Dos and Don’ts for replica jerseys Tips

Replica jerseys are so prevalent that teams are changing their uniform designs and wearing alternate tops simply to sell them and squeeze more money from fans. This widespread popularity, however, necessitates some NFL-like rules about when, where and how to wear your jersey.

Here, then, are the Fashion Dos and Don’ts for replica jerseys …

1. Beware where you wear. Replica jerseys are always appropriate at the ballpark or softball field. They are fine for the living room or the backyard, as well, though your spouse might not always agree. Sports bars, taverns and pizza joints work, too, depending on your demographics. (See Rule No. 2.) But notevery venue and situation is acceptable.

Do not wear a replica jersey on a date (unless you don’t want to go on another one). Do not wear a replica jersey to a nice restaurant (i.e., one that doesn’t offer unlimited waffle fries). Do not wear a replica jersey to a church, mosque or synagogue. (Ballparks are the only appropriate cathedrals for jerseys.) And never wear a replica jersey to a wedding, unless, of course, that wedding is at a ballpark.

2. Fans of a certain age … Hey, I’m not telling you not to show your support for your favorite team. I’m just saying that when you reach your 30s, your spouse just might be right: You run the risk of looking like a literal closet case when you wear a replica jersey anywhere other than an athletic event. It’s a bit like wearing your old high school letterman’s jacket.

But don’t throw the jerseys away, either, no matter what your spouse says. Given enough decades — say, sometime after you reach 60 — you won’t look like a sad sack in a replica jersey anymore. Instead, you’ll appear refreshingly passionate, hip and years younger.

3. Get the look right. They’re called replicas for a reason: They’re supposed to replicate the actual jerseys that players wear. It’s bad enough having to stare at all those Yankees fans wearing replica jerseys. But for goodness’ sakes, don’t make the rest of us look at Yankees jerseys that aren’t even accurate. The Yankees do not have names on the back of their jerseys! Same goes for old Red Sox road jerseys. There is nothing that makes a fan look more clueless than wearing a jersey with Jeter, Sabathia or Yastrzemski written across the back.

Sheesh, you might as well wear a pink cap with it. (Note: Pink caps are acceptable only when they are part of baseball’s breast cancer awareness initiative, as we saw on Mother’s Day.)

4. Players only. The only thing worse than seeing a player’s name on the back of a Yankees jersey is seeing a fan with his own name on the back of a jersey, as if the wearer is actually eligible for a postseason share. It might be a well-intentioned gesture to give a family member a jersey with the recipient’s name on the back, but to actually wear it in public can make you look like a dork. Just don’t do it. You’re a fan, not a player.

The only time your name should be on the back of a replica jersey is if the last name on your driver’s license is Mauer, Verlander, Cabrera, Ichiro or the name of some other actual player who wears that jersey.

5. Real men wear buttons. Stay classy. Only wear authentic, button-up jerseys. Do not go cheap with a polyester pullover jersey unless you’re buying a Turn Back the Clock jersey from the 1970s and early ’80s. (And if you’re doingthat, why?)

And finally …

6. Know when to say when. Replica jerseys are great, but pairing them with replica pants is going too far. And definitely don’t wear white home pants after Labor Day.