I scored the hat trick Saturday night with a shirt tail sweater, super high heels and stretchy pants for the Coyotes game against the Kings. I’m not sure things could be much better. Have no fear, I have saved myself from the cold and itchiness of just wearing the lambswool sweater, and threw on a nice long sleeved shirt underneath. I might look a little bit “puffier” than I would without it, but anything to save myself from being miserable (though the heels are a different story).
It was an all out hustle getting myself to the arena that night. Dinner at Starbucks, and an hour of traffic later, I found my way up to my seat on press level. Thank goodness for lots of caffeine and the caffeinated beverages the arena provides for media. A venti latte is only so potent. Add a pepsi and maybe some tea (or even more coffee) and you are set for the game and a late night of post writing. Woo!
Obviously, comfort is important, so when you just have to bust out those brand new heels, make sure to add a gel insert for comfort. Mine are super comfy, besides the fact that I think I may have gone a half a size too big, whoops. Be confident in the size of shoes you buy before-hand, and if they aren’t as snug as you would like them to be, put an insole in that takes up some space. Trust me, running down to the locker room after an OT win takes a lot of work. Running around in those 5-inch heels that are a bit slippery makes things that much more challenging. You need to be able to keep up, and if your foot is sliding all around, it won’t be the best experience. Don’t look like a fool, especially if you aren’t great in heels (luckily I am classically trained in the art of heels). Lesson learned. I told you in my last post that I will probably make mistakes along the way; there we go.
A good thing about playing the Kings is that there aren’t many color restrictions. If you didn’t know, it’s kind of a no-no to wear opposing teams colors, but that seems like a bit of a no-brainer. I mean, you probably shouldn’t wear all black and white nor should you wear purple, but I don’t think I have any issues with either of those. Since I wanted to change it up a bit, I figured a super bright red/orange sweater would make things interesting. A sneaky, built-in shirttail makes things 10x better and automatically more professional.
I wore basically the most comfortable pants in the world. Stretchy, warm, pleasant. They might feel like I’m wearing pajamas, but they sure don’t look like it. This pant and heel combo might be making an appearance more than once this season, I can tell you that much. I loved this look.
Like I talked about last time, professionalism is key. If you are questioning whether or not it is appropriate, play it safe. Don’t hang out on the line between safe and too far. It’s better to look conservative. Plus, if you are at a hockey game, there is most likely no need to have everything hanging out. Throw on some tights and a jacket, and you might just make things look more appropriate. Don’t risk your credibility or ruin your professional relationships with a team. You aren’t there to look pretty and impress in a negative way, you are there to present yourself in a way that is respectful and proper. Dressing the part in the right way is way more appealing than dressing like you don’t belong in the situation.
Press Level Tip: If you recorded some post game coverage on your phone, try listening to it on your way home. I know I do, and when it comes time to write an article, you have a good idea of what quotes you might use, or even what direction you want to take your story. Of course, I highly recommend listening to them over again (even several times), but it helps to occupy you on your drive home, and may just cut your writing time down. This is especially useful after late games, when you have several articles to write.
Shop the Look:
Shoes: Forever 21, $22
Pants: J.Crew, $42
Top: J.Crew,$80 (In many different colors and an additional %off)
Necklace: Forever 21, $12.80