NBA players are known for their larger-than-life personalities and amazing talent, but lately some have also been upping the style ante. Amid the tailored suits, designer jeans, and high-end accessories, some players are stepping outside the traditional menswear box of slacks and button-downs to rock vivid colors, bold prints, and tight fits .
Sunday, Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook’s look caused quite a stir. Westbrook, who consistently takes fashion risks, stepped out in an 80s-inspired pink flowery jacket, ripped jeans skinny (that kinda looked like thigh-high tights), and red sneakers. Many commenters on the NBA’s Facebook page simply wondered, “WTF,” while others blamed Westbrook’s daring look on the team’s loss.
Westbrook isn’t the only player to buck traditional fashion choices in favor of more interesting looks. And while some players are able to pull off quirky outfits, here are four that were downright fails.
Hasheem Thabeet, Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook isn’t the only OKC Thunder player to dress outside the box, Tanzanian center Hasheem Thabeet also regularly chooses colorful clothes to dress his 7-foot-3-inch frame. Sometimes they work, and others….#fail.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
While Dwyane Wade normally looks great, he’s had a few fashion fails over the years. One of his biggest issues? Wade seems to forget that he’s 6-foot-4 and often wears suit jackets, shirts, and pants that, well, come up short.
LeBron James, Miami Heat
Dubbed one of “the NBA’s most stylish players” by GQ, LeBron James typically looks amazingly pulled together, wearing clothes perfectly tailored to suit his 6-foot-8-inch frame. But even King James falters. Sunday, James was spotted wearing an outfit reminiscent of the 80s Kung Fu classic The Last Dragon.
Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks
Tyson and Kimberly Chandler are usually a match made in style heaven. Since joining the Knicks, Tyson’s been spotted on the front row of fashion shows and featured in the pages of GQ and Vanity Fair, but even he takes a style L from time to time.