Even when he was nursing an injured ankle with a protective boot last month, Austin Rivers made sure his 'fit was on point. "If I'm going to sit, I might as well look good," he says. Though the boot is no fashion statement, it didn't deter Rivers from suiting up for a more "grown" look he's transitioned to.
It's a recent change in his game-day style that resulted in the purchase of 18 tailored suits from designers such as Musika Frere and Gucci. He owned just one last year. "I went all-in," says Rivers, who returned to action last week. "I went from not having suits to being Mr. Suit."
Gone are the days of dressing like an L.A. guy, or what Rivers calls "the Melrose look" (trendy streetwear with ripped jeans and oversized sweatshirts). "Young boy-type stuff," the 25-year-old says. Well, those days are almost over. "I have range. Some days I'll be super professional, and some days I'll look like a fucking rapper."
He's also done with the fashion he donned as a teen—oversized threads, headbands and Air Force 1s—referencing the baggy clothing LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony wore in the early 2000s. "I wanted to be like the basketball players," he says.
Now, Rivers is one, with a confidence level and basketball lineage that make him polarizing among opponents and fans. He'll always be coach Doc Rivers' son, but he's his own man now. In hoops and in style.
"You're never going to please everybody. I go into the locker room and guys will be like, 'What do you got on?'" he says while giving B/R Mag a tour of his closet in his Pacific Palisades, California, home. "I'll be like: 'This is how I dress. What do you got on?'"