Style Showdown: AFL Grand Final

We are a fickle lot here at The Significant Man. We have decided to go against the grain and try to pick the winner of this weekends AFL grand final in our own unique way. It has nothing to do with team consistency, ball handling skills or even individual player stats. Our system of picking the winner is based on off-field menswear fashion style.

So let’s take a look at two big name players from each team. For Hawthorn we have chosen captain Luke Hodge, and for the Sydney Swans it just has to be co-captain Adam Goodes.

                             

Luke Hodge has a certain effortless charm that allows him to look sharp in virtually any outfit. As a born leader, Hodge can wear something as simple as a plain tank top and still exude confidence and style.

Of course, having that confidence can so easily lead to some fashion mishaps. We are not sure what to make of this shiny grey suit with black trims. On the one hand we admire Hodge’s boldness. The suit is certainly a head turner and the matching black tie and crisp white shirt gives it a bit of retro charm.

What are your thoughts on this glossy grey suit?

For an evening at the Brownlows, I think we would probably go with this more refined look. Luke Hodge brings out his inner James Bond here with his wife Lauren, wearing a classic black tuxedo with bow tie.

Dual Brownlow medalist Adam Goodes is well known as one the nice guys of AFL football. A superstar on the field, in person he has a relaxed, laid back vibe. We like his casual “just from the gym” look with printed T-Shirt and sweat jacket.

When he steps it up a notch, Goodes shows he has definite style. Check out this three quarter length jacket with open shirt look. This shows some serious fashion chops and suits his size and shape extremely well.

In a more formal setting, Goodes continues to show style. This black suit and tie with crisp white shirt ensemble is hard not to like and Adam wears it well. A well fitted suit can always set you apart from the crowd.
Once again, it’s almost too close to call! Both Adam Goodes and Luke Hodge have their own distinct style and both men seem to enjoy taking some risks with their menswear.

A quick show of hands around The Significant Man office and the AFL grand final style showdown goes to…Adam Goodes!

There really is nothing in it. We suspect there may be some suspicious voting from a couple of diehard Swans fans here in the office. Nevertheless, the vote stands. We are tipping a Sydney Swans win on the weekend!

Who do you guys think has the style edge? Adam Goodes or Luke Hodge?

Style Showdown – NRL Grand Final

With the NRL grand final coming up this weekend we have been scratching our heads trying to pick the winner. Both Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm have had such strong seasons that we simply can’t separate them. We have been left with no other choice than to ignore the on-field attributes of both teams and instead base our decision on their off-field menswear style.

Let’s look at two of the biggest star players from the Bulldogs and the Storm. Hotshot players Ben Barba and Billy Slater.

                                     

Both are Dally M award recipients and both are key players for their respective teams, but how do these two powerhouse players match up in off field mens fashion style?

Ben Barba showed up to the recent Dally M awards in a slick looking black tuxedo with glossy tie, trims and lapels. This well fitted suit really made him stand out from the crowd and matched the tone of the evening perfectly.

At last years International Rugby League Player of the Year awards held in London, Billy Slater went with a no tie, open shirt look. This casual ensemble matches his personality well and creates a fresh looking, laid-back and approachable style.

It’s a tough one to pick. Do we go with the slick, formal look of Ben Barba or the more Laid-back casual charm of Billy Slater?

Both men look great but after taking a quick vote in the Significant Man offices, the result goes to Ben Barba by a small margin. His classic black dinner suit is hard to beat, and while Billy Slater nails the casual suit, Barba’s sleekness wins through on the day.

Whether Ben Barba’s off-field menswear style translates to on-field prowess this weekend remains to be seen but we here at The Significant Man are basing our tip on style. So it’s a Bulldogs win in a thriller!

Good luck to both teams!