WNBA DRAFT DAY FASHION RECAP
With talented players like Brittney Griner, Skylar Diggins and Elena Delle Donne in the mix, there was a lot of buzz leading up to this year’s WNBA draft. Basketball skills aside, the draft provides an opportunity for these prospective players to showcase their personal style, before receiving their new hardwood wardrobe.
Style is a part of the game for WNBA stars, just as it is in the NBA, and several players have already branched out into the fashion world. Among them are New York Liberty’s Cappie Pondexter, who started her own fashion and image consulting firm called 4 Seasons Style Management. Washington Mystics’ Ivory Latta recently launched her own inspirational clothing line, Ivory Latta Clothing. Ashja Jones of the Connecticut Suns developed a line of fashionable footwear for women with larger feet.
Though they have yet to embark on their own fashion endeavors, the newest WNBA class took the stage to accept their new team jerseys last night, and offered fans a glimpse into their off-court styling skills. The future rookies put time and effort into their draft day attire and fashions ranged from menswear-inspired suits and ties, to short, color-block dresses. A Glam Slam broke down fashions from the 2013 WNBA Draft below. Check it out:
The first pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, Brittney Griner, hit the stage in unique fashion. Standing out in a sea of darker hues, Griner opted for an all-white suit that worked well with her tall, slender frame. “I really like that tomboyish look,” Griner said. Perhaps that’s why her suit was created by the same stylists from The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She also sported bright orange nails which were a nod to the WNBA’s color, though they also blended well with her new Phoenix Mercury jersey.
In contrast to Griner, Elena Delle Donne, the no. 2 pick, wore a classic LBD. The dress was simple yet elegant, due in part to the feminine detailing up top. Donne kept her accessories minimal, completing her look with a black cuff.
Skylar Diggins turned heads, showing off her physique in a sleeveless black dress with creme and gray colored stripes across the bodice. To finish off her ensemble, she added a small pop of color with a gold and turquoise necklace.
Tayler Hill’s draft day fashion choice was similar to that of Diggins and also succeeded in flattering her frame. The newest member of the Washington Mystics opted for a sleeveless, black and white color-block dress with dark tan piping, though she could have done without the black necklace.
Tianna Hawkins took the the stage in a figure-hugging, fiery red halter dress paired with gold accessories. While the color looks great against her skin tone, the outfit seemed better suited for a different occasion.
Toni Young made a bold style statement with her menswear-inspired outfit. Her gray pants and matching vest, purple shirt, and checked bow tie were certainly a fashion risk, but she managed to pull it off. The fresh color combination helped her to stand out among the more subdued color choices of the evening.
Layshia Clarendon also went the menswear route though the navy and khaki color scheme is not as appealing as Young’s vibrant hues.
Kelly Faris continued the evening’s most popular trend, wearing a simple black dress with white piping, similar in style to that of Diggins and Hill.
Lindsey Moore, the most casually dressed baller in the group, looked comfortable and cute in white pants and a coral blazer.
Sugar Rodgers popped in her electric blue top, but it would be nice to see the ensemble sans the white collared shirt.
(photos via WNBA)