Inspired, he tapped the label’s creative director, Bryan Seversky, to create Sandler Shorts, basketball shorts in white and blue that are meant to be worn a few sizes too big and as both activewear and everyday loungewear, as Sandler intended. “Wear the shorts around the house, to the court, or to your nephew’s bris,” says Seversky, adding, “He dresses for comfort and is unapologetic about it. And there’s something refreshing and genuine about this attitude.”
It isn’t only downtown brands that have been heralding the great big bagginess of Sandler. Whether it is ironic or not, TikTokers have been promoting Sandlercore and wearing all-things XXL. In one instance, the user @meganoakley_ starts a video off with a selfie in which she says “you wouldn’t go out dressed like that” and then segues to a clip of a gaggle of women dressed in supersized shorts and T-shirts à la Sandler. TikTok tastemaker Tinx notes that, in addition to dressing like a “rich mom,” she swears by Sandler’s style. In a Vogue article from July 2021, she notes: “Adam Sandler is someone I think a lot about when I get dressed. How big can my T-shirt be; how long are my shorts? That’s very accepted in California too.”
In an industry that is often highly put-together, strategic, and manicured, there’s certainly some beauty in Sandler’s insouciant approach to clothing. All of those oversized pieces seem to say “life is life” and “clothes are clothes.” That’s all true, so why not wear what you want? While Sandler’s relaxed vibe makes him an unusual fashion icon, he’s suited for these times. After all, his clothing philosophy is comfortable, and most importantly, it’s comforting.