After Dublin‘s fourth All-Ireland win in a row two weeks ago, Bernard Brogan now has an incredible six All-Ireland medals and counting. However, when he isn’t achieving All-Ireland success, Bernard has a keen interest in style and fashion.
He recently launched his second collection with Littlewoods Ireland and it’s available on site now! The new Bernard Brogan for V by Very collection has pieces for every occasion and is aimed at men, like Bernard, who lead a busy lifestyle but also like to look sharp and on trend no matter what the occasion.
We sat down with the All-Star footballer to chat all things style!
How would you describe your own style and does the latest Bernard Brogan for V by Very collection reflect this?
At times, I can be a bit conservative – you can get into a rut and just put on what you know is safe and looks good. This collection challenged me on that, so we aimed to be more adventurous and take more risks with it. This line is a step up in the fashion stakes and I feel it’ll definitely start a few conversations!
When choosing an outfit to wear whether it is for training, a night out or a formal event, what features are important to you?
I’ve said it before that fit is important to me, and the fit is probably my number one decider when putting something on. If the fit doesn’t suit me, or shape isn’t right it doesn’t matter how on trend it is sometimes, I don’t feel confident in the outfit.
That said. I do love trends and I love getting new bits. When it comes to men’s fashion Irish men are definitely more tuned in these days than they used to be and are willing to try new things – I never thought I’d be wearing a pair of three quarter length trousers with loafers and no socks but here we are!
How do you style up your sportswear pieces to look more fashion-led?
For training, I would mix and match pieces. When it comes to sportswear, the fit and fabric are extremely important. You need to have something that you are comfortable in and allows you to move freely.
Tight fitting sportswear, or leisurewear, is a lot more functional and sportswear is becoming a lot more fashionable now. Look good, feel good, play good is a motto you might hear me bandy about a lot!
What are your top styling tips for Irish men?
Firstly, the important thing is to get a good haircut, it’s important as it definitely gives you a bit of a burst of confidence when you look in the mirror. My Dad doesn’t get it when he hears how much I spend on a haircut or that you can make appointments now for lad’s haircuts.
My solid and everlasting tip is you also need to wear the correct fit – it’s so important. You want to feel comfortable in whatever you wear, then you will feel good in it too. Whatever your body shape or size, make sure what you wear fits you well.
Follow the trends, keep an eye out for what is up and coming and don’t be afraid to try something a little different! Don’t worry what people will think or say about your new style or outfit – if people are talking about it it’s a good thing. It means you’ve made an impression and you’ve surprised them by stepping outside of your usual style!
Who is your fashion idol and why?
David Beckham! I was forced to watch the Royal Wedding and the only thing I remember about it is David Beckham. He always looks so sharp – you’d nearly not want him as a guest on your big day!
Even when he is wearing something formal, he stands out. When he is dressed causal, he looks cool and stylish at the same time. He seems to be able to pull anything off and always has a good haircut too!
What is the best piece of style advice you have ever received and who gave you it?
Not surprisingly a lot of my style advice or influence comes from my wife – I’d say it’s the same for most men. She always likes to try new things and has a great eye, especially when it comes to shopping for me.
She just recently bought me a beautiful pair of slip-on suede loafer shoes from Littlewoods Ireland last week and some rolled up chinos. She loves that preppy look that’s in at the minute.
What 3 fashion items do you think every man should have?
A good pair of shoes – be selective in your footwear choice as a good pair of shoes can start and finish a look!
Every man should always have a fashionable pair of sunglasses. They always finish an outfit.
Finally, every man should have a go-to pair of navy blue denim jeans. A staple in every wardrobe, these should be ones that you are most comfortable and confident in.
Who influences you when it comes to style?
I really like Paul Galvin’s approach to fashion – he’s hugely forward thinking. He was really the first GAA player that stepped into the fashion space. His style is a bit out there but I like where his head is at.
He’s strong-willed and follows what he believes in. I give him a lot of credit for that. He realised there was an appetite for mixing sports with fashion.
What has been your worst fashion faux pas?
I wore a cream suit to my sixth-year graduation! People would say it is a faux pas, but I thought it showed some individuality!
Do you think your style – both on and off the pitch – has evolved over the years? How so?
Yes, I’m more willing to express myself now, I would have been a lot more conservative when I was growing up. Before, you might have worried what people would have thought or said, especially in GAA.
In my early days of sport, I wouldn’t have pushed the boundaries at all. Then a few years ago, I started to express myself a bit more. I chose some interesting suits for the All-Stars Awards and gathered more confidence in what I was wearing. It’s always good to choose a few items of interest.
You can check out the entire BroganxVbyVery collection live on site now!