Every pro athlete gets involved in clothing, whether they have any desire to or not. Apparel, in so many ways, makes the world go 'round, and there are some athletes who take a venture that started with sweatbands and expand it into a high fashion empire. The following are 12 athletes who have, or are in the process of, making clothes you want to wear on and off the playing field. They're sartorial double threats, and they're shaking up the fashion game.
Has an entire clothing line for sale with HSN. You are nowhere near savage enough to wear her full-body shearling pea coat. You work up to that. You earn it. Style is Like: Beyonce setting fire to Central Park.
Dwyane Wade is one of the sneakier additions to this list, because I had no idea exactly what he was making until I stumbled upon his collection of socks on Stance.com. Lacking a more artful way to put this, I must say they are, in fact, extremely fire. Style is Like: if an Egyptian pharaoh dunked on you onions-first.
Takes her fashion design seriously, and has worked on a line of Maria Sharapova clothing with Cole Haan. "Since I was young, the artistic expression that fashion embodies has inspired me," Sharapova told ESPN's Amanda Rykoff in 2012. "...It's a way to communicate oneself." Style is Like: Cat in the Hat couture.
Has a line of “bodywear” with H&M, which sounds like what aliens would call “clothing” when they study our planet through their looking crystals. My personal favorite—the Beckham LONGJOHNS. Style is Like: if you could wear Oasis' discography.
I don’t really want to include Michael Jordan on this list, primarily because I think he’s had zero to do with any actual designing of apparel at any time in his career. But not including the dude whose name is stamped on some of the freshest kicks ever made feels wrong. Style is Like: An ‘80s band that hasn’t come out with any new songs in decades but continues playing the hits.
Started with men’s briefs, but has built an empire of evening wear with his fashion label CR7—attire for dudes who send drinks to women at bars until they talk to him or leave. Style is Like: a firm jawline for your groin.
Fashion maven J.R. Smith and his Team Swish brand are changing the way we look at upper wear and t-shirts as a whole. Style is Like: If you peeled his literal skin off his body and wore it a la Buffalo Bill.
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Birdhouse remains a staple for skateboarders and urban man-children everywhere. Style is Like: Casual wear for delinquency.
Started a now defunct fashion line called “Young Whales.” It’s slogan was “WHALED UP.” You are reading that correctly. Style is Like: OVO meets ClipArt.
YEAH JEETS. Style is Like: RE-2-PECT for your body.
Designed with your father’s wallet in mind, Greg Norman’s line of Shark golf and casual wear continues to endure in garages and the back of your parents' closets. And it has made him stupid rich, with an estimated net worth of $300 million. Style is Like: a Subaru wrapped in chino.
Has clothing lines with multiple brands, including a high fashion branch at Barney’s that features hoodless hoodies and elephant-print martian pants. He’s also opened a collaboration store with True Religion jeans in Oklahoma City. Conservative math estimates it costs roughly $300,000 to dress like Russell Westbrook for an entire NBA season. Style is Like: If you crash-landed on Mars and had to stunt to survive. Dan is on Twitter. "Stunt to survive" is the name of the pilot he's pitching.