If “Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life”, as Bill Cunningham has put it, no one does everyday fashion better outside the filmy clan than the sports icons. Right after the Hollywood and Bollywood mighty, it is the sports personalities that we look up to for a cue or two on fashion and dressing. A financially rewarding career combined with glamorous lifestyle, newspaper interviews, magazine photo shoots and celebrity status make it necessary for the established players to be well dressed. However, it is only a handful of sportsperson who have an instinctive acumen for fashion. They not only buy designer clothes and branded accessories but also know how to blend such pieces for an appealing outcome. We, at Couponraja, have put together a list of the most stylish sports icons who never fail to take our breath away with their razor sharp dressing sense. Find out how to turn fashion into your personal style statement from the enumerated athletic idols.
Virat Kohli does it with Nonchalant Poise
Just as his batting techniques baffle opponent team’s field placements, Virat Kohli’s unique dressing sense always leaves onlookers gaping. The aggressive yet witty captain looks equally charming in casuals and formals. The way he carries himself is evidence to the fact that Virat knows what looks best on him. He has often been seen sporting camouflage print tee shirts and lounging pajamas. The suave player is also not shy of donning geeky glasses with deep V-necked tee shirts. Having keen love for combining poles apart fashion elements, he wears sneakers with slim fit suits without batting an eyelid. Being an inspiration to many, Virat launched a fashion brand aimed at youths named WROGN that offers a vast array of tees, semi-formal to casual trousers, chinos, layering shirts and jackets. Virat has also been spotted in kurtas and Nehru jackets with pocket squares in complimenting colours. Chunky watches and wayfarers give his inspirational dressing its edge.
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David Beckham does it with Smirking Elegance
It’s impossible to not take the name of David Beckham while compiling a list of best-dressed sportsmen. May it be bending the ball on field or bending a fashion rule off it, Beckham hardly has any peer equaling his ease. He has tried a number of hair and beard styles including the man bun, summer pool sliders and gentleman’s buzz cut which became fashion rage among men around the world. When it comes to suiting up, Beckham prefers clean, slim fitted and well-cut pieces like the Prince of Wales suit he had worn for a Wimbledon event. What makes his classic suits stand out are the ties he pairs them with. Semi-quirky ties with prints and patterns worn with beige, navy and black suits tell us a lot about his playful nature. Apart from the formal red carpet attires, he is also seen around wearing sweatshirts and beanies looking ravishing nonetheless.
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Sania Mirza does it with Confident Chicness
The former women’s double first rank holder is unarguably a stunner. Winner of Lycra MTV Style Award, Sania Mirza has been inspiring the teens and adults with her bold and unabashed fashion statements from an early age. She made the nose ring fashionable once again, and many followed her example. Thick black-framed glasses and several ear piercings also became her trademark styles. The ace tennis player doesn’t mind putting on dark and bold lip colours as she did on her sister’s engagement party in 2015 along with royal brown and chocolate lehenga. She also loves sporting big chandbalis with ethnic dresses. From floral floor-length dresses to asymmetrical sleeve hems to richly embroidered designer lehengas, Sania carries each dress comfortably. Her iconic image earned her the role of ambassador for the famous sports brand Adidas. Sania is also known for often changing her hairstyle and highlighting it in shades of blonde or chestnut.
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Cristiano Ronaldo does it with Flamboyant Ease
Unmatched in the field of soccer, Number 7 of Portugal has the looks to kill any naïve heart. Cristiano Ronaldo is known as much for his goal-scoring abilities as for his stunning appearances. This sporting star is often spotted in Dolce and Gabbana tuxedos and suits. His devil may care smile, and perfectly chiseled body made him the face for the most lucrative fashion campaigns of crème de la crème brands like Emporio Armani, Jacob. & Co and Sacoor Brothers. From bomber jackets to meek white casual shirts buttoned at the collar, this guy can look top dollar in every type of attire. Ronaldo is often witnessed breaking fashion stereotypes and making even the most bizarre combinations work for him. He will look like a million buck while wearing bright blue blazers with light denim jeans and brown brogues shoes. Sometimes he also dons a square-shaped spectacle with basic nude casual shirt and boots. He has a knack for sporting different styles of shades and has a collection of shoes to die for.
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Serena Williams does it with Fearless Dynamism
One of the most acclaimed and revered athletes of the world, Serena William’s personal style is as risqué and bold as her uniquely aggressive serve and returns. She is well known for her flamboyantly vogue looks on the tennis court. An animal print Nike V-necked dress or crimson tennis dress with matching headband, she has carried herself with robust confidence in every outfit. When off the court, Serena is seen in a variety of feminine dresses, from pink tube dress to LBDs. Her appearances on the red carpet events prove that she has the ability to pull off extravagant gowns and evening dresses. For 2014’s B.N.P. PARIBAS WTA Finals she had worn a white suite with her net inner on semi display. Being the fashion icon for many young ladies, Serena launched her own clothing line at HSN to provide classy yet chic every day wears. She has also experimented a lot with her hairstyles like wearing white beads on her hair strands, honey highlights, brow touching Chinese bangs and blonde curls. Her collection comprises dresses, tops, jumpsuits, Knee high boots, stilettos and statement danglers are the some of her favorite accessories.
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Pankaj Advani does it with Cool Gracefulness
Winner of the IBSF World Billiards Championship, Pankaj Advani has snatched the 17th world title to his name from rival player Mike Russell this year. What makes this handsome player more striking is his impeccable dressing sense and a humble yet cool attitude. Advani loves to sport white shirts and black waistcoats cut to fit his slim frame. He is also seen in a lot of casuals like Batman logoed tee shirt and hoodies. One accessory that he cannot do without during travels is wayfarers that offer comfort and safety from harsh sun glare. His fashion sense is based on personal comfort and a touch of professional sophistication. Advani is a zealous youth who represents the workaholic and passionate youths. His style reflects trends and norms that anyone can easily follow without breaking the bank. Not only in westerns but Advani also looks dashing in ethnic sherwanis. For the Stardust Achievers Award, he had worn a salmon pink ethnic jacket with a Chinese collar and bronze tint looking every bit the metrosexual he is.
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Lewis Hamilton does it with Immaculate Taste
The formula one racer has been on the cover of many first rated magazine like GQ and Men’s Health for his eclectic and edgy fashion sense. Deeply influenced by Hip-Hop dancers, especially Pharrel and Tupac, Hamilton’s personal dressing style reflects the similar effortlessness. His dressing can be described briefly as urban chic. Hamilton mixes and matches high street style with the luxury brands such as Gucci for emphasizing his careless charm. One can spot him often in shredded jeans and black boots paired with casual tee and overcoat. From purple suit to ear studs, Hamilton does not mind being quirky when it comes to fashion. He does not follow traditional fashion advises or trends but makes own rules of dressing. For example, he made nose stud a fashionable thing for men who enjoy piercing. Recently he has also shown off a new braided hairstyle which has given his appearance a fresh rapper-like vibe. The fast racer also has a number of tattoos on his chest and neck.
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Roger Federer does it with Heart-Warming Charm
Arguably the best dressed man of Wimbledon, Roger Federer knows how to look sophisticatedly urban without going over the top. While on court, Roger Federer is seen wearing stylish, monochromatic clothing that offers comfort and enables him to concentrate only on his game. However, off the court you will find him wearing the latest designer wears, attending plush events like Chanel fashion shows and red carpets. He was seen wearing a double breasted suit in vintage style at the opening of the Nadal Academy. Federer is also seen wearing caps on press meet and other events with his name’s logo on it. One of the attires that suit his status of tennis royalty befittingly is the tuxedos he dons from time to time. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Federer does not look placid or boring wearing all white outfits deem suitable for tennis events.
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Ravi Shastri does it with Steadfast Magnetism
The 55 year old former cricketer and present day commentator and head coach bleeds cricket and oozes oodles of charm. Even with salt and pepper hair, he does not fail to entice the audience with his elegant dressing style. The thing about Shastri is that he is never ill-dressed or underdressed for any occasion. Though far from the buzz of fashion ramps and fleeting trends, Ravi Shastri has made his name etched among the sophisticatedly dressed celebrities of India. He is mostly seen in formals like pastel shirts and sleeveless jackets. Due to his role as head coach he is also seen a lot in Team India blues. He looks best in ethnic formals. Perfectly folded pocket square and formal shoes complete his attire.
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Yuvraj Singh does it with Rampant Flair
Though his favourite pieces of clothing are combat denims and tees, Yuvraj Singh looks eye-popping-good in any attire he chooses to don. The cancer-beating ace cricketer is a champion of time in the gym. He is seen in a lot of casual clothing including bomber jackets paired with trousers and tee shirts or track pants worn with jumpers. For his wedding last year to Hazel Keech he had worn a sherwani made of maroon velvet by designer JJ Valaya. When it comes to fashion Yuvraj keeps faith in picking clothes that makes him comfortable. He buys branded wearable from various shopping destinations across the globe and then mixes them to form his eye-catching dressing style. Yuvraj has also launched his own fashion brand named You We Can and he often sports caps with its logo these days.
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Russell Westbrook does it with Ceaseless Dexterity
A popular American basketball player, Russell Westbrook has stirred the fashion scenes worldwide with his steamy and versatile fashion sense. The Oklahoma City Thunder player gives his mom credit for developing his dressing sense by always picking up the best clothes for him since childhood. Westbrook has an eccentricity that makes his dressing style verge on the border of enigmatic. May it be the top to toe grey Adidas sweat suit or graphic tees paired with ripped jeans, Russell Westbrook has worn trends and turned them into his trademark ahead of time. He pairs his patch worked denims with half sleeve white and black patterned shirt buttoned only below the waistline. Silver chains and orange silicone wristbands are just a few of the quirky accessories he has been seen wearing at different times. You may also find him wearing a rose patterned sweater with stark red track pants any day.
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Dwayne Wade does it with Riveting Candour
The 6ft 4inch professional basketball player of Cleveland Cavaliers has impressed the fashion clan off late with his appealing dressing styles. Whenever off the court Wade is found making fashion headlines. Many magazines have run stories on his commendable runway picks. He wears a traditional white shirt with folded sleeves and ash grey trousers tucked inside knee-length black boots while carrying a puppy-shaped bag in hand. He was featured on the list of 50 most beautiful people in a story published by People magazine. What’s more, he has launched a shoe line consisting of converse, named Wade.
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Lalia Ali does it with Alluring Strength
The four-time boxing world champion, Lalia Ali is known for making waves in the fashion world as well. The 39 year old stunner has an elegant and contemporary personal style. She has walked the NYFW runway with poise equal to that of professional models. In addition to the fashion ramp stint, Lalia has also been a guest host at E! Fashion Police show. She always picks timeless pieces that never go out of fashion for her regular dress up. The beautiful daughter of Muhammad Ali is often seen in one shoulder tops and dresses. She is most comfortable in jeans and shirts staple.
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Neymar Jr. does it with Easy Buoyancy
The Brazilian footballer is known for out of the box and fresh fashion sense. This remarkable player has given birth to the Neymar haircut which is a craze among soccer fans worldwide. Compared to his peers, Neymar has a more European dressing style that is supremely urbane and modern. His hand and neck have more than one tattoo. His Instagram account bears testimony to his love for quirky looking watches from Gaga Milano that he pairs with a grey sweater and more. Leather pants, boots, and biker jackets are also some of the staples he is often seen roaming in.
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Maria Sharapova does it with Stupefying Etherealness
Another tennis star to grace our list, Maria Sharapova is not only a sports personality but also an acknowledged model. She can carry any silhouette with élan, yet Sharapova sticks to clean lines and well-fitted clothes. The fashion icon also enjoys muted colours in pastel and nude shades. However, for the red carpet events, Sharapova has always chosen bolder gowns with plunging necklines and thigh-high slits. In a recently held event by Ali Baba, she was seen in a vibrant yellow dress in an evening frock style. Animal printed sweaters, jeans, and long jackets are some of her favourite fashion musts.
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