“Wearing a good suit is like wearing a plate or armor — you can take on the world with it,” says Dublin’s proudest and most stylish pugilist Conor McGregor. Be it a flamboyant, smack-talk-fueled press conference, or the passenger seat of a Rolls Royce or travelling in his deluxe jet, here’s a fighter who chooses suits for everyday wear, and takes them as seriously as his matches.
Known as the ‘The Notorious’, McGregor is the most valued and celebrated mixed martial artist in this era of combat sports. Over the weekend, the welterweight champ made his comeback and reigned victorious at the UFC 246 in a bout against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. In just 40 seconds, McGregor T.K.O’d his over-matched competitor. But while he delivers some killer blows in the octagon, he’s making an impact in his field of style as well. Being a man who truly embraces wearing a sharp suit, we’ve listed some of his best pieces in recent times and the style notes that follow them.
Precision cuts and bold checks, first-round knock out
Conor McGregor has always been a man who has embraced the classic codes of formalwear and yet made a striking statement. Apart from this checkered Burgundian suit, pay attention to the tailoring and how precise the cuts are. This piece also comes from the champ’s very own August McGregor menswear label.
Lighter hues for the day
While McGregor was delivering his dose of trash-talk at a press conference, we wouldn’t miss his strut of sartorial brilliance. For day-time indulgences like derbys, Sunday brunches and mid-day meetings, we’d advocate the wearing of lighter shades and leave the classics like navy and black for the night. Conor most definitely concurs with this rule of style.
Retro with a twist
We’ve seen the revival of retro silhouettes in sneakers and athleisure, but here’s the bold Irishman flexing this on the formalwear front. In this picture, wearing a purple suit that’s sharply fit as usual, is paired with a thick-striped knitted tie and a striking gold watch that contrasts the purple.
Matching accessories can be a bonus
If you happen to be on the more subtle end of the style spectrum, you might want to indulge in accessory-play before your silhouette turns out to be too simple. The way McGregor does it, he boasts a clean black suit paired with a matching set of tie and pocket square. It’s the best way to safeguard yourself from accessorizing dubiousness.
Suit colour of the year 2020: Burgundy
It’s official, among the shades of pastel green, soft pink and sky blue, burgundy will undoubtedly be our favorite hues to stitch a suit in this year. It’s the year to be bolder and wear shades, designs and cuts you haven’t before. Burgundy seems to be a favorite for the Irish style icon as well. Be it semi-casual or strict formal, this shade can help you stand out.
The punch of elegance that comes with accessorizing
Winter months are amazing for menswear, simply because it expands the options on the style spectrum for us to embrace. With layering, comes accessorizing, and it’s an affair you can’t ignore for too long. The way Conor McGregor accessorizes in this picture, is with a pink and navy base that topped with three different themes – stripes, spots and a pink rose lapel pin.
How to stand out while blending in
Perhaps a lesson every man needs in this pursuit of dressing the best in the room. While you stick to the classics, add a modern twist, pay attention to precision fitting and accessorize smart. In a nutshell, that’s what makes McGregor such a bold style icon. Even though, this picture might not be a recent click, it brilliantly displays Conor’s taste in the classics but also his attention to fitting and colour tone that helps him nail this look.
All Images: Courtesy TheNotoriousMMA/Instagram