It’s pretty standard for us here at UpscaleHype to cover the fashion of NBA players. They’re highly visible, less constrained by the league, and generally more cognizant of fashion because of the league’s tenuous relationship with it at various points. However, one NFL rookie is changing the dynamics between the leagues and could potentially pose a threat to NBA style newcomers like Jordan Clarkson, D’angelo Russell, and Kyrie Irving: meet Stefon Diggs.
NFL vs NBA Fashion Struggles
NFL Player’s fashion conundrums are well documented and make sense given the mammoth proportions of today’s players. The reality of being incredibly muscled leads to loads of custom tailoring in the width department that most NBA players don’t face, because their problems are primarily vertical not horizontal. Kevin Durant may be 6’10,” but he’s also ludicrously skinny so he can pass off wearing an oversized Givenchy XL due to his slender frame. NFL players don’t have this luxury. More often than not, the typical NFL player is dealing with a shorter bulkier frame – a far cry from the Hedi Slimane Saint Laurent rail thin runway model physique. Therefore, it has been harder for NFL players over the years to assert any real contenders for most stylish athlete, especially when compared to their NBA counterparts.
The Sartorial Stefon Diggs
What immediately stands out about young Diggs’ looks are his attention to fit. Seen above, his teammates to the left both struggle from slight fit issues, while Stefon’s look is cold, calculated, and precise harkening tones of vintage 007 James Bond himself. Additionally, Diggs avoids one of the major pitfalls typically seen by athletic rookies in either league: going brand crazy. For a lot of guys who eventually make it to the league, whether it be the NFL or NBA, they haven’t grown up with a seemingly limitless amount of cash that lets them buy whatever they want, when they want. Therefore what happens, seemingly without a hitch, is that said player receives his first paycheck and dives head first into the typical designers seen on a Barneys’ sales floor; Givenchy, Saint Laurent, and Balmain usually being the common culprits. Stefon in his choices of outfits has eschewed this typical narrative and adopted a more mature sartorial tone akin to LeBron’s current style renaissance. This elevated taste is all the more impressive given Stefon’s choice of going about it solo, a sentiment he stated on Instagram.
War of the Leagues
The battle for most fashionable league has been a largely one-sided affair throughout the years with the NBA having a Golden State Warriors’ like record against the NFL. However, with a new generation of athletes entering both leagues inspired by fashionable mavens like Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and more, will the NFL finally get a leg into the slim fit jeans of the NBA’s fashion elite? If Stefon Diggs is any indication, the NBA might want to start doubling down on their payments to star stylists.
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