More Athlete Fashion Fails

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2014

More Athlete Fashion Fails

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    As someone who takes pride in his style, I can say that making sure something matches or fits my personality for the day is important.

    And since fashion and sports has become huge over the past 25 years or so, there are athletes out there who tend to do the same, making sure that they express themselves with what they're wearing.

    That doesn't always mean that it works, though.

    Just take a look at these guys who chose to rock something that left everyone scratching their heads—or laughing because it was just so out there.

Tyson Chandler

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    While this image might show New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler wearing nothing but a classic fedora, what it fails to do is have his embarrassing full ensemble be seen.

    Tyson would have been better off just walking around sporting this all-black style, because when you see what dude wore to New York Fashion Week a few years ago, it makes him look like a homeless person more than a millionaire athlete.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

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    I honestly have no idea what was going on in tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands' head when she even thought up the idea to try on this bright yellow, tennis-ball-themed dress for Wimbledon a few years ago.

    As bad as the dress is—sticking out like a yellow highlighter in a package of black markers—the hat and cut-up tennis balls actually have me wondering if Bethanie wasn't paid a good chunk of money to waltz around in this thing.

Brian Wilson

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    Now, don't get me wrong—I think current L.A. Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson's full-bodied spandex tux that he wore to the 2011 ESPY Awards was hilarious.

    Hell, it's something that my friends and I would probably do.

    That doesn't make it appropriate, though.

    After getting loads of laughs—and shocked looks—Wilson still showed up looking ridiculous the following year, bringing Sasquatch with him as his date.

    At least he knows how to make an impression, so I'll give him that.

Numerous NFL Players

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    I have no idea what the whole craze is with onesies these days?

    I mean, I'm 29 years old, not some gray-hair who has a tough time keeping up with the trends kids have going on.

    Still, when jacked-up NFL players are wearing them around without shame, there's something wrong.

    These things were cool as a kid, but need to be left for no one over the age of three to wear.

LeBron James

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    I wonder if NBA superstar LeBron James got his inspiration for this all-leather outfit from that Cody Chesnutt song, "Look Good in Leather?"

    That's about the only logical reason for King James to wear something like this during All-Star weekend last season, complete with matching slim pants.

    James typically has good style, but this wasn't one of his best days.

Venus Williams

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    Although she usually has it together in deciding what to wear during a tennis match, Venus Williams should have been given a fault for this outfit she was seen in during last summer's French Open.

    Going with the bold pink shirt and spandex pants with a skirt looks more like something a kid would wear during their first dance recital, not a professional athlete on the world's biggest stage.

Tim Duncan

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    Although Tim Duncan is a future Hall of Famer and one of the best power forwards in NBA history, when it comes to fashion, he looks to still be stuck in high school—literally.

    Catching criticism for some of the sartorial choices he goes with, Duncan has the whole grunge thing down, but has absolutely no style thanks to his baggy clothes and mismatched outfits.

    Come on, Timmy. You're a millionaire, you can afford a stylist to help you out.

Metta World Peace

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    Leave it to Metta World Peace to take one of the most groundbreaking moments in sports history and make light of the entire situation by wearing a Cookie Monster t-shirt.

    Saying that people should be free to, "act and and do what you want to do," World Peace seemed to support his claim while speaking to the media in reaction of Jason Collins announcing that he was gay.

    The decision for a grown man to wear that shirt is baffling enough—but I'm glad that he chose not to go with the matching pants, too.

Norway's Curling Team

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    I'm guessing you've seen, or at least heard about, the Norwegian curling team's outfits for this year's Olympics by now.

    With a pattern that looks like it would be on the couch in your grandparents' basement, these crazy guys in the crazy sport decided to wear something that definitely got people talking.

    It doesn't mean that it was the right call though, because they are completely hideous.

Henrik Harlaut

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    Whether you saw him compete or not, Swedish Olympic freeskier Henrik Harlaut is someone who no one should ever take fashion advice from.

    On top of the questionable dreadlocks thing that he has going on with his hair, the pint-sized kid wears XXXXL ski pants and jacket, making him susceptible to losing his drawers when out there competing—as he almost did during his Olympic run.

    He seems dope enough to like—that is, of course, unless you're bringing him anywhere that requires a suit and tie.

John Daly

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    Seeing how PGA golfer John Daly hasn't really been winning a whole lot lately, I guess it makes logical sense for him to try to stay relevant in other ways.

    That's the only logical explanation I can think of after seeing him continue to wear the wild outfits that he does to each tournament.

    It may have reached an all-time low when he wore a SpongeBob SquarePants version in a tournament just a few weeks ago.

Hubertus von Hohenlohe

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    If anyone is looking for a good PR guy, Mexican skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe might just be the best around.

    That's because at 55 years old he realistically knew he didn't stand much of a chance to medal at this year's Olympics, yet figured he'd have some fun and collect some attention by sporting a mariachi-themed outfit on the slopes.

    It's good for a laugh, but that's about all anyone can say positively about it.

Stevan Ridley

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    I understand that New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley wasn't the only guy who rocked the onesie on his team—with his mates busting them out to show team unity.

    But Ridley was the only one who thought that wearing some ridiculous space boots to complete the ensemble would somehow "work," and then recorded a TV commercial promoting the damn things.

    OK, we've all gotten a few laughs, it's time for this to stop now.

Dwyane Wade

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    I'll give Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade credit for taking gambles on his style—a key component in adopting different trends.

    Still, I had to place him towards the top of my list because of how many times he strikes out on those chances—including the bright pink pants seen here.

    Wade is one of the most stylish athletes on the planet. But he takes a hit for walking around with rolled up slacks prior to a game last season, these postgame frames or that one time he decided to wear some questionable accessories.

    Maybe it's time to just keep it a bit more simple, D-Wade.

Russell Westbrook

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    As you can tell from the commentary in this video, no one really knows what Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Russell Westbrook is wearing most of the time.

    Whether it's frames without lenses, a short-sleeved button-down with crazy patterns or some other questionable decision, Westbrook doesn't just take chances with his clothing, but actually gives hope to everyone who thinks that plaid on plaid actually works.