Arike Ogunbowale and Kayla Thornton latest WNBA players to show off stylish pre-game outfits


The WNBA season is approaching a month away, and there have been plenty of exciting plays, performances, and games to see so far. Alongside the hardwood action, a number of players stood out with their quirky fashion choices.

Vibrant ensembles, luxury clothing brands and stylish accessories are some of the ways “The W” athletes showed off their fashion sense. Others used their outfits to draw attention to the situation surrounding Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner. Griner was arrested in February at a Moscow-area airport and the US government now considers her “wrongfully detained”. The players wore shirts, pins and more to raise awareness of his return to the United States.

This week, the eye-catching cuts continued with looks featuring influential music legends, business attire and more.

Here’s a look at some of the best fits around the WNBA:

Kayla Thornton and Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas Wings

Thorton’s outfit was a vibrant Nike fit and a necklace with his pendant initials.

Ogunbowale donned a shirt that featured late fashion designer and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh.

Elena Delle Donne and Natasha Cloud, Washington Mystics

Support for Griner continues as Mystics players Della Donne and Cloud wore shirts with an image of the Phoenix Mercury star depicted on them.

Erica Wheeler, Tiffany Hayes, Monique Billings and Megan Walker, Atlanta Dream

This foursome from Dream brought out some eye-catching tweaks ahead of Friday‘s game with the Chicago Sky. Wheeler’s jewels and black shades stood out for her look, while Billings rocked a denim-centric outfit complete with a letterman jacket. Hayes showed up wearing a replica Compton High School jersey worn by Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan. Walker showed his solidarity with Griner with his hoodie featuring the player Mercury’s face. She also arrived at the arena in a gentle ride.

Sabrina Ionescu and Han Xu, New York Liberty

Sweaters are good for all seasons, according to Ionescu and Xu at least. Ionescu arrived at Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Fever in a Gucci sweater, while Xu wore a button-down vest/sweater combo complete with a tie. Her teammate Rebecca Allen went with a plaid blazer and ripped jeans.

Atlanta Dream

The Dream was the last team to show support for Griner. Several players arrived for Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Lynx rocking gear with Griner pictured.

Marina Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas Wings

Before appearing in court against the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday, Mabrey sent a message with his t-shirt. The clothes had graphic images of herself with the words “this is my cooking”. The phrase comes from a tweet she posted in 2018 in response to “male female basketball haters.” She’s worn clothes that featured her saying in the past, with some available for purchase on her PWRFWD site.

Ogunbowale’s outfit featured a shirt with a positive message as well as a Chanel double C bucket hat.

A’ja Wilson and Dearica Hamby, Las Vegas Aces

Wilson’s jersey dress paid homage to former San Antonio Stars player Nikki McCray. McCray played for the Stars in 2005 and yelled at the Las Vegas star for rocking his jersey. The Aces were once known as the Stars until MGM Resorts purchased the team and moved them to Las Vegas in 2017.

Hamby’s cut was monochromatic, but what stood out was her choice of accessories. She had a boombox handy, giving her set a throwback vibe.

chicago sky

Sky players were the latest to don gear in support of Griner’s release from Russian custody, wearing clothing that featured the Mercury star’s face.

Skylar Diggins-Smith and Tina Charles, Phoenix Mercury

Professional looks can be hot, and Diggins-Smith proved it on Tuesday. She donned a black suit with stylish sunglasses and a white handbag.

Charles paid tribute to the late Jimi Hendrix ahead of Tuesday’s match with the Sky, sporting a t-shirt with the influential rock guitarist pictured on it with a quote from his song “Are You Experienced”. The album of the same name was Hendrix’s first project in 1967.


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