Disclaimer #1: I’m from Ottawa. Born and raised. Disclaimer #2: I love Rihanna. Ever since “Pon de Replay.” Disclaimer #3: This post about Rihanna in an Ottawa Senators jersey is me being selfish so that this moment can live forever on the interwebz. Disclaimer #4: I believe this moment is a sign from the universe that me and Rihanna are meant to be. Disclaimer #5: I will now try to work Rihanna in a Sens jersey into a meaningful and useful andPOP article.
A jersey or any other sports team apparel, whether from your fav team or not, is a classic staple in anyone’s wardrobe. The only trick is making it fashionable and working into everyday outfits—not just for game day. Sports apparel are handy items for any streetwear ensemble. Even if you’re not a sports fan, there are still ways to incorporate the trend into your look.
Now you might be saying that people wear sports jerseys all the time—which is true—and that there is nothing new to this “trend”–which is a little true too. But here’s the catch: rocking sports jerseys and sports apparel was in its heyday in 90′s hip hop and streetwear. With the emerging 90′s fashion revival, you too are seeing the big return of trendy sportswear to the masses. It’s no longer just for the diehard sports fans to rock a jersey or snapback (and don’t let those diehard sports fans discourage you from wearing their team logos). A big sign that this is true is the announcement that the iconic 90s Starter jackets are set to make their return this fall, first with the NFL line followed by the NBA collection.
The Good Old Hockey Game: Rihanna
Here is Rihanna in West Hollywood using a heritage Ottawa Sens jersey as a dress. Now I don’t recommend using a sports jersey as a dress because not everyone can pull it off, but clearly Rihanna can and beside she probably doesn’t give a fuq. Anyways, she glams up her look with nice gold accessories and and golden Tom Ford ankle cuff shoes. I like this look because it makes me want to believe that the people of Barbados are all diehard hockey fans.
Now this isn’t a slight to Montreal Canadiens fans (however, you will notice that there will be no Toronto Maple Leafs pics on this post) but this is an example of how not to wear a jersey as a dress. Nicola Roberts (one fifth of U.K. girl group Girls Aloud) actually wore this to a ‘red carpet’ event for the premiere of her reality show. This look is strictly streetwear! It’s all about context, so the posh surrounding just makes her cheap in comparison. Plus, she could have done a lot better accessorizing her outfit! Obviously this wasn’t well received in the U.K., where someone mistook this outfit to be from an American football team.
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Inspiration: Kate Middleton
Plaid has been making big moves this season. The print isn’t just the sole property of cozy flannel shirts anymore — it’s popping up on skirts, blazers and pants, all perfect for your next holiday party. It’s even more exciting to browse through the racks when there’s a large variety of plaids and colour combinations to choose from. It’s sleek, it’s fun and a great alternative to the holiday sequin.
TREND: Fancy Pants Pyjamas
Inspiration: David Beckham’s gift to Victoria Beckham
Take a cue from David Beckham’s not-so-secret gift for wife Posh/Victoria Beckham, and indulge in a fancy set of pyjamas. After a long night of parties and fun, it’s the perfect comfy outfit to spend all those mornings after in. Don’t worry about dropping too much cash—there are a number of brands and labels putting out some great sets just in time for Christmas. If you want to stay in something homey for yet another holiday dinner or get together, try a pajama-styled blouse. The sleek spring trend continues to have legs even after all the leaves have fallen.
WTF: Expensive Leather Bear
I really do love Alexander Wang and am very much looking forward to seeing what he will do for french fashion label, Balenciaga. What I don’t love is this leather bear. There’s nothing cuddly about the bear at all, especially the $225 price tag. His sherling chest seems soft enough but please remember how terrible it is trying to sleep on a leather couch—you stick to it and it hurts like hell when you finally get off of it. So no, not cuddly whatsoever. Between this and designer skateboard decks (as a skating fan: blech), it’s safe to say I’m not a huge fan of typical items made luxurious because their over the top price tags are hardly practical. Nice try Wang, but I’m not buying it.
Trend: tweed jackets
Need a quick way to dress up a t-shirt and jeans? Take some inspiration from one of Chanel’s most iconic pieces with your very own tweed jacket. Thankfully you won’t have to drop thousands of dollars for the original Chanel version as more accessible brands are churning out their own models. These jackets are sleek and full of personality when dressed up with cute brooches. The heavier tweed fabric also makes it the perfect piece for the transitional weather as it’ll keep you warm as the sun goes down.
Inspiration: The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited by Karl Lagerfeld
Trend: Nude nails
Stay in touch with the changing fall colours and try your hand at nude nails. Nude nails are more subdued than the bright ombré nails you’ve probably been rocking all summer. To get the perfect colour, try looking for a beige hue that matches your skin colour. Like always, don’t forget to use a base coat to prevent your nails from turning yellow.
Inspiration: Selena Gomez
WTF: Loose knitted half ski masks
Most runway shows aim for at least a touch of theatrics. While I appreciate every bit of it, I just hope that some of the out-of-the-box looks don’t turn into trends. Take for example these Alexander Wang half ski masks from the Fall 2012 collection. Shown last February, I think it’s supposed to be a chic twist on the ski mask but the wind would go right through making it the most useless winter accessory.