Everyone here knows how awfully most ESPN commentators dress: oversized jackets, loud color schemes, HUGE tie knots, etc. The GQ blog just posted about ESPN analyst Jesse Palmer. He used to play for the Giants, and apparently was on "The Bachelor" for one season (didn't realize that before). The dude has a very StyleForum-approved wardrobe: MTM Zegna suits and shirts, spread collars, RLBL ties with four-in-hand knots, TV-fold pocket squares, and Barker Black Stratons. He says he owns 35 suits from Zegna. Wish I had that kind of money. Good read:http://www.gq.com/blogs/the-q/2009/1...d-on-espn.html
Quote:Over the years, we've razzed our friends at ESPN—on more than a few occasions—about some of their sartorial choices (memo to Tom Jackson: wearing those cut away–collar, chocolate-brown dress shirts designed by Michael Irvin back in the day—not a good move). But we gotta give credit where credit is due. Have you seen Jesse Palmer lately? The guy's looking so sharp that we're wondering whether our Creative Director, Jim Moore, hasn't been moonlighting in Bristol on game-day Saturdays. If you read the magazine, you know that Moore preaches a certain style of dress. And Palmer, one of the network's college football analysts, couldn't be a better example of it: dark, narrow tie (but not too skinny!), semi-spread collar (an icy blue or pale pink shirt always work well), a crisp white pocket square (check out any number of GQ covers over the past year, from Justin Timberlake to LeBron James), and a trim-fitting peak-lapel suit (Palmer's actually one step ahead on this one; keep your eyes open for a fashion story on peak-lapel suits in the upcoming December Men of the Year issue). The former New York Giants backup QB, and star of The Bachelor, got on the phone with us to talk specs on his wardrobe. We have to admit, he's even more...GQ than we expected: Height: 6'2" Weight: 225 Suits: "I wear a 44 Regular, and I get them custom made at the Zegna flagship on Fifth Avenue. I have a hard time buying off the rack because my dimensions are so jacked up." What's up with the peak lapels? "I started wearing skinny ties, and most of my suits were notch-lapel, and they were just wider. They weren't syncing up with the width of the ties. So, with the suits, I wanted to go for a more European look with higher arm holes." Number of Zegna suits he owns: "At least thirty-five—cotton ones, linen, cashmere blends; I even have some velvet ones! I stepped out of bounds a bit a few years ago, when velvet blazers were kind of the thing." Ties: "Alexander Olch or Ralph Black Label. I'll go to Bergdorf Goodman and buy them." Shirts: "Also custom made by Zegna. I've got a 17 1/2–inch football player neck. I haven't lost that yet." Favorite pair of shoes: "A pair of cognac-colored Barker Black brogues. They've got the little skull and crown on the toe. They're really cool."