From capes to man glitter and flowers, this year’s red carpet saw it all.
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One night a year, the biggest names in the sports world and the best athletes get to shed their sweaty jerseys and workout gear to spruce up, get spiffy, and come together under the same roof to celebrate. And some players show up to win on the red carpet, too. Here are our picks for the best dressed men and ladies at the 2016 ESPY Awards.
The no-socks and cropped pants combo look was definitely a trend on the red carpet, but Dwayne Wade upped the ante by adding an ankle bracelet to the look. What could’ve been a catastrophe in man jewelry looks surprisingly fresh, thanks to the well-tailored, sharp, and simple lines of his classic, vest-free Givenchy tux.
For the Indy 500 champ, Alexander Rossi’s sophisticated look was all about subtle impact. Styled by Joseph DeAcetis, the creative style director of Forbes, Rossi cut a sharp figure in a Pal Zileri midnight blue textured tuxedo jacket with contrasting black lapels and a Bond-like bowtie.
The Cleveland Browns wide receiver’s black and white ensemble is the textbook example of the good things that can happen when you shake up your suit. Only Hawkins’ gleaming gold jewelry and studded loafers outshine the contrasting shirt buttons, lapel, and pocket liners.
LA Laker Jordan Clarkson proves how well he can clean up in a full-pinstripe suit and crisp white undershirt. The showstopper here has to be his shoes—the embellished boots prove that man glitter can be done right.
While WWE Superstar Brie Bella’s sister, Nikki Bella, had all eyes on her as host John Cena’s date, we couldn’t pull our eyes off Brie. Her statuesque frame is silhouetted perfectly in this structured column gown, which accentuated her sleek form with metallic gold details.