No one was shocked when the Timberwolves snatched up Karl-Anthony Towns as the first pick of this year's NBA draft. Seven feet tall in his Air Jordans, a smart player, and comfortable in several roles on the court—he was an attractive prospect for several teams.
So let's talk about something more controversial: what he was wearing on draft night. A loud jacket paired with black shirt and pants, no tie; just a chain necklace. The New York Times was not a fan. He fit in with the rest of the class of 2015, all loud colors and pocket squares, but we think he can do even better than his classmates—and so can you! We're here to channel his fashion enthusiasm and give some tips for would-be draftees and other folk hoping to step up their game, no matter the occasion.
GO FOR BOLD
A herringbone jacket like Towns' draft night stunner makes a statement and lets the room know you're ready to be noticed. Bonus points for grey, a dominant color story in men's looks for this fall. Ready to become the center of attention? Try MartinPatrick 3, which specializes in European and under-the-radar lines you won't see on any other guy in the room. We're fans of this Onassis New York wool blazer or this classic Ted Baker check.
MIX HIGH WITH LOW
Menswear runway shows have been picking up what basketball players have been laying down for years: mixing sporty touches in with street looks. Mesh, fitted caps, and—above all—sneakers, are now acceptable in the office (in small doses). We loved Towns' press day bomber mixed with athletic pants and an elevated shoe. Get the look at BlackBlue in St. Paul, which offers a few lightweight jacket options from Left Field NYC and Carhartt WIP. And for a shoe with street cred, head to Uptown's Familia Skateshop, which recently teamed up with Nike to design a Babe the Blue Ox-inspired pair of Dunks.
FIND A TAILOR YOU TRUST
Towns has a wingspan longer than he is tall—good luck buying off the rack if that's what you're working with. But most men's suits could use a little taking in here or there, especially with the lean look of this fall's silhouettes. The name we keep in our back pocket for quick turnaround and a trustworthy eye? Tailors on Blake in St. Louis Park. We love the blazer, Karl-Anthony, but those sleeves were looking a hair short. Once you nail the basic proportions, then you can start exaggerating them, just like every basketball player's style icon, Amar'e Stoudemire.
ALWAYS OVERDRESS FOR THE OCCASION
Draft debuts notwithstanding, overdressed is better than underdressed in the days of the selfie stick. Do it for the Instagram, guys.
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