In Defense of Dwyane Wade's Man Capris

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Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade is no stranger to fashion provocation, but gauging by the reaction from his stroll into Chicago's United Center last night in a tailored Gucci suit that featured ankle-flashing capri pants, you would have assumed he'd shown up in a rainbow Speedo and glittery suspenders. From Shaq's on-air a cappella version of "Karma Chameleon" to online commenters lamenting the "feminization" of NBA player, the online reaction was swift and heaping with complaints about boring things like the state of masculinity.

Personally, I'm not so much a fan of the man capri look, but, to paraphrase Evelyn Beatrice Hall, I may not agree with your look, but I defend to the death your right to wear it.

The ever-escalating NBA fashion wars are nothing new. The player arrivals and post-game press conference during the playoffs have practically become an unofficial celebrated event on the men's fashion calendar. We've seen everything from man purses to pink ensembles. It's pretty standard now, and yet every time a prominent player wears something a little "fashion forward" there's an online and televised uproar.

Look at the way TNT's Inside the NBA crew reacted to Dwayne's get-up last night.

Shaquille O'Neil straight up starts singing Culture Club's "Karma Chameleon," because, I guess, the singer, Boy George, is an openly gay man whose fashion choices over the years have ranged from "club kid androgynous" to nearing full-out drag queen (looks that really don't encompass Wade's fashion sense). The website Yazmar claimed Wade was wearing women's capris (they're not, they're straight off the men's Gucci runway) and lamented it was "a sign of more effeminate things to come from the NBA and so called MEN of today." Twitter response included lines like, "The Miami Heat are a gay basketball team!!"


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24 comments
FatHand
FatHand

Great post Kyle. I wouldn't wear that, but I'm not DWade. I loved how the Heat started the lens-less frames last year that caught on, and I agree with the subversiveness angle that you fleshed out, Wade is a great man. I fucking love this team.

btc2646
btc2646

he is too tall for that outfit...i dont mind it tho..

Pierre Assaf
Pierre Assaf

This actually shows confidence in his masculinity. Guy knows how to dress.

Lauren Kathryn
Lauren Kathryn

BROWN NOZE...DENISE RODMAN DRESSED IN DRAG AND WE STILL LOVED HIM

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

Another example of how wealth cant buy common sense...he looks like an idiot. But hey, look who's talking!

Miles Varghese
Miles Varghese

Ahead of his time - pant lengths are getting shorter and shorter. In a few years well all be rocking man capris!!

Erica Rhody
Erica Rhody

He is lucky he is so gorgeous because damn son that's straight fruit loops

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

Don't give a damn how much money he makes. He shouldn't be wearing those pants.

Alex Alvarez
Alex Alvarez

sorry those pants are ridic he looks like a lollipop kid from the land of oz..He may not dress well but he can ball which is all i really care about. If he was my homie I would crack on him regularly about those capris..

Ed Ochoa
Ed Ochoa

If eating a turd was in style the idiots here would also eat one just so they can say they did it, only in Miami

Susy Jimenez
Susy Jimenez

if i made as much as he does, i would go out in public in duck feather undies. Stop hating, ya hating asses fake fashionistas

Lorraine Elizalde
Lorraine Elizalde

I love the Heat but Wade looks like a flood is coming to town,, get real those pants must be his wife's,, lol too funny

Edward Delatorre
Edward Delatorre

Could care less what he wears, just bring home the 'ship.

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