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Rihanna loves the World Cup so much.
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Considering how into the World Cup she's been throughout the past month, it's not a surprise that Rihanna watched the final game IRL in Rio de Janeiro. Also not surprising? After the game, she hung out with the victors. If Rihanna wants to hang out and take selfies with the World Cup, that's what happens, OK?

To the untrained eye, it may seem like Rih wore her new piercing, fave bucket hat, and a regular ol' black shirt to hang with the German team. The shirt, of course, is not regular, nor is it old old—it's Trapstar, has a very World Cup-appropriate name, and can be yours for $50.

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Worth the fine, TBH.
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You got to hand it to Neymar. Aside from being Brazil's star player and all, he's a master of his appearance. Not only has he invented his own kind of mohawk, he also showed up at his team's first World Cup game with a new frosted-tip boy band 'do–a look that almost overshadowed his playing. Now he's getting people talking once again with another aesthetic choice: his underwear.

We thought that elaborate hairstyles were the best way for players to show off their personalities, but, um, we somehow totally forgot about what's on under their uniforms. FIFA, the organization that governs the World Cup, isn't pleased with Neymar after he exposed the waistband of his non-officially-sponsored underwear (yes, that's a real thing) at the end of last Monday's Brazil vs. Ghana match. The offense is even fineable.

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Kyle Beckerman as "every boy I went to college with" and a bouquet of dreads.
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Extensions are nothing new. They've been a thing since basically forever. Urban Outfitters was even selling clip-on bangs for a minute (which, by some miracle of commerce, have since sold out). Clip-on dreads, though? That surprised even me. Boho-emporium Free People is selling "dreadlock extensions" in packs of 10 for $128. They also sell them in an alternate "blue tie-dye" if you're feeling slightly more alt when it comes to your faux style. As shudder-inducing as they are, we can't quite ignore them the way we probably should, thanks to a little American futboler bringing the matted tendril look back into popular vernacular. I'm speaking, of course, about Kyle Beckerman.

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WE LOVE YOU TEDDY!
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If you’ve paid attention to a minute of U.S. soccer this World Cup, or even scrolled through mentions of it in your social feeds, chances are you’re familiar with “Teddy Goalsevelt,” the stan-turned-meme Chicagoan Mike D’Amico who’s attended each game dressed up as Teddy Roosevelt. Over the course of the tournament, he’s practically become the face of American soccer. As you might expect, his backstory is just as good as his costume. After being laid off in September, D’Amico started freelancing and surprisingly found himself with more disposable income. Then in November, he received an unexpected email from the American Outlaws—the biggest U.S. Supporter group—offering him a coveted spot in their vacation package. He hadn’t even planned on attending the World Cup but, with some extra cash socked away, he jumped at the opportunity.

Coincidentally, the agency D’Amico now works for is called Cavalry, a name Teddy Roosevelt definitely would have approved of. “I hadn’t even pieced that together but their logos are trumpets and swords,” he says via Skype from a hotel room in Recife, fresh off of giving a pep talk alongside Will Ferrell at a supporter pre-party for today’s game against Germany. The list of chance events that brought him to this moment—and to putting together his Teddy Roosevelt costume—runs long. “We could do this interview for hours and I still wouldn’t be able to go through all of the bizarre serendipitous events,” he says. We at least got through a handful of them in our talk. Here, D’Amico explains the inspiration behind his costume, how it’s holding up in the heat, and counting Will Ferrell as one of his fans.

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Two buds chilling at the World Cup, NBD.
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MTV STYLE: How was the pre-party for the U.S. vs. Germany game?

No big deal. I just got to hang out with Will Ferrell. Just another Wednesday.

Was he familiar with your Teddy Roosevelt costume?

Yeah, I’m just finding that out from the other U.S. soccer guys. They were in a van with him on the way over and told him I’d be there and he was like, “The guy from TV? That’s the guy I was just talking about!” He was excited and he was so nice. He went out of his way to involve me in everything. We went out on stage at the U.S. soccer party and gave a little pump-up speech to the guys there. It was a blast.

Tell me about the origins of this costume. Did it start out as a Halloween costume?

[Laughs] No, not even. It’s made its debut at the World Cup. I travel a lot for U.S. soccer, at least domestically—this is my first international soccer trip—and there’s always guys at the games that are dressed a little more interestingly than everyone else. There’s always the colonial soldier, the guy in the WWI outfit with the aviators and pilot helmet, and everyone always eats that stuff up. So I thought, If I’m traveling halfway around the world spending all of this money and time, this is probably the time for me to step up my game. As soon as I decided I was going to Brazil, I decided I would do something different. I started thinking about different cultural icons and was also thinking about the fact that I had nine months of beard growth—it was gigantic—so I knew I could dye or carve it into something. One day, Teddy Roosevelt just kind of hit me. I thought it was perfect because I was going to Brazil and was going to be in the jungle. It’s everything that Teddy Roosevelt would have been interested in. If you want someone leading your team and fans into battle in the jungle, it’s Teddy Roosevelt.

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Missoni x World Cup 2014.
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The 2014 World Cup isn't even into the knockout rounds yet and it's already gifted us with a whole bevy of things to talk about: crazy hairstyles, Rihanna's fandom, and all of the stylish gear it has inspired. Now designer soccer balls can be added to that list. Pharrell, Rick Owens, Roberto Cavalli, Missoni, and more put their individual spins (LOL, get it?) on the 2014 Adidas World Cup soccer ball for the Gol de Letra Foundation, an organization that benefits Brazilian youth.

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World Cup fevaaaa.
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It's no secret that Rihanna is a huge fan of the World Cup. Have you seen her Twitter feed recently? In between pictures of her niece, practically all she writes about is soccer. We can’t say that RiRi is responsible for the surging interest in soccer, but there’s no denying her influence. So, imagine our excitement when she tweeted herself in a pair of Brazil shower slides this weekend.

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Greetings from Brazil! For the past few days, I’ve been hanging in Salvador, paddleboarding at the beach, listening to a whole lot of bossa nova, and, oh yeah, watching more soccer than I ever have in my life. Honestly, I’m a World Cup newbie, and as a style writer, one of the things that’s caught my eye is all of the attention to HAIR. Past all of the splashy kicks and colorful World Cup kits (that’s sports code for "uniform"), I’ve learned that hair is really where the players stylistically ~flex~. And there’s been a whole lot of flexing. A week into soccer’s quadrennial tournament, every team has played at least once, so we’ve gotten a full look at all of the hairstyles. Here’s the best of the World Cup hair.

NEYMAR — BRAZIL

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Neymar, who’s emerged as the face of the Brazil World Cup, made his hair his signature well before the tournament began. But yesterday, he upgraded his mohawk-bangs-hybrid for his team’s game against Mexico with some Aaron Carter- and Lance Bass-esque frosted tips. I’m guessing Neymar is a fan of '90s boy bands?

DANI ALVES — BRAZIL

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IMO, Brazil’s whole team pretty much kills it in the hair department. I hope they got a group discount at the salon when Neymar and Dani Alves showed up to get their bleach on. But Alves, who also debuted a blonde 'do at yesterday’s game, might have had different inspo in mind, like America’s Next Top Model’s Jay Manuel and No Doubt’s Tony Kanal. Or maybe they were just paying tribute to the 1998 World Cup when all of Romania’s team showed up with bleached hair.

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How America feels about the Super Bowl is how the rest of the universe feels about the World Cup—except it's an even BIGGER deal, because it only comes every four years. We're not going to give you a history lesson, nor are we going to tell you why you should tune in (I mean, c'mon).

Point being: Starting today and running through July, there are going to be a whole lotta games to follow, and you're going to need cool stuff to wear while watching 'em.

TEXTILE ELIZABETH AND JAMES FOR SHOPBOP

World cup gear

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Who knew MK+A were such soccer fans? The world's most fashionable twins produced a line of striped, cropped, and generally rad tees that are so stylish, you'll have no excuse not to watch the games with friends.
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Shakira arrived at last night's Univision Premios Juventud Awards in Miami wearing a metallic mini-dress. We loved the little plunge at the cleavage and all of the sparkly gold-and-silver embroidery going on up top! The pattern looked like a combination of spiderwebs, peacock feathers, and something Superwoman would wear ... if Superwoman could sing and shimmy like Shakira.

Of course, she could not perform in that look! She needed something belly-baring and something that would allow her to MOVE. So, for her performance outfit, she chose a pink halter top leotard/monokini with side-cutouts, which she paired with an amazing fringe-filled skirt. Just look at how that thing moves! Seriously, if anything could give her Cavalli World Cup outfit a run for its money, it would be this pink-and-multicolored ropey number.

+ Which do you like better — her red carpet look or performance look?

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There was a fashion moment at the World Cup! Roberto Cavalli created a custom neon outfit for Shakira to wear to perform at the World Cup's closing ceremony yesterday, designed so that when she shook her body, swiveled her hips, and gyrated on stage, the whole look would come alive (as you can see from the designer's sketch, above right). And it did. The look consisted of a bright pink fringe skirt with a woven print, a yellow crop top that was embroidered with pearls, and a belt that was inspired by African motifs. But our favorite part had to be the stacked bracelets and anklets. They totally reminded us of those glow-in-the-dark accessories you get at fireworks displays ... and raves. Except on Shakira, they look much better.

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