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


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 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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