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The W in Designer: Flyest Fits of the Preseason

Introducing the ultimate source for highlighting players with the best fashion.

Before the 2022 WNBA season starts on Friday, May 6th, the players are making it clear that they’re ready to show off their skills and styles to an ever-growing audience. A quick glance at WNBA style proves that this year’s players are cooler, more in the know, and ready to put their personalities on display, both on and off the court. To help fans get savvy with the culture that surrounds the WNBA, we’re introducing “The W in Designer: The Flyest Fits of the Week”, a new source for highlighting players with the best fashion.

The first installment of “The W in Designer: The Flyest Fits of the Week” highlights players who scored the highest points with their fashion during the WNBA preseason. Featuring a mix of legendary veterans and notable new players, the players spotlighted in this round-up rep the hottest streetwear brands and pay homage to classic athletic styles while catching their final moments of relaxation before the season officially starts.

Monique Billings

Playing as a Forward on the Atlanta Dream, Monique Billings looks effortlessly cool in her lilac cropped sweatsuit set. There are subtle references to the early 2000s with her choice of thin sunglasses and a white bandana, as well as her “2000s It Girl” bag by rising Canadian designer Xylk. But, the history behind her look runs deeper than the popular Y2K trend. Rocking the Reebok Question Mid “Yellow Toe,” which Kobe Bryant wore in games during 2003 and 2004, Billings’ look brings fans back to the earliest days of basketball players becoming more innovative with sportswear styling.

Arike Ogunbowale

It’s easy to look like a viral streetwear fit pic when combining Heron Preston with Gallery Department, but Arike Ogunbowale doesn’t let these buzzy brands outshine her natural swag. Keeping things simple with a white Gallery Department “Society of the Spectacle T-Shirt” and black Prada cargo pants, perhaps the real spectacle that Ogunbowale is hinting at is her upcoming on-court performance. The Dallas Wings player adds eye-catching elements through a subtle stack of gold chains and the reflective elements on her pair of NOCTA x Nike Hot Step Air Terra’s.

Nyara Sabally

While Nyara Sabally will, unfortunately, miss the New York Liberty’s 2022 season due to a knee injury, she proves that she’s perfect for the city’s chic street style. She pairs a pink satin corset with black pants that feature a flared slit detail to show off her choice of footwear, a fresh pair of Nike Air Force 1’s. Other New York elements of her fit include Nyara’s Marc Jacobs Snapshot Ombre Leather Camera Crossbody Bag in a fluorescent peach colorway. The rising player, who was also the team’s fifth overall pick, also wears her signature “030” necklace.

Destanni Henderson

Recently drafted to the Indiana Fever, Destanni Henderson stands as the shortest player on the team’s roster with a bold approach to fashion. Known by her nickname Henny, she enters preseason with a “KIHP TEE” from her own brand, HENNYTHING’$ PO$$IBLE®️. The top’s red puffy text matches the Guapi’s BLOOD RED ESSENCE DEAD OR ALIVE TRACK PANTS and Nike Dunk Low’s in “University Red.” Louis Vuitton accessories and sparkly chains elevate her look to rapper levels of flexing, but the clean overall colorway adds the seriousness needed for her upcoming season.

Sue Bird

Continuing her legacy with the Seattle Storm, Sue Bird starts off the 2022 season with serious attention to the hottest streetwear brands. Wearing a tie-dyed Chinatown Market x Grateful Dead Varsity Tee, Bird makes it clear that the sport is always on her mind, even when she’s off the court. Paired with a pair of Needles Narrow Track Pants in a reddish color, the outfit is another great example of innovating on traditional basketball styles. With her dazzling reputation in the WNBA, Bird knows its best to keep things simple with a slicked-back ponytail and subtle black Converse.

Jewell Loyd

Getting Russ in your fit pic will almost always boost your style points, as shown in Jewell Loyd’s celebratory picture with the famous rapper. Loyd, a star for the Seattle Storm, wears a STAIRWAY BLEACH DYE HOODIE from Russ’ merch, which hasn’t officially been released to his fans. Her black sweatpants draw attention to the Nike Air Jordan 1 Mids in a rare white, red, and navy colorway, which help tie her off-duty look together. If Russ’ motivational rap is what she’s listening to during the 2022 season, then Loyd is a player to look out for.

Tiffany Hayes

Returning to the Atlanta Dream, Tiffany Hayes has been putting together relaxing, but sharp fits throughout the preseason. Her monochrome look features a JOHN LENNON © YOKO ONO LENNON EMBROIDERED JACKET from Zara, which is worn open over a plain white T-shirt. Adding the popular Fear of God Essentials Sweatpants in “Buttercream” to her look, Hayes proves that she’s got her eye on the pulse of the hottest streetwear brands. She finishes her loungey look with a pair of Nike Dunks in a unique “Signal Blue Lemon Twist” colorway, which adds an electrifying pop of color.

Newly hired WNBA reporter Kirsten Chen writes a lifestyle & fashion column on throughout the season. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the WNBA or its clubs.