As playoff prediction season rolls around, it’s also time to start our sartorial planning for spring. Making their return to menswear are camouflage prints, leather jackets and double-breasted blazers—but here’s what’s freshest, as worn by NBA players who are already way ahead of the game.
James Harden has a strong affection for floral prints, meaning his wardrobe is locked and loaded in anticipation of this spring’s biggest trend. Prada, Dries Van Noten, Gucci—they’re all getting in on the action with colourful flowers that make a huge statement. If you don’t see yourself as an early adopter, get your toes wet with a more spread out pattern that incorporates a lot of neutral space, and kick it with some basics on top. For the bold at heart, however, feel free to go micro and rock the tiniest floral pattern you can find.
Manly man bags
Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and others have led the charge when it comes to carrying stylish bags (not murses, and definitely not gym bags) designed with men in mind. Seen here, ‘Melo carries two. The man bag has been a force to reckon with on runways belonging to DSQUARED2, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Michael Kors, and it’s a nuance imported from the likes of Milanese street style aficionados and the cohorts attending Pitti Uomo. Leather’s the fabric of choice of course, so invest in one you can see yourself breaking in for the next decade or two.
40s and 50s influences are finding their ways back into menswear’s stylistic lexicon, meaning that silhouettes are getting a little more relaxed, collars are spreading out a bit and prints are getting painted on. So it comes as no surprise when LeBron James decided to rock this perfect example, marrying wide peak lapels and mid-century prints together with classic silk—this spring’s biggest menswear fabric—in the tux jacket he wore to GQ’s March issue launch party (he’s on the cover).
Non-existent neck ties
This spring, men’s accessories are starting to migrate from the neck and chest to the wrists in the form of bracelets and other man jewellery. It’s time to ditch the tie—you’ll look sharp without looking, well, hot. The key to pulling off a strong buttoned-up look like Kevin Durant is here is to make sure your shirt has a somewhat spread collar. The no-tie affectation works even better when you’re trying to show off a printed shirt by putting more real estate in view. Plus, let’s face it: when will you ever get another chance to add something to your outfit by not wearing anything at all? Exactly.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: sportswear is having its day on the runway—a dash of windbreaker material over at Commes des Garcons, a riff of cycling wear from Alexander Wang and a whole lot of cricket style out of Moncler. Here, Nick Young AKA Swaggy P shows us what keeps his girlfriend impressed: a number incorporating slimmed-down athletic wear you’d be happy to rock out in public.