Field to Fashion: Cam Newton and Jimmie Johnson talk about their personal styles

From Cam Newton’s Versace pants to Jimmie Johnson’s Gap ads, Charlotte’s sportsmen have a sartorial swag that plays on long after the buzzer. We checked in with some of the city’s most dapper sports figures for the scoop on their latest styles.

Cam Newton

How would you describe your personal style off the field?

Versatile. Colorful. Confident.

You have really become known for your podium fashions. How do you choose an outfit?

Everything I wear is either picked out completely by me or is a collaboration between my assistant, Shain, and myself. We usually start with the shoes and go from there.

What’s next for your clothing line, MADE by Cam Newton, at Belk?

For this spring and summer, we have plenty of bright colors, cotton v-necks and collared shirts, and some great patterned shorts. And you will continue to see a great selection of suits, sport coats, and slacks for pretty much any occasion.

When you are hanging out with the kids that are part of your foundation, do you try to talk to them about style and the importance of dressing well?

Not specifically, but in a broader sense I think my message of expressing yourself and making the best impression possible on those around you can be applied to style as well. I tell kids to not be afraid to be great, and to work hard to become the best possible versions of themselves. This message is mainly used in discussing a kid’s approach to school and life, but I think expressing yourself through style and dressing appropriately are important, too.

How tough was it to wear the ugly Christmas sweater with the Ride Along guys?

Not at all! The ugly Christmas sweaters are like a holiday tradition at this point, and with the Dab phenomenon last season, it made perfect sense to incorporate the sweaters in our Santa Cam’s Surprise Sleigh event.

Jimmie Johnson

Six-Time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion

Courtesy of Jimmie Johnson

How would you describe your personal style?

I would have to go with super casual. I like to just be comfortable; most of my days are spent in jeans and a sponsor-logoed polo, so being able to just kick back at the house and be casual is good.

What are you most comfortable in?

Shorts and a T-shirt. Anything that is comfortable and practical to chase two little kids around the house all day.

Any go-to brands? Favorite places to shop?

Tabor is a great place to shop—Trunk Club, too, because they come to me. Varvatos and Cuccuini for suits.

You’re married to a model—how does she influence what you wear?

Chani has a great taste in style; she is always pushing the envelope, and her sense of style for sure influences me. I don’t ever want the ‘are you really going to wear that?’ look, so I take her lead.

How have your daughters impacted your style? Do they weigh in on your outfits?

(Laughs) Not yet, but I am sure someday they will. They like when I am around for them to get dressed for the day because I let them wear whatever they want.

Top photo: Courtesy of Belk