My mother was always into fashion when I was growing up. Seeing her tastes and interest in the finer things in life has rubbed off on me and influenced my sense of style. The clothes I wear are based on the occasion or event, if I’m going to the MET Gala, for example, I’m stepping out in formal suiting; if I’m headed to a basketball game I wear fitted jeans and a nice jacket. Denim is definitely my go-to item—it’s the one piece of clothing I always have with me. I like my outfits to be comfortable, but not too casual. Basketball and fashion are both parts of my life that I am passionate about. In my opinion if you play well and you dress well, they’ll pay well.

–Amar’e Stoudemire.