Every now and then one is confronted with highly paid athletes across the sporting spectrum who are not well dressed at all. One would think that being a millionaire would automatically translate to being stylishly or appropriately dressed. This seems to be the exception rather the norm as many athletes seem to let themselves go as far as style is concerned. For some it is just plain laziness, others a lack of trying and others have no knowledge of style and what it pertains, and would rather faux pas their way rather than spend money on a stylist.
Style has nothing to do with how much you spend on clothes but rather, how you wear it. A suit, for every man, is a start however an immaculately tailored fitting suit is the ultimate complement. And adding personal touches is important. For example developing a habit of tying ties in different knots and coordinating that with the correct choice of shirt can always be current and distinctive. It is also important to note that most well dressed athletes are people who know their bodies and know exactly what works for them.
So even without a stylist one can still put together a meaningful wardrobe. Below is a list of well dressed and not so well dressed athletes. I'll start with the not so...
Mamelodi Sundowns Benedict Vilakazi
Lehlohonolo Seema trying his best Hamid Karzai impersonation
JRich dunks but style poor
Mike in stripes, too rich, too high and that hoop has to go
How a 7 footer is able to dress better than a 6 footer is mind boggling
Now for the well dressed...
Junior you get a pass but reserve the cravat for your actual wedding
Just great Ronaldo
Amar'e Stoudemire representing the big men
Best PG in the NBA, best casual look
Gilbert Arenas in complementary tweed
Deron Williams this look is complete sans the studs
Caron Butler in grey double breast
This man, in my opinion, has set the standard though:
Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Charles Oakley, albeit a well dressed basketballer player in his playing days, knows very little about men's fashion and style, in my opinion. See this article from Details magazine about his interesting perspective on NBA style and those who do it best and those who are umm.....lackng in style totally. Clyde Frazier gets a thumbs up from me for that mustard leather suit.
(picture credits go to: theybf.com, yahoosports.com, ViewImages.com, GQ.com, NBA.com and gameplanmedia.co.za)
PG: Man to man, generation to genration.