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ESPYs' red carpet lets athletes strut their fashion stuff

ESPYs' red carpet lets athletes strut their fashion stuff
Tennis player Maria Sharapova shows off her J. Mendel dress at the 2013 ESPY Awards on Wednesday. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for ESPY)

NBA phenom LeBron James wore a red tux with black lapels. U.S. soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo donned a short black and white dress. Hurdler Lolo Jones glowed in a yellow, halter-neck cocktail dress. Olympic gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps was in a suit meant for red carpets, not pools, while Paralympian swimmer Victoria Arlen was elegant in a formal pink gown.

The red carpet at Wednesday night's ESPY (or, formally, Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards offered a fun chance to look at athletes we usually see in shorts and tanks, swimsuits or  leotards in more glamorous attire, right alongside other celebs (like actors Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, dancer Cheryl Burke, music stars Nelly and Selena Gomez.)

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The Los Angeles event put on by ESPN made for great people- and fashion-watching.

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One of the evening's most notably stylish was tennis player Maria  Sharapova, in a shimmery dress with sheer black hem by J. Mendel and black suede Cassadei pumps with cream ankle straps.

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Then again, Sharapova has always had fashion cred both on and off the court.

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