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MEN of Style By Je Dufour Photography by Greg Powers Styling by Melissa Brown of Lockstitch Style Grooming by Juan Perez, Chris Rushton and Samuel Weeks of Logan 14 Salon/Spa Shot on location at Room & Board 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 fi gures are turning heads all over town. John Wall, Washington Wizards John Wall’s game isn’t the only thing that distinguishes him within the confi nes 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 fi nd 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 confi des. And, yes, he confi rms, it’s perfectly possible to do the bicep-fl exing “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.” Suit Custom tailoring by Astor & Black Shirt $85, at Hugh & Crye, Georgetown Tie $79.50, at Brooks Brothers of Georgetown Pocket Square $20, at Hugh & Crye, Georgetown Shoes Wall’s own, by Louis Vuitton

Men Of Style

Jeff Dufour

For these seven super stylish 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.<br /> <br /> John Wall, Washington Wizards<br /> <br /> John Wall’s game isn’t the only thing that distinguishes him within the <br /> 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.”<br /> <br /> Suit Custom tailoring by Astor & Black<br /> <br /> Shirt $85, at Hugh & Crye, Georgetown<br /> <br /> Tie $79.50, at Brooks Brothers of Georgetown<br /> <br /> Pocket Square $20, at Hugh & Crye, Georgetown<br /> <br /> Shoes Wall’s own, by Louis Vuitton<br /> <br /> Josh Morgan, Washington Redskins<br /> <br /> 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 [fl ash], 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.”<br /> <br /> Suit Custom tailoring by Astor & Black<br /> <br /> Shirt Morgan’s own, by Compliments<br /> <br /> Tie Morgan’s own, by Bruno Piattelli<br /> <br /> Pocket Square $35, at Sterling & Burke Ltd., Georgetown<br /> <br /> Watch Price available upon request, by Breitling at Tiny Jewel Box<br /> <br /> Cuff Links Price available upon request, by David Yurman at Tiny Jewel Box<br /> <br /> Shoes Morgan’s own, by Louis Vuitton<br /> <br /> Mike Green, Washington Capitals<br /> <br /> 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.”<br /> <br /> Suit Custom Tailoring by Giovanni<br /> <br /> Shirt $85, at Hugh & Crye, Georgetown<br /> <br /> Tie $79.50, at Brooks Brothers of Georgetown<br /> <br /> Pocket Square $35, at Sterling & Burke Ltd., Georgetown<br /> <br /> Watch Price available upon request, by Breitling at Tiny Jewel Box<br /> <br /> Belt Green’s own, by Austin Jeffers<br /> <br /> Shoes Green’s own, by Sebago<br /> <br /> Kyle Dixon, Annapolis Bayhawks<br /> <br /> Severna Park native Kyle Dixon is a most unusual species in the kingdom of professional athletes— one who has another full-time job.When he’s not starring for the defending champion Annapolis Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse, find the midfielder, who won two NCAA titles at Virginia, at RBC Wealth Management, where he works as a financial advisor. His day job is fairly buttoned-up, but Dixon says the lacrosse world is starting to stray from its Ralph Lauren reputation. “A lot of the guys are scrubs,” he jokes, but “I’ve got a little bit more of the preppy in me.” Still, don’t be surprised to see him in a pair of high-top Chuck Taylors when he’s walking around Georgetown or training youth coaches near his home by the Naval Academy. Back at work, he wears skinny ties and slim-cut suits, which can leave his more conservative colleagues confused: “They tell me I have to get a new suit, that mine’s two sizes too small,” he laughs.<br /> <br /> Suit Dixon’s own, by Hugo Boss<br /> <br /> Shirt $85, at Hugh and Crye, Georgetown<br /> <br /> Tie $125, at Brooks Brothers of Georgetown<br /> <br /> Pocket Square $35, at Sterling & Burke Ltd., Georgetown<br /> <br /> Tony Reali, ESPN <br /> <br /> When Tony Reali was offered the hosting job for ESPN’s Around the Horn, he was 25, and he had exactly two shirts and one suit to his name.“I wore the <br /> stuffing out of it,” he says. Nine years and more than 2,000 shows later, the New Jersey native has grown into a wardrobe of Theory, Zegna and Hugo Boss Red Label, which he chooses himself, although “ESPN sends out a stylist every two years to press reset.” Off the air, you can often see him hoofing a 20-pound medicine ball down 14th Street for a CrossFit class. His postworkout go-to uniform is, he says, “precisely what I was wearing 15 years ago” —jeans, a T-shirt and any of his array of Nike, Puma and Adidas sneakers. “I want to be sharp, but also able to chase somebody who steals my iPhone.” That sensibility often makes its way into the show’s Massachusetts Avenue studio. “I’m never on camera from the waist down,” he says, “so most shows I’ll be wearing a suit up top and jeans and Pumas down below—the fashion mullet.”<br /> <br /> Suit Reali’s own, by Theory<br /> <br /> Shirt $105, at Hugh & Crye, Georgetown<br /> <br /> Tie $79.50, at Brooks Brothers of Georgetown<br /> <br /> Pocket Square $20, at Brooks Brothers of Georgetown<br /> <br /> Watch Price available upon request, by Tag Heuer at Tiny Jewel Box<br /> <br /> Dwayne De Rosario, DC United<br /> <br /> For Dwayne De Rosario, style starts with music. The Canadian playmaker is the de facto DJ in the DC United clubhouse. “Usually it’s my iPod that steers the mood of the locker room,” he says, putting everything from Bob Marley to Sade to old-school hip-hop to use in that service. Off the field, the former MVP doesn’t get much free time to himself—his wife and four kids see to that at their home in Ashburn, where you can find the family man cooking for his brood. “I kind of go with how I feel,” he says of his look, and, at times over his 13-year career, he’s felt like braids, a ponytail and all manner of facial hair.When dressing up, he gravitates to Hickey Freeman and Louis Vuitton shoes; on more casual days, he goes for a more “urban, funky” look.“It’s all about the feeling,” he says. “If I see something I like, I just buy it.”<br /> <br /> Suit Custom tailoring by Hart Schaffner Marx<br /> <br /> Shirt $85, at Hugh & Crye, Georgetown<br /> <br /> Tie $98.50, at Brooks Brothers of Georgetown<br /> <br /> Pocket Square $40, at Brooks Brothers of Georgetown<br /> <br /> Belt De Rosario’s own, by Louis Vuitton<br /> <br /> Watch Price available upon request, by Tag Heuer at Tiny Jewel Box<br /> <br /> Briefcase $1,005, at Sterling & Burke Ltd., Georgetown<br /> <br /> Shoes De Rosario’s own, by Louis Vuitton<br /> <br /> Chris Pontius, DC United<br /> <br /> “I don’t dress like East Coasters at all,” says DC United team MVP Chris Pontius. The Southern California native proves it with a look that might include soft cotton cardigans, rolled-up chinos, canvas sneakers and a healthy dose of 5 o’clock shadow. “I like to keep it casual, very simple,” he says, preferring basic pieces from ZARA and AllSaints, as well as GANT, for which he serves as a local brand ambassador. “I try to step outside the boundaries once in a while—but only if I have friends who tell me I can pull it off.” Pontius, who starred at the University of California-Santa Barbara, has settled in to his new year-round home in Arlington. When he’s not training or trying to learn Spanish (his goal for this year), he can be found biking around DC.“It’s completely different from where I grew up,” he says. “You have one scene, you walk four blocks, and it’s a completely different scene.”<br /> <br /> Suit $1,098, at Brooks Brothers of Georgetown<br /> <br /> Shirt $88, at Brooks Brothers of Georgetown<br /> <br /> Tie $79.50, at Brooks Brothers of Georgetown<br /> <br /> Pocket Square $20, at Brooks Brothers of Georgetown<br /> <br /> Watch Price available upon request, by Breitling at Tiny Jewel Box<br /> <br /> Shoes $298, at Brooks Brothers of Georgetown

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