Posted by Tenpin at 11.00am on 14 August 2014
As much as we love them, we'll be the first to admit that
bowling shoes have never been the height of fashion! So you might
be surprised to hear that bowling-wear has actually given the
fashion world some real gems, and inspired some of the looks we
know and love!
Here's a run-down of the biggest and best bowling-inspired
A staple in all fashion-savvy women's wardrobes, the practical
and stylish bowling bag is a true must-have. As the name suggests,
but you probably hadn't thought about, the bag was invented
specially for bowlers to lug those heavy balls around!
They come in various sizes, to hold one, two or four balls. The
fashion industry's take on the bowling bag is usually based on the
larger, four ball model. Top designers, from Vivienne Westwood to
Louis Vuitton, have taken the humble bag from the bowling alley to
the catwalk. Ooo, fancy that!
Tenpin bowling, as we know it, was born in 1940s and 50s
America, where it quickly became a major form of entertainment.
Bowling and fashion went hand in hand; the local alley was a cool
hangout spot where youngsters would go to show off the hottest new
Think T-Bird style jackets (customised for extra-street cred!),
feminine flared skirts, and colour panel shirts aplenty.
The 50s bowling look has resurfaced in the fashion world in
recent years, and become a well-loved trend that has people
flocking to vintage stores!
Next time you head down to Tenpin, why not inject a little more
fun into your visit by dressing up? Pair our bowling shoes with a
cute rockabilly dress or a zip-up bowling jacket for a truly
The 'Charlie Harper'
Infamous comedy rogue Charlie Sheen is best known for his role
as Charlie Harper in the massively successful Two and a Half Men.
Bowling wear totally influences this character's iconic style. In
fact, he's rarely seen on screen without one of his trademark
bowling shirts. They're oversized, panelled and wide in the collar,
reflecting the laid-back style Harper is known for.
Kitted out like that, Charlie would be ready to hit the lanes at