May 11, 2022
The 26th season of the WNBA attracts new fans with eye-catching player styles.
We’ll kick off with four exciting clashes; the 2022 WNBA season is already full of action-packed content that has created a buzz on social media. As the players arrived at their respective matches, their outfits held clues to how they achieved victories off the field, adapted to new cities, and got to know their teammates. Player brand loyalty is also emerging, drawing attention to the critical fact that major sports brands are monitoring WNBA players.
The players featured in the second edition of “The W in Designer: Flyest Fits” prove that eye-catching outfits can spark new conversations outside of basketball. The fashion for game nights is naturally exciting. There are players who have dressed up for the occasion. Still, those highlighted in this roundup include outfits built around hoodies, player-exclusive sneakers, and sparkly basketball bags, all of which expand our perception of being “hot.”
Isabelle Harrison used her opening night outfit to tease her off-court accomplishments. Recently joining the Jordan family, her dress features the legendary jersey number 23 and a cheeky Jumpman logo on the back. Designed by Kim Shui, the dress balances sensuality with strength and alludes to Harrison’s tenacity in her game. Paired with strappy heels, aviator sunglasses and a subtle Balenciaga Ville handbag, the visionary look proves that WNBA players don’t have to compromise their style to be taken seriously.
Work with stylist Garrett DickersonKia Nurse brings a serious chic knit set to his game with the Phoenix Mercury. The ASEYE Studio Byrd Classic Knit Cardigan and Pants are comfortable enough for pre-game activities, yet professional enough for his gig as a broadcaster for the Raptors. Completed with a medium Telfar shopping bag in a cream colourway, the nurse’s outfit is perfectly balanced, eliminating the need for prominent branding or bling. Although Nurse is currently out with an injury, she still studies the game with her expert eyes.
Newly recruited for the Las Vegas Aces, Aisha Sheppard explores brands around town for inspiration for her game day outfits. She wears an eye-catching “RIP Kobe Bryant Tribute Tapestry” top from 88Nights by AyeKev, which features a distressed neck. Gray nylon shorts reinforce the retro-inspired theme of her look from Yesterday’s Fits, a local vintage store. While Sheppard’s Air Jordan 4 “Tech White” is a more modern take on 2021, the crew’s white socks help them blend in with the rest of his outfit.
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Three-time WNBA champion Natasha Howard has worked to establish the tough aesthetic she wears season after season. Playing for the New York Liberty, the city’s identity forces Howard to be prepared for whatever craziness comes his way. She keeps it simple, with a Fashion Nova “G” printed varsity jacket, slim orange pants and her graphic Louis Vuitton Damier clutch, always next to the player. Howard maintains its colour-coordinated approach to clothing, as seen in its Balenciaga Triple S trainers in an orange colourway.
Dearica Hamby welcomes the WNBA season with an outfit dominated by color gradient details, wearing an ace-shaped necklace around her neck. She wears an off-white logo bandeau bra in hot pink lace under a cropped blazer from Sisters and Seekers. The bottom half of his suit resembles an upgraded version of Nike’s Tech Fit sweatshirts, with its signature black zippers. Hamby holds a Tomme Studio LV Ombré basketball purse, which matches his rare Jordan 6 “Fraternity” PE. These purple sneakers feature Greek alphabet-inspired lettering that pays homage to his sport.
Drafted 2nd overall by the Indiana Fever, NaLyssa Smith brings a curated mix of the most popular streetwear brands to the game. She wears a Supreme Yohji Yamamoto Logo t-shirt in white complemented by a black vest. Smith’s outfit also includes a white-on-black Bapesta mesh cap from A BATHING APE and the coveted Jordan 1 Retro High OG in the “Patent Bred” colorway. Paying close attention to detail, his yellow apple watch strap matches his tote bag, phone case logo and new team color.
Natalie Achonwa is perhaps one of the best in terms of tracksuit swag, among her Minnesota Lynx teammates and the entire league. She’s wearing a Gray Basics sweatshirt and track pants from the Adidas X Human Race collaboration by Pharrell Williams, a fashion label that isn’t hugely popular. Its comfortable fit is luxurious with its choice of white Adidas for Prada Re-Nylon Forum sneakers. One thing about Natalie, she’s going to be draped in Adidas.
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.