn today by professional world champion teams look very different to the traditional shirts that we identify with the old English clubs.   If you have a team, and are contemplating choosing cricket shirts that will identify your club, then come to Club Colours where we help you design custom cricket shirts that are just right for your needs.

The History of Cricket Clothing

Cricket is a sport that is steeped in tradition, so much so that, as sportswear developed to be more practical for the field, old habits died hard.  For example, when cricket first started to become popular in Britain, and formal games were organised between clubs, the players would mostly be seen wearing a tricorne (three cornered hat) or jockey cap, breeches, frilled shirts, and a coat not a blazer.  Despite the fact that in the 1820s people favoured trousers, because they were seen as a more informal attire and therefore better suited to the field than breeches, cricketers still wore breeches up until the beginning of the 1830’s, when they were finally replaced by more practical clothing.

Cricket shirts for clubs went from being frilled, to buttoned and collared as they are today, but at that time were often worn with a bow tie. Flannelled jackets were also popular, but were soon replaced by the blazers that are still worn now, although they tend to be used only during more formal events rather than while in play.  The jumpers or vests that we see modern day British players wear became popular because they allowed players the ability to play in all weathers, but were not too restrictive.

By the late 1800’s the cricketer’s uniform in Britain was settled on what we now call ‘cricket whites’ or ‘flannels’ and consist of a white collared shirt, often unbuttoned around the collar, white trousers, and a white or cream jumper that be worn as a long sleeve, short sleeve, or a vest.  Hats are still sometimes worn in the form of caps.  These can be worn on the field, but are more often worn during formal occasions.  Different clubs’ blazers and hats are made in a choice of colours to represent the various clubs, whereas the shirt, trousers and jumpers are usually kept plain.  The logo of the club is placed on the uniform to identify the club and the teams.

Although, these are often the identified uniform of the traditional British cricket player, the choices are not limited to this style only.  A variety of coloured polo and T-shirts are also worn around the world by many famous clubs, and can be the choice of teamwear for any modern-day club if they so wish.

How To Choose a Cricket Shirt?

If you need help in choosing a cricket shirt and with the club logo design, then please come to us.  As you will see from our catalogue, we have a great choice of clothing as well as a variety of cricket shirts for clubs that can be professionally completed with your own design of logo, as well as any adding any other designs and specifications you require.

Contact us today for more information.