The NBA Guide To Pulling Off Bold Blazers

It’s not exactly golf season, but nobody tell that to Dwayne Wade. The Miami Heat’s guard recently surprised the rest of his championship teammates with green jackets similar to those awarded to winners of the Masters Tournament of golf. Despite flourishes such as oversized sleeve numbers and lapel insignia (it’s the NBA, what did you expect?), the boys were looking sharp in their head-turning choice of jacket colour. Here are some bold blazers you can get of your own, plus how to pull them off as well as some of your favourite players—or maybe even better.

Championship colour: Green Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald fit soft cotton sport coat
The key to pulling off any blazer, whether you’re 6’7” or 5’5”, is ensuring it fits right, even if it’s off the rack. This Brooks Brother jacket has a slimming two-button construction to keep things trim, and has you covered in both long and short sizes—the bottom of your blazer should hit just around the fingertips of your cupped hands. Light, unlined cotton will come in handy if, like Dwade, you can afford a chartered flight to the links at a moment’s notice ($448, Brooks Brothers). 


Cobalt cool: Bright blue Maison Martin Margiela wool blazer
Too loud? We think not, just look at C.J. McCollum. When pairing a head-turning blazer like this one from Maison Margiela with a shirt, opt for something to act as a solid base layer, whether it’s a low-key, classic white T-shirt, or an equally loud, tonal button-up. If you do want to throw on a pattern, stick to simple, small checks so you don’t blow your audience our with your eccentricity ($1,640, The Corner).


Keep it camo: Howe Mod Squad print blazer
Street style has co-opted camouflage patterns, meaning it’s not a bad idea to grab a blazer in the now-ubiquitous print like Kevin Durant has here. However, unless you’re prepared to make a big statement, you can keep things a touch subtler than an NBA player would by looking for more tonal patterns like the one this Howe jacket is sporting. As for matching, consider a subtle camo a neutral, not unlike grey, black or white—it goes with everything if you have the right swagger ($198, Nordstrom).


Plaid business: Gant Rugger 3/2 roll blazer
Style superstar Russell Westbrook is man enough to pull off plaid, are you? If you want to nail a similar, blown-up plaid number like this one from Gant Rugger, make sure your shirt is either a solid colour or sports a tighter, complementary pattern—such as tattersall or graph check—with a hint of its original colour. In the case of this jacket’s three-button construction, the top button can be closed optionally, the middle one should always be secured and the bottom should never be left open ($650, East Dane).


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