Former football player. Pro-bowler. Three time Super Bowl champion. Hall of Famer. Self proclaimed lip sparring champ. Overall athletic freak! If you are a fan of football (American football, that is) you are no stranger to Shannon and his contributions on and off the field. He has made the smooth transition from being a talented dynamic tight end to a CBS Football analysts to currently a debate champion on the Undisputed sport show with fellow analyst Skip Bayless. But as much as he is an accomplished football player and as articulate as he is with his sports IQ, this brother sartorial elegance is one to be celebrated. That boy sharp! (No pun). Seriously, I tried to find a flaw in his outfits but I couldn't. Alot fellas in media tend to dress very well but then there are those few who rise to the top without even trying. Shannon (or uncle Shannon like I call him) is one of those few. So let's break down his style and see how fit men can benefit from it.
Luckily for this section, we have quite a few examples, since he's on t.v and usually dresses up
His suit shoulder fit perfectly! how do I know? 1) The shoulder seam ends right at the end of the shoulder as it should 2) there isn't any noticeable dent where the arm and shoulders meet. Another thing to note is the lack of shoulder padding. Shoulder pads accentuate your trap which isn't necessary in his case, he already has big ones.
Remember one of my style mistakes, thin lapels? This is another proof that fit men with broad chests don't need to wear thin lapels. A minimum of 3.5in is a must from this point on. Thin lapels would make his shoulders seem way out of proportion than they actually are. His ties are usually on point, very conservative patterns, keeping to the rule of the width and lapel width being similar in proportion.
Whether a sport coat or suit jacket, the length always ends at his palm when his hands are extended, as it should be.
Remember that word 'drape'? Yep, all of his jacket sleeves drape properly on him without showing his huge biceps. Your suit shouldn't fit like a shirt and he executes it perfectly.
Having browsed through the web and his Instagram, I didn't see any pics with him standing up straight, legs shoulder width apart so I can see how they drape on his legs. Only pics I saw had him sitting down or standing up with his legs crossed so let's just work with what we have. When he's standing, crossed legged, the leg that's straight seem to have a nice tapered looked to it ending in a plain bottom with a slight break. While sitting, I didn't see any pulling that may indicate a bit of tightness to his quads. Considering that his job requires him sitting down, I'm sure he and his tailor took that into consideration when getting his pants made.
No noticeable pull on his big chest, primarily because he usually wears a tie but if he gives his suit details that much attention, I beleive his shirts aren't any different. So i'd like to use this segment to looks at his shirt collar in relation to his face. After staring at his pics for a while I noticed to things 1) he has a large head but it's in proportion to his body which isn't all that noticeable 2) he seems to have an oval shaped face with a strong jawline. With these two takeaways, the classic collar spread is what he usually wears and what's best for him. Having an oval gives you a pass to wear any collar spread but since he has a large head the classic collar gives his face balance in relation to the rest of his outfit. Being that he has a large head, a pointed collar will elongate his face and a spread collar would make it look larger than it actually is. So classic collar, a four in hand or double four in hand tie knot is best, being that he has a very conservative look, he goes with a four in hand. It is important to note the point length of the collar. Depending on the thickness of the tie and the type of tie knot, you want to have a collar length that can host the tie while having it lay on your shirt. Shannon executes this perfectly.
Shannon's casual wear isn't as prominent as his formal wear. This is an opportunity for him to show his massive physique. The few casual photos show just that. Sweatshirts, sweaters all reveal his bulging biceps and his pants show off his huge quads. I would love to see a full body shot of him in some jeans or chinos or even shorts. Thus far, his casual wear seem to be restricted to sweatshirt and sweat pants, not much to analyse there, but it works for him.
I've been fascinated with colors and seeing which ones best work for me. As a fellow darkskinned man, he experiments with alot of colors and I get to see which types would work one me. So far, I'm feeling the monotone looks, they give a slender look and work well with my complexion. This is an area I implore men to experiment and see what you like.
Shannon is hands down one of the best dressed men on tv, and that includes all sports commentators, news reporters even movie/t.v show celebs. It is safe to say Shannon wasn't always a sharp (no pun) dresser, there are pictures of him in 6 button suits but he was being influenced in the times he was in. Nowadays, with the emphasis being put on having a perfect fit, and Shannon's bank account being able to afford him multiple custom suits, it's not a surprise he knocks it out of the park every single time.