Rihanna and Rita Ora both wore sports jerseys as dresses.
Photo: Splash News/ @RitaOra’s Instagram
From the runways for brands like DKNY to athletes-slash-clotheshorses like Iman Shumpert and Russell Westbrook, there’s NO doubt that sporty style has returned for another major fashion moment. Now the ultimate staple in athletic wear, the jersey, has officially made the jump from the field, the rink, and the court smack dab into the middle of the music world. Case in point: Rihanna and Rita Ora, who each rocked her own take on the jersey while out and about in California recently. Rihanna repped the NHL (who knew she was even a fan?) in a long-sleeved vintage black, white and red Ottawa Senators jersey, which she paired with strappy gold Tom Ford heels and red lipstick. The one item noticeably absent from her glammed-up West Hollywood look was pants. But then again, leave it to Rihanna to turn a makeshift dress into clubwear and still make it work.
Rather than hitting up a thrift store, Rita Ora went a slightly more commercial route with her Jeremy Scott for adidas checker print jersey and Stella McCartney jelly shoes. The singer Instagrammed the photo above over the weekend, with the caption “Catwalk at #coachella #alwaysjustforfun #stellamccartney #jeremyscott.” Catwalk, indeed! Considering both of these pop stars accessorized their, erm, minidresses with straight-from-the-runway designer heels and accessories, your basic jersey has NEVER seemed so luxe. Obviously this isn’t the first time sportswear has made the jump into music— Mya famously wore a baby blue UNC Tarheels jersey as a dress in her video for “Best of Me” featuring Jay-Z, remember— and besides, everything that was “in fashion” decades ago is bound to come back.
So let’s talk about the stars working the latest twist on this trend, and tell us: between Rihanna or Rita, who sported the jersey dress the best?