Skylar Diggins-Smith wants you to know she’s a hooper with style. On August 2, the six-time all-star and Phoenix Mercury Guard released his first-ever capsule collection featuring PUMA bracescalled Desert sky. The four-piece capsule is a great mix of leisure and street style, with duality and versatility in any look. There is something for every Diggins-Smith fan. The collection includes a Desert Sky jersey dressbasketball shorts, a graphic t-shirt and her signature TRC Blaze Court Desert Sky sneakers.
In 2018, Diggins-Smith was the first WNBA player to join PUMA as they relaunched their basketball division. For this collection, she was able to be hands-on throughout the process, from the mood of the look to the actual styling. Desert Sky is one representation of Diggins-Smith as a player balancing career, family and motherhood. These pieces are an amalgamation of her basketball influence and fashion sensibility — easy to style on and off the court. From the bold color palette inspired by sunsets in Phoenix, Arizona to the graphic t-shirt with the affirmation “You do you” (something Diggins-Smith’s mother always told her growing up), get a peek into the life of the WNBA superstar with this capsule.
Unbothered chatted with Diggins-Smith to learn more about the making of her Desert Sky capsule collection. She opened up about how her style has evolved over the years and how fashion has been an outlet during a particularly difficult season, playing without her friend and teammate Brittney Grinner.
Effortless: What was the inspiration behind your Desert Sky Collection?
Skylar Diggins-Smith: This was the first time I had complete creative control with a capsule collection, and with these four pieces I wanted to highlight versatility and comfort. I wanted people to be able to have pieces that you could mix with high fashion pieces or dress down. It didn’t matter what]your lifestyle [is]. There is a piece that will get you.
What three things do you want people who buy this collection to feel when they wear it?
I want people to feel confident. I want people to feel empowered. I want people to feel good. You can layer t-shirt and dress. I really just wanted inclusivity and people to feel included, chic and sexy.
Where did the slogan come from? ‘You do you’ on your t-shirt come from? Is it a daily affirmation you live by?
Absolutely! Especially on and off the field and in all aspects of my life. It’s something my mom started with me when I was growing up. She would just say, “you do.” And it pretty much taught me to always be myself. I was enough! These are all things that my mother instilled in me. The crazy thing is that it still holds true for me to this day. [“You do you”] was definitely something that was a huge symbol that I’m glad we were able to incorporate into a final design on the t-shirt.
How would you describe your style and how has it evolved over the years? What are your go-to pieces in your closet?
I think [evolved through] discovering my baseline style, what I wanted my style to be and how I wanted it to look. And then it diverged from there by trying other things. I have worn many earth tones. I’ve been going into that Matrix look with the all black lately. There has been one a lot of emotions that have gone into this season, so when it comes to my style, I just express myself and try to take the time to dress because at one point I didn’t feel like doing it and was disinterested. Now I have taken the time to express myself and try new things outside my comfort zone. My go-to pieces would have to be a suit [all black] because you can wear it oversized together or mix it with other pieces like a bandeau or crop top. I also love that you can also pair it with heels, boots or sneakers. Also a pair of plain hoop earrings.
How have you and your teammates used fashion to express the way you’ve felt and advocate this season for your friend and teammate Brittney Griner, who is still fake imprisoned in Russia?
Speaking specifically for myself, my outfits have been really intentional! You also see it around the league. outside of basketball, [we are] truly expressing ourselves as social advocates and concerned citizens. I think the reach we have with these platforms is unique, and we are the majority [outspoken] professional athletes in my opinion. We always try to use what we have to get the message out and support social movements we are passionate about. My BG outfit for the All-Star game meant the most to me. I was on the biggest stage to try to keep her spirit there, keep her voice there and the message relevant to her [was important]. I didn’t even want to play at the beginning of the year, I feel like I should have done more, but I love how we’ve all been able to come together. In the WNBA, sisterhood is so important. We will always make sure we lift our sister up and do everything we can to bring her home.
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