With an estimated global fan-base of around 400 million people, there’s no question that basketball is a popular game.
And it’s no big surprise that many fans want to show off who they support by donning some of their team’s merch while also contributing to their favorite team’s finances along the way
In plenty of cases this means getting hold of one of their official shirts and wearing it whenever the opportunity presents itself. This probably peaks at around May and June each year when the play-offs are in progress and there’s more focus than ever on the teams who could win.
Looking at this year’s NBA Championship odds it seems that plenty of Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets shirts will be being bought as fans really get behind the favorites. But it’s not just a question of wearing the shirt. You’ve got to look good in it too – and that’s going to mean following the tips you’re about to receive.
The overall look
The one thing that pretty much every team’s shirt has in common is a bold design. This means that it’s always going to form the main focus of any outfit. This is fine, but it does mean that you’re going to have to style the rest of your look around it to show it off at its very best.
What to wear along with your shirt
The chances are that you’ll want to wear something else either over or under your basketball shirt, unless you’re actually wearing it to play the game itself. The good news is that you’re going to have plenty of options. Choosing which one depends on a number of factors like the occasion and even the weather.
Your route one choice is always going to be a T shirt worn underneath. Obviously wearing one with graphics or an intricate design on it will be wasted when they’re hidden behind the basketball top. So go for a plain design in a color that will either match or contrast with the top. Confused about which shades to choose? The you can always consult a guide like this.
Then again, maybe you’d like to try a button-up shirt on top of your basketball one, worn open, obviously. Again, choose a neutral color or design so that all eyes will be on your team’s shirt instead.
You might also like to think about wearing a casual jacket or coat on top. Casual is the key word here as the last thing any basketball shirt can claim to be is formal. So think about styles like denim jackets, or puffers for when it’s cold outside – and even a baseball jacket if you feel like mixing and matching your sports.
If you want to channel a distinctly street-style to your look, then wearing your basketball top actually over a hoodie can work very well too. The important thing to remember if you go for this option will be to get a basketball top in a larger size than normal as you want it to be loose-hanging rather than a tight fit.
. . . and on your legs.
So that’s your top taken care of, now, how about your bottom half? Again, you’re going to have plenty of options that will look great and be very practical too – the real sweet spot when it comes to fashion.
Your first option is always going to be jeans. They make for the perfect casual combo with virtually everything, so why not a basketball top too? For a cleaner silhouette, skinny jeans are probably the best. And, for a more urban look, ones with a few artful rips are just perfect – especially if you’re also rocking a vintage basketball top as well.
Then there’s the track or jogging pants option. Gone are the days when these were just trousers to slouch around in – we’ve the athleisure craze to thank for that. So you don’t have to look too hard to find pairs that are stylishly cut and which also come in comfortable and high quality fabrics.
When the weather’s warm, then shorts are a logical choice. Go for denim or even a smarter chino style which both work well. There’s always also the option of getting the matching team shorts to go with the shirt too.
Don’t forget to accessorize!
You can complete the look by carefully choosing what to wear on your head and your feet. For headwear, a baseball cap is always going to look good. When there’s a nip in the air, you’ll be able to also sport your team’s branded beanie.
On your feet, sneakers are the way to go. So why not treat yourself to a bran new pair of Air Jordans?
So there you have it. The complete way to complement your favorite basketball shirt, even if you’ve never shot a hoop in your life!