Travis Kelce has more in common with Cher Horowitz than you’d think.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Kelce, a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs and Person of Interest in the romantic life of one Taylor Swift, shared that he’s a total clotheshorse and that on game days, he spends at least three hours picking out what he’ll wear for his walk to the locker room.
“It really just goes down to the wire,” he said of the actual ‘fit choice. “I kind of enjoy the creative process of the panic to just throw something together.”
And there’s a lot to work with: Kelce revealed that he’s an avid online shopper, constantly scrolling and adding to cart, and that he converted a bedroom in his home into a massive walk-in closet. He guesses that he has at least 300 pairs of sneakers for his size 14 or 15 feet. It’s not just those gigantic feet that are dressed to the nines either, he dons Louis Vuitton ensembles or crushed velvet pants to walk into the locker room, a somewhat avant-garde suit to host Saturday Night Live, and more. He walks actual red carpets sometimes and it’s not just a symptom maybe dating Taylor Swift, the guy has long been interested in what he wears, telling the outlet that picking out special clothes as a kid made him feel like “a superhero.”
With his profile and bank account both on the rise, he’s been able to put that NFL money to use on his threads.
“Money gave me access to certain designers and just certain fabrics that I absolutely love now,” he said of leveling up his interest (and financial investment) in fashion. He also seeks out smaller designers and is showing signs of having an impact on sales that’s reminiscent of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. Take, for example, when Kelce donned a swirly denim ensemble by KidSuper when he and Swift first hopped into that getaway car together in Kansas City a few weeks back when she first came to see him play. Designer Colm Dillane quickly renamed the outfit “1989 Bedroom Painting Set” on the brand’s website, tacking the Swift reference onto what had previously been called “Bedroom Painting Set,” and watched sales soar.
“Of course I’ve tried my absolute hardest in so many creative ventures and this is the one that took off,” Dillane told the New York Times of the phenomenon.
Kelce, who’s more aware than anyone of the growing number of eyes on him, first for football and now for his personal life, doesn’t seem to care if people like what he’s wearing, as long as he likes it. “For the most part, I do it to put a smile on somebody’s face,” he said.
“Obviously, not every look is for everybody,” he said. “I’m not going to be offended if somebody says I look like a clown if I got a fun hat on and some wacky jeans. It is what it is, I’m gonna have fun with it.”