I am in love with preppy-inspired clothing for men in the Modern Fields collection by Polo Ralph Lauren. And since it was designed specifically for the 2010 World Cup, it is even better! Perfect for all soccer fanatics, the collection features a “Create Your Own” option, where customers can have a name embroidered on the back of a polo shirt (limited countries available). Although the collection includes caps, mesh shorts, windbreakers, and crewneck t-shirts, my favorite are the slim country polo shirts. I am definitely surprising my boyfriend with one!—Katrina Caspelich
Buy Polo Ralph Lauren Modern Fields Custom-Fit Mesh Polo Shirt, $135, at ralphlauren.com
To be honest, I don’t consider myself a sports buff. I occasionally watch tennis or tune in to the Olympics for an event or two. But when it comes to my nightly TV viewing, I’ve got my channels fixed to a different kind of high-stakes competition—reality shows. Every four years however, the World Cup turns me into a sports fanatic! There is something so amazing about all of the different nationalities gathering to show their undying support for their country. So, where are the best bars to catch all the excitement?
Rebar, 147 Front Street between Jay and Pearl Streets; (718) 766-9110
This place not only serves amazing food but also has an extensive list of beers and wine, both foreign and domestic. The staff is extremely knowledgeable in their food pairings and is very eager to share their expertise. Check out the games in Rerun, their new stadium-style theater!
Sunburnt Calf, 226 West 79th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway; (646) 823-9255
This Aussie-powered joint cooks up authentic down-under grub and creative cocktails (you can even get them served in baby bottles!), all from the most welcoming staff! Southern hospitality the Aussie way! —Hyejin Kim