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Thunder: Did you know KD’s a fashion icon?

by Jenni Carlson Published: April 27, 2012

We all know what Kevin Durant can do on a basketball court.

But apparently his powers extend off the court — and into fashion.

Time Magazine sent reporter Sean Gregory to town to pen an extensive piece on KD, and while it’s always fascinating to read what other folks from other places have to say about personalities that are right under our noses, the most interesting thing by far in Gregory’s piece is KD’s place in the fashion lexicon.

Apparently, he’s part of the nerd-chic movement.

Who knew?

I mean, we all knew about the backpack. It became a staple during the playoffs a year ago. It was such a big deal that we wrote stories about the backpack — yes, stories about the backpack — and Nike hit the fast-forward button on producing a limited line of the backpacks.

But Durant’s fashion impact goes beyond that.

He wears thick black-rimmed glasses, preppy-looking shirts and well-tailored jeans. Some might say it’s dressing a big like a nerd, without the pocket protector, but I’m not going to be the one who tells Durant that he looks a bit like Steve Urkel.

Then again, maybe in the world of fashion, it’s a good thing.

“He’s the pioneer of a preppy-dress movement that he and other NBA All-Stars, like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard and Amar’e Stoudemire, have taken mainstream,” Gregory writes in his piece.

It’s a change from some of the styles that we’ve seen elsewhere in pro sports. No oversized shirts. No baggy pants.

(Though I have to tell you, every time I’ve seen those black-rimmed glasses up close, they have more fingerprints on them than a glass door at a day-care center. Durant says in the Time Magazine piece that they are prescription lens, which I don’t doubt. I just don’t know how he sees through all the smudges.)

So, what do you think of KD’s style?

(I have to admit, I don’t know a whole heck of a lot about men’s style. I’m a woman and a sportswriter, fercryinoutloud, so hopefully you can forgive me on this one.)

I tend to think that Durant dresses like a lot of the other guys in the Thunder locker room. James Harden. Russell Westbrook. Serge Ibaka. All of them seem to tend toward that preppy look. Heck, Ibaka was even wearing what I’d call deck shoes the other night. With white pants. And a stripped shirt. He looked like he was ready to go sailing.

Then again, those guys might be taking after KD. He’s the leader, after all.

Thunder fans: do you give this a thumbs up or a thumbs down?


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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