NBA Style Has Literally Become the Wild West

NBA players are almost nothing like the rest of us. They’re taller. They’re faster. They’re richer, and they’ll wear purple leather capri pants without thinking twice about it. This excess in height, wealth, and confidence can make copying their moves feel daunting—sometimes hilariously wrong, even in these radical times in menswear.

DeAndre Jordan and Evan Turner, who both recently walked the tunnel in extremely high-end Southwestern robes from Greg Lauren, are a good example of this. As one of Turner’s Instagram followers put it, “You look like your [sic] wearing something my mom wore in the late 90’s”. Here’s what we hear: “I couldn’t pull this off.”

Bruce Ely/Portland Trail Blazers
Matteo Marchi/MSG Photos

It’d be wrong to say that there’s a regular dude spin on every NBA trend (see: suits worn without shirts), but this is one play that’s repeatable even if you aren’t a pro. That’s because the only daring aspect of it is the outerwear itself—everything else is classic, pared down, and done in solid colors.

Think about it: You probably own most of these items already. White shirt, slim pants, suede shoes. Check, check, check. Now all you have to do is adjust the volume on the jacket until it feels right. Instead of a robe, you could go for a cardigan. Instead of a patchwork kimono, find a jacket with some patches. You get where we’re going with this.

This is an extremely wild time to be getting dressed and no one exemplifies that like the men of the NBA, but that doesn’t mean you need to go full fashion cowboy. Feel free to go at your own pace—and if you can keep up with DeAndre, great.

Alanui x Greg Lauren denim and cashmere patch cardigan



Greg Lauren contrast knit kimono jacket



Kapital printed voile jacket

Mr Porter


Pendleton Pagosa big horn jacket



Levi’s Daule fleece cardigan

Polo Ralph Lauren sherpa lined shirt jacket

Mr Porter


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