If you’re like us, you’d prefer to reserve all brain power for after you’ve made it to the office—which means picking out clothes in the clouded stupor of morning, that not only get the job done but also make a confident statement, can be kind of a drag.
That’s precisely why we created a category of ready-made shirt and tie combinations. We’ve thought it all out so you don’t have to: Paisley on stripes? Of course. Dots on checks? Simple. Keep a copy of this photo taped next to your closet, and you can concentrate on more important things each morning: Like breakfast.
Chris Webber isn’t just one of the NBA’s best-dressed announcers—he’s also one of its most insightful.
Tapping into a 15-season NBA career rich with hard-fought grudge matches (see Kings v Lakers for the Western Conference, 2002), Webber translates his experience on the frontlines as an elite power forward into court-side commentary that elucidates the pressures, mindsets and motivations of players and coaches like none other.
Check out Webber’s style highlights from the 2012 post-season, and don’t miss the video below—it’s the kind of unflinching advice that could only come from a man who’s been there himself.
Sweat the Small Stuff. Usually the rule is to vary the scale, but here he nails a difficult small-on-small pattern combination. The secret is varying the kind of pattern: like dots on checks. The solid-grey suit helps calm down the intricate shirt and tie.
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Old-School Flair. Brown can risk looking vintage, but this modern blend of cool earth tones easily stands out amongst the crowd of navy blue.
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Go Big or Go Home. A signature part of Webber’s look is a masculine, ’70s-inspired lapel. You don’t have to be 6-foot-10 to pull it off—just confident. (Here he boldly goes stripe on stripe, on stripe. Vary the scale between all three and you’re good.)
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Real Talk. Webber’s comprehensive knowledge of Machiavellian hoops tactics, delivered in his signature zen-like, philosophical syntax (although he gets a bit revved up here) is a rare commodity in a field that often defaults to the stereotypical “boring guys yelling.” Above, his brutal but honest words of wisdom for last year’s faltering Miami Heat.
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This video surfaced following last month’s NBA Finals, in which oft-maligned LeBron James played arguably the best ball of his life—and finally saw his hard work pay off with a long-sought-after championship title (as well as MVP honors for the third time in four years).
Turns out, LeBron isn’t the only one who deserves a bit more respect. After viewing hour upon hour of game footage, we made a startling discovery: Sportscasters get a bad rap. You know the stereotypes: Gaudy shirt-and-tie combos. Quadruple-Windsor knots as big as your fist. And a lot of it’s true, as you can see below. But a select few know how to shoot the lights out, sartorially, night after night. So quit being ‘so disrespectful.’
A Bit Rusty These three are legendary players (and often hilarious during halftime), but could benefit from brushing up on some style fundamentals.
Shaq’s sloppy shirt collar.
Barkley’s bad plaid
…and un-subtle stripes.
Magic’s abuse of bold colors.
The Wild Card We took a peek into Craig Sager’s ungodly closet a few weeks ago. The truth is we don’t want him to stop. We just don’t recommend emulating him.
Hall of Fame These last two don’t just avoid sportscaster clichés—they’re some of the best-dressed men you’ll see anytime, anywhere. Not bad, considering the challenges of fitting an NBA-sized frame.
1. Chris Webber. This five-time All-Star power forward kills it consistently with immaculate-fitting jackets, narrower shirt collars and the perfect, understated four-in-hand knot. Here, he nails a peak-lapel three-piece like it’s a free throw.
2. Reggie Miller. He’s clearly as meticulous with his sartorial choices as he was in perfecting his long-distance shot. Just compare this subtle windowpane plaid and deep-burgundy tie to Charles Barkley’s version of plaid + red, above.