2016 is done with and so are most of those Best of 2016 lists. So of course now it’s time for some Best of 2017 lists, starting off with GQ’s annual Best Dressed Men In The World list for 2017. The worlds of music and film are well represented in the list with the top three spots going to Drake, Eddie Redmayne and Luke Evans. But sitting up at fourth place is a surprising selection from the world of cage fighting: UFC superstar Conor McGregor.
With his selection in the top five, McGregor proves that it’s not so much what you wear but how much swagger you wear it with. While the Irish fighter certainly knows where to buy a nice suit, some of his other fashion choices from 2016 have been far more exotic.
The mink coat and red pant combo is actually a tribute to legendary boxer Smokin’ Joe Frazier, who wore a similar outfit leading up to his fight with Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden in 1974. With McGregor challenging Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight strap in the same venue, it was a neat nod to history, and somehow McGregor managed to pull the look off.
It’s not the first time McGregor has copped someone else’s style. Leading up to his first fight of 2016, the Notorious started regularly wearing clothing inspired by Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
But with fashion, there’s no reward without risk. McGregor put himself out there in some pretty daring outfits and managed to snag himself enough attention to make it to the top of GQ’s best dressed men list as a result. Good on him. And as we said before, the guy certainly knows how to wear a suit…