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10 Pieces From Kevin Love’s Banana Republic Collection That Don’t Require You To Be A Handsome Basketball Man To Pull Off

The pro basketball player, mental health advocate, and overall very good-looking man debuted his signature clothing line today.

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Okay, so if you keep up with the sports, you already know who Kevin Love is — the five-time NBA All-star who’s played for the Cleveland Cavaliers since 2014.

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(You may have heard of one of his old work friends, LeBron James, once or twice.)

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Here they are at Kevin's 30th birthday party. See? They are work friends but also friend friends.

Anyway, even if you don’t know who Kevin Love is, surely you can appreciate the objective fact that Kevin is not only a pro basketball player, but he is also a full-time handsome man who’s been Banana Republic’s “style ambassador” (model) since 2016.

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^^Here's a few shots from his recent campaigns, where we see him slouching, but like, handsomely, in a way that your mcm could never.

And as if it wasn’t hard enough to juggle bball, modeling, being a mental health advocate, guest-starring on The Suite Life On Deck, and otherwise maintaining the platonic ideal of white guy facial hair, Kev’s also been dipping his toes in the design world at the ‘nanner Republic.

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Enter: BR x Kevin Love, a first signature clothing line, which debuted today.

Which brings us to the most crucial question in menswear of the season: Can the rest of us, as non-NBA players and non-models, pull this shit off?

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Answer: Yes. But it really wouldn't hurt to be one of the two.

Here are our favorite looks:

1. This Bad (But Still Overall Wholesome) Boy Leather Biker Jacket

Everyone knows that the intersection of fall dressing, modern masculinity, and being able to telegraph that you are a tiny bit of a bad boy is a biker jacket. This one's just over $500, which honestly is pretty good for a real leather number. Plus, we like it in the brown. It makes it less James Dean wanna-be, and more like cool hot dad who's, yes, considered investing in a motorcycle but ultimately decided on a better option for the whole family.Price: $548 (available in sizes XXS–XXL)
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Everyone knows that the intersection of fall dressing, modern masculinity, and being able to telegraph that you are a tiny bit of a bad boy is a biker jacket. This one's just over $500, which honestly is pretty good for a real leather number. Plus, we like it in the brown. It makes it less James Dean wanna-be, and more like cool hot dad who's, yes, considered investing in a motorcycle but ultimately decided on a better option for the whole family.

Price: $548 (available in sizes XXS–XXL)

2. This "I'm Very Good Friends With LeBron" Sweater Polo

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All the athletes are buttoning up their polos to the tippy top these days (theory: it keeps the fabric taut across your gym gainz). You're going to want this sensible long-sleeved number for its slimming vertical color-blocking, per the fashion rules: those of ye who have no vertical shall seek to wear it. Plus, a certain bestie of yours famously looks great in "Whiskey tan," so now you guys can match!

Price: $89.50 (available in sizes XXS–XXL)

3. The "I'm Nostalgic For College But In A Grown-Up Way" Varsity Jacket

As anyone who has watched ten minutes of Queer Eye will know, the bomber jacket will clear your skin, pay off your remaining student loans, and take all of your sartorial anxieties under its leather-sheathed wings. We like it for the kind of classic football player vibe, and also because it's lined with 60% post-consumer recycled content apparently — because we're only into woke quarterbacks now.Price: $428 (available in sizes XXS–XXL)
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As anyone who has watched ten minutes of Queer Eye will know, the bomber jacket will clear your skin, pay off your remaining student loans, and take all of your sartorial anxieties under its leather-sheathed wings. We like it for the kind of classic football player vibe, and also because it's lined with 60% post-consumer recycled content apparently — because we're only into woke quarterbacks now.

Price: $428 (available in sizes XXS–XXL)

4. This Hot Inverse Charlie Brown Crew-Neck Sweater

It's got two big, manly athletic stripes to remind everyone you are sporty, but it's also literally "designed for a supersoft feeling," which is yes, a scientific term. This is about to be your new cozy go-to for wine night with the boys.Price: $108 (available in three colors combos and sizes XXS–XXL)
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It's got two big, manly athletic stripes to remind everyone you are sporty, but it's also literally "designed for a supersoft feeling," which is yes, a scientific term. This is about to be your new cozy go-to for wine night with the boys.

Price: $108 (available in three colors combos and sizes XXS–XXL)

5. These "I Just Extended My Contract Hashtag Dollar Signs" Landrover Socks

Nothing subtly hints at that $120 million state of mind better than wearing luxury vehicles on your feet. We highly recommend pairing these with your favorite suit shorts for the optical summer-to-fall transitional look.Price: $14.50 (available in two colors)
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Nothing subtly hints at that $120 million state of mind better than wearing luxury vehicles on your feet. We highly recommend pairing these with your favorite suit shorts for the optical summer-to-fall transitional look.

Price: $14.50 (available in two colors)

6. These Kinda Professor-y Corduroy Dress Pants

Whether or not you have to deal with Cleveland levels of cold, these corduroys are what's going to get you through the fall and winter when the chinos won't cut it. Get them in "Dark Shadow Black," not just because it sounds like something directed by Christopher Nolan, but also because you can wear them multiple times over the work week without anyone noticing, and then to brunch with ya girl at Sadelle's.Price: $98 (available in three colors and sizes ranging from 26W–44W and 28L–34L)
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Whether or not you have to deal with Cleveland levels of cold, these corduroys are what's going to get you through the fall and winter when the chinos won't cut it. Get them in "Dark Shadow Black," not just because it sounds like something directed by Christopher Nolan, but also because you can wear them multiple times over the work week without anyone noticing, and then to brunch with ya girl at Sadelle's.

Price: $98 (available in three colors and sizes ranging from 26W–44W and 28L–34L)

7. This "OK But Really I Do Miss College Kinda" Enamel Varsity Jacket Pin

If you're hesitant about investing in the real thing or just don't have a Land Rover socks type of budget, opt for the pin version. You can wear either earnestly and/or ironically over everything to remind everyone about your Division I glory days and how you've somehow still managed to glow up from those heights.Price: $19.50
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If you're hesitant about investing in the real thing or just don't have a Land Rover socks type of budget, opt for the pin version. You can wear either earnestly and/or ironically over everything to remind everyone about your Division I glory days and how you've somehow still managed to glow up from those heights.

Price: $19.50

8. The "Is He Steve Jobs Or Just Sensitive" Cable-Knit Turtleneck Sweater

Think of the turtleneck as the character foil to the leather jacket: Whereas you want the jacket to show off how weather-worn and casually motorcycle-infused your lifestyle is, the turtleneck conveys a Jobsian-type of soft power that makes people pay attention and feel unthreatened, particularly if you happen to be pushing 6′ 10″. Plus: the thicker the cable knit, the closer to God.Price: $128 (available in sizes XXS–XXL)
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Think of the turtleneck as the character foil to the leather jacket: Whereas you want the jacket to show off how weather-worn and casually motorcycle-infused your lifestyle is, the turtleneck conveys a Jobsian-type of soft power that makes people pay attention and feel unthreatened, particularly if you happen to be pushing 6′ 10″. Plus: the thicker the cable knit, the closer to God.

Price: $128 (available in sizes XXS–XXL)

9. The Donegal Beanie

Spending $50 on an Irish-sweater-inspired hat will make sense if you consider how this shade of olive goes with all things without looking overly bank robber-y, and how often you'll war it as a result. Protect your bean, think gratefully about the considerably lower risk of CTE associated with your particular line of work, and sally forth boldly into the cold, my dudes.Price: $49.50 (available in three colors)
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Spending $50 on an Irish-sweater-inspired hat will make sense if you consider how this shade of olive goes with all things without looking overly bank robber-y, and how often you'll war it as a result. Protect your bean, think gratefully about the considerably lower risk of CTE associated with your particular line of work, and sally forth boldly into the cold, my dudes.

Price: $49.50 (available in three colors)

10. These Stretch Wool Track Pants, or: The Fancyman's Alternative To Sweats

Whether or not you're a pro bball player or not, there comes a time in a man's life when he needs to burn all of the sweatpants that have been mindlessly accumulating in that bottom drawer since high school, both for the good of the public health and also because only a few of us can be Justin Theroux in drawstring pants. And until society gets its shit together and lets everyone be paid equally and wear spandex leggings equally, these are going to be your next and comfiest bet for those days when you don't want to wear pants, but, ya know, you can't not wear pants.Price: $98 (available in sizes XS–XXL)
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Whether or not you're a pro bball player or not, there comes a time in a man's life when he needs to burn all of the sweatpants that have been mindlessly accumulating in that bottom drawer since high school, both for the good of the public health and also because only a few of us can be Justin Theroux in drawstring pants. And until society gets its shit together and lets everyone be paid equally and wear spandex leggings equally, these are going to be your next and comfiest bet for those days when you don't want to wear pants, but, ya know, you can't not wear pants.

Price: $98 (available in sizes XS–XXL)

Don't forget: you can browse the entire BR x Kevin Love 2018 collection here, and study up on how to match your handsome turtleneck to your handsome eyes here. You'll be just like Kevin before you know it!

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Go get 'em, you fall fashion champ you.