How to dress for sporting events 0
Whether you're attending winter sporting events at local arenas or heading off to the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, keeping warm and dry while looking your best is a winning plan.
"Dressing practically but with an air of casual chic is important," says personal style coach Wendy Woods of the Toronto-based creative image consulting company The Refinery. "I'd suggest sticking with pant options like jeans or leggings, and dressing in layers that can be added or removed as needed, especially if you are going from outdoor-to-indoor activities."
Jackets, hoodies, quilted vests and sweaters will be among your most important layering pieces.
If you're going to be outdoors, your most important top layer is likely to be a warm, waterproof parka or down-filled hooded jacket.
A coat with sealed seams will help to repel water on wet days and one that features lightweight lining materials that wick moisture away from your body can also be helpful, especially if you'll be wearing your coat for several hours.
Tapered jackets with lightweight linings also help to create a stylishly streamlined appearance. Belts, vertical zippers on pockets and plain and gathered stand up collars are stylish details on jackets that also contribute to a sleek appearance.
Quilted puffer vests are good layering pieces over sweaters and other tops on warmer days and in more temperate time zones.
Vests and jackets with removable hoods and faux fur trim can add both warmth and style to your look.
Jeans are another go-anywhere wardrobe staple that can take you to both sporting and après sporting activities at the Games or in any part of the country.
"A pair of classic, dark, slim-fit jeans is an essential base for any outfit and adds structure to oversized winter parkas," says Vancouver native Jason Trotzuk, of Fidelity Denim. "Super Stretch jeans for women are made of heavy weight denim to keep you feeling warm and sleek during the winter games. Men may also want to go with a low rise, slim, straight cut which will keep us guys looking hot even in cold weather."
According to Trotzuk, a line of destructed denim called "Dioz" is another good choice for staying warm and stylish, as the jeans feature an inner weather-protective lining.
Toasty base layering pieces, fleece pants, sweaters and hoodies will also add warmth and flair to your game day style.
Patriotic red clothing and accessories adorned with the word "Canada" are likely to be among the top choices for those attending the events in B.C., as well as for those watching from afar.
"My Olympic curling ticket recently arrived and got me thinking about wearing a fashionably patriotic outfit to the rink," says Sarah Murray, of Vancouver-based Fashion High.
"I plan to don as much red as possible, and to wear a multitude of layers and fashionable accessories. I'd also recommend taking along a stylish scarf, cozy mitts, an umbrella and sunglasses, because in Vancouver if could rain in the morning and turn to sunshine in the afternoon."
Other fashionable must-haves include trapper hats, toques and insulated boots to keep feet warm.
"Have fun with your accessories as these are also the easiest and most affordable pieces to change up if you want to look different everyday at the events," recommends Woods.