These athletes are always dressed to impress—before the game, after the game, in the club, and on the red carpet.
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Victor Cruz, NFL
Cruz has salsa-danced his way to the top of the list as one of the most well-dressed athletes in the world—and he has the wardrobe to prove it. The New York Giants superstar has his own line of signature trainers from Nike, he’s the face of the French style brand Givenchy, and he was named the No. 1 best-dressed sports star on the Sports Illustrated “Fashionable 50” list of most stylish athletes.
But he's not all high-fashion. Cruz is on board the “athleisure” train, so he's almost always wearing a pair of sneakers, whether they're paired with a designer suit or a designer tee. His looks are minimal in pattern and subtle in hues, and he always keeps it low-profile but definitely luxe. The wideout has been spotted at Paris Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week, and he has some incredible sneaker love: Cruz has one closet at homeJUST for his Air Jordans.
Russell Westbrook, NBA
Holy prints and patterns—lots of athletes are stylish, but few superstars have as unique a fashion game as Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.
This dude has a bold, brave sense of style. He’s fashion-forward and likes to flaunt it—if his outfit isn't bold in pattern, it’s vivid with color. He’ll rock a matching plaid green suit or a vivid ensemble like bright red chinos with blue trench and a blinding yellow, purple, and blue top. The point guard nerds out with designer shades, tiger-printed jackets, quirky pajama-like tops, oversized parkas, ripped up jeans, denim vests—and he looks like a complete boss in all of 'em. (And to round things out, he's mastered the crisp, conventional look, too.
OBJ has learned a thing or two from his New York Giants teammate Victor Cruz. Beckham’s style is trendy and bold and he has taken the fashion world by storm since making his electric NFL debut in 2014. He’s rocked a red suit jacket with black slacks (a striking contrast), gold chains, and glitzed out loafers on the carpet. Even when he’s dressed down, he’ll keep it laid back but super trendy—like an oversized tee with white jeans and a short denim jacket or a white moto jacket with ripped black jeans. He even brings it on the field too—Beckham has worn specially designed cleats multiple times in his career.
Beckham isn’t just styling for himself—he’s branching out into the fashion world too. He now has his own clothing line at Bloomingdales, the limited-edition 13 x twenty line he collaborated on with New York designer David Helwani. He went to the fashion-extravaganza 2016 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Gala, he’s wearing jumpsuits while hanging out with Drake in the offseason, and he attended New York Fashion Week and had a seat near none other than Anna Wintour.
Beckham’s hair is part of his style too—he’s the new face of Head & Shoulders shampoo—and his high cut with highlighted curls has been copied by athletes and kids around the world.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer
The Real Madrid star is considered a worldwide fashion icon—he’s worked with some of the top brands in the world, including Armani, Tag Heuer, and Sacoor Brothers suits. Ronaldo’s style means business, and he wants you to know it.
He’s usually decked out in top-notch tuxedos and suits, and if he isn’t wearing that, then has on polos with a popped collar, badass moto jackets, blazers, or anything with structure to make his presence strong, stiff, and powerful. His casual attire consists of jeans, joggers and sneakers, which is pretty relaxed, but he always makes sure they’re flashy with designer names. Ronaldo also his own boutique and line of clothing called “CR7,” which sells shirts, underwear, socks, boxers, and even kids' clothing.
Oh, and his hair… he makes sure it’s slick and suave all the time, even when he’s scrambling around the pitch, and he ensures he cuts a strong figure at big events like the FIFA Ballon d'Or presentation.
Dwyane Wade, NBA
D-Wade is making the move from the Miami Heat to his hometown Chicago Bulls, but that isn’t stopping him from dressing to impress. Wade's style is elegant yet masculine: If he rocks a suit, he’ll keep it monochromatic and make sure the colors are sophisticated and neutral like burgundy or navy. Even off the carpet he’ll keep his looks cool and minimal like a white button-up with overalls and kicks.
During his time in South Beach—when he was featured on People's "50 Most Beautiful People" list—Wade often suited up in creative jackets (like this dusty red clay number). He's also married to actress Gabrielle Union, so it makes sense that his red carpet swag features a formal ensemble like this indigo tux with floral patterning that very few other people could pull off. He's also endorsed watch brand Hublot.
Von Miller, NFL
The Denver Broncos linebacker is a self-proclaimed nerd—he got an A in Fundamentals of Cam Newton Disruption—and that informs his style as much as his Texas heritage. Miller is a fan of outlandishly oversized frames, big cowboy hats, and glitzy gold shoes to go along with his perfectly made-to-measure suits. Miller goes with a vivid color palette, too—check out his look of a bright, turquoise suit paired with an outrageous pair of pink-and-leopard high-tops—but also keeps it classy with subdued hues and a subtle pattern with fine accessories like he did on the ESPYs red carpet.
Miller made the Sports Illustrated "Fashionable 50" list and he’s a NFL Men's Lifestyle Ambassador for the league's clothing collection. Miller has a strong cleat game going too: Kanye West sent Miller a pair of Adidas Yeezy Boost Cleats, which he wore in warmups before playing against the Carolina Panthers in the 2016 NFL season opener. After winning Super Bowl 50 and signing the richest contract for a defensive player in NFL history, Miller will likely only get more and more attention.
LeBron James, NBA
“The King” of the court is also considered royalty when it comes to fashion and style among his fellow NBA stars.
Despite the size of his bank account—James has a reported billion-dollar deal with Nike, so he can easily afford the Tom Ford and Armani double-breasted suits he likes so much—Lebron’s style is down-to-earth and attainable. He’ll sport button-ups and cardigans in a simple print, a stripe, or solid, and finish it off with a pair of leather kicks. His formal game is easy-going, too: simple, no-fuss suits with minimal detail going on, but he almost always has designer shades on so he looks like a boss.
The Cleveland Cavaliers star decided to put his personal fashion style to the test by opening his own store, UNKNWN, in Miami. The company sells designer clothing, sneakers, hoodies, pants, t-shirts as well as hats, bags, socks, and other accessories.
Henrik Lundqvist, NHL
Playing in one of the fashion capitals of the world has made it easy for Henrik Lundqvist to stay on top of his game—his style is straight up dapper, elegant, sleek, sophisticated, and smart, and when he wears a suit, he makes sure it’s the best-looking one in the line up. He rocked a navy suit in 2015 at Fashion Week, with a key detail: the jacket was a crisp navy plaid finished with a thick solid navy label, and the look was completed with white dress shirt, a matching white pocket square, and a salmon-colored tie that couldn’t match more perfectly.
The dapper-looking Swedish goalie is always dressed to the nines when he’s wandering the halls of Madison Square Garden and when making appearances around town at fundraisers and team events. He's a fan of fine timepieces and spiffy black suits, but also often sports a casual vibe that includes leather jackets, basic t-shirts, and fresh jeans. The Olympic gold medalist has his own line of underwear with the Swedish brand Bread & Boxers. Lundqvist previously made Vanity Fair’s International Best-Dressed list. (Check out the style advice that Lundqvist gave Men’s Fitness about putting together the perfect wardrobe.)
Cam Newton, NFL
The Carolina Panthers quarterback plays with brash confidence on the field, and he's just as bold with his style. He's been known to rock a head-to-toe green color palette (literally: hat, shirt, pants, and shoes in the same color category) but made sure the hues matched perfectly so the style looked streamlined to the eye.
Newton’s 2015 choices showed why he stands apart from other athletes when it comes to fashion: He's worn a foxtail fur keychain, glitzy velvet loafers, a blue bow tie, a puffball hat, gold sneakers, capri pants (!), and a plaid suit to his postgame press conferences. Newton has his own line of clothing with Belk, called MADE Cam Newton, which includes designer-style button-down shirts, polos, suits, sport coats, ties, shoes, and pocket squares.
David Beckham, Soccer
Beckham is by far one of the most “stylish” (former) athletes out there, and by that we mean he knows what he’s doing—not just wearing wacky, “fashion-forward” trends like platform shoes because he saw them on the runway. The English superstar has been up on his style game for quite some time—his marriage to top fashion designer Victoria Beckham probably helps—and the footballer is a proclaimed fashion icon in his own right.
His outfits—which go from slim-fit jeans and a slick leather jacket to basic tees, sharp suits, stylish kicks, rugged boots, oversized scarves, and beanie hats—project an edgy-yet-effortless vibe. Better yet, his style is relatable and easily replicable—even without his bank account.
Beckham has had endorsements with Armani, Adidas, Barbour, and Breitling, and he collaborated with H&M on a line of clothing, including jeans, t-shirts, button downs, and jackets. The tattooed soccer star always has his hair on point; we showed you how you can rock Beckham’s “disconnected undercut” look with a few easy tips.
Carmelo Anthony, NBA
Playing in one of the fashion capitals of the world is always a bonus for any athlete, but that’s not the only reason Melo commands his style—he takes things up a notch by always adding a little something that'll raise a few eyebrows.
For example: Anthony will strut a monochromatic look (like a mustard yellow), then tack on a complimentary-colored trench (like an army green), and then finish it with a brown tie and belt—but make sure they're covered in a funky print to make the whole combination stand out. Another time, he wore vibrant red slacks, a light blue top, a dark navy jacket, and a striped green and blue tie. It created a striking contrast—and even though the colors seemed mismatched, they all complimented each other. Bottom line: His statement-making pieces are his acccessories.
Anthony has come a long way since his oversized, six-button draft night suit—he’s now one of the most fashionable players in the NBA. Anthony has worked with Macy’s and Nickelodeon on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed clothing.
Tyson Chandler, NBA
Chandler is another player who just knows what he’s doing. At 7’1” tall, it’s easy for Chandler to stand out in a crowd, but when it comes to fashion, the former New York Knicks star has a powerful minimalistic style that always keeps him looking fresh. His outfits are always clean, streamlined, and sharp. He’ll stick to two colors that compliment each other—like a crisp button-up in green (with minimal detail of course) and solid white chinos or a beige button-up with burnt orange chinos or a black turtleneck with a masculine plaid blazer—and he’ll add one accessory, like a fedora, scarf, or a necklace to compliment his look and not overpower it.
It works, too, Whether he's showing up for a game or on the red carpet at fashion events—he often attends with his wife Kimberly, a fashion fan in her own right. Chandler attended the Met Gala while he was with the Knicks, wearing a blue and black tux with Esquivel shoes that rocked the party.
Mike Conley, NBA
You never know what to expect with Conley—and that’s a good thing. A decidedly fashion-forward athlete, Conley can afford to go a bit wild with his style: He signed an NBA-record five-year, $153 million deal after the 2015-16 season. Sometimes he’ll go for a sharp, classic look: a clean-cut beige suit with stylish sneakers or a colorblock white-and-cobalt-blue bomber jacket paired with white chinos and black shoes and black belt. Other times, though, he’ll show up in an extreme print, like a polka dot top with a yellow moto jacket or pants that look like the solar system.
Amar’e Stoudemire, NBA
Stoudemire’s style ranges from tailored designed suits to loud plaid designs—but no matter what he's wearing, he looks on a red carpet and at the front row of New York Fashion Week with Anna Wintour. Stoudemire sets himself apart by being keenly attuned to detail, specifically with his accessories and choice of pattern. He always wears either a gold chain, gold label pin, graphic t-shirt, mix-matched prints, and fedoras. Plus, he’s bold enough to strut a fur vest with a hood, which says a lot.
Stoudemire co-designed a fashion line with Rachel Roy for Macy’s and has said brands like Balmain, Calvin Klein, Rick Owens, and Givenchy are some of his favorites.
J.J. Watt, NFL
The Houston Texans defensive end needs custom-tailored suits for his massive 6’5”, 290-pound frame, but he knows how to rock them with confidence. Watt showed off his style skills at the ESPY awards while heating up the red carpet with Lindsey Vonn and he hosted the 2016 CMT Music Awards while sporting a pair of Tom Ford designer sneakers. The muscular marvel is making style a big part of his brand—Watt released his own signature training shoe, the JJ 1, with Reebok in 2016. Watt likes to add a bit of flash to his style, too: He’s a fan of David Yurman accessories.