RAINY day chic was the order of the day on Friday for most of the featured protagonists in this year's PBA Commissioner's Cup finals
A number of the players understandably opted for comfort and functionality, making sure they felt warm without sacrificing their sense of style.
TNT veteran Harvey Carey led the charge with what he dubbed his original style, sporting a classic black graphic tee and gray sweatpants combo that stood out when paired with his neon orange kicks.
"My style is very simple, today's shirt is Atari," says Harvey. "Old-school gaming since I'm an older guy, it's just apt for me."
Scrappy KaTropa guard Brian Heruela and do-it-all SMB import Chris McCollough were all-business with their take on a laidback ensemble, with the former paying extra attention to his hair.
"I just fix my hair wear whatever I feel like wearing, especially in this cold weather," said Brian, who reported for duty in his workmanlike white-shirt-and-blue-gym-shorts number. "I just come in here ready to workout."
Chris, on the other hand, casually countered the rainy weather with a dark blue sweatsuit, Detroit Piston joggers, and a classic Yankees baseball cap, "This is regular, more of a laidback, sweatsuit outfit since it's rainy out there," he said.
Beermen reserve Paul Zamar, who has always been partial to lightweight clothing since his days in the Asean Basketball League (ABL), stuck with his fashion gameplan for Game 3.
"This is my travel outfit, nakasanayan ko ito nung naglalaro pa ako sa ABL, easy-to-wear," he said. "I usually ask my wife to help me and sometimes I just copy my teammate's outfits."
Speaking of wives, Fil-Am Matt Ganuelas-Rosser is another Beerman who turns to his wife for style advice. The hard-nosed wing defender wore a statement shirt, topped with a midnight blue jacket, partnering them with a pair of blue and white Nike Air Max 97.
"I have to give props for this cool outfit to my wife, she's my stylist," admitted Matt. "Nikes on feet always. I brought this blue jacket because it's kinda rainy. And then the shirt, it always got a message. I call this 'comfy-on-trend' style."
Roger Pogoy, meanwhile, flaunted his personal style, wearing Nike from head to toe, "Sinusuot ko lang yung bigay nila, ako lang nagbibihis sa'kin eh, ako lang kasi mag-isa," he said, laughing.
PBA's Spiderman Arwind Santos, famous for his distinct style, arrived at the Big Dome wearing a camouflage jacket over a gray Jordan shirt and denim joggers.
"Ganyan talaga ako manamit, mga patterned. Dati di ako magaling pumorma, pero nakakuha ako idea sa mga idol ko, tulad ni Vhong Navarro," he said. "Basta komportable at bagay sa akin, okay na."
Comfort is also a priority to Von Pessumal, who aspires to be a role model to young stars who want to be in the PBA, encouraging them to dress appropriately.
Wearing black long sleeves sweater and khaki cargo shorts, he shared that he always sees to it that he looks decent on gameday. "I am a professional basketball player, and I want to dress like someone kids can look up to," Von said. "I also often wear different kinds of Jordans and lifestyle shoes."
His teammate Alex Cabagnot wore a gray sweater with camou accent to keep calm and chill on a cold day, "I just want to be comfortable on a rainy day."
He also shared that his fashion icon is actually teammate Ronald Tubid, who wore a mustard sweater over a white polo, complementing it with blue jeans and white oxford shoes as suggested by his wife.
"This is my wet weather outfit, a chill style," he said.