The Tailored Athlete Ft. Marcus McGill

Most athletes think its impossible for them to look good in a suit. They either blame it on their broad shoulders, long arms, or tall stature. Sure there are stylish athletes like Lebron James, Russell Westbrook, and Nick “Swaggy P” Young that dress well off the court, but those guys have millions of dollars and professional stylists at their disposal. Therefore, I decided to provide some inspiration for the athletes that would like to improve their style. Marcus McGill is a wide receiver for the University at Buffalo and is by far one of the most most stylish athletes in Buffalo, NY, but most importantly he does it all on a budget.

1. Money Can’t Buy Style


Suit by Vintage (thrift), Tie by Land’s End, Shirt by H&M, Shoes by Steve Madden, Bag by H&M, Hat by Forever 21, Watch by Forever 21
Marcus enlightened me that being a student athlete for a Division I University isn’t as glamorous as one might think. Therefore, building a wardrobe on a budget is essential. As a result, Marcus developed a passion for thrift store shopping and recently found this vintage green suit at a great price. However, being an athlete with broad shoulders and large quads can cause issues when it comes to shopping for a suit. Fortunately, Marcus also invested in a sewing machine and started tailoring his own clothes.
Like I often say, “it’s all about the details”. I love how this watch complements the suit and how his waistcoat ties everything together. I also thought those black and green polka dot socks was a great finishing touch.
Jacket by American Eagle, Shirt by H&M, Joggers by Smoke Rise, Shoes by Nike Air Jordan
Like most student athletes, Marcus likes to dress comfortable since most of his time is spent in in the classroom or at football practice. In fact, when I was in school all of the athletes on campus just wore sweats and slippers all day long. However, Marcus doesn’t equate being comfortable to wearing the team sweatsuits and slippers. Instead, he prefers a pair of Retro Air Jordan’s and leather joggers while handling business on campus.


Like most teams in the Mid-American Conference, the UB Bulls had ambitions of making it to the MAC Championship this season. However, after losing some close conference games those odds are now slim to none. In fact, the last time the Bulls made it to the MAC Championship (2008), Marcus was still in high school. In high school, Marcus was one of the most celebrated athletes in Western, NY. He was the first player in his school’s history to be named to the First-Team All-Greater Rochester, twice. He was also a 3-time All-County Selection and set records in kickoff returns. He was even named First-Team All Conference in basketball. He was later listed as the 13th best recruit in Western New York by ESPN.

Now even though the UB Bulls playoff dreams might be over, their future is bright because Marcus still has a few years left of eligibility. Therefore, I am sure he will be hoisting that MAC Championship trophy before he ends his collegiate career.
Special thanks to Marcus for participating and stay tuned for some more great features.Yours Truly,

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