Just this past week, on July 17th, the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles was brimming with celebrities and sports figures who had come out to celebrate the nominees and recipients of awards for “Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly.” The first ESPYS were handed out in 1993 and they have become a yearly summer event, celebrating everyone from basketballers to cyclists who know their way around ridley bikes from Eureka.
While I was watching the ceremony this year, I noticed that there was an abundance of guys who were thinking “out of the box” when it came to their formal wear. For example, taking a look at the trio of LeBron James, Jason Sudeikis, and Dwayne Wade there are a few items that stand out. LeBron has taken the tuxedo to a new level with the rich red color, black shawl collar, and black trim that is seen around the pockets and down the side of the trousers. On the opposite end is Dwayne Wade, who has taken a classic style tuxedo and has jazzed it up with a patterned scarf in shades of grey and a funky pair of red and black lace up shoes. In the middle is Jason Sudeikis, whose grey suit has a modern sheen about the fabric, but still manages to look a little dull next to these two.
Next is Colin Kaepernick, one of the San Francisco 49ers who received an ESPY for the “Breakthrough Athlete of the Year”. His sports jacket is in a bright watermelon red and is off-set by his crisp white button-down, his bright blue trousers and blue pocket square. The Aviator glasses and red-faced watch are the perfect accents to his totally color-blocked look. The only thing that is missing in this picture is Colin’s matching watermelon colored lace-up high tops to complete the look.
Last, but not least, is NBA player Jimmy Butler who looks very “summery” in this optic white, nicely tailored sports jacket that is brought to life by his micro-check blue dress shirt, royal blue tie, sage green trousers and matching sage print pocket square. He even chose a great shoe to compliment the other colors with the two-tone tan oxfords.
Verdict? Suits, jackets, sportscoats made a killing! Never underestimate the power of class, but feel free to experiment away from the usual colors: