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What’s it take to stand out as a maverick in the world’s most stylish sport? For DeAndre Jordan, twenty-nine-year-old center for the L. A. Clippers, it mostly takes guts. “So often, guys equate style with a particular label,” he says. “I’m not interested in following trends, but I like taking risks. I’m confident in the patterned trousers and oversized hat and a ring on each finger.” (Some would say it takes guts to pose shirtless in a style portfolio, but then Jordan’s got nothing to be shy about.)
At six-eleven, the NBA all-star favors designers that suit men of his size: Phillip Lim, Gucci, Nike. But he’s not just into the brand-new. “The pieces I gravitate toward are always distressed or vintage,” he says. “That aging tells a story. Maybe the original owner of my concert tees had a wild night at Woodstock or was some super-styled-out globetrotter. The history makes it interesting.”
Not surprising, considering Jordan’s style role model—Walt “Clyde” Frazier—hit the scene fifty years ago in a series of eye-popping fur coats, oversized hats, and, yes, patterned trousers. We can’t fault Jordan for learning from the greats.