Russell Westbrook has never met a shot he didn’t like.
Also, an outfit he didn’t like.
The newest star of the Washington Wizards is widely known in the NBA for his unusual fashion sense as much as his penchant for getting triple-doubles. The high-flying guard has always been an eccentric character, who refuses to be contained in a box. He’s like a daily performance art. In fact, his personal mantra is like a big middle finger to all those criticizing his decisions: Why Not?
Westbrook’s Instagram account is like Alice in Wonderland meets Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory with all the colorful and outlandish attires. But the self-proclaimed Fashion King is truly a style icon, even creating his own clothing line Honor the Gift in 2016. He has also inspired other NBA players to dress up and go wild with their choices.
Once the new NBA season starts, it’s time again for the Brodie Fashion Week, which happens every single week.
In the meantime, here are some of the craziest outfits Westbrook has ever worn.
This quickly went viral as Westbrook arrived in a game wearing a mustard-colored sweater with huge holes in it. The one in the chest area is as big as the Grand Canyon. It looked like he just came from a horror movie, barely escaping from a serial killer who likes to slash people. Or perhaps his closet just had a rat infestation.
He looked more of a homeless guy than an NBA megastar, who once signed a $200 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. At least his outfit has its own ventilation system.
Ripped Shirt Part 2
It looks Westbrook really likes holes in his clothes. This time, it’s a plain white shirt, with the main hole located in the stomach area. There’s also a congregation of holes at the bottom left, clearly symbolizing the different planets of the solar system. No, that’s not true. The overall ensemble is a little better though with the black leather jacket.
While most people throw away ripped clothes, the former MVP proudly wears them. No shirt left behind! Although normally, yeah, you should leave some behind, especially if they look like they’ve been ravaged by a wild animal.
This is another outfit that didn’t, um, click? But while others were dumbfounded by the official photographer bib, there’s actually a deeper story behind it. Or so many like to think. Westbrook wore it during his first game against ex-teammate Kevin Durant, who infamously signed with the Golden State Warriors in the offseason. Russ learned that KD recently got into photography as a hobby. Hence, the not-so-subtle jab.
After the game, however, the former UCLA standout denied that his outfit was a shot at Durant, telling reporters that there’s no particular reason behind it. The number of people who believed him: Zero.
If he’s not moonlighting as a not official photographer, Westbrook also likes to dabble in construction work as proven by this outfit. The yellow vest complements his orange pants really well. Unlike him and James Harden. It’s hard not to imagine Russ mixing cement with the same ferociousness when he goes for a breakaway dunk.
Brodie really loved his blue-collar chic. He proudly posted photos of him on Twitter with that all too familiar caption: #WhyNot. Hey, maybe he’s really fit for construction work with all the bricks he threw in the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
Just to be clear: This isn’t a Halloween costume. He isn’t trying to look like Daredevil or The Scarlett Witch or a red M&M, Westbrook just woke up that day and felt like wearing red. After all, if there’s one color that could also be indicative of his aura, it’s red. Because it seems like he’s always mad or fired up.
In his book Style Drivers, he said: “For me, there’s no true definition of what it means to be stylish. It just goes on just how you feel it. The state of mind you’re in. The confidence and swagger that you want to portray during those times.” Spoken like a true fashion savant.
Remember when Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears comically wore matching all-denim outfits at the 2001 American Music Awards and everyone roasted them and everyone thought that no one would ever repeat it? Well, everyone doesn’t think like Brodie. He arrived at an NBA game wearing nothing but denim, including a pair of Air Jordan 4 Levis.
Wearing denim pants is already a bit uncomfortable. What more an entire outfit? But look, if someone can rock it and feel powerful, it’s definitely the guy who once made a reporter answer his own question.
Even a young Russell Westbrook was already fashion-forward. Although this outfit is perhaps too forward. The form-fitting sleeveless shirt with the loud patterned prints? The pants that are not really pants? The all-silver sneakers? The entire outfit is almost impossible to describe. Words would just cheapen it.
Russ’ longtime teammate Nick Collison once told ESPN: “He (Westbrook) does what he likes to do. He knows what he is and he doesn’t care what other people want him to be.” Apparently, even if it looks like he wants to be in a third Zoolander movie.