Good, bad or ugly, Draft Day has become known as the time to strut your stuff stylistically. Several recent WNBA Draft picks give their advice to the Class of 2008 on what to wear on the big day.
Augustus, Minnesota Lynx
"Don't overdo it! But don't underdo it, either! Just find your comfort zone, whether it's a pantsuit or a nice skirt or whatever. Whatever you feel comfortable in. Because after your name is called, you'll have a lot of business to attend to. Comfortable shoes! No heels!"
Dupree, Chicago Sky
"I'm the wrong person to ask about fashion! People buy my clothes for me. … I'm not a fan of wearing heels. And I'm assuming that there aren't a lot of female basketball players who can walk in heels… but that was probably the biggest thing for me. Wear comfortable shoes, because you're on your feet all day!"
New York Liberty
"Honestly, it doesn't take that much to make me look good, so I don't really know what to tell these kids coming up this year. They might need more help than I do."
Ford, Detroit Shock
"I was nervous as heck on my draft day. Just be yourself. Don't try to overdo it. Just wear what you would normally wear. It's business. Just pick everything out early, probably the night before, and have a couple of options, depending on how you feel. And definitely have someone there to keep an eye on you: 'Is this OK? Is this OK?' I had my mom there to do that."
"Wear something you feel comfortable in. Fashion to me isn't about what's new or what's hot. It's more about how you feel and what makes you confident. So just look nice… look businesslike. And have fun, because it's an experience you'll never forget."
Swoopes, Seattle Storm
"Don't worry so much about 'Oh my gosh, what am I gonna wear?' You'll ruin your whole day. It should be exciting, it should be fun. I'm sure everybody's nervous because they don't know when they're going to go or where they're going to go. You're going to be nervous, and that's OK, but it's going to be exciting, so just try to enjoy it as much as possible.
"Don't worry about wearing something that everybody else is going to like. Wear what makes you comfortable, but also be presentable and understand that you're representing more than just yourself. And enjoy it. It only happens once in a lifetime."
|Ivory Latta, Atlanta
"Your draft day is a blessing. I can truly say that. I don't have any special fashion tips, but just dress nice because it's a very special day. Not sweats and a tee shirt. I'm a suit lady."