Ashley Cole: How to dress like the England legend without maxing out your overdraft

The former Arsenal and Chelsea left back, who returned to our shores with Derby County this transfer window, enjoyed a three-year stay at LA Galaxy where he picked up a thing or two about style.

Cole, 38, developed a penchant for Richard Mille watches while at the MLS giants, as well as Balmain – which is loved by Los Angeles' Royal family, the Kardashians.

As you can imagine, that kind of style doesn't come cheap either.

But, thanks to SunSport, you can dress just like the finest left back that's ever come from these shores, but for much less with these alternatives.

Sailor Boy

At a casual gaming event, Cole opted for comfort in a long sleeved T-shirt.

He went with a hipster stripe style that had a nautical theme in blue and white – complete with a anchor emblem.

That top would've set him back an astonishing £577 – I know, that's footballers' prices for a meagre tee.

But, he was living in LA at the time, and Balmain is a must-have brand on the West Coast.

  • ASOS Design stripe white and blue long sleeve T-shirt, £10 – BUY HERE

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ASOS, who are always reliable for everyday staples, have this trendy top that's incredibly similar to the Balmain number.

And, at just a tenner, it's affordable for everyone.

Travel Man

When travelling, you always want to feel relaxed – especially if you're a nervous flyer.

While flying from LAX, LA's famous airport, he wore a brand synonymous with footballers.

Balr was co-created by Dutch footballers Demy de Zeeuw, Eljero Elia and Gregory van der Wiel in 2013.

Their staple hoodies cost around £175.

  • NICCE grey hoodie, through TOPMAN, £50 – BUY HERE

Thanks to TOPMAN, you don't have to spend that kind of money to get a decent hoodie.

East End streetwear designers NICCE have this grey number that's comfortable and stylish with a white detail on the sleeves.

At £125 cheaper than the Balr hoodie, it's a better deal and will wear well underneath a denim or leather jacket.

Watch Me

Known as the 'Billionaire's watch' Richard Mille timepieces do not come cheap.

In fact, some can cost over a £1million, which even for Cole would be pushing it.

However, his 055 Bubba Watson, specially designed with the legendary golfer in mind, has a value price as new of £70k.

The tourbillon watch was released in 2011 and features grade 5 titanium and you can the skeleton of its mechanism on its face.

  • Armani, AR1424 white ceramic watch, £123.95 – BUY HERE

Brands like Emporio Armani actually offer good value when it comes to their watches.

This white ceramic piece features a chronograph feature, Quarts movement and his 50 m water resistant.

It's an equally as stylish alternative to Richard Mille's 05 Bubba Watson watch.

Flaunting Wealth

The most impressive accessory that Cole owns, his second Richard Mille watch is a showstopper.

The RM 50-01 Capteur De G Lotus F1 Team Romain Grosjean piece has an eye-watering £730k price tag.

It's the sort of watch you wear to show off your extreme wealth.

A key feature is its mechanical heart, a manual winding tourbillon chronograph caliber with mechanical G-force sensor.

  • Hugo Boss Hong Kong men's watch, £74.50 – BUY HERE

German fashion giants Hugo Boss have always been associated with a classical look.

However, their Honk Kong watch is a little more dramatic in colour (an orange almost like the Richard Mille red piece worn by Cole) than their usual designs.

And at just £74.50, it's an absolute bargain.

The final watch we've seen wrapped around Cole's wrist is the RM All Grey Boutique Edition yellow flash watch.

But with a retail price of a whopping £63k, you'll need to be earning footballers' wages to get close to owning it.

  • Diesel Mega Chief Chronograph watch, £149 – BUY HERE

Fashion giants Diesel have the answer. Their oversized timepiece will stand out from the crowd, and thanks to its black baton hour markers the grey backdrop won't interfere with your time-keeping.

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