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Men of Style
Jeff Dufour | Photo: Greg Powers | April 1, 2013
For these seven superstylish guys, life is a game. And, even after the buzzer, they’re still playing to win—in fashion that is. With style to spare, see how DC’s sports figures are turning heads all over town.
John Wall, Washington Wizards
John Wall’s game isn’t the only thing that distinguishes him within the confines of the Verizon Center. At Wizards games this season, the All-Rookie point guard and new face of the franchise has stepped out in everything from plaid jackets and colorful sweater vests to boldly pinstriped suits and skinny ties. “I like to be different,” says the 22-year-old North Carolina native. “You don’t want to get the same suit as everybody.” (That preference is also driven by his size: At a lanky 6-foot-4, he has all his suits custom-made.) When he’s away from the limelight, the former No. 1 draft pick can often be found bowling, driving his Porsche Panorama or entertaining his nieces and nephews. There, you might find him sporting shoes from his extensive sneaker collection and denim from Nudie Jeans or, his favorite, G-Star. “That’s my nickname, everybody calls me G-Star,” he confides. And, yes, he confirms, it’s perfectly possible to do the bicep-flexing “John Wall Dance”—which became a YouTube sensation—in just about any attire: “You’ve just got to move your arms, so it’s not that hard.”
Josh Morgan, Washington Redskins
After playing for the San Francisco 49ers for four years, former H.D. Woodson High School and Virginia Tech standout Josh Morgan got to live out his dream last season, signing with his hometown Redskins. While Morgan always kept his DC residency, he’s still struck by the ever-changing city. “It’s a little bit like New York, a little bit like [California],” says the wideout. “It’s taking the best out of different areas.” The best for Morgan: the Verizon Center, where he can let loose his inner basketball fan; Ben’s Next Door on U Street, where a childhood friend cooks; and his grandmother’s house. Morgan, who was the Redskins’ 2012 pick for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, looks at his style as “young and fresh,” but maybe his teammates put it better: “They say I remind them of Jay-Z. It’s not too much [flash], but you look good.” To that end, he favors custom suits by Élevée and Astor & Black, and he’s picked up pieces everywhere from L.A. to Atlanta to Paris. “You can make anything work, you just have to put it together.”
Mike Green, Washington Capitals
Mike Green is turning into the unlikeliest of Renaissance men. The Capitals’ all-star defenseman, who made his name on his fearsome slapshot (and his equally fearsome beards and faux-hawks), has taken up woodworking in his spare time, cranking out tables and cabinets when the spirit moves him. A former skateboarder and longtime collector of rare boards signed by pro skaters, he’s also about to release two boards, which he designed with a graphic artist friend, for sale on his website. As for his style, the Calgary native calls it “a little bit of rock ’n’ roll, with some vintage cowboy”—hence, you’ll often see him in denim shirts, peacoats and a preponderance of John Varvatos. (Of course, the full-sleeve tattoo on his left arm—courtesy of a tattoo artist friend in Omaha—doesn’t exactly detract from the look, either.) When he’s traveling with the team, however, dress code dictates that he’s in a suit. “That’s why my suits are so beat up,” says the alt captain. “We usually have blood all over us after the games.”
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