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When you are a hard-die sports fan, you have your uniform, maybe even with the signature of your favorite player. However, many of us only attend sporting events once in a while. Thus, what to wear to sports events can be stressful. Read what to consider for thermal comfort, (skin) health protection, and not looking totally out of place when you (have to) attend a game.

  1. No Fear of Dressing for a Sports Event
  2. Tips to Look Your Best Ever at a Sports Event
  3. Lookbook of What to Wear to Sports Events
  4. References


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No Fear of Dressing for a Sports Event

When you are a hardcore fan of a team you surely have their “uniform” and hence not to worry about what to wear to a game. Just throw it on and blend in.

However, what if your best female friend got an extra ticket and invites you to a game or your kid, nephew, nice or grand-kid has a game that they want you to attend because you are in town?

Don’t sweat it! Read on what to do! Dressing for a sports event is easy even without having/buying a uniform.

Influencer showing an outfit in blue, white and green to match the teams colors
When the team’s colors are blue, green and white this summer look would work as what to wear to sports events like a game of your niece


fashion blogger over 50 in boxy top with pencil skirt
Outfit details: Color block eShakti top with Loft floral print skirt, beads and pearls necklace, DvF sunglasses, and studded flats. This look works when you decide to show your style, and just don the team’s colors.



Tips to Look Your Best Ever at a Sports Event

Here are several tips to look appropriate for a sports event.

  1. First find out what kind of event you go to, whether it will be indoors or outside, and what the colors of the team are that you are supposed to cheer for. If the game is outside also check the weather forecast.
  2. Keeping the answers to the above questions and the anticipated weather in mind, riot your closet for casual items that are in colors close to the team’s colors. For instance, if the team has cardinal red and white, red and off-white will be fine. It’s about the intend. It must not be exactly the same colors.
  3. Go for a natural look with your makeup. When you have long hair go for a braid as you don’t want that your hair gets tangles and too much friction when the wind plays with it. Who needs split ends?
  4. Decide whether you want to express your style or just want to blend in with the fans. For blending in, a T-shirt/sweater plus jacket (cold weather) in colors close to those of the team with jeans and sneakers will be a safe bet. To show off your style, make sure you design an outfit that avoids the other team’s colors, but has those of her team somewhere in your outfit.
  5. In cold weather, sporty fabrics, stripes and prints for the top with a beret, beanie or other wool hats plus jeans, sneakers or wedges with a messenger or other casual bag are good choices. It’s perfect to stay warm, and comfy, while looking sporty. Think of former governor Sarah Palin on February 17, 2007 waving the checked flag at the finish line of the Tesoro Iron Dog snow-machine race on the Chena River in Fairbanks when the First Dude and his team mate Davies finished first place.
  6. In warm weather, flat sandals, moccasins, or cute old school sneakers are great options for your footwear. Jeans, Bermuda shorts, cargo pants or not too short cutoffs or denim skirts work as well. On top, go for thin cotton layers. You never know whether you will be in the shadow or the sun. YLayers permit adjusting your outfit for thermal comfort. When the event is outside taking several hours, consider wearing sun-protective clothing.
  7. Speaking of the Sun, don’t forget to use sun cream, bringing sunglasses, and a flat ivy hat or baseball cap. The hat being flat and brimless on the sides is critical, as you don’t want to block the view for the people behind you. Having a hat handy is critical, as you don’t want to get a sunstroke. If the game is in the evening like the traditional Fairbanks Midnight Sun Baseball Game, have a mosquito repellent. You don’t want to be dinner.
  8. Avoid belts, anything body conscious, heels, a fancy updo, bags that are not casual, the other team’s colors, and short skirts, short shorts, or short dresses. Even style icon and designer of very body conscious dresses Victoria Beckham has been going casual when watching her husband’s or kids’ soccer games. And by no means wear mommy jeans!
  9. When you have to go thru a security, turn the security line into your runway with a see-thru bag.



Lookbook of What to Wear to Sports Events

The OOTD shown in this post would work for a game of a team either having blue and green, white and blue or green and blue as colors as long as the additional color is not one of the other team’s colors. The athleisure trend is also helpful. If you have athleisure in colors close to those of the team, style an athleisure outfit for a sporty look.

influencer in denim jacket, tigh long pants, stripped top
Oliveo leather shorts with pumps, Star denim jacket, Hermes H-buckle belt, Hermes collier de chien leather band, Paloma Picasso sunglasses and unbranded striped T-shirt


fashion blogger dressed for a sports event in colors similar to the green, white and blue of the team
Dressing in colors similar to those of the team (e.g. green, blue white)


Kuspuk Alaska street style at Iditarod dog race
Wearing my self-sewn green velvet kuspak for watching the Iditarod. Other outfit details: Hat, Blodo faux fur lined boots, shearling mittens with bead embroidery. When your niece’s favorite musher has a signature color, wear a scarf or hat (or both) in that color. However, make thermal comfort the priority.


cocktail dress as an exxample what to wear to sports events like watching a dance competition
Outfit for watching a dance competition


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Mölders, Nicole, 2019. Outdoor Universal Thermal Comfort Index Climatology for Alaska, Atmosphere and Climate Sciences, DOI: 10.4236/acs.2019.94036

Photos: G. Kramm

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