There is, I kid you not, absolutely nothing like the first game back on home ice after the long offseason.

(And the Sharks summer was extra long, but that’s another story for another time.)

Despite only being two preseason tilts, these first games back at the Tank are still kind of like the first day of school. On the first day of school, one must always look their best, right? I’m not going to lie, I had also just gotten my hair done which makes every girl feel like a million bucks. But enough about my Barbie ‘do, let’s talk clothes:

 

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FRIDAY: For the first game back I chose basics that I can dress up, or down, throughout the regular season without looking like I’ve re-worn anything too many times. So praise sweet baby Buddha for there actually being cute, high-quality staples at the $7 dress sale at Forever 21! Black-and-red striped tunic dress, basic black stockings and my go-to flats, viola– game night ensemble for under ten bucks.

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SATURDAY: Quick turn-around for games–especially a night game followed by a day game–typically mean that you’ll want to slip into something extra comfortable for the second tilt. And believe me, it wasn’t easy to change out of my baggy boys’ flannel and well-worn black leggings to rock the stockings. But I think I found something that worked well.

I grabbed the same Brandi Melville skater skirt that I wore for the first day of training camp–remember, we’re all about soft separates that you can wear multiple times!–and paired it with a navy-and-white striped round neck top, polka dot tights, and motorcycle boots. STYLING NOTE: Mixing prints can be tricky. Since both the stripe pattern on my top and the spots on my stockings are subtle and in the same color palette, they can work. Busying the look with more colors on top, or tights with a more stand-out design, can border on unprofessional.

 

That’ll do for this weekend! Now I need to figure out what fanciful thing to wear next Tuesday when the Kings come back into town. Because, even though that’s a preseason game, it should be quite exciting. And everyone wants to dress the part, right?

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 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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