Heroes of the court, rink or field, sportsmen are some of the world’s most envied men.
But such power and success (and wads of cash) doesn’t mean the athletic elite are born with sense of style. And in recent seasons, many a goal scoring, World Cup title-holding gent has indeed copped a red card from the fashion umpires for some seriously foul play.
Nevertheless, here are the five ‘Best and Fairest’ style players from the wide world of sport; those sportsmen taking their skills beyond the pitch and into the competitive men’s style arena.
#1 Henrik Lundqvist
With an NHL career spanning ten years, Lundqvist – the NY Rangers star goalie – is arguably the best dressed sportsmen for 2015. Lundqvist has mastered the art of tailoring with slick-fit suits in traditional checks and rich blues, and he isn’t afraid to dress a bit glamish with his choice of deep burgundy, velvet blazers and suede lace-ups.
The hockey player prefers plaid button downs or a plain white tee for casual shirting – both snug under a leather biker, and made contemporary in a cropped, slim fit.
Lundqvist loves to accessorise too; never without a coloured pocket square to brighten up a grey suit, or draped in jewellery like silver bracelets and rings to pimp up a monochrome look.
#2 Tom Brady
Tom Brady is the American quarterback for the New England Patriots and holds the record for the most total Super Bowl touchdown passes.
He’s a winner really, and with natural good looks and an air of ageless classicism, Brady avoids the fleeting trends; preferring to play the gentleman in a three-piece black suit made from sheeny, mohair wool with subtle pinstripes.
Brady is 1.94cm tall and solid, so trousers are never super tight, preferring straight cut over slim. The footballer’s casual attire often feels heritage, with cable knit sweaters, scarves and tan chinos for a typical casual look.
Not always so serious though, the footballer does accessorise; favouring driving caps and retro aviators for an all-American pairing.
#3 Andrea Pirlo
At 36-years-old, Pirlo is one of the world’s oldest soccer stars to still play professionally in the league. With his trojan locks and well-kept beard, the Juventus player’s stylish way of doing things gives the younger guys a run for their money – both on and off the field. Owning his own vineyard in Italy helps, showing Pirlo has a taste for luxury.
It’s probably why he looks so Tuscany-ready, dressed in a untucked button-down, piercing shades and classic wash denim. He likes to accessorise with a sports watch, and subtle bracelets and rings.
Arriving for the World Cup in Brazil, not many players looked as dapper as he, with a typical Juventus three-piece suit which – on Pirlo – looked more like a “Made In Italy” bespoke than team uniform.
#4 Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is somewhat the peacock of the NBA. Having already designed a fashion collection with Barney’s New York, the Oklahoma City Thunder b-baller isn’t shy of leopard print, neon hues and black-on-black. Colour is his forte, however – letting it splash in gargantuan geo-prints for shirting and large renaissance florals on bombers.
Big on trends, Westbrook opts for longline tees and skinny fit jeans that rip precariously high above the knee. Based out with killer red hi-tops, the kicks immediately swing the rocker back to his urban groove.
For smarter attire, a classic white polo (always tucked) and cropped chinos (noted the little print) are turned springtime with daffodil yellow plimsolls in leather. And sunnies inside at night are permissible for remaining allusive – but only if you’re Westbrook.
#5 Olivier Giroud
Hailed as the new Beckham of football style, France’s Olivier Giroud oozes a polished, ruggedness when off the pitch. The Arsenal striker’s go-to piece is a slim-cut, raw denim jean, which he wears with absolutely everything.
Smart casual tends to involve a sharply cut, notch lapel blazer and Victorian-collared button-down; the inclusion of a mustard sweater showing nuances from his new London home.
When rolling the North London streets, Giroud’s ‘Beckham’ razored hair is often framed by metallic aviators, atop two-tone knits or cardigans or a leather bomber with a graphic print tee. Sneakers are his game though, preferring hi-tops over low, in monochrome white or black. Bend it like Becks, Giroud.