While we’re all going to spend this Sunday paying close attention to what Tom Brady and Matt Ryan are doing on the field, we thought it would be fun to examine their off-field attire. We put them head-to-head to not only decide who to crown the most fashionable—the younger, scrappier Ryan, or the old guard golden boy Brady—but also to show you how to get the looks for yourself. Because, win or lose, it never hurts to play with style.
Ryan has recently started stepping out in impeccably tailored suits, like this one from Tom Ford. Of course, not everyone can afford a $5,000 Tom Ford suit, so we found one that looks the same but is a bit more affordable. La Spalla Navy Suit ($999, Suit Supply), Hugo Boss White Dress Shirt ($165, Mr. Porter), Knit Wool Tie ($25, The Tie Bar)
Want to look smart on a weekend trip while still being comfortable? Take your cues from Ryan’s away game attire. The baseball jacket will make you look youthful but put-together, and the high-end leather bag might just get you an upgrade to first class. Sand Chinos ($135, Buck Mason), Go-To Tee ($54, Public Rec), Russell Baseball Jacket ($101, Huckberry), Leather Carryall ($1,295, Shinola), Seiko Prospex Dive Watch ($188, Amazon)
Prepping for playoff games probably means Ryan hasn’t been to a bar on a Saturday in months, but if he was a regular guy with a free weekend to day drink (like you!), he’d probably wear something like this. 12-Month Wash Slim jeans ($175, Buck Mason), Wacko Maria Pull-Over Hoodie ($235, Mr. Porter), Oceanaut Watch ($195, Overstock), Nike Air Zoom Pegasus Sneakers ($175)
If any white man could pull off a velvet blazer, it’s Brady, who is known for taking big-swing style risks. If you want to get people talking, show up to the next wedding you attend in this. Hello, bridesmaids. Velvet Dinner Jacket ($698, Brooks Brothers), Black Tuxedo Trousers ($150, Suit Supply), Ermenegildo Zegna White Dress Shirt ($495, Mr. Porter), Black Bowtie ($19, The Tie Bar), White Silk Pocket Square ($10, The Tie Bar)
The blazer-and-jeans look might be a bit tired, but Brady pulls it off here by accessorizing well, with a scarf, dark shades, a pocket square and shiny shoes. You can do the same on the next trip you have planned. Blue Herringbone Blazer ($399, Suit Supply), Cashmere Scarf ($118, J. Crew), Cotton Pocket Square ($10, The Tie Bar), Beijing Duffel ($325, Lexdray), 12-Month Wash Slim Jeans ($175, Buck Mason), Brown Textured T-Shirt ($13, Macy’s), The Martin Wholecut Oxfords ($399, Paul Evans), Raleigh Sunglasses ($165, Raen)
This checked suit has a bit of a ’70s feel to it without being too obnoxious, so if you want to take a risk and vary up your gray and blue solid suits, this is a good option. Pair it with a turtleneck and you’ll look even more unconventional (which, we assume, is the point). Lazio Gray Check Suit ($599, Suit Supply), Killspencer Weekender ($800), John Smedley Turtleneck ($230, Mr. Porter), Ivory Pocket Square ($10, The Tie Bar), Beats by Dre Headphones ($300)
The Verdict: Brady is more fashionable, but it’s an uneven playing field. Brady’s older and richer and is married to someone who’s fully entrenched in the fashion world. Give Ryan time, though, and he could be football’s fashion prince. Advice to Matty Ice, though—pass on that Ugg contract. And the gigantic jacket.