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LeBron James, NBA player, 32

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - UPFRONT - WORDS KATE BOW­DEN IN­STA­GRAM@THATBEAUTYSPOT

Bas­ket­ball player LeBron James is rack­ing up points for his fine style.

THE HEAD Well let’s ex­tend some con­grat­u­la­tions on that finely tuned fa­cial hair. This is a guy with a strong jaw­line but that well-groomed stub­ble fur­ther high­lights that.

THE OUT­FIT This is the magic of LeBron’s style. With the ex­cep­tion of the odd bold yet un­der­stated in colour item, his pieces on their own are quite sim­ple. Here, a white tee and navy chi­nos, cuffed up to lower calf. Noth­ing out of the or­di­nary, yet the at­ten­tion to de­tail is ob­vi­ous. The tee, fit­ted per­fectly to his shoul­der size with seam de­tail­ing, and the pants the same, which are given life by the high cuff.

THE AC­CES­SORIES This is where LeBron be­gins to make magic off the court. The man loves his ac­ces­sories and is a gun at choos­ing them. Note here the hat but also the per­fect match­ing of the leather belt – and choos­ing them in this warm grey tone helps to give con­trast to the cool white and blue of the cloth­ing. And then there’s the star­tling col­lec­tion of man-jew­ellery. The beaded neck­lace for starters, and the as­sort­ment of wrist pieces, don’t look over-the-top be­cause they ap­pear to have been col­lected over a pe­riod of time, rather than sim­ply art­fully placed. Topped off with a fierce pair of dark sun­glasses, the star look is al­most com­plete.

THE SHOES Cool grey socks, lead­ing right up to the pant line and then note the third rep­e­ti­tion of tone from the hat and belt and you’re see­ing why the devil is in the de­tail for this baller.

FUR­THER STYLE HIGH­LIGHTS This bold striped shirt left open over grey marle is highly con­sid­ered yet still ap­pears ca­sual and el­e­vates the look of a tee with blue jeans to a whole other level. The boots and peak cap take it up an­other few notches. Don’t be afraid to mix your neu­trals. Th­ese splotch-pat­terned jeans prob­a­bly wouldn’t be ev­ery­one’s first choice but their sub­tle colour­ing, teamed with plain grey and white, and the ad­di­tion of a sim­i­larly coloured plaited belt is style mas­tery for some­one who wants to be flashy but never loud. LAST WORD A star both on and off court.

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