David Beckham is one of the most consistently best-dressed celebrities today. And one could say that he’s had some help from his wife, Victoria Beckham, in the styling department. But the pro-athlete has always had an eye for fashion—Victoria just helped him refine it. Since the couple first started dating in the ’90s, Beckham has enjoyed a clear style evolution that’s all about maturing and streamlining his aesthetic, two signatures that Victoria has mastered with her own style. His off-court style has graduated from baggy jeans and square-toe shoes—tricky pieces that, at one time, were bang-on trend—to more timeless suiting choices. His suits today are always tailored just right.
In Beckham’s earlier days, when his career was taking off playing for the team Manchester United, his trademarks were typical for a star athlete in the late nineties: sporty tracksuits and raggedy, baggy jeans worn with blazers for an attempt at dressy-casual. Maybe not the most put together, but they looked good on Beckham. When he and Victoria made appearances together, he would often incorporate a glimmer of high-fashion taste like the time he wore a scarf on his head in 1999, or when they wore matching head-to-toe leather at a Versace party that same year.