Words | Tyson Prince
It’s that time of the year again.
The MLB All-Stars are finished with the midsummer classic. The NBA free agents are settled (mostly). And training camps everywhere are eagerly awaiting the NFL’s elite.
And it’s in this rarified air. This lull. This… calm-before-the-professional sports storm, that the world’s greatest professional sportsmen and women ascend.
We’re talking about the biggest show in town. The ESPYS – live at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
But for once, it’s not about the name on the front of their uniform that matters. It’s the shoes, the dress, the tux… the style.
For athletes, and their stylists, the spotlight on the sports world doesn’t get much brighter than this. The ESPY Awards red carpet represents every professional athlete’s definitive fashion moment. It is long and distinguished, and a beacon for the world that is watching. Like the Oscars, each step represents an opportunity to shine… or be shunned.
Success on the red carpet can land you in the upper tier of sports fashion for the remainder of the year. Failure… can leave you branded a fashion felon.
We’ve got our eyes on a few offenders here at ProTrending. And though there’s a lot of pressure when you pull out your closet’s best fit… heroes aren’t meant to live on hangers.
All questions will be answered Wednesday night when the lights come on. Until then, check out our list of athletes on notice.
When your last name is longer than the sleeves & trousers of your tux, you’re doing something wrong. Pittsburgh Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster sported a tartan patterned tux from The Black Tux, cut short at the knees & elbows with loafers. Hopefully this year, the third year pro will leave the complex, jarring moves in the playbook where they belong.
Odell Beckham jr
OBJ is known for making noise with his style. His stylized flor de lis shirt & shorts combo last year made all sorts of noise… unfortunately… none of it good. The Cleveland Browns receiver is in a new city on a new team. Hopefully, this look doesn’t make it to LA from Ohio. We don’t altogether hate this outfit, paired with black Virgil Abloh x Nike Off-White low-top trainers, we just hated seeing it on the red carpet.
Catherine “Lana” Perry
WWE starlett Catherine Perry – better known by her stage name Lana- arrived in a sheer, orange patterned gown split nearly to the hip. The revealing dress looked to be in a no-holds barred cage-match with the carpet itself. Divas do what they want in the ring, but with any luck, this diva will want to do something a bit less ‘silly string & sparkles’ this year.
On A Roll:
British welterweight boxer, Amir Khan rolled onto the carpet sporting a dapper, James Bond look. Amir appeared comfortable & classy while setting himself apart. If Khan comes back this year, we hope for another dose of that UK swag
Olympic snowboarder, Chloe Kim used the classic little black dress style to do a little show-stopping last year. Simple & elegant, Chloe let her bling do her talking. And we’re not just referring to her 2018 Olympic gold in the Women’s Halfpipe. TMZ reported her 18k gold choker, made of 300g of gold and 24 carats worth of diamonds, is valued at nearly $40,ooo. While it isn’t an Olympic year for winter athletes, we can’t wait to see if Chloe flexes her fashionista skills for us again.
Boston Celtics Point guard, Terry Rozier proved the fit doesn’t have to be black tie to crush it at a black tie event. Sporting a slick, tailored blue suit, Terry went tieless underneath with a white collarless shirt, a red lightning bolt across the chest. The white sneakers capping off the look gives the whole outfit a modern edge. Take notes, kids. If you’re going to make a fashion statement off the beaten path, follow Terry’s lead.