Turns out dating one of the world’s most stylish women has its benefits—like you wind up dressing really damn well.
We found the secret to having great style right now and, no, it’s not wearing a romper; it’s dating singer/actress/fly girl Jennifer Lopez. How easy is that?
Call it the J.Lo Effect (J.L.E. if you will). You know how Oprah cosigns a blender and that blender sells out immediately? Jennifer Lopez seems to have similar sway over the men she dates, taking their style from meh to menswear god status in just a few outfits. If you want proof, just look at Lopez’s current boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez. Since the duo first stepped out together in March, the former Yankee infielder has gone through a serious style bootcamp—and his wardrobe so much better because of it.
We’re not saying A-Rod had terrible style to begin with. His sartorial choices were better than the average Joe (after all, the man could afford the best threads out there), but nothing that impressed us enough to take notice. In fact, it’s hard to find a capacity in which A-Rod has ever been covered for what he wore off the field (his ultra sleek pad, on the other hand, is worth some serious fawning over)—and when you’re talking about a player who was at the center of the style/sports/celebrity Venn diagram for as long as A-Rod has been, that’s saying a lot. Six months ago he looked like any other dad en route to his tee time.
Cut to Rodriguez and Lopez—as US Weekly would put it—canoodling. Suddenly A-Rod doesn’t own any more polos with chest logos, nearly all of the baseball player’s sneakers have been swapped out for leather-soled dress shoes, and the man wears a suit just to go to lunch. In a flash, Rodriquez’s style went from Tom Hanks to Tom Ford. Now you would classify his personal style as A-list leading man—and, frankly he’s dressing better than a lot of guys who already claim that title. His wardrobe is stuffed with peak lapel suits and collared shirt (unbuttoned just so). Every piece of outerwear he owns is suddenly the best version of whatever that silhouette is (see: peacoats, bombers, topcoats). The man even wore an inky midnight blue tuxedo—and out-dressed more than a few stylish guys—to the biggest fashion event on Earth: the Met Gala.
Could it be a coincidence that his GQ-approved style just kicked into high gear around the time he and J.Lo got together? Sure. Then again, Lopez’s track record seems to indicate that if you want to date one of the most beautiful, stylish, successful women in entertainment, you’d better dress like it too. And if history is to be believed (and the power of internet search engines), the same damn thing happened to Ben Affleck when they dated in the early aughts (R.I.P. Bennifer). Lopez even admits to forcing Affleck to man up and startdressing like the A-Lister he is (sadly, he’s had a spotty track record since).
So there you have it. In need of a style update? The go-to solution is dating one of the world’s most famous women. She’ll take care of the rest.
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