The NBA’s leading men of fashion show us how to pull off this season’s key pieces, from stylish hats and coloured blazers, to white jackets and summer suits.
Still don’t think hats are this summer’s coolest accessory? Serge Ibaka was right at home wearing one on the street of Paris during Paris Fashion Week, where like-minded dandies were showing off their own. Here, Ibaka leads a master class in topping an outfit: red velvet, brown leather band and a Pharrell Lite dimpled crown. Bonus points for matching it to a complementary bag, also in a primary colour. If you’re just getting started, go for one made of straw—they’re cheaper and they go with everything.
The BET Awards got a lot more stylish when Chris Paul showed up in this peak-lapelled cobalt blue jacket. Here, Paul proves that formal events can handle a dash of colour—that is, you can still kill it wearing a crisp, super-clean white T-shirt underneath a jacket. The key is looking put-together, which CP3 accomplishes through the handy use of a lapel pin and the perfect pocket square.
When he rolled up at the ESPYS, Damian Lillard reminded us why he’s become one of our favourite formal dressers. He’s a master of the dress code when wearing a suits, but we loved him even more when he broke the rules with this “screw you” take on black tie, a perfectly tailored, black-lapelled plaid tuxedo jacket. Only thing we have left to wonder is if his outfit complements the red carpet, or if the red carpet was made for him.
Do you know what Melo Monday is? This is Melo Monday. When Carmelo Anthony shows off a start-of-the-week look, he does it wearing an understated striped tanktop and pulling off a medium-brimmed hat without looking like a schmuck. A summer hat takes a lot of style, but it also takes knowing that the key to pulling off one of this season’s best trends is balancing it out with a casual vibe, preventing the topper from feeling like a tophat.
Wearing a textured tie is nothing new for Dwyane Wade, who paired his statement piece with a sharp navy blue suit and a pair of matching grey suede bucks at the HollyRod Foundation event three weeks ago. The lesson here is that printed ties are always cool, but they’re even cooler when you work them into a classic look.
A great outfit makes for a stellar fashion moment, but so does launching your own collaboration with one of the most important outlets on the fashion landscape. Russell Westbrook kicked off his Barney’s NYC collection four weeks ago, chock full of Westbrookian (yes, that’s a thing) prints and lengths, perfect for layering.
The Memphis Grizzlies point guard has surprised us a few times this year—not always in a good way—by pushing boundaries (that wooden hat was a tad too Westbrookian). However, his simplest looks have remained on-point and stylish. Herein, Conley welcomes in the first day of summer sporting a white linen shirt and blue crepe pants. Classic. It behooves us to offer up this heartfelt advice: Mike, you don’t have to be a Nick Young to stand out in this NBA. Just be a Conley.
Iggy knows how to travel in style. For one, he replaces the tired briefcase slash messenger with a backpack built for men: leather, timeless and, eventually, broken-in to perfection. Second, he shows us how a simple pair of socks can one-up an entire outfit, from head to toe. If you want to drop some style on your business attire, do as Andre Iguodala does and subtly match your socks to your shirt for some immediate attention as soon as you sit down at the head of the board room.
Swaggy P tends to make our top lists, with good reason. Style doesn’t just depend on what you’re wearing—it’s how you wear it. Sporting a geometric print shirt and nude chelsea boots ahead of the ESPYS, Nick Young celebrated his favourite (well, maybe second-favourite) thing in the world: fashion. No other baller in the league gets half as excited as him over a pair of shoes. And that’s a compliment.
Sticking close to tradition is one thing, inverting it is another. Danny Green shows us how to wear a white jacket (no easy feat) by reinventing the classic concept of black and white, wearing a black shirt and pocket square. The result is a livened-up take on sharp dressing with a summery feel that won’t get you mistaken for The Colonel.