Unlike the rest of the country, which has been caught in a polar vortex for the past several months, California has been unseasonably warm. Like, drought-inducing warm.

Which is cool for Left Coasters like me who enjoy a good beach day in the middle of January.

Unfortunately, the balmy temps make it tricky to dress for covering a hockey game.

And sometimes resorting to the mentality of “I’ll pack my peacoat and be good to go” doesn’t cut it, especially if you are spending many hours out of the day in and out of the barn.

For these occasions–in this case, the night I covered the Sharks-Stars game–we turn to layers. Lots and lots of adorable layers.

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LAYER 1: I start off with my go-to cotton jersey long-sleeved tunic dress. It’s comfy, cute and plays well with layering. Plus, H&M prices them at 10 bucks a pop occasionally throughout the year. I paired this forest green number with a subtle fishnet tight.

*PRO TIP: Fishnets are okay at press level only if they are of the small-weave variety. Cancan -style stockings are a no-no in most job industries, and won’t keep you very warm anyways.

LAYER 2: This ginormous leopard scarf is one of the best gifts I have ever received; it’s so huge that I could wear it as a sarong if I wanted to. I can wrap it extra times depending on how cold it gets during the game. To balance out the outfit on the bottom, I put on this awesome pair of over-the-knee brown boots.

*SECRET STYLING TIP: The best part about wearing super tall boots? You can’t see it in the photo, but I’m actually wearing thick legwarmers underneath to keep my roasty-toasty! They get packed into my purse and I put them on before entering the arena to stay warm all night. I wear my old thigh-high ballet legwarmers and bunch them down into my boots.

LAYER 3… OR 4, BUT WHO’S COUNTING?: Throw on a coat that matches the rest of your ensemble and you’re all set! A doctors’ bag style purse with lots of room is perfect for transporting all your game time goodies: Gloves, press pass, hand sanitizer, bottled water, etc.

Chelena Goldman grew up in a sports-obsessed family on a street where the boys played street hockey, so the life of a sportswriter is nothing but the perfect fit. The Bay Area native and fashion nut got her start covering the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL, and has just entered her third season of covering the San Jose Sharks--newly for Bay Area sports hub BayAreaSportsGuy.com She believes in dominance on the blue line, good red wine, and the theory that you can never be too overdressed for any occasion.

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