Players in the WNBA reflect their bold on-court energy with oversized shapes and shiny, metallic textures.
The 2022 WNBA season is slowly approaching All-Star Weekend, and the most fashionable players have been hyping up their pre-game looks. Fans can recognize which players have signature styles they’ll stick to each week, enhanced with new textures and streetwear brands. Fans are also starting to view certain players differently after watching them consistently elevate their outfits.
The seventh installment of “The W in Designer: Flyest Fits of the Week” features players who were able to best capture their personalities with their outfits. Each player in this round-up takes new sartorial risks like fuzzy miniature purses, oversized blazers, and shiny pants. There are also balanced proportions in these outfits and clothes that perfectly sit on their bodies. Similar to playing basketball, it’s cool for players to take calculated risks as long as they’re comfortable with it or when they have expert stylists coaching them through it.
Matching her bold on-court energy with streetwear-heavy fits, Arike Ogunbowale has worked with stylist 3k to show up in Dallas looking So Fresh & So Clean. She wears a Kryptonite Button Down from the PLEASURES x Outkast collab with silver stacked pants from Valabasas. Inspired by the bold energy of Outkast, the bright colors on her shirt are repeated in the accents on an ultra-rare pair of Jordan 1 Low Fragment x Travis Scott sneakers. Studying her edgy accessories reveals a skillful approach to mixing high and low fashion– Ogunbowale wears a simple PLAYBOY Bucket Hat and chic CELINE sunglasses.
Basketball fans have noted Kelsey Plum’s significant changes to her style this season. This Las Vegas Aces player wears a complete look from John Geiger, including a GREY “JGC STAMP” SHORT SLEEVE T-SHIRT and a JG SZN 1 DOUBLE BUNGEE PANTS in black. Working with stylist Sydney Bordonaro, Plum is slowly adding unexpected elements like pops of bright pink and a fuzzy purse from PrettyLittleThing into her signature athlete off-duty look. Plum wears Fendi sunglasses and a fresh pair of Nike AF1s to complete her outfit.
Celebrating PRIDE night, DiJonai Carrington continues wearing eye-catching, predominantly pink outfits. She wears a pink dress that looks like a Rib Knit Colorblock Panel Tube Dress from SHEIN that matches her pink nails. There’s an interesting balance of casual elements, like a bright yellow bucket hat that says “Love is Love,” and more formal elements like her Swarovski necklace and earrings from Tiffany. Carrington’s outfits always include an aura of fun, which you see in her choice of Nike SB Dunk Low’s in the rare Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Dunky colorway.
Lexie Brown proves that combining shorts and boots is this summer’s official cool girl move. She wears distressed denim shorts with Givenchy’s Shark Lock Boots in a gray color, which look great on the 5′ 9″ Los Angeles Sparks player. To bring the elements of her outfit together, Brown matches her gray boots with a dark gray T-shirt from Lone Generis Haute that has an abstract mountain graphic. The whole look is an excellent balance between oversized items, like her Louis Vuitton handbag, and little bits of clothing and delicate jewelry.
Sue Bird teams up with stylist Courtney Mays, who also works with NBA players, to create this larger-than-life look. Bird wears Lil Jet sunglasses by Oscar and Frank in a blue color, which matches her oversized jacket from Ami Paris. Its collar draws eyes to the QR Code on her T-Shirt, which has an important “WE ARE BG” slogan. The Seattle Storm player’s jeans are from FRAME, and her thin gold chains are from Mejuri. With black and white pieces from head to toe, Bird chooses a pair of Nike Dunk Highs from her extensive collection of sneakers.
As part of her team’s Pride Night celebration, Courtney Williams wears a custom suit from Kashmere Watson. Her tailored look is made from a green plaid material, with touches of yellow around the collar. Williams and Watson personalized the look with details like embroidering her name inside the jacket. Williams rocks her signature number 10 iced-out chain with two layers of pearls for a chic effect, but she also wears a less traditional single cross earring. Adding a bit of subversiveness to her suit, she also wears slip-on leather loafers with a Gucci-esque horse-bit emblem.
As players continue to rally for support for Brittney Griner, Nneka Ogwumike integrates her important “WE ARE BG” top into an exquisite outfit. Ogwumike’s shirt is from UNINTERRUPTED, an athlete empowerment brand founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. This LA Sparks player matches the orange text with a pair of shimmery orange pants that flow into a pair of her Adidas sneakers. Showing love to her Adidas family Ogwumike wears a unique pair of SUPERSTAR OT TECH SHOES. She wears minimal accessories, including a pair of gradient cat-eye sunglasses.
Newly hired WNBA reporter Kirsten Chen writes a lifestyle & fashion column on WNBA.com throughout the season and can be reached on Twitter through @hotgothwriter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the WNBA or its clubs.