By: Janet Thompson Hilliman
Do people really care what athletes wear? Sure they do, both on and off their field of play. Fans don’t just wanna buy jerseys because they look good in them but they buy them too because the uniforms look good on their favorite players.
Hey, some people are suckers for a man in uniform- sports uniform that is. Besides, fans also want to know what players are also wearing outside their sport of choice so they can emulate them, believe it or not. I mean it’s as if they legitimize a piece of garment if they are seen wearing it.
Kids look up to a lot of these Pro athletes and try to imitate them in the way they dress. Many athletes have their signature styles that they wear every time they play, whether it’s a headband, two wristbands, knee high socks, a particular pair of sneaker etc. Pro Players do accessorize to make a certain look their own and if you check in with most high school, little league teams, these looks can be seen mimicked by the young players. Although players mostly wear what is promoted by their sponsors, whether fans care for the brand or not they buy the gear because it is worn and promoted by their favorite players.
Mostly though I’d say lately fan gear is become more and more versatile. Designers are moving away from just the “same ole, same ole” jerseys, t-shirts and hoodies to more all-around looks. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with jerseys and t-shirts, I find that a lot of female fans would love to have sports gears that have a little feminine touch to it. Not that we are not happy to wear the jersey of our favorite players just the way they are but if we wanna wear something other than, then the options are limited.
What if we wanna “rock” something a little different?
Here is some good news for the New York Knicks women fans. Someone from the Knicks lineup has his ladies in mind. He is no other than the man who came to New York to play ball and brought his A game with him. Actually his presence gave the Knicks a face lift.
It is none other than Amare Stoudamire. By the way who did you think I was referring to? Mr. Stoudamire is himself a “fashionista”. He was seen at a Tommy Hilfiger runway Fashion Show in New York recently looking quite debonair.
He is teaming up with the designer Rachel Roy to give his female fans a chance to look more “girlie” when they come to see him play at the Garden. He was quoted in the NY Post as saying that he wanted to add style to hoodies and t-shirts.
The job is now for his designer to play her role and he will give the okay if the designs are a “hit or miss.” I say go for it Amare! He’ll add another title to his resume.
Amare however is not the only Knick to get pulled in by the fashion industry. Mr. Knicks Fashion himself, Clyde Frazier who is known for his flamboyancy of style even wrote a book about it.
He has been a NY Knick broadcaster for 22 years and is also a Hall of Famer. But before that Mr. Frazier led the Knicks to two championship titles as a player in the seventies. He is a part of New York Knick history and has paved the way for “young guns” like Amare.
I guess if Amare keeps this up he may end up being honored as a Knick legend, who knows? In the meantime we will keep an eye out for his fashion line and wish him lots of luck and longevity as a New York Knickerbocker.