With the exception of David Beckham, the majority of sports stars are not renowned for their style icon status.
Tending to focus their talents on their sport of choice rather than concentrate on off the field appearances, athletes are usually demonstrative of the age old ‘money can’t buy you taste’ line. Add to this, the fact most these men are taller and broader than the average off-the-rack sizes allow and there lies the problem.
However, one man has set himself apart from the rest and that man is the great Michael Jordan.
Over the years, MJ has cut an individual style path for himself, with his attention to detail and dapper approach to dress making his 6’6” frame work for him, commanding attention wherever he goes.
Professional basketball player, entrepreneur, and majority owner and chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats, MJ is widely regarded as one of the most successful sports stars to date, with his biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website affirming, “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time”.
Disregarding this, Jordan was unique in the sense that he was one of the most effectively marketed athletes to date and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world during the 1980s and 90s.
With five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honour’s, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, you would think he could do no wrong.
And then, you see the full leather suit. This should teach us a valuable life lesson: we all make mistakes.
“They come to me on the 11th hole and say I can’t wear cargo shorts,” Jordan told ESPN Chicago by text last week. “Wow! The round is almost over and you want me to buy shorts now? Yeah, right!!”
Much like MJ if you are a big or tall man, dressing to your frame can occasionally present some hurdles. Getting ready for any occasion requires attention to detail and a close relationship with a talented tailor to assist with custom bespoke clothing is also an advantage.
To achieve a look like MJ you won’t need an NBA player’s salary. Ron Bennetts Big Mens Clothing has recently stocked up on classic essentials such as casual leather men’s shoes by Ferracini, Kent & Lloyd Sports Coats and a range of 100% Cotton business shirts by CEO.
When the occasion calls for it, why not take a note from MJ and reach for a button down sports coat and classic white shirt and of course, learn from MJs mistakes and never, ever, commit to a full leather suit. Ever.