THE FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPION IS TAKING MALE ATHLETE STYLE TO A NEW LEVEL AND ESTABLISHING HIMSELF AS A FASHION ICON

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 19: Lewis Hamilton is seen outside Off White during Paris Fashion Week – Menswear Spring/Summer 2020 on June 19, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

Over the years, a select few male athletes have expanded their repertoire outside of their declared profession, embraced the world of fashion, and, established themselves as style icons for their respective generation. It all began in the 1950s when legendary American golf pro Arnold Palmer gained international notoriety as the first superstar of the sport’s television age. With his vibrant cardigans, sharply creased slacks, and impossibly shiny leather shoes he stood out from his more casually attired competitors and showed all men of his day what it was to be truly well-dressed.


But who can we look to as the most stylish male athlete of our present-day? Over the past few years, an answer has emerged from an unlikely source: the Formula 1 paddock. Specifically, the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has leapt headfirst into the fashion world, established his own unique style, and solidified himself as the representative of a new era of fashion for male athletes.


Although the F1 grid is historically not one of the most stylish places in the sport, Hamilton has been single-handedly leading the charge to change that narrative. Each time he graces a track, he arrives in a different, more daring outfit than the last, making it difficult to determine whether its race week or fashion week. From these looks, we can see that Hamilton is a risk-taker, as he sports bold patterns, large labels, and unconventional silhouettes. They have also shown that Hamilton has an appreciation for both bigger, more established fashion houses and smaller designers alike.

Below are some looks from F1s best dressed driver !

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