Courting the NBA's style vibe
With the NBA playoffs fast approaching, all eyes are on the court -- and off it, with players like Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire making major style statements in the off time.
Stylist Rachel Johnson has worked with some of basketball's most fashionable gents -- including Stoudemire, Chris Bosh and LeBron James -- and now she's put together a handful of looks for store Footaction that take inspiration from her clients. We caught up Johnson, who dished on how New York guys can inject some NBA cool into their spring wardrobes.
Fit is everything.
What's the point of owning a great garment if it doesn't fit properly? "Your tailor should be like your barber -- he should know you by name and know exactly how you like your suits cut, just like your barber knows how you like your hairline cut," Johnson said. "Barber and tailor -- you should have both of those on speed dial."
Play with prints.
For guys who usually shy away from prints, Johnson recommends camouflage or stripes, which are tamer than, say, the leopard- or bear-print shirts that sartorially adventurous Russell Westbrook, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, has been known to wear. Try camo pants or shorts, or a print backpack -- a stylish and practical way to tote belongings around the city.
"If you want to create something that feels like what Amar'e does, he loves color," Johnson said. A sophisticated way to do so: Pair a blue or gray suit with a colorful shirt (Stoudemire's rocked a tux with a dark-pink shirt). Or go for a bright blazer with a simple T-shirt and jeans. Accessories also add pop.
Plan a sneak attack.
Understanding fashion's overall slimmed-down silhouette, a lot of sneaker designers are making less bulky styles -- perfect with jeans or cargos. "You have that street-wise feel, so if a game breaks out you can get in there, but you can still look cool," Johnson said.
In terms of accessories, Johnson says every guy should have a standout watch, beaded bracelets ("even for guys who are jewelry-phobic"), bright or print socks, worn with pants or even shorts ("huge" right now) and sophisticated eyewear.