5 style lessons from Ronaldo
By Gavin Jewkes, 5 February 2015
Sure, it’s only February, but Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has already had a killer 2015. He scooped the coveted Ballon d’Or trophy for the world’s best footballer last month and has just been valued at £300 million (by his own agent, admittedly, but still). He recently scored his 400th career goal and will soon bag his 300th in the league alone – not bad for a man who only turned 30 years old today. If that hasn’t depressed you, keep reading.
It’s not just his passion on the pitch that’s piqued our interest – he constantly pushes the boundaries in terms of men’s style, too. To celebrate the Portuguese star’s birthday, we take a look back at a few of his sartorial highlights (interpret that as you will), and the style lessons we can draw from them.
Less is more
Like a TOWIE cast member who booked a one-way ticket to Marbs, Cristiano Ronaldo’s beach game is tight – literally – and he rarely deviates from the ‘less is more’ philosophy. The key to pulling off skimpy swimmers is a robust sense of self-esteem and, in all honesty, a six pack. Just let your bod do the talking.
Go hell for leather
There isn’t much demand for insulating outerwear in Spain, so the chances of catching Ronaldo in a parka or Puffa are slim. For that reason, a leather jacket paired with a scarf is how the style conscious one prefers to winterise his look in the Med. A leather bomber, like his, is also a nice adaptable piece that can be dressed up or down on your say so and is the linchpin on which any smart/casual outfit can hang.
Give white jeans the green light
Despite what you may have heard (and seen), white jeans can actually look very cool. Especially during summer. The big number 7’s got the right idea here, wearing his with a plain suede jacket in a neutral shade. But the outfit would benefit from some decluttering – for instance, wearing white jeans without a belt looks a lot cleaner (and more slimming) and there’s probably no need for such a fussy scarf.
Bring out your tan
If you’ve spent hours slavishly tanning yourself (the natural way or otherwise), then you need to know how to make the most of it. There are colours that work better against tanned skin than others, for example, white and most pastel shades. But few colours make your bronzed skin pop quite like turquoise.
Jeans can make or break an outfit
Considering his penchant for swim shorts that fit like a second skin and an arsenal of tops that leave little to the imagination, it’s strange that Ronaldo is yet to embrace slim-fit jeans. This checked shirt is obviously ace and the geeky specs are a nice touch but, let’s face it, we left paint-splattered baggy jeans back in the 90s (where they’ll stay until we say otherwise). Upgrade this outfit with a pair of black skinnies, we reckon!