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Made to Measure: Sports stars take men's fashion to another level

Call it the league of extraordinary sportsmen. Shaun White, LeBron James, Sean Avery and Dhani Jones are athletes on the top of their game, style-wise.

At the premiere night of The Five-Year Engagement at last week's Tribeca Film Festival, one unlikely guest outsmarted Hollywood's hottest: Shaun White, the poster boy of professional snowboarding.

Whether on or off the slopes, White is a daredevil, mixing high and low, pairing classic accoutrements like a pocket square and pin-dot tie with rocker denim and a navy jacket.

The fash pack first took notice of White at last year's X Games, where he sported tight trousers. He won, but everyone was more interested with what he wore. At Conan O'Brien's show, it was all the host wanted to talk about. "How did you move down the hill?" O'Brien asked.

White has since designed a clothing line for Target and is currently working on a streetwear label.

Here are three more athletes on top of their game, style-wise:

LeBron James

Whether siting front-row at Fashion Week or on a postgame night-out, the Miami Heat guard looks fly in chunky eyewear, knit sweatshirts, vests and plaids.

Trivia: He's only the third man in Vogue's 120-year history to appear on its cover.

Sean Avery

The Canadian hockey player, often seen decked out in Yves Saint Laurent, says he's "ridiculously obsessed with fashion".

Trivia: In 2008, he shocked his macho fans by interning at Vogue, where he answered phones and maintained the men's fashion closet.

Dhani Jones

The NFL linebacker wears a bow tie everywhere, pairing it with a suit or jeans, part of a philosophy he calls "the resurgence of the gentleman".

Trivia: He's designed a line of bow ties to raise funds for a diabetes foundation.


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