Professionalism, from the best in the business
A look at some of the world’s best athletes off the field, carrying the confidence that helps them succeed on the field.
Introduction – Learning Men’s Style From the Pro’s
For those men looking to add professionalism to their look and appearance, look no further than the men who get paid to be professional.
The world of athletics is full of excellent, as well as questionable, attire, but it is important to recognize those who understand the beauty of true professionalism, style, and confidence. To help celebrate the great attires from the world’s greatest athletes, a list (in no particular order) of fashion excellence.
Tom Brady – Proportion for a large man’s body.
The Patriots quarterback displays cool confidence on and off the field. Notice the attention to detail with the pocket square, and the perfectly-patterned tie to compliment the jacket and shirt combination. With Brady, there is often more than meets the eye.
Although we don’t look at him and initially think that he’s a big football player, he still has quite a large frame. At 6’4″ and 225 pounds, he certainly has an above average-sized frame. With that in mind, the suit he wears is going do differ from one worn by someone with a thinner or shorter frame.
With the large build that Brady has, getting the proper cut suit is essential. The Updated American style suit is a perfect fit for Brady’s broad shoulder and long figure. In the world of football, size matters, but going with a Sack suit would not do his frame justice. The European cut would take away from the size he has and perhaps be somewhat uncomfortable, making the Updated American cut the perfect fit for Brady.
Three Style Tips we learn from Tom Brady
1) Understanding proper fit/cut for a larger man.
2) Color coordination
3) Using a pocket square properly
David Beckham – How a man can dress slim and sleek
David Beckham is an international icon for both soccer and fashion, and for good reason. His well put together outfits are classy and timeless. Beckham stands at 6’0″ and weighs in at about 170 pounds, giving him a very European type build, and since he is from England, it is clear that he dresses in a European style. The European cut suits often look best on long, thin men, and by wearing the skinny tie, he adds even more to that style.
His jacket is slim around the waist and the low button on the jacket gives the illusion of more height throughout his torso. Having the thin body that he does works very well to his advantage when it comes to wearing suits, because, as seen here, he can dress in a way that shows his figure well but still fits very comfortably.
Two Style Tips we can learn from David Beckham
1) Understanding proper proportion
2) How to dress “slim”
Christiano Ronaldo – Developing contrast
Ronaldo, much like Beckham, seems to be a very popular figure worldwide. His attire off the field simply compliments his play on the field, as it asserts a cool confidence at all times. Ronaldo can do very well in European cut suits, standing at 6’1″ and weighing about 165. He too has a very slim figure, which is perfect for the Euro cut.
Wearing this cut serves as a major advantage because it promotes and flatters his body type. Notice how the sleeves are not loose at all, but they’re not so tight that he can’t bend his elbow comfortably. Promoting a thin figure while still allow comfort is a major attribute to the European cut.
Also, an important part of this outfit is the color contrast he creates with his dress shirt (the collar in particular). With a white color, that area of his body (from the shoulders up) jumps out, and the most important part of any outfit is to make sure the face is what gets the attention of onlookers. With this utilization of contrast, he achieves just that.
Two Style Tips we can learn from Christiano Ronaldo
1) Dressing “slim”
2) Utilization and effect of color contrast
Dwyane Wade – Coordinating colors
D-Wade always dresses to impress, and his style reflects his unique personality as he frequently wears interesting colors and patterns. He is not on the bench wearing street clothes often, but when he is, he does so in great style. We see him here beautifully matching a well folded pocket square to his tie. His spread collar accommodates his wide figure and face very well, as does the large knot in his tie.
At 6’4″, 220 lbs, he is certainly bigger than he looks, and he has a wider frame than most would think as well. His full shape is going to be complimented by the fullness of a suit. Notice the wideness of the tie, the spread collar, and the wide lapels. These subtle, but essential, details flatter his wider figure.
Two Style Tips we can learn from Dwayne Wade
1) Understanding jewelry and accessories
2) Proper dress shirt collars
Roger Federer – Dressing simplistically
The Swiss tennis star is always in-style both on and off the field, and his European roots can be detected easily by his slick appearance off the court. Standing at 6’1″ and 190 lbs, he has a more filled out body than the previously discussed European soccer players. This gives him many choices when it comes to clothing, and he could easily look great in either an Updated American cut or a European cut.
Perhaps the most important aspect of this particular look is the simplicity. It does not take much to look good, but a good understanding of fit and color is essential.
Two Style Tips we can learn from Roger Federer
1) How/when to wear a sports jacket
2) The effect of simplicity
Unfortunately for most sports fans, views of our favorite athletes off the field are limited, but when we do catch a glimpse, it is often that we find that in style, sporting classy and professional outfits. If you’re having trouble putting yourself together, look no further than the men who epitomize professionalism as well as confidence.
One of the most important part of dressing, though, as displayed by all of these athletes, is to make sure you wear outfits that will compliment the positive parts of your body. Body types vary greatly, so adding distinction to your look will serve as a great advantage when you’re dressing amongst others.