“It is really important to look at what shoe you are wearing first when planning your outfit. It all depends if you are wearing LeBrons or a high-top like Kobes versus something like a low-top like a Stan Smith, certain shoes look better with certain pants. If you are wearing a super-tight jogger with high-tops, it’s not always going to give you the best looking silhouette. You want to go with something that balances the outfit out. When wearing a Stan Smith, I think it looks really good with a jogger because you have that ankle width and you are not actually hiding your entire legs. You might also want to showcase some cool socks. So I will say low-tops with joggers or skinny-fitting chino pants.”
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Don’t ignore visiting a tailor
“Wearing pants is all about the right fit. For joggers, some guys tend them to wear them too big but that can be a easy fix with a tailor. Also with chinos you should get tailored as well to get your own custom fitting. It just shows you are not sacrificing and looking all out of proportion. If you are definitely wearing something bulkier or a high-top you should find a great pair of jeans because it will give you a cleaner line.”
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Plan accordingly when experimenting with multiple colors
“When you do the matching hat, the matching shirt with the matching shoes, it is just a little too much. So if you wearing a red shoe that has white and black accents like every Jordan, wearing a red hat, a red shirt, and black pants is going to look too “matchy.”
But there are ways you can pull it all in. So if you want to wear a blue hat, with a blue and black shoe like the Royal Air Jordan I, maybe balance it out by wearing grey or khaki pants and a black shirt. You don’t necessarily need to only wear those three colors because you can clean it up with a neutral grey, tan, green or golden brown pants, which are colors you can mix with anything. So I would say don’t match every single thing you are wearing.”
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Make sure the hat you choose is right for you
“Finding the right hat really depends on the person. For a person like me, I prefer a fitted on men and women. It’s classic and there is nothing better than a super clean brimmed fitted. But it also can depend on where you are from. If you are someone from Cali than a bucket hat might be your choice. I have a lot of hair so I have trouble finding the right fitted size so I sometimes opt for snapbacks. But if you are into rocking hats, plain colors or a cap with a solid logo like the Yankees will work.”
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“It is a matter of finding out about your proportion. If you are a guy that works out a lot and you have really big arms and you have a taller length, you really need to balance what you’re wearing. I wouldn’t wear anything that would make you look bigger. So try to stay away from giant prints.
But if you are a slimmer guy than you can get away with a really cool graphic Tee, which is kind of coming back in style. Figure out what looks best on your body and what you are comfortable in.”
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NBA players you should take notes from
“Most NBA players tend to wear a mix of streetwear, basics, and designer pieces (usually belts and sneakers due to sizing). Obviously, I have to say my clients first! Chris Douglas-Roberts, who recently signed with the Pelicans, wears a lot of smaller streetwear brands like Another Enemy that I’ll bring to him because I think they’ll fit with this aesthetic. He’ll wear it with Vans and some ripped denim or shorts and some designer glasses, as that’s him.
I think Nick Young does a great job of bringing in staple streetwear brands like Supreme in his wardrobe. I saw him at the Public School party wearing a thrasher Bomber jacket, Vans, high-end denim, and a Public School Tee that felt very L.A. chill without being very over-styled.”
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NBA players you shouldn't emulate
“I think the NBA players that are harder to copy and pull off without the budget and access are the ones that take it to another level, like Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, and Tyson Chandler. I think they’ve all defined their personal style so dressing exactly like them would look you’re biting their style or wearing a costume. They all tend to wear high-end designer and custom pieces so it’s not accessible from a price point perspective. They also tend to be highly styled with a lot of pieces so it can be overwhelming for a day-to-day look. However, I think you can take some overall styling cues from them like sunglasses and how to style their signature shoes.”
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Don’t match sneaker T-shirts with the same sneaker
“I’ll be honest, I think the matching T-shirts to the colorways of the sneakers is kind of corny–it’s like matching 101. I think it’s okay when you’re a kid or when you really like a colorway, but most of the time it’s just not cute or sophisticated. Let’s say you’re wearing a Royal colorway of the Air Jordan I, you don’t have to match head to toe to highlight the shoe. Wearing a grey or black denim with a white Tee or red Tee or blue sweater is all fine. But dressing head to toe in the colorway distracts from the shoe.
Pull the colors you’re wearing from the shoe but don’t be afraid to add in neutrals like beige, army green, black, grey, and brown, and even another color pop to your outfit.”
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Know the right time to wear a jersey
“It really depends what kind of jersey. Soccer jerseys are really just like a Dri-FIT T-shirt so personally I think you can get away with wearing them most of the time. They’re fitted, often graphic, and easy to layer. I wouldn’t wear them to a fancy dinner but a casual date, weekend hangout, or to class are perfect times to sport a soccer jerseys.
As for basketball jerseys (sleeveless, of course), they’re a little trickier to pull off because there’s the whole armpit action going on. Basketball jerseys are great for summer casual events–festivals, cookouts, beach days–those are when it’s time to bring them out. You can get away with wearing them in spring and early fall if you layer them with, say, a hoody or open button-up but make sure the jersey fits well so you don’t look bulky.
Baseball jerseys are similar to soccer jerseys in that you can wear them in place of a regular shirt. I love the old school flannels from brands like Ebbett’s Field worn layered over a Tee or Henley with denim and a pair of Timberlands for a relaxed, casual look.”
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One question you shouldn’t ask Megan Ann Wilson is “who got you into sneakers?” She hates the message the question entails.
“I think so because you’re really starting to see women are more visible because of social media,” she says. “Growing up, I didn’t have Facebook or Instagram in high school so I didn’t know there were other girls that loved wearing skirts and sneakers. One time I collected Dunks and I didn’t really get to see others doing that. I think just having social media really helped spur that conversation. I also think you have to look at the sales. In general, women are half of the market.”
You see, Megan is not only a bonafide sneakerhead, she is actually a pro stylist that has done business with NBA players like Andre Drummond, Stanley Johnson, Zach LaVine, Lance Stephenson, and Wesley Johnson. So when we had the opportunity to talk to Megan about some of the things you can and can’t do when it comes to styling your fit around sneakers, she gave us the real deal on how to be a true standout. Here is NBA Stylist @SheGotGame on How to Perfect Your Streetwear Look.