In some ways, Derek Jeter appeared to exist exterior time: the Yankees shortstop, sharp and stylish and easy and successful, each on the diamond and off, may have slotted right into a dozen completely different Yankees groups through the years. It is solely while you take a look at images from his complete profession that you simply understand the deep and distinctive methods he was a product of his time, with a way of favor concurrently timeless and of its second. That is one motive he is on the duvet of our February situation—and (together with fellow inductees Allen Iverson and Deion Sanders) a member of the inaugural class of the GQ Sports activities Model Corridor of Fame.
You possibly can’t actually discuss Jeter’s sense of favor with out speaking concerning the pinstripes: his uniform, and the way in which he wore it. Boxy Yankees fitted perched on his head. Pants tight, even after it grew to become trendy to put on them dishevelled. Black high-top spikes, and a wristband on his left arm. There are vanishingly few methods to face out on a baseball subject; there are, in some way, even fewer paths to doing so on the Yankees, who nonetheless forbid lengthy hair and beards. (“The Boss,” Jeter says of former Yankees proprietor George Steinbrenner in his Model Historical past video, “was massive on guidelines—he’d name down and have guys shave between innings.”) And but Jeter conveyed one thing all his personal: a crispness, a form of model that coloured contained in the traces, that spoke quietly however wasn’t much less expressive for it.
Issues had been related off the sphere. Jeter, coming of age within the ‘90s, wore outfits that at the beginning aged curiously, and lately have begun popping up within the cooler corners of downtown New York. Flowy trousers and tucked-in tees. White sneakers. An impressively restrained coloration palette. (Dare we propose there’s one thing of The Row in his dishevelled “leisure fits” and vest-and-pants combos?)