Finally, an F1 x Fashion Collab That Fans Will *Actually* Want to Wear


It’s no huge secret that for a long time, Formula One’s been a bit of a boys club. There are only 20 athletes who compete in the sport at any given time, all of whom are men. Their bosses are men, and a majority of their teams are made up of men. So it’s not exactly shocking that, when it comes to merch, women aren’t often the ones being catered to, making it so that rarely do they—especially women interested in fashion—actually want to wear anything currently on the market. Fortunately, with F1’s meteoric rise in the wake of Netflix’s successful docuseries Drive to Survive, a wave of new motorsport content creators, and even a movie starring Brad Pitt (the trailer for which was just released), fashion brands are more involved with the sport than ever before. As such, stylized F1 collections have become far more prevalent in recent years. It wasn’t until this month, though, that I, as a fashion editor who spends far too much time watching cars drive quickly, came face to face with one that checked off every box.

On July 3, Levi’s released an exciting new collaborative collection with one of F1’s most iconic teams, McLaren. Both rooted in history, with the original denim brand releasing its first jeans in 1873 and driver Bruce McLaren kicking off his namesake team in 1963, the two companies coming together makes perfect sense, as does their decision to celebrate the collaboration at the 2024 British Grand Prix, a 74-year-old event and the home race for both McLaren and its star driver, Lando Norris. Small but mighty, the debut offering features just seven items, including a denim racing suit, patchworked 501s, and two jean jackets, one in Levi’s famous Trucker style and another that’s more traditional in the motorsport world with a snap-on strap at the neck and a white racing strip across the bottom.

Given that I’m far from the only F1-obsessed fashion person who’s been itching to fill their wardrobe with related pieces that are wearable, cool, and different from all the overpriced yet blasé merch options that fans have been served for too long, I knew that this collection would be on the fast track to selling out, especially after Levi’s held various events in London to celebrate it. And I was right—pieces are already flying off the shelves. Shop what’s left below and see how I styled my favorite pieces from the just-launched Levi’s x McLaren collection below. If your pick is already gone, don’t fret—your local Levi’s might have one in stock.

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Nothing will eliminate jet lag from a red-eye flight from JFK to LHR quite like a trip to the McLaren Technology Center for an F1 fan. Trust me, I just experienced it. Last week, after a long journey and about 30 minutes of sleep, I boarded a coach bus from London to Woking, where McLaren’s expansive headquarters are located. For the occasion, I styled the collection’s star piece, a light-wash racing jacket that features various vintage McLaren patches and “McLaren Racing” embroidered on the back, with a white Levi’s tee, my go-to capri pants from Donni, black By Far mules, and a Prada 1995 Re-Edition bag. Of course, I had to document the look in front of the MTC’s spy lair–esque exterior (which was casually used as a set in the new Star Wars series Andor).

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This was the first of two ways that I styled the vintage-inspired jacket, proving just how versatile and wearable it is. Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done on this trip without it given that before I flew out of NYC, everyone told me it was going to be hot when in actuality it was in the 50s (and raining!) almost the entire trip. Naturally, I didn’t pack a single piece of outerwear, so having a unique outerwear option to throw on top of my summery outfits was the biggest blessing.