Top 10 NBA Fashion Icons
Since the change of the NBA dress code in the 2005-2006 season, fashion has found its way into professional basketball. Players in the NBA as well as the D-league are now required to dress in business or conservative attire before a game, while injured on the sidelines, during interviews, and at any NBA affiliated occasion. Presentation is everything, and NBA players are some of the most well-payed professional athletes in the US.
The new dress code has given way to a new kind of off-the-court competition. Every player has got to come with it. So without further ado, here is Rare Norm’s picks of the top most fashionable NBA players.
It is no surprise that LeBron James (AKA King James) is a style icon. Since his entrance into the NBA in 2003, the King’s personal style has evolved from baggy ill-fitting suits to tailored and tasteful suits dressed to the nines. LeBron’s personal styles Rachel Johnson describes her biggest client’s style as “a more Italian playboy kind of look. Sexy but relaxed, effortless, confident, more color and more playful.” – bleacherreport.com. LeBron has been spotted in luxury brands such as Balenciaga, Thom Brown, Valentino, and Givenchy. And for those who did not know, LeBron produced the first ever NBA fashion show earlier this year.
- Chandler Parsons
Chandler parsons is regarded as one of the most fashionable people in the NBA. Even if the NBA didn’t have a dress code, Parsons would still be dress to perfection. He takes pride in his style. In a recent interview with Hypebeast, when asked to describe his personal style he states: “I would say very tailored, very European. I like my clothes fitted, which is funny because of lot of the old school guys around me like Dirk (Nowitzki), our owner (Mark) Cuban; these guys will kind of hate on it because it’s so tight, they’ll make fun of it. I think it looks better though. It looks sharp, looks clean.” Take notes. Nowitzki, take notes.
- Dwayne Wade
Anyone that has been watching Dwayne Wade over the years knows that he has stepped up his style- big time. While his stats may be dwindling, he knows fashion, both on the personal side and the business side. He has his own collection of socks he designs for Stance.com. Sometimes his choice of style lands him in trouble, like that one time he donned a floral couch jacket. However, D-wade has always tested his limits when it comes to fashion, which makes his one of the best dressed in the league.
- Chris Bosh
A man known for his poise and candor, Chris Bosh never disappoints. Lebron and Wade may have a larger spotlight on the court, when the game is over and it’s time of interviews, his style is second to no one.
- Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka is one of today’s elite forwards. When it comes to style, you best believe he comes with it. Some of his signature outfits have been praised by GQ and many other fashion magazines. You can find on the red carpet with singer superstar girlfriend Keri Hilson, who doesn’t lack in the style department either. One of his most common style trademarks is a hat. No one rocks a hat better than Serge. No one.
- Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is arguably the most outlandish dresser in the National Basketball Association, although some may argue that James Harden’s got him beat. Many have described his way of dressing as the “Science Fair” look, because he’s never afraid of experimenting. However, he has made his mark in the fashion industry through his work as creative director for True Religion, and apparel collection at Barney’s.
- James Harden
James Harden (Aka Chef Harden) may be the most interesting player in recent history. He had developed his public persona over the past few years, with his signature beard and on the court celebrations (stirring the pot). Much like Russell Westbrook, Harden is unafraid to experiment with his personal style. Check him out:
- Iman Shumpert
Not only does Iman Shumpert rock a classic 90’s flat top, but he also complements it with some fresh gear. His ultra-confidence in his style choices make his a source of style inspiration, especially for his social media followers. Hop on Shumpert’s Instagram account if you’re looking for some serious style inspiration. He never disappoints. Last year, during the first game of the NBA Finals he showed up in a suit-shirt-tie combo, and somehow pulled off the entire look with matching shorts. Props to the kid.
- Chris Paul
As the President of the NBA Players Association, Chris Paul has earned the respect of his teammates. He’s not only dominant on the floor, but the man can also put together. He takes a more classic, modern, and contemporary approach. The man has a certain je ne sais quoi. Classy will never be out of style.
- Amare Stoudemire
While Amare Stoudemire may have a hard time keeping his body intact, he no issues putting himself together. The six time NBA All-star has always has been mentioned as one of the all-time best dressers in the league. Self-described as “clean and classy”, Stoudemire understands how to accessorize properly, gold rings and chains included. At 33, he has been bringing it for quite some time, and shows no signs of stopping.