Our tribute to sports most stylish men. The legends who could teach us all a thing or two about getting dressed and making our way in the world.
The difference between a well-dressed sportsman and a stylish one is a small but important one. Whilst not all athletes are in peak physical condition, as not all sports demand such athletic physiques, where it is our top sportsmen look good in fine threads and it’s no wonder the menswear designers fall over themselves to dress the top names. What better advertisement for their wares.
However. Stepping out at red carpet events, fashionably dressed by a famous couture house is not the same as possessing true style. As Lauren Hutton put it ‘Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. Style is what you choose.’
So our list is determinedly not a list of sportsmen who advertise watches, aftershave or famous brands. It’s a tribute to sportsmen who have that rare thing – style. Each name on our list is not just a fashionable man but a stylish one too, someone whose name is synonymous with a way of dressing and a way of being they have made utterly their own.
What could be more stylish than snaffling the Wimbledon title and cavorting your way through the 1930’s on the arm of Marlene Dietrich. Then there’s those shirts with the laurel wreath inspired by the original Wimbledon logo. We also have Perry to thank for the invention of the sweatband, though that could count against him.
It’s the sweatband/headband again. We don’t know how but somehow Swedish Borg managed to get away with wearing a headband along with his ever present Fila shirt and shorts. It wasn’t a look that worked for McEnroe. Maybe it was those sorrowful eyes, or those Viking locks or the genuine nonchalance but somehow Borg carried it off and this is enough to make it onto the style list.
Sir Jackie Stewart
It’s the cap! Sir Jackie is a legend without a doubt and this photo of him wearing an A Hume Tweed Cap is one of our proudest in the album.
F1 legend James Hunt was as famed for his love of blondes, blow drys and budgies. We suppose that when you risk death every day it’s OK to keep budgies and blow dry your hair without having your masculinity questioned. Especially when you wear a badge that says ‘Sex, Breakfast of Champions.’
Muhammad Ali oozed style and talent in equal measure. With Ali style isn’t a matter of what you wear, it’s what you say, how you carry yourself and the place you carve for yourself in the world.
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