Cam Newton is one of the most exciting quarterbacks to watch in the NFL. Now in his fifth season as the Carolina Panthers’ franchise face, Newton draws crowds everywhere he goes, and not just for his on-field skills. He has an infectious personality, one that makes him one of the highest-profile players in the league.
His flair is visible on the field when he does his trademark Superman pose, and shines through off as well, telling reporters in a preseason press conference that when people first notice him “Well, hopefully they see that I’m pretty.”
Coming off a season where he took the Panthers to their first playoff win nine years, things are looking pretty good for Newton, who just signed a $103.8 million deal that keeps him in blue and silver for another five years. While he’s matured into one of the game’s best leaders on the field, his style game is something to follow too. He may have wore a tux to celebrate the playoff win over the Cardinals, but Newton usually keeps his look stylishly loose, proving that casual doesn’t ever have to be sloppy. Here are a few tips to help bring your style game to Newton’s level.
A Letterman Jacket
Nothing says football fan better than an old-school letterman jacket. If you want to support your favorite team, but that XXL jersey and Zubaz combo just isn’t working for you anymore, upgrade to something stylish that comes in your team’s colors. Go sleek and nondescript with Sandro’s take on the all-American classic, or if you’re going for that truly vintage look, check out Ralph Lauren’s version.
More eye-catching than a plain tee, but not quite as dressy looking as a polo, a henley is in the low-maintenance middle ground that looks good without ever being over the top. Check out Mr Porter’s take on this timeless staple, or if you’re looking to stock up on them, check out Target for its short sleeve version.
Like LeBron showed us, the sweatpant has grown up, and it’s having its moment in a big way. Nothing says off-duty QB like a well-cut pair of joggers. Check out Thom Browne’s high-fashion take on the gym class staple. For a pair that you won’t be afraid to take to the gym too, check out this pair from Nike.
Cam has his own shoe — the Under Armour UA Cam, which can be had in both sneaker and cleat form. But those high-tech trainers might be a little much outside of the gym, and they’re so popular that Under Armour can’t even keep them in stock. Keep it simple and sleek, and go with something clean and old-school, like these high-top Blazers from Nike, or if you want to mix it up, a pair of Adidas Stan Smiths.
With athletic staples crossing over into the mainstream, and as Cam shows, it’s easy to be the sharpest guy in the room without looking too dressy. A little confidence and a lot of cool goes a long way to making you look like the starring QB even when you’re outside of the huddle.