The Style Evolution of Michael Jordan

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 15:  Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats watches on during their game against the Indiana Pacers at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 15, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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For better or worse over the course of the past 30 years, people have looked at Michael Jordan and saw many things. His station as the greatest basketball player of all time has made him a bit of a fashion icon of sorts.

It wasn't just the shoe line that keeps rolling along to this day, but the ever so comfortable tag-less Hanes t-shirts, the long shorts and the incredibly goofy, ridiculously out-dated pants bagged out from here to Timbuktu. 

Jordan has never really given a damn what you think about what he wears, but he has changed over the years just like anybody else.

Just take a look at a college-aged Jordan goofing around in his dorm room, getting his Fonzworth Bentley on.

He just looks like an average college kid in the 1980s. Collared shirt tucked into the jeans; nothin' wrong with that.

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And of course there is the look he had while playing ball in the baby blues at North Carolina. As fierce as he ever was in the NBA, but something looks slightly different.

You get a look at a lot more thigh in the early Michael Jordan days than he cared to show off when he came around into the NBA.

Jordan was, of course, ever the fan of the long-legged basketball shorts. He started off with these slightly-extended bad boys a few years into his NBA career as they eventually started to catch on with other players around the league.

Even in the early days of Jordan's longer shorts they were a bit of a controversy, despite the fact that they were still noticeably north of the knee.

Moving forward into superstardom and winning championships really started to give him the disinterest in what people thought about what he was wearing.

Weather it be a multi-colored fiasco on the cover of Ebony Magazine, or just the ever-popular hoop earring that he rocked, he was going to wear whatever he wanted, even if it did look like it should be buried in 1992 and left in a dark corner of our memories.

Of course, one of the most popular images of Mike that came to evolve into something got him kicked out of a Miami-area country club earlier last year.

Initially he looked like an average golfer in the mid-90s. He's got himself a goofy hat on, a striped polo and a look of frustration on his face. Perhaps if his pants were made for somebody 80 pounds heavier, he would have a better time.

The 2000s came along and Mikey decided to take himself into the future in style at the 2000 ESPY Awards with a suit that can only be described as Robot Chic.

It's frightening-looking, has a confusingly-colored collar and is something that only a guy with all the money in the world would wear.

Yup, it's Michael Jordan's.

Spokesman Jordan was extremely prevalent in the past decade as well, most notably with Jordan rocking a simple white t-shirt wherever he went.

For whatever reason, Jordan might be the only person in this world that looks good walking around in an undershirt, although it might just be in comparison to what we're used to seeing him wear lately, so even a simple white t-shirt is an improvement.

Nonetheless, Jordan has shown himself off as the spokesman for the lack of tags on shirts for years now, and that's got to be one of his more stylish ventures.

Nowadays, we get the Michael Jordan who wears pants that look like they were designed for a man a half-foot taller and a quarter-century younger than he is, but it's impossible to tell him to stop.

After all, he is Michael freaking Jordan. 

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