So I know that I make a habit of transforming every single hockey game into an excuse to dress up. Either it’s an intense matchup or there hasn’t been a home game for a while or the game lands on a full moon–whatever!

However, contrary to my usual need to have an elaborate reason behind my many ensemble choices, my choice behind what I wore for the Sharks home opener was simple: I had to wear this dress.

Forget that it was Team Teal’s home opener. Forget that it was a Saturday night tilt. Forget that they were playing Winnipeg which made it the “Sharks vs Jets” game so basically every “West Side Story” pun you could make was up for grabs.

The truth was: My mom bought me an awesome black velvet dress for my birthday. And I was bound and determined to dress it up in a work-appropriate way so I could wear it to the game.
So, here goes:

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You can’t tell from the photo, but this little number is velvet. Yes, velvet. My mom bought me this velvet LBD from Brandy Melville for my birthday–yes I’m obsessed with this store–and I got it in my head that I was definitely wearing it for the Sharks home opener.

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Of course, it is short and has little straps so I needed to bundle–for warmth, and also to take the outfit from “date night” to “work night” if only just for a few hours. Last season, I wrote a piece on how to rock black-on-black-on-black to a game without looking like you’re attending a funeral. (You can find that here!) Following that guide: The dress, albeit having a bit of a floral print, is very opaque and heavy, so a more sheer stocking with very subtle black polka dots was the best bet. This Steve Madden pair was only five bucks and came with a bonus pair of solid black tights. Score!

On top, I wore a small black H&M cardigan. I bought this one in an extra small so that it covered my arms, but didn’t take away from the dress, which was the centerpiece here.

The jewelry? I got a little creative, although I kept all of that within the same color family.Sparkling black watch, a few glitzy snake rings, and my black bat earrings (festive, eh?)

I was so stoked to wear this ensemble that I don’t know how the heck I’m going to top it! Fear not; the Sharks are on the road for the next week and a half, giving me plenty of time to put my next wearable creation together.

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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