The 2012 NBA Draft aired live on June 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and the #1 draft pick of Anthony Davis was no surprise! The Kentucky champion and already self-made businessman(capitalizing off of his unibrow) accepted his pick with the New Orleans Hornets, and definitely did it in style. Davis, knowing that he would be #1, or undoubtedly top 3, could have chosen a flashy, outrageous look for the draft, like many naive athletes do, but instead he wore a classic, modern look that any man would emulate.
A theme that we saw throughout the draft was the matching of gingham with the suits. This combination with a suit is a style staple, and Anthony Davis, along with #8 pick Terrance Ross and #11 PIck Meyers Leonard perfect the look in different ways. Ross opted for the bowtie, which can sometimes come off as a bit annoying but works perfectly with his suit and light blue gingham.
Another breath of fresh air (and proud moment for men’s style) was the proper use of the tie bar and pocket square. NBA drafts have previously been full of matching tie/pocket square combos, but this year the draft picks chose the perfect accessories for their modern looks. A few picks could have worked on the placement of their tie bars and pocket squares, but at least they didn’t look like they were going to prom or a wedding.