Talented sports players and athletes have always been granted the limelight of celebrity. After all, millions of people tune in to watch these stars perform superhuman feats on television week in and week out. There are a handful of these amazing athletes who are also quite obsessed with their fashion and personal style. We made a list below of ten of the most fashion-addicted professional athletes. Read below …
? Even when he was a younger soccer star playing for the English national team, he was already a British style icon. But after making the hop across the pond to play for the LA Galaxy in the twilight years of his career, his global visibility has completely exploded. There are so many fashion and style ventures that he’s currently involved in: his underwear line with H&M, his endorsement deal with luxury watch brand Breitling, his Adidas lifestyle capsule collection and most recently, his new deal as one of the major faces of global luxury brand, Burberry. Beckham is a walking fashion billboard with tons of fame and popularity, and he has made the successful transition from athlete to fashion icon with surprising ease.
Tennis phenom Serena Williams has been on the sports scene for what seems like forever defeating competitor after competitor on the hard courts. Even when she’s playing tennis, she has the tendency to wear some flamboyant and fashionable outfits, and off the courts, she has proved herself to be a true lover of bold, luxurious style. On the red carpet, she wears elegant and breathtaking gowns from highly sought after designers like Naeem Khan and more. Right after winning the US Open Championship this year, she attended NY Fashion Week to showcase her new Spring 2015 fashion line for the Home Shopping Network. When she eventually retires from her tennis career, it certainly looks like she will have a bright future in fashion.
Lebron James or “King James” as he is affectionately called is the best basketball player in the world right now. There was a time when Michael Jordan reigned supreme, and then it was the era of Kobe Bryant, but right now the ruling monarch of hoops is undeniably Lebron. He also happens to be a true fashion aficionado with a penchant for expensive Tom Ford suits and a healthy addiction for cool sunglasses and sneakers. He even has his own high-end fashion store in Miami called UNKNWN which has done collaborations with brands like Pharrell’s Billionaire Boys Club.
Another NBA player that must certainly be mentioned when you are talking about athletes who really love fashion is Russell Westbrook. What sets him apart from the other fashionable players is his willingness to wear some really bold and attention-grabbing fashions. Some of his greatest hits (and misses) include: sleeveless 2-tone tuxedo shirts, garishly bright eyewear, animal print jackets and drop-crotch cropped pants. You may doubt his fashion choices, but one thing you can’t question is this man’s fearless self-confidence.
Ronaldo is one of the most elite athletes in the world today. The Portuguese star, who currently plays for Real Madrid in Spain, is maybe the best soccer player in the world. When it comes to dressing and fashion, he definitely has that Euro flair to his style. When he’s not on the soccer field, you’ll most likely catch him wearing the finest threads from brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci or D-Squared. He even has his own underwear brand called CR7 which is created in collaboration with New York based designer Richard Chai. A quick warning to anyone out there trying to emulate Ronaldo’s style: better make sure you have a deep bank account because for Mr. Ronaldo, money is no issue at all.
Shaun White has come a long way from being the long-haired, easy-going, teenaged snowboarder. The San Diego native is now 28, and he has already had an extremely successful career: 2 Olympic gold medals, a slew of X-Games awards and several ESPYs too. These days, his style has cleaned up to become much more dapper and slick and he’s starting to make appearances at fashion week shows in NYC. He even plays guitar in his own music band called Bad Things. He is certainly a lover of style and it’s going to be interesting to see the continuing style evolution of Mr. White.
Something quite unexpected has been happening in the NBA league lately. More than a handful of the top NBA ballers have become extremely involved in the glitzy world of luxury fashion. Amar’e Stoudemire, the 6’11” power forward for the NY Knicks is certainly one of the most style-obsessed out of the pack. He sits front row at all the top New York Fashion week shows with powerful fashion industry personalities like Anna Wintour; he designed a capsule collection with designer Rachel Roy; and he’s always invited to the annual Met Gala, which is pretty much the Oscars of the fashion world. It’s difficult to imagine a man with the imposing physical stature of Amar’e to look as impeccable as he does in a suit, but he’s serious about style and he definitely makes it work.
Henrik Lundqvist is the superstar goalie of the professional hockey team The NY Rangers. He hails originally from Sweden, and for the last several years, he has proven himself to be one of the most stylish men in entire realm of sports. He was recently named as one of the best-dressed men in the 2014 Vanity Fair list and he constantly appears in style publications for his smooth and dapper style. You can constantly find him in sharp tailored suits, a classic IWC or Hublot watch and expensive Ferragamo shoes. He’s mentioned before that Frank Sinatra is one of his style icons and he might just be on the way to becoming a future style icon himself.
Colin Kaepernick is certainly one of the rising stars of the NFL right now. The 26-yr -old quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers made it to the most recent Super Bowl, and even though his team didn’t win, his profile was catapulted in a major way on the national scene. When he’s not throwing perfect spiral passes on the field, he’s quite the fashion-addicted young man in everyday life. He’s appeared on the cover of high-fashion magazines like VMan and GQ Magazine, and he’s known for making bold, unmistakable fashion choices for public affairs. This guy is a star both on and off the field, and he may just become one of those ubiquitous household names in the very near future.
27-yr-old Russian tennis champion Maria Sharapova is surely a sight to behold. She is tall, svelte, sexy and you can’t forget her lovely blond tresses. With a frame like hers, clothes just drape so beautifully on her body, and she is naturally talented at picking fashionable outfits that make her look gorgeous. She’s known for wearing exquisite creations by designers like Antonio Berardi and Bottega Veneta and she even designs a line of women’s accessories for Cole Haan. She is a Grand Slam winner in her chosen sport and when it comes to her fashion, she hits a lot of aces as well.