In just about every other “arena” of life–hockey puns!–being unhappy with having two months off of work makes you a “workaholic.”
But in sports, we call two months without work “the off-season” and, believe me, I have wanted nothing more than to be bundled up with hockey games to cover.
Developmental camps give a nice relief to the long summer off. And the second I knew the date of the San Jose Sharks prospect scrimmage, I was RSVP-ing for a spot up in the box.
Of course, a big part of the excitement of heading back to the rink is so I can plan out what I’m going to wear. That excitement then turns into a mad-as-a-hatter fashion show in my room as I try to piece an off-season outfit.
Black tights in July? That’s a bit extreme, right?
Thankfully, I have too many clothes to choose from and too much time on my hands, so putting together a more casual ensemble really isn’t that difficult. The theme? An outfit that would transition effortlessly between the cold arena and the warm weather outside, and be work-appropriate albeit a bit less dressy:
FOOTLESS BOTTOMS: Being that the scrimmage is more casual than an actual game, I chose to break my streak of strictly wearing strictly black tights to games, and opted for a fancy pair of leggings.
A thick pair of dark brown footless bottoms that I snagged from DSW a few years back are perfect for keeping me warm at the rink without sweltering in the South Bay heat on the way to the Tank.
LIGHT-KNIT TUNIC: This mushroom tunic is almost long enough to double as a dress. It, like the leggings, will keep me snuggled above ice level, but still be breathable when I step out into the summer temps.
LIGHT MOTO JACKET: In contrast to my heavy leather jackets, this black number is a heavy cotton blend that fits the season better. Plus, the asymmetrical zipper and buckles are adorable.
THE BALLET FLAT: I’ve written about these little black chaussures before. Every girl should have one in her shoe arsenal. They go with everything!
PUNKY ACCESSORIES: A more paired-down ensemble calls for fun jewelry and such, in my opinion anyways.
I opted for rustic-looking faux gold rings that matched the zippers on my jacket.
Typically I carry a more utilitarian purse to games. But since this isn’t your average game and I’m not lugging around as many things, I pulled out this musical tribute that I received as a gift on the 20th birthday; album cover on the front, A-side (not pictured) on the back.
Next time we meet it will be pre-season, and I promise my tights arsenal will be back in full force. But for now…
Until the next puck drops,
The Girl In The Black Tights