ANDRE IGUODALA ON 2005 NBA DRESS CODE & THE GAME’S FASHION LANDSCAPE
Golden State Warriors guard, Andre Iguodala, is quietly one of the NBA’s style standouts. He might not dominate the fashion conversation as often as other players, but he’s always been on top of his sartorial game.
In a recent interview for ESPN The Magazine, Iguodala spoke about the 2005 NBA dress code and its impact on the game’s fashion landscape. The competition now extends off-the-court, as players vie for the style spotlight. Athletes across the league are striving for success outside of basketball and dressing the part has become a large part of the game.
For the full interview with Iguodala, read on here. Check out the video and excerpts below as he discusses NBA fashion:
“Athletes are taking this fashion stuff serious. They’re doing research on these fashion companies and how they’re getting started and how they’re making money. It’s the same as starting a business and how you have to be ahead of the game six months and it can translate to life after basketball. So the dress code has really changed the dynamic of how athletes think.”
“I would have to say the sport coat. You can throw it on with anything and it just changes your whole look. It’s like having a regular point guard to a Hall of Fame point guard, there’s a huge difference. Kind of like a Jason Kidd. Before he got to a certain team, they weren’t doing so well and then when you threw him in it, he just changed everything about the team. A blazer I feel like it do that and it’s so versatile. And it has to be tailored perfectly to the body and if it’s done the right way, then it can go with anything.”
The corresponding photo shoot, styled by Kesha McLeod of Thomas Faison Agency, had the hoops star dressed in a range of men’s fashions, from a Ralph Lauren Polo Bear sweater to a custom burgundy suit and Alexander McQueen scarf. Below is a preview and for additional photos, visit here.
(photos via espn.com)