In the world of sports, athletes should dress for the battle, wearing the right shoes and safety gear, all while sporting their sponsor’s brand and logo. While these sports superstars need to be wearing their uniforms, it does not mean they don’t get to be stylish.
Athletes are often invited in big fashion shows, red carpet events, and charity functions. In these occasions, they can finally show off their personal style. But, they can also do so even while playing. Sportswear such as Descente challenger jackets can make a skier look stylish without compromising their comfort. Golf players can exhibit their chic, sharp, and laidback fashion sense while swinging. Even tutu dresses have been part of a professional tennis tournament.
With 23 Grand Slam titles in her arsenal, Serena Williams is arguably the queen of tennis. Tennis enthusiasts and pros look up to her exceptional talent. Fashion enthusiasts, on the other hand, admire her sense of fashion on the court.
In the most recent Roland-Garros competition, Williams showed up in a catsuit, which French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli banned afterward. The tennis star responded that the catsuit was functional and helped her with her blood clots since she gave birth. Months later, Williams rallied in the US Open in a tutu dress.
Another tennis icon, Maria Sharapova, also impresses fashion experts with her style. The Russian tennis pro is so fashionable that she has her own fashion line under her Sugarpova label.
In a 2015 interview with Vogue, Sharapova stated, “I love to experiment with my activewear choices.” Her on-court style is heavily influenced by the culture of the tournament’s host city. Off the court, Sharapova wears pieces from brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino. She has also signed with top modeling agency IMG Models.
Victor Cruz is not only a giant in the field but also in the style scene. The former New York Giants receiver is now one of the faces of luxurious French fashion brand Givenchy. The NFL star is also crazy about sneakers. He has an entire wardrobe just for his collection and his own line of signature trainers from Nike.
Many athletes are fashionable, but there are only a few who can compete with NBA star Russell Westbrook’s style. Ripped jeans, brightly-colored plaid shirts, printed jackets, and blings – Westbrook’s lookbook is a sight to behold. The OKC Thunder point guard’s bold and distinctive style is a fashion trendsetter who knows how to make an entrance on a red carpet.
Westbrook has already collaborated with brands such as Nike and True Religion. He has also established his streetwear line called Honor The Gift and eyewear company called Westbrook Frames.
If there is one field in the world of sports where athletes can really show off their fashion style, it’s on the ice. Former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir proves this.
Weir wears women dresses like it’s nobody’s business. He designed not only his ice skating costumes but also a line of women’s dresses for eDressme.com. Time has dubbed Weir the Winter Olympics’ resident fashion icon.
During a game or a match, athletes are required to wear proper apparel for comfort, safety, and functionality. Outside the field, though, these sports superstars can also become big names in the fashion world, rock the red carpet, and start trends.