Having a partnership for anything in life involves communication. April and I frequently discuss the happenings on Velvet’s Edge and work together to create topics that are interesting and cohesive. When possible, we like to coordinate topics from two different perspectives. This week our conversation went something like this:
Kelly: I love your topic idea of football, maybe I will write a post about football this week too….like fashion of football season. It could be “Football Week” on VE.
April: Exactly! You could write it as a follow up to my post. Ooo, Ooo and you could use a cute analogy about that thing in basketball….like when one guy throws the ball up in the air….
Kelly: an alley oop?
April: No…..its something else….like the one throws it up, high, and then the other one grabs it and puts it in the basket….
Kelly: you mean an alley oop and then someone dunks it?
April: No, no…… The part where he throws it up. It’s like he throws it up high…
Kelly: ohhhhhhhhhhhh……yeah, still an alley oop.
For those of you, like April, who are wondering-
According to Wikepedia: An alley-oop in basketball is an offensive play in which one player throws the ball near the basket to a teammate who jumps, catches the ball in mid air and immediately scores a basket, usually with a slam dunk. The alley-oop combines elements of teamwork, pinpoint passing, and timing.
Or in “April terms”: when the guy throws up the ball and the other guy puts it in the basket. Clearly you will be seeing another post in a couple of months titled, “The Basics of Basketball: How to Enjoy a Basketball Game,” by April Bermudez.
Contrary to what many of you may believe, I am somewhat versed in sports. Basketball, because I played it, and football because I am from Louisiana and growing up there you have no other choice. Since I have grown up with the game of football, the simple knowledge has been ingrained in me since a young age. We could talk more about that if we wanted to, but because April ‘alley ooped’ that topic and covered the basics, I figured I would talk about what we all really want to talk about….
What do I wear to a game?? In other words: the SLAM DUNK.
The most important part of fashion for a football game is finding the perfect balance between fashion and function. Yes, we all want to look cute at the game, but there are certain obstacles to that cute factor that we need to be prepared for. Here are my top tips for dressing the part of cute, cool, fan girl.
Leave the Stillettos at Home
I know. That dress really does look better with a ginormous high heel, which is exactly why you should never wear that dress to a football game. The truth is, there is no way around a heavy amount of walking to, from and during any sporting event. Oh you want another cocktail?? Ok, go hike a mile up to the concession stand and get you one, girlfriend. If you are wearing those sexy stillettos you will be doing more of a waddle to transport yourself anywhere by the end of the night….not sexy at all. Trust me, you will be cursing your mile-high heel and you will most certainly be dreaming of these…..
Oh yeah….look at them. Don’t they look comfy? That’s what I’ll be wearing as I skip down the corridor to load up on beer and peanuts. Weeeeeeeeeee!
Top Left: Freebird by Steven Madden
Top Right: Frye Melissa Button
Bottom Left: Diba Real Deal Booties
Bottom Right: Kyeran by Belle by Sigerson Morrison
Dress with Team Spirit
Have fun with your outfit and celebrate team spirit. My friends and I used to describe LSU games as “92,000 of your closest friends.” There is a huge sense of comradery that comes from cheering on the same team, so embrace that and dress the part! To find fun sports related clothing and accessories, check out footballfanatics.com. They literally have EVERYTHING, with a range from tanks to t-shirts to maternity wear in your favorite team colors and logos.
I love these vintage looking options (shocker) by Junk Food (found on footballfanatics.com).
Have fun with the accessories! (all found on footballfanatics.com)
Downsize Your Personal Belongings
For safety reasons this year, the NFL made a new rule that you can no longer carry a purse- larger than a clutch- into any NFL game. When they say clutch, they mean it too, no bigger than your hand. The rule also prohibits camera bags, backpacks, fanny packs and briefcases. Clearly, they don’t want anyone whipping out work during the football game. So annoying. This rule is a pretty big pain in the ass, but honestly it’s better not to have a big bag to lug around anyway.
For amazing options that pass the NFL requirements (or just for going out on the town), check out Melie Bianco. I was given one of these clutches for my birthday and have since been rocking that and LOVING this site.
If you just cannot find a way to downsize, clear totes are acceptable and can be another way to show team spirit, as well as all of your belongings. To each his own. Find them here.
Happy Football Season to all and Geaux Tigers!