Fashion Tennis Sweaters: Band of Outsiders vs. Rag & Bone

Meghan Blalock

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Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic weren’t the only tennis stars facing off in New York this week; Band of Outsiders (left) and Rag & Bone both walked vintage-inspired tennis sweaters down the runway as part of their Spring 2014 collections during New York Fashion Week.

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While Pantone already predicted which 10 colors would dominate the Spring runways, it seems uncanny that more than one designer would want to harken back to such a specific aesthetic. The V-neck sweaters tennis and cricket players donned in the 1950s and 1960s have a very distinct look, and both labels gave that trademark striped collar very different treatments.

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In keeping with Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg’s love for all things preppy-cool, his brand’s iteration maintains a more traditional approach; Rag & Bone stays true to its downtown-hip aesthetic by presenting a modern version of the look with a super-deep plunging V-neck.

Which of the two approaches do you like better? Vote below!