7 Outfit Ideas To Wear to a Basketball Game

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Consider this your go-to guide for chic stadium wear.

Last updated: 29 November 2023
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Outfit Ideas: What to Wear to a Basketball Game

If you've ever stepped into a basketball stadium, you've felt the energy that comes with sitting in the stands and jumping to your feet when your team sinks a shot.

Being a basketball fan isn't contingent on your ability to sink a three-pointer or dunk. Rather it's your ability to cheer on your favourite team—whether they're winning or losing. Since games can last for over two hours, you want to make sure you're dressed comfortably while still being able to show off your team pride. What to wear to a basketball game—from team merch to statement sneakers—is all about combining function with game-day style.

Below, find the best basketball-game clothes, shoes and accessories by Nike to shop.

1. Basketball Game Tops

When you're heading to a basketball game and you want to keep your look cool and casual, build your outfit around a playful statement top. Look for Nike T-shirt styles in fun colours, unusual prints or with splashy graphics. If you're planning to do lots of cheering from the sidelines, you'll want a tee that can handle a few rounds of the wave.

2. Nike Team Merch

What do you wear to a basketball game when it's your favourite team suiting up? Nothing shows your pride better than merch celebrating your hometown club. A jersey is the go-to choice, but there are plenty of hats, sweatshirts and tees that will also shout who you root for without you saying a word.

3. Basketball Game Trousers

For game night, comfort is key. Since you'll be sitting in the stands for a few hours, you need trousers that are cosy without feeling too casual. Either tracksuit bottoms or elevated joggers make for an easy addition to an outfit to wear to a basketball game. Since your top will call the shots, try to keep the colour of your trousers on the neutral side.

4. Basketball Game Jacket

A simple combination of a tee, trousers and sneakers is a great outfit for a basketball game. But, when you're coming in and out of the stadium, you'll need a jacket that's cold-proof (basketball is a winter sport, after all). A zip-up basketball jacket is a must-have layering piece that can be kept on in the stadium. Alternatively, fleece and fur are playful textures to try as well.

(Related: The Best Nike Basketball Hoodies to Shop Now)

5. Nike Dresses

If you're looking to forgo your go-to trousers-and-tee combination, try a dress as an alternative—especially if you're heading to the game for a special celebration. Walking up and down the stadium stairs means you'll probably still want to stick with sneakers as choice shoes. But, a Nike Sportswear bodycon dress or a cut-out style from Nike's collaboration with Jacquemus will play nicely with your favourite kicks.

6. Basketball Game Sneakers

As for sneakers, what should you wear to a basketball game? Styles designed in collaboration with players, like the LeBron Witness 7, are an easy choice. But, if repping the sport head to toe is a bit too on the nose for you, try a standout style like a bold Air Force 1.

7. Basketball Game Accessories

An outfit to wear to a basketball game isn't complete without accessories. Since many stadiums don't allow bigger bags, try a cross-body or small hip pack for taking inside with you.

A beanie or bucket hat can act as the finishing touch to your game-day look. Or, if you have long hair, try tying it up with a bow for a unique twist on a sporty ponytail.

Words by Aemilia Madden

Originally published: 6 January 2023

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