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The ESPY Awards Were Proof That Professional Athletes Have No Style

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Sorry, professional athletes, we love you for your achievements in sports, physical fitness, and entertainment, but you—the collective you—have terrible style. All the money in the world can buy you the help of a professional stylist and your pick from the department store floor, but you’d be better off if you never took off your uniform. Last night’s ESPY Awards were proof.

OK, there were some exceptions. Victor Cruz continued to take smart style risks without going overboard; Kevin Durant proved that it is possible for a 6’9″ guy to find a well-fitting tux; and Jarret Stoll’s classic look was practically refreshing. The women were spared the worst of it, mostly with cutouts and two-pieces that accentuated their physiques—Lolo Jones bared midriff, Maria Sharapova bared her long legs, and Sydney Leroux bared just about everything.

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And then there was everybody else. Fans and media have gone to great lengths to turn today’s athletes into style icons. They get endorsements from fashion brands, front-row seats at runway shows, and glossy magazine editorials, but the truth is, it’s not panning out. It’s impossible to look at the red-carpet images from last night’s ESPY Awards without focusing on the struggle. And it begs the criticism because of the tremendous effort made: Brandon Jennings’ red blazer and what appeared to be sweatpants; Clint Dempsey’s too-tight black jeans and bulky Jordans; Steve Johnson’s saggy cowl-under-blazer situation; Metta World Peace’s untucked, oversize shirt under too-small blazer…The list goes on.

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But let’s be fair, athletes face unique challenges when it comes to dressing. It comes with the territory of being built and trained to physically outperform 99.9 percent of the humans on Earth. They come in odd sizes, often too tall and too wide to buy off the rack. Clothes that would look “normal” on most look forced on, like an outfit pulled onto the wrong action figure by a stubborn kid. Athletes spend most of their time in activewear—their uniforms or the clothes they wear to train and practice—so formal attire has the effect of making an awards show such as this look like an awkward prom for students from different schools who are just meeting for the first time.

But who would want it any other way? Athletes are supposed to stand out. That’s why we love them. The ESPY’s red carpet may have been the playoffs for terrible dressing, but sartorially speaking, it was nearly as entertaining as actual sports.

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

The 15 Stylish Looks You Loved This Week

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071114_Look_Of_The_Day_Roundup_BLOG[3]This week, our collective conscience (and inbox) was overwhelmed by Paris couture. Between star-studded parties; hundreds of street-style pics; and, of course, the runway shows themselves, you could say we were a bit preoccupied. Our popular Look of the Day polls revealed everything we’re loving about the new collections, from the accessory you can wear now to the dresses destined for the red carpet. On Tuesday, for example, we took note of a couture mini trend: head scarves. At Giambattista Valli, models sported white bow-tied sashes that could surely help us all beat the heat this summer. The feminine, retro look was No. 1 in your book. First runner-up Marco Zanini also opted for head scarves at Schiaparelli, enlisting milliner Stephen Jones to design a luxe do-rag. On Wednesday, we took note of the stylish mommies-to-be spotted at couture, namely Ashleigh Good’s much-buzzed-about closing look at Chanel. It took first place by a landslide. What were we coveting on Thursday? Fendi’s new Karlito buggie, of course. It debuted on the Fall ’14 runways and has quickly become the fashion set’s favorite party prop—Alexandra Richards (above) gave the furry bauble a kiss on Tuesday at Fendi’s party. The Kaiser himself was even spotted carrying Karlito through the streets of Paris.

Click here to see what else was on our minds this week, plus all of the winning looks.

The 15 Stylish Menswear-Inspired Looks We Loved This Week

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We’ve had menswear on the mind coming off of the Spring ’15 shows, which ended Sunday night. Dapper dudes—and girls—rocking hot tropical patterns made Monday’s Look of the Day. On Tuesday, it was high-wattage celebs in the front row at the menswear shows, including Kanye West, pro ballers Russell Westbrook and Victor Cruz, and even Lindsay Lohan. It was male model-to-watch Abiah Hostvedt who caught our attention on Wednesday. Heading into Independence Day weekend, we celebrated summer love by asking you to vote for your favorite PDA moment lensed by Tommy Ton. On Friday, we toasted July 4th by cracking a cold beer—nothing quenches our thirst more than Jeremy Scott’s Budweiser dress for Moschino (modeled by Lindsey Wixson in the latest issue of Style.com/Print) or Beyoncé posing with a red Solo cup alongside Jay Z at his Made in America tour.

Which looks won your vote this week? Click here to see all of the winners and a week’s worth of style inspiration.

The 15 Stylish Looks Most Liked by Our Readers This Week

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062714_Look_Of_The_Day_Roundup_BLOG[1]Every day we ask Style.com readers to weigh in on the latest trends. Whether it’s overalls, floral prints, or graphic tees, we trust you to make the call in our Look of the Day poll. With Resort and menswear shows in full swing this week, we’ve been spoiled with new trends to try. On Monday, our eyes were on crisp, all-white ensembles. It was no surprise that Edie Campbell’s sporty Hugo Boss Resort look won top prize—think of it as normcore at its finest. Narciso Rodriguez, Derek Lam, Rosie Assoulin, and dozens more are in favor of head-to-toe ivory as well. On Tuesday, we saw short shorts make a comeback for both women and men. Mary Katrantzou showed her trademark eye-catching prints on high-waisted, up-to-there mini shorts. Even the boys can try out the trend next season: At Calvin Klein Collection, Italo Zucchelli layered cropped neon shorts over longer boxer briefs. On Wednesday, we got into the Shark Week spirit with Jaws-inspired looks. Theophilus London performed at Philipp Plein’s Spring ’15 menswear show last Saturday on the back of a Jet Ski and sported an appropriate shark-embroidered vest (above). Mark your calendars—Shark Week premieres August 10 on Discovery Channel.

Which looks won your vote this week? Click here to see all of the winners and a week’s worth of style inspiration.

The Best Looks Of The Week, As Chosen By Style.com Readers

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062214_Look_Of_The_Day_Roundup-blog[5][1]Style.com editors were dreaming of color this week, and it showed in our Look of the Day polls. Blame it on Marina Larroudé’s recent rainbow-themed shopping story or even the World Cup, with all the face-painted fans, neon soccer (I mean, football) jerseys, and waving flags from every corner of the globe. In fact, that bold, international spirit inspired Tuesday’s Look of the Day: M Missoni’s crocheted dress featuring Jamaica’s national colors took home the most votes. A close second was Zero + Maria Cornejo’s cobalt, citron, and green color-blocked ensemble, which was inspired by the Brazilian flag. On Thursday, we explored graphic Resort stripes. In Technicolor hues and eye-catching patterns—like Valentino’s winning zigzag dress, pictured above—they’re a fresh alternative to your basic nautical motif. Other trends on our mind this week? Daisy prints, bucket hats, and so much more. Click here for all the winning looks, and check back next week for our latest obsessions.