June 23, 2022
For serious style points, WNBA players are introducing quirky twists and streetwear brands into sports-inspired outfits.
The WNBA season celebrated its epic history and today’s best players with a wider audience to wrap up Game 15. New York fans witnessed the premiere of Unfinished Business at the Tribeca Film Festival and an exciting retirement announcement by Sue Bird. As each WNBA player creates their legacy, there is a collective effort to expand the league’s multifaceted identity through style.
For the eighth episode of “The W in Designer: Flyest Fits of the Week” series, there’s a selection of players who put an original spin on sports-inspired outfits. Coinciding with the June 19 holiday, several players highlighted independent black designers like Brandon Blackwood and Off-White. As WNBA fans expand to include new audiences, like Tribeca Film Festival attendees, more and more players are working with stylists to create those stunning pre-game moments. While the hot summer weather may inspire casual outfits, these WNBA players are still committed to looking extremely cool.
If the LA Sparks had a prize for the player with the funkiest pants, it would go to Jordin Canada. This week, Canada wears white track pants with a bold red, yellow and green detail on the sides. She also wears a Jacquard T-shirt from Man + Woman with a blue and yellow printed text on its neckline. To finish off her cut, she wears a pair of Nike Dunk High sneakers in a “Black Varsity Maize” colorway, layered gold chains and a slicked-back headband.
Playing for the Las Vegas Aces, rising player Jackie Young released her favorite Off-White pieces throughout the season. At a recent game, Young built a serious outfit around his pair of white and fuchsia Odsy 1000 Colorblock sneakers, which matched the Van Gogh flowers on his blazer. She balances the oversized blazer with a black twist triangle bra and ripped gray jeans for a streetwear-inspired touch. Young’s natural swag doesn’t require flashy accessories, but she wears a thin gold chain that lets her shine.
Washington Mystics player Alysha Clark has teamed up with the stylist Kiarra Looks to create this colorful summer outfit. She wears a simple white ZARA top which makes her ZARA print pants the focal point of her outfit. Kiarra shares that this outfit aims to bring some bright color to Clark’s pre-game look while reflecting the on-court energy she brings to her team. Examining the details of her outfit also reveals a mix of patterns between her pants and her black bandana-print Kuei bag from the New York-based designer. Brandon Blackwood.
Establishing herself as a fashion powerhouse throughout this season, Isabelle Harrison tapped stylist Adrian Ross to create this outfit. Harrison constantly adds an athletic and sexy edge to pieces from streetwear brands, like a pair of denim from GALLERY DEPT. She also wears a triangular top, drawing eyes to her Jumpman-shaped pendant. To balance out the angular parts of the outfit, Harrison incorporates circular pieces like the smiley face logo on his Drew House Mascot Trucker hat and a round Telfar Circle bag.
Celebrating Juneteenth earlier this week, New York Liberty player Michaela Onyen built an outfit around a mighty Black Lives Matter hockey jersey in MIZIZI. She pairs the black, red and green top with leather leggings and strappy black heels. Onyenwere also adds touches of gold to the handle of her wrinkled leather bag and her hoop earrings. To complete her look, which fuses sports-inspired fashion with cool girl style, she also wears rectangular-shaped sunglasses in a simple black color.
Seattle Storm player Reshanda Gray shows up to a game in a tough outfit where she represents the Western Conference. Her fit starts with an oversized white button-up featuring a ‘WEST COAST’ block print on the front, which she wears over slim bike shorts. Adding a streetwear touch to his fit, Gray wears a new pair of PLAY Comme des Garçons x Converse Red Heart & Red Sole Chuck 70 sneakers. Gray has a thin bandana tied around his head, a gold watch and a thin necklace as an accessory .
Awak Kuier skillfully combined understated pieces to create a show-stopping pre-match outfit. Throughout the season, Kuier tends to wear less bright colors than some of the other players in the league, but she still manages to stand out. The Dallas Wings player rocks a figure-hugging black maxi dress with a high slit that shows off one of her legs. Her outfit mixes the sleek piece with sporty summer accessories like her Prada Re-Nylon bucket hat and a popular pair of Nike Dunk Low trainers in a “Black White” colourway.
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.