The Best Dressed Rebel on Sports Television: Shannon Sharpe?
Yes ESPN’s Jesse Palmer is the current crowned king of style on sports Television. The former star of The Bachelor (and backup QB) is well known for his ability to wear an extremely well tailored suit, simple tie, and plain white pocket square while delivering commentary.
But what about Shannon Sharpe?
You’ve got to hand it to the almost Hall of Famer. Because unlike Jesse, the man takes risks. Huge ones. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but when it does work? It… is… something. Like his getup from yesterday:
- A bold… BOLD patterned jacket,
- Red gingham shirt,
- and a plain black knit tie.
It’s a lot of pattern and texture, but it all plays well on him. He walked right up to the line and refused to step over it. Now, Shannon used to be one of the biggest offenders in the “how big can I get my tie knot” club, but he’s got the diameter of his double Windsors back down to a substantially more balanced level. The only tweak I’d make is to maybe get him to go with a notch lapel.
Along with Jesse Palmer, it seems like Shannon is hooked on peaks. Which is fine, but when you’re like Shannon (who has obviously worked his tail off to maintain his playing days physique) a peak lapel will only make your already massive upper torso look gargantuan. Could be a little much.
I could never pull it off. Most of us could never pull it off. And sometimes his risks end up crashing and burning. (Purple velvet anyone?) But when he gets it right, he nails it. Well done Mr. Sharpe. This week.