Attending my first real NFL Seahawks football game this year I felt the energy, diversity, and major game day chic potential from the group of women who cheered with me.
My name is Julia, or also known as societygrl, and I have a love for fashion. I've been using social media for quite some time now to share my personal style. Before too long I developed a humble and devout following. I started a blog to share fashion and beauty advice (www.societygrlsblog.com) and that turned into blogs at DList Magazine, which led me to the recent New York Fashion Week, Bellevue Fashion Week, numerous fashion shows. Several products and magazine features later, my passion even landed me an interview with the legendary Joan Rivers at Lincoln Center in NYC.
There is no doubt that the Seahawks woman has a unique sense of style and charisma as being part of the 12th Man. Different ages, body types, races, careers, and ambitions all set us apart, but one thing brings us together - the Seahawks. That's the beauty of it, all of us gathered together at CenturyLink Field to get that W and enjoy time with our family and friends. It's a time to let go, to scream at the top of our lungs, and wave our pom pom's - actual and proverbial - when we score that touchdown.
However, a thought occurred to me during the game, who is the Seahawks woman? Is there such thing? In the huge 67,000 -seat stadium, the standard "go-to" of jeans, boots, and jersey combo showed potential for refinement. Sporting events can be another occasion to be excited about getting dressed up! Game day clothes can let your personality shine through with a simple personal touch to spirit gear. While the Seahawks are practicing their plays for game day, we women can practice our "chic" no matter what kind of Seahawks woman we are.
A Seahawks woman is innovative and daring. Who says that we can't wear men's jerseys? Paired with a beanie or a cap and my favorite shimmery scarf, there is no such thing as too much spirit gear, and for me, it's easily the best thing about football. For accessories, a simple clear clutch from Arden B, is approved for NFL stadiums, but doesn't sacrifice style in the process. Check out Vogue's take on the NFL's new clear bag policy. An elegant black heel from ZARA finishes off the look, and could be interchangeable with flats or ankle booties. Playing around with the jersey colors, it's cool to match shoes and over-the-knee socks. If you prefer a tighter waist, wrap a simple, thin belt around the thinnest part of your waist for a personal touch. This look is all about the oversized-game-day-chic.
The Seahawks woman is busy and stylish. Work, school, kids, pets, and/or significant others, a Seahawks woman has a full time job on and off the clock. Office job or not, don't be afraid to dress up a jersey - especially with weekday games coming up on Thursday and Monday nights. In a time crunch before Thursday Night Football and don't have time to change into your favorite jeans before the game? No problem. Keep your heels and skirt on, and tuck in your 12th man jersey for a quick and easy game day look. In this outfit the white ZARA skirt and pointy toe heel compliment the white jersey. Unlike previous years, all white is now acceptable after Labor Day with major design houses like Alexander McQueen and Chanel incorporating many all-white outfits in their runway shows. With the weather here in Seattle, it's okay to keep your blazer too. It's not about the clothes you wear, but how you wear it. With the right attitude, all eyes will be on you. The Tiffany Blue colored clutch is a fun take on the Seahawks' college navy color and an edgy addition to the dressier look, though it may be too large a clutch under the NFL's bag policy, it definitely works outside the stadium. The 2013 Fall/Winter designer runway trends have actually been incorporating collections with different shades of monochrome colors so you don't have to stress about matching exact Seahawks colored accessories to your spirit gear. Your schedule shouldn't get in the way of your 'off' time, especially on days like Thursday and Monday Night Football when the two collide. Enjoy standing out at your next football game with this chic outfit.
The Seahawks woman is also fun and youthful. Pull an old-school Britney Spears with the over-the-knee socks, a high waist flared skirt, and a men's letter jacket. Again, by being innovative you open up the whole Seahawks Pro Shop to your advantage! Just because it's for "men" doesn't mean it won't look good on you. I actually saw this trend a lot during NYC Mercedes Benz 2013 Fashion Week, women on the street styled NFL lettermen's jackets with skirts or dresses, sheer tights, and boots. In this case, I paired my favorite MSGM abstract floral skirt; floral is huge this year, with simple black over-the-knee socks and Ash wedge sneakers for a fun, and most importantly, comfortable look. This jacket (as seen here can be found in-store at the Seahawks Pro Shop) is also my favorite spirit gear item, it's a great game day piece, but easily transforms into an everyday look as well. It's warm and cozy, plan for it to be a little larger than a normal women's sweatshirt, so you're basically wearing a blanket all day. It's also quite simple to style with layers like sweatshirts and scarves. Not to mention showing your Seahawk pride sparks conversation. There is such a thing as comfortable and stylish.
In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, I incorporated the pink highlights in the MSGM skirt and pink Seahawks football in the last outfit. It's important to realize that this affects millions of women each year and it is a great opportunity to promote awareness for early detection. Support the cause this month and join thousands of women around the country by wearing pink with your Seahawks gear.
(Hair & Makeup – We The People Salon//Photography – Ivan Lesko)