Power player

P.K. Subban on how to be the most stylish guy in the room.

ELLE Man (Canada) - - STYLE -

Montreal Cana­di­ens de­fence­man and al­ter­nate cap­tain P.K. Subban has a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a pow­er­house player, and his style game is get­ting him no­ticed off the ice too. RW&CO. tapped the Toronto na­tive, his broth­ers (also NHL play­ers) and his fa­ther to be the faces of its new suit col­lec­tion.

Were you al­ways the most stylish kid in the class? “I al­ways took pride in the way I looked [be­cause] my mom al­ways taught my two broth­ers, my sis­ters and me to look a cer­tain way when we left the house. That sort of grew as I got older; I wanted to make sure that I was well groomed and pre­pared to go out in pub­lic, but I also wanted to make sure that I wore things that were ap­peal­ing not only to me but other peo­ple. At the time, I could never re­ally af­ford ex­pen­sive shoes or cloth­ing. I learned that I had to make do with what I had and in­vent my own style.” Who is your style icon? “I try to take bits and pieces from ev­ery­body. I don’t think you can say that you want to be like one per­son. I think what makes ev­ery­body unique is that they can have their own style. You have to look at dif­fer­ent peo­ple and see the great­ness in what each one is wear­ing.” What’s the one style rule you live by? “I’m a fan of the clas­sic tie. The skinny tie I can tol­er­ate, but the bow tie should only be worn with a tuxedo or at a black-tie event; other than that, you should just leave it in the drawer un­til it’s time to pull it out.” How do you nav­i­gate trends? “I be­lieve in trends, but I also be­lieve in ma­nip­u­lat­ing a trend so it’s spe­cific to you. For in­stance, there are a lot of peo­ple try­ing to wear dif­fer­ent styles of hats. I don’t think hats are for ev­ery­one, but I do think that the style and colour and how you wear it are what mat­ters. Maybe you put a feather in your hat—there are dif­fer­ent things you can do to make it your own.” If you had to give men one piece of fash­ion ad­vice, what would it be? “Be your­self! I think the most im­por­tant thing in fash­ion is that you need to feel com­fort­able and be­lieve that what you’re wear­ing rep­re­sents you.”

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