When Mr Victor Cruz, the New York Giants star wide receiver, hits your Instagram feed not because of a game-winning catch but because of the thank you note he sent to a Vogue editor after The Met Ball, you know we've entered a new moment in the intersection of sport and style. Up until recently, it was a safe bet that the higher an athlete's paycheck the more tacky the wardrobe. No more.
Leading this return of the stylish sportsman are an elite few who care as much about the cut of their suit as they do tactics and technique on the training field. Take Argentine polo player Mr Nachos Figueras, whose elegant off-pitch attire resulted in him being the face of Ralph Lauren's Black Label line. There are also those who look stylish on the field of play - such as the ever-debonair equestrian rider Mr Hiroshi Hoketsu (who's still going strong at 74). These men are just two of the competitors who made our list. Find out who else made the cut in our line-up of stylish sportsmen by clicking through the slides, above.
Words by Mr Tom M Ford, Features Writer, MR PORTER