What Are Those? Questionable Summer Sports Fashion

Laura Depta@lauradeptaFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2015

What Are Those? Questionable Summer Sports Fashion

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    Did Floyd Mayweather really wear jorts to the NBA Finals?

    He did, and he's not the only one who has made some questionable fashion decisions this summer.

    What is questionable? Questionable fashion choices are just that—unclear, dubious, unusual. Of course, fashion is a matter of opinion. The following is my take on the 15 most confusing style choices of this summer season.

    Technically, summer is June, July and August, but I'm going to sneak a May outfit or two in there.

DeSean Jackson at the ESPYs

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    Sure, it gets hot in the summertime, but a short-sleeved suit and capri pants? DeSean Jackson's ESPYs look was bold, but it also made him look like a big kid who outgrew his only suit. 

Leonard Fournette in Red

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    There was nothing all that stylishly questionable about LSU running back Leonard Fournette's media day suit. Then again, he wore red pants and a red bow tie. The look was obviously reminiscent of LSU's SEC rival Alabama, and head coach Les Miles wasn't immediately pleased.

    According to Glenn Guilbeau of the Town Talk, Miles asked Fournette if he was serious and joked, "We fell just short of throwing him off of the plane. We did review spray painting him."

Dwyane Wade at Fashion Week

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    Dwyane Wade is on the NBA's fashion A-List, make no mistake. Still, one of his outfit choices at New York Men's Fashion Week was a little questionable. The barcode top, houndstooth shorts and that hat on top of it?  

    He's a risk taker, though. You have to give him that.

Jameis Winston Martini Bar

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    Wearing shorts in the summertime isn't exactly unusual. Wearing shorts to a swanky establishment with a dress code, however, is unusual. Even "Famous Jameis" Winston couldn't gain entry with improper attire.

    According to TMZ, the quarterback was turned away by the Blue Martini bar in Tampa Bay, Florida, for failing to adhere to a "strictly enforced" dress code.

Julia Mancuso at the ESPYs

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    Julia Mancuso is a gold-medal skier, but her ESPYs dress was, well, unusual. I'm no fashion expert, but whenever someone goes semi-transparent with a formal gown, it generally raises a few eyebrows. 

Gronk's Kentucky Derby Suit

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    Rob Gronkowski is nothing if not a big goofball, right? He proved as much at the Kentucky Derby, wearing an all-plaid, eye-catching suitand at one point, whale sunglasses? What are those?

    Then again, it's Gronk, so was anyone surprised? 

Dwight Howard and the Foam Hat

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    Dwight Howard hilariously dressed up as Predator at Comic Con, but then again, that's what people do at Comic Con. Howard's more questionable fashion decision came at a Houston Astros game. It wasn't just that he wore a foam hat—that could just be chalked up as team spirit. No, it was also that he wore a compression bro tank.

    But let's go back to the hat. Howard is already the guy you don't want to sit behind at sporting events (because he is tall), and then he adds that obnoxious foam hat on top of it?

Kelly Oubre Draft Shoes

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    The NBA draft is a place where fashion (and basketball) takes center stage. This year, Atlanta Hawks first-round pick Kelly Oubre stole the show—at least in the footwear department.

    His shoes were odd, to say the least. In fact, the sparkly, spiky kicks looked like a cross between a craft project and a medieval weapon.

Marquette King at the ESPYs

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    DeSean Jackson may have strayed from the typical suit at the ESPYs, but Marquette King really strayed. The Oakland Raiders punter wore a Superman costume to the awards show, prompting many to wonder—why?


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    Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and James Harden have all sported a version of the same scribble look recently. According to More Than Stats, all three chose a different piece from Dior Homme's spring/summer collection. 

    At first glance, it's natural to wonder if little kids got their hands on those clothes. But as turns out, this is high fashion, people. 

Willie Cauley-Stein's Gold Chain

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    Willie Cauley-Stein's NBA draft suit was not bad. In fact, it was pretty good—the polka dot bow tie he wore (presumably) to pay homage to his alma mater, Kentucky, was a nice touch.

    But that gold chain? What was that? Apparently it had Cauley-Stein's personal logo engraved into it, according to Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal. To each his own, but a personal logo seems a little premature for an unproven rookie.

Sydney Leroux's Pet Costumes

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    What are those? Are those pet costumes? Come on, Sydney Leroux. The U.S. soccer star dressed up her two pooches in shark and hamburger outfits, recently. Sure, it's cute, but pets just generally do not belong in costumes, especially in the summertime.

    I do like that one of her dogs is named "Boss," though.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's Draft Pants

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    OK, just one more from the NBA draft. It's no secret that prospects want to make a splash at the draft. This sometimes leads to successful fashion risks (looking at you, Karl-Anthony Towns).

    Other times, it leads to some pretty head-scratching moments. For instance, why did Rondae Hollis-Jefferson decide to wear pajama pants and a tuxedo top to the NBA draft?

Carmelo Anthony and Jorts

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    It wasn't just Floyd Mayweather who sported jorts this summer, it was also Carmelo Anthony. The New York Knicks forward wore a pair of fold-over denim shorts on the golf course in June. 

    Why anyone would want to make the same fashion choice as Tobias Funke is beyond me. 

Floyd Mayweather, Also Jorts

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    Floyd Mayweather has millions of dollars—as he liked to consistently remind people on Instagram. So why in the world would he own a pair of cutoff jorts and actually wear them to the NBA Finals? Are jorts a new fashion statement I'm not aware of? More than a few people on Twitter thought not.

    Guys, please stop trying to make jorts happen.