2013 was marked by highs and lows on the field, the court and the ice, as well as in the fashion game. Across the sports spectrum, teams introduced updated apparel combinations, color schemes, and footwear each week. Aside from uniforms, sporting style ranged from red carpet winners and fan fashion revivals to pre-game sartorial mishaps and on-field faux pas.
A Glam Slam has once again compiled the “Hits” and “Misses,” which encompass some of the best, worst, most buzzed about and most controversial, sports fashion moves of 2013. Here they are, in no particular order:
A GLAM SLAM’S 2013 FASHION “HITS”
Billy Horschel’s Ralph Lauren RLX “Octopus Pants” at U.S. Open
“With an idea based on octopus socks that were worn by 1934 U.S. Open champion Olin Dutra at Merion, Horschel had history on his side and his wardrobe quickly became an Internet sensation” (via Golf Channel). The PGA golfer debuted a memorable pair of navy and white, octopus-patterned pants during the final round of the U.S. Open. The Ralph Lauren RLX trousers quickly caused a fashion frenzy and Horschel received a great deal of sartorial support from fans. A win for Billy and a win for Ralph Lauren.
The Return of the Starter Jacket
An iconic piece of fan fashion made its comeback this year, with the help of New York Giants legend and President of G-III Sports, Carl Banks. Together with G-III and Iconix, Banks relaunched the sports fashion craze of the 80′s and 90′s. Fans no longer had to scour the internet in search of the vintage satin styles. In addition to jackets for MLB, NFL and NBA teams, Starter also offered limited-edition drops, such as the “White Christmas” Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks apparel.
NBA Draft Trend: Personalized Jacket Linings
The NBA Draft typically serves as a forum for up-and-coming players to prove that they can keep pace in the league’s style game. The 2013 NBA draftees took the custom clothing concept to a whole new level. Jacket linings were decorated with personal touches, from country flags to alma mater shout-outs. Among the standout style statements was Ben McLemore’s jacket interior, which featured a deconstructed Kansas jersey. The look was created by custom clothing company, Elevee.
College Football’s Revolving Door of Helmet Designs
In recent years, the gridiron has doubled as a runway in college football. Each new week of play revealed new uniform designs for teams. This season, helmets took center stage, with a never ending display of matte, metallic and chrome domes, and a wide array of graphic designs.
Ralph Lauren Unveils “Made in USA” Closing Ceremony Olympic Uniforms
Following the 2012 Olympic Games’ “Made in China” fashion debacle and the resulting backlash, Ralph Lauren guaranteed fans that the next crop of Olympic uniforms would be “Made in USA.” The fashion house kept its promise and debuted a range of All-American, winter chic designs for Team USA’s Olympic athletes to wear during the closing ceremonies in Sochi.
“This is SportsCenter” Commercial: Color Blind Rickie Fowler
SportsCenter has come to be known for its creative and comical “This is SportsCenter” spots. One of this year’s featured ads put fashion at the forefront, poking fun at Rickie Fowler’s wacky wardrobe, in particular, his famous Sunday orange ensemble.
NHL Players Step into the Style Spotlight
NHL players stepped up their style game this season, with magazine covers, style-centric editorials and in some cases, specific fashion activities. The Montreal Canadiens held a contest for fans to determine the team’s “Style Star” (Brandon Prust nabbed the fashion honor). Toronto Maple Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul launched a fashion initiative with men’s retailer, Gotstyle. At lupulstyle.com, fans can vote on Lupul’s ensembles and for each vote cast, Gotstyle and Lupe’s Troops will make a donation to the True Patriot Love Foundation in support of military families across Canada.
NFL Tackles New York Fashion Week
The NFL continued its efforts to market to female fans through fashion. An updated NFL Women’s Apparel Campaign was enhanced by events merging high-fashion with team apparel. To kick-off New York Fashion Week, the league partnered with Vogue magazine and a slew of designers to showcase this year’s apparel and accessory offerings. NFL gear also hit the runway when Kristin Cavallari teamed up with Junk Food Clothing and NFL Women’s Apparel to debut a capsule collection of sidelines styles.
Replay Dresses FC Barcelona
It has become commonplace for football squads to team up with fashion houses to provide off-field wardrobes. This year, both Lanvin and Versace were among the designers to outfit Arsenal and Real Madrid C.F. In a sea of luxury suits, the coolest collaboration came from FC Barcelona and Replay. The company’s denim designs for the team were innovative, modern and unique, offering a refreshing twist on the classic suit.
LeBron James and Amar’e Stoudemire Have Fans Seeing Red
LeBron James hit the ESPY Awards stage, while donning a custom oxblood tuxedo from Waraire Boswell. Amar’e Stoudemire wore a custom Lanvin design in a similar bold hue to his wedding reception. The fashion-conscious athletes share a stylist in Rachel Johnson.
Italian soccer star, Mario Balotelli, debuted one of the year’s most interesting pair of spikes. The footwear was decorated in newspaper clippings about himself and his career thus far. Soon afterwards, the AC Milan striker signed a deal with Puma.
Athletes Debut New Clothing Lines
Athletes developing their own clothing lines has become a trend in recent years, and 2013 proved to be no different. Sports stars continue to turn fashion into a business outside the game. Dwyane Wade launched a collection of socks with Stance Socks, as well as a line of neckwear and accessories with The Tie Bar. Cristiano Ronaldo debuted his own collection of underwear with NY-based designer, Richard Chai, dubbed “CR7.”
A GLAM SLAM’S 2013 FASHION “MISSES”
NBA Short Sleeve Christmas Jerseys
The NBA released special-edition jerseys in honor of its Christmas Day games. This season, fans and players alike were aligned in their distaste for the short sleeve designs.
Adidas Brings Zubaz-Inspired Designs to the Hardwood
A new crop of outlandish uniform styles emerged during the 2013 NCAA basketball postseason. Adidas paired short sleeve jerseys with printed shorts that boasted a Zubaz-inspired pattern. Adidas said the uniforms were meant to help “players stand out during college basketball’s biggest moments.” They did just that, but according to fashion experts like GQ’s Will Leitch, it was for the wrong reasons. ”They’re really outrageous. I think it’s fair to say they’re kind of gaudy. They’re ugly in a sort of gaudy way.”
French Open Fashion Trend: Leggings
In the ever-evolving world of tennis fashion, fans never know what to expect when players hit the court. Colored hair, pricey accessories and vibrant graphic patterns were all a part of this year’s tennis fashion landscape. One bold and unfortunate trend hit center court during the 2013 French Open. Female players from Venus Williams to Jelena Jankovic to Daniela Hantuchova paired their competitive ensembles with leggings.
Mark Sanchez’s Skinny Headbands
Mark Sanchez was sidelined this NFL season due to an injury, yet he still managed to make headlines for his fashion choices, namely the skinny headband. His longer, curly black hair was often slicked back with the skinny green headwear. The accessory even sparked its own twitter account (@SanchezHeadband). Sanchez described it saying “It’s a very foreign or euro type look.” He also admitted to owning about 20 headbands in various colors and sizes.
Dwyane Wade: the Capri Suit
The NBA Playoffs were full of fashion buzz, but Dwyane Wade’s polka dot Gucci suit was among the most talked about clothing choices. Wade remains an NBA sartorial standout due in part to his fearless approach to fashion, but the capri length suit pants took it a step too far.
New York Knicks Dress for a Celtics Funeral
With a roster that includes Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith, the Knicks are collectively one of the most stylish NBA squads. However, a team fashion activity went terribly wrong during last season’s playoffs. Per Kenyon Martin’s suggestion, the Knicks arrived to a game against the Celtics, clad in all-black. The hue was meant to represent a “Celtics funeral.” The outfits were not well-received and despite their fashion efforts, the team still lost that game to the Celtics.
NFL Faux Pas from Colin Kaepernick and LeSean McCoy
Footwear fines in the NFL were numerous this season, and a faux pas that fans have come to expect from players. But wearing another team’s apparel? That was unacceptable. San Francisco 49′ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, received flack for sporting a Miami Dolphins hat. In similar fashion, Philadelphia Eagles running back, LeSean McCoy, chose to wear an Oakland Raiders vest on his way to an Eagles game.
NFL Handbag Ban
Much to the dismay of female fans, the NFL instituted a handbag ban this season. The NFL’s new policy limited the size and types of bags that could be brought into stadiums. Fans rejected the idea, as well as the plastic alternatives that were deemed acceptable.
Andre Ethier and Ryan Dempster in Pre-Game Plaid
Both Andre Ethier and Ryan Dempster spent time in the MLB fashion spotlight due to their similar style mishaps. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, Ethier, traveled to Game 6 of the NLCS dressed in a pastel, plaid patterned suit. A yellow bow tie and belt and a colorful pair of shoes finished off the outlandish look. Not to be outdone, Boston Red Sox pitcher, Dempster, traveled in a plaid suit of his own. His red, yellow and navy design was complemented by a navy vest and yellow tie.
Tom Brady’s Green Winter Hat
Whether good or bad, Tom Brady is never far from the fashion conversation. Speaking of the latter, his chic, plaid printed coat was overshadowed by a silly, oversized green Winter cap.
Youth Football Team Sports Digital Camo Uniforms
It’s fun to see a youth team join in on the wild uniform action, but the colorful, digital camo designs from the North Sacramento Canes were not easy on the eyes.
2013 HOLIDAY “HIT?” OR HOLIDAY “MISS?”
Hockey Christmas Sweater Trend
Ugly Christmas sweaters became a trend on the ice this year, in the form of minor league hockey jerseys. While the concept was creative, the execution was questionable. The fashions from the EHCL’s Reading Royals, Toledo Walleyes and UK hockey team, the Sheffield Steelers, had fans divided.