San Francisco 49er’s Colin Kaepernick was recently featured for Mr. Porter’s Weekly Journal. Kaep discussed what style meant to him.
While growing up with his adopted family, Kaepernick realized that having style was not only about fashion but it was about how a person carries themselves. “From a young age, my dad, being a businessman, constantly talked to me about carrying myself in a certain way and treating people with respect,” he said.
The quarterback uses style as a way to control how people read him on and off the field. As a biracial young man, Kaepernick wants to be a role model to young black kids. “My racial heritage is something I want people to be well aware of. I do want to be a representative of the African community, and I want to hold myself and dress myself in a way that reflects that. I want black kids to see me and think: ‘OK, he’s carrying himself as a black man, and that’s how a black man should carry himself,’” Kaepernick explains. He uses clothing to put forth the best version of himself.
The Journal also took the opportunity to showcase Mr. Kaepernick’s sense of style with a fall inspired fashion shoot. One of my personal favorites is the Jil Sander reversible jacket and Club Monaco sweatshirt combo. I’m also a big fan of the patchwork shirt from By Walid. Kaepernick has a sense of style that comes off as effortless and he tries to pick pieces that stand out just enough. One thing I will say that I think Mr. Kaepernick should get rid off is his beard. Some people can rock the facial hair and some can’t. Kaepernick is one of those people that can’t.