June 15, 2022
WNBA players reflect their bold energy on the court with oversized shapes and shiny metallic textures.
The 2022 WNBA season is slowly approaching All-Star Weekend, and the hottest players have been showing off their pre-game looks. Fans can recognize players who have signature styles they’ll stick to each week, enhanced with new textures and streetwear brands. Fans are also starting to see some players differently after watching them constantly elevate their outfits.
The seventh episode of “The Win Designer: Flyest Fits of the Week” features the players who best captured their personality with their outfits. Every player in this roundup takes new sartorial risks like fuzzy miniature handbags, oversized blazers, and shiny pants. There are also balanced proportions in these outfits and clothes that fit their body perfectly. Similar to basketball, it’s cool for players to take calculated risks as long as they’re comfortable with it or when they have expert stylists on their side.
Combining his bold energy on the pitch with streetwear cuts, Arike Ogunbowale worked with the stylist 3k to create this cosmic look. She wears a Kryptonite button from the PLEASURES x Outkast Collaboration with silver stacked pants from Valabasas. Inspired by the bold energy of Outkast, the bold colors of his shirt are repeated in the accents of an ultra-rare pair of Jordan 1 Low Fragment x Travis Scott sneakers. A study of his bold accessories reveals a deft 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 his style this season. This Las Vegas Aces player wears a full look of John Geiger, including a GRAY “JGC STAMP” SHORT SLEEVE T-SHIRT and JG SZN 1 DOUBLE BUNGEE PANTS in black. Working with stylist Sydney Bordonaro, Plum is slowly adding unexpected elements like pops of hot pink and a fuzzy handbag from PrettyLittleThing to her off-duty athlete look. Plum wears Fendi sunglasses and a fresh pair of Nike AF1s to complete her outfit.
Di Jonai Carrington
Celebrating the PRIDE party, DiJonai Carrington continues to wear eye-catching predominantly pink outfits. She wears a pink dress that looks like a rib knit 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 by Tiffany. Carrington’s outfits always include an aura of fun, which you see in her choice of Nike SB Dunk Low in the rare Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Dunky colorway.
Lexie Brown proves that combining shorts and boots is the official movement for cool girls this summer. She wears distressed denim shorts with gray colored Givenchy Shark Lock boots, which look great on the 5′ 9″ Los Angeles Sparks player. To bring the elements of her outfit together, Brown pairs her gray boots with a dark gray t-shirt from Lone Generis Haute which has an abstract mountain graphic. The set is a great balance between oversized items, like her Louis Vuitton handbag, and small clothes and delicate jewelry.
Sue Bird teams up with the stylist Courtney Mays, who also works with NBA players, to create this larger than life look. Bird wears Lil Jet sunglasses from Oscar and Frank in a blue color, matching his oversized Ami Paris jacket. His collar draws eyes to the QR code on his t-shirt, which bears a prominent “WE ARE BG” slogan. The Seattle Storm player’s jeans are from FRAME and her thin gold chains are from Mejuri. With head-to-toe black and white pieces, Bird chooses a pair of Nike Dunk Highs from his extensive sneaker collection.
As part of her team’s Pride Night celebration, Courtney Williams wears a custom costume from Watson cashmere. Its tailored look is made in a green Scottish material, with touches of yellow around the collar. Williams and Watson customized the look with details like his name embroidery on the inside of the jacket. Williams rocks her signature iced out number 10 chain with two layers of pearls for a chic effect, but she also wears a less traditional single cross earring. Adding a bit of subversity to her costume, she also wears leather slip-on loafers with a Gucci-style horsebit emblem.
As players continue to rally in support of Brittney Griner, Nneka Ogwumike incorporates her all-important ‘WE ARE BG’ top into an exquisite outfit. Ogwumike’s shirt comes from UNINTERRUPTED, an athlete empowerment brand founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. This LA Sparks player pairs the orange text with shimmering orange pants that blend into a pair of her Adidas sneakers. Showing some love to his family Adidas 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 and fashion column for WNBA.com throughout the season and can be reached on Twitter via @hotgothwriter. The opinions on this page do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the WNBA or its clubs.