The concept of dressing for your body type is far from a novel idea, whether or not you personally ascribe to any so-called rules. However, for those whose body type can best be described as “world-record-breaking athlete”—a.k.a. pretty much everyone who walked the red carpet at last night’s ESPY Awards— it’s not hard to imagine there are certain nuances around fashion, fit, and comfort that apply.
It’s a topic Jasmine Caccamo knows all too well. She’s styled soccer champion Alex Morgan for years, and recently took on a new client: alpine skier and last night’s Best Female Athlete nominee Mikaela Shiffrin. In fact, Caccamo’s whole career has been built on dressing some of the physically strongest and most disciplined women and men on the planet.
“What’s great about Mikaela,” says the stylist behind Shiffrin’s ensemble last night, “is that, aside from loving fashion, she has a strong opinion on what she likes and has an awareness of her body type which I feel like some people don’t.” Her 2019 ESPYs look? A Pronovias dress, Stuart Weitzman shoes and Loreee Rodkin jewels.
This understanding of their bodies is recurring theme among Caccamo’s athlete clientele, which has included Morgan, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, and wrestler John Cena: These people are acutely aware of their form, muscle mass, and how to train parts of their bodies with specific intention. “When you’re looking at the runway, clothes just fall differently on a model then they would on an athlete who has broader shoulders or a tinier waist or more muscular thighs,” she says.
With a background in editorial and celebrity styling—as well as being a lifelong athlete and sports fan herself—Caccamo’s first opportunity to work with an athlete came through Morgan. “It promoted me into working with more athletes and finding out how they wanted to dress and get dressed up,” she says. Turns out: It can be very different than what the actresses or singers so commonly given the same platform like.