3 Warm And Fashionable Ways To Support Your Team This Winter

3 Warm And Fashionable Ways To Support Your Team This Winter

The ideal way to support your team during the cold snap.

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Winter is always the most problematic time of the year, especially for the sports fan that often spends their weekend sat in the stadium of their favorite team. In fairer months, this isn't a problem with the sun shining, but this time of year certainly separates the men from the boys, as it were.

Fans that continue to turn out in their numbers to cheer their team to victory are diamonds — often referred to as 'hardcore fans'. As well as being there for their team, fans naturally also want to look their best. Now whether that means donning your side's jersey or gearing up with something a little more sophisticated is down to the individual — or where you are seated in the stadium, depending on whether you are fortunate enough to warrant the VIP treatment.

1. In the grandstand

Assuming you are in with the normal everyday fans, you are going to want to fit in. That means hat and scarf branded with the club emblem to keep you warm, as well as proudly showcasing your affiliation. You will also want to proudly display your colors for all to see, and that means ensuring your jersey can be seen — something you may not want to do consider the low temperature.

Fear not because the trick is to buy a jersey a size larger than you would normally wear.

Why? So as you can wear layers underneath without feeling as though you cannot move. This way, you are kept warm and toasty while being dressed for the occasion.

You may also feel that a rattler is a perfect accessory to complete the winter sports fan ensemble in which case you would be wrong. Don't be that person who everyone seeks out for all the wrong reasons.

2. In the director's box

If you are fortunate to bag yourself a seat with all of the important guests in attendance, you will need to dress a little more respectfully. Here, jeans and sneakers are a no go, even if you are likely to spot the odd one or two who still insist on going with the casual look (chances are that they are someone who can get away with it).

That means smart trousers and shoes should be subbed in. Now what you wear on the top half comes with a little more flexibility as the smart/smart-casual dress code does have some flexibility — it is best to seek advice.

A smart polo shirt, scarf, and jacket will keep you smart and warm, as well as comfortable without wearing a full-on tuxedo.

If, however, you would much rather go all out then the directors' box is the place to do it. Along with a smart shirt and tie, the cold weather presents the perfect opportunity to wear a waistcoat for aesthetic and practical reasons. Just to top off that VIP look, why not don a set of cufflinks? Don't just settle for a cheap set, however, especially with specialists designers on the market where you can buy cufflinks from.

3. In the bar

Of course, not all fans are lucky enough to bag themselves a ticket to the game, instead settling for a seat in their favorite bar (conveniently located in front of the screen). Here, you can dress more relaxed and casually without the need to wear numerous layers to fight off the prospect of pneumonia.

For many, this is the ideal way to support their team during the cold snap. In the warm, surrounded by friends with the drinks flowing and, of course, hot chicken wings to boot. Lovely!

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I love sports. I live for the time of the year when football season and basketball season overlap so I can watch my two favorite sports at the same time. However, as any other girl that likes sports knows, there are a few different struggles that we experience on a day to day basis.

1. People won't believe you.

I’ve gotten very accustomed to the “look” people give you when you tell them you like to watch sports. It’s a look that reeks of disbelief. I'm sorry I don't know the blood type of the former coach's oldest son. You’ll just have to learn to let it go... but yes, I do watch sports.

2. People will try to explain the game to you.

Yes, I know that was a sack. Yes, I see that it’s a fourth down. Yes, I know what foul that was. Yes, they are about to take a free throw. Please stop talking while I watch my team play. Thanks for trying to keep me updated, though.

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3. Guys will think you are trying to impress them.

Dude, stop flirting with me while the game is on. Don’t block the TV. I need to see this. I could care less about you. My team is playing.


4. Your girl friends will never care about sports as much as you do.

You will have to beg and grovel just to get them to watch the game with you. Even then, either they won’t pay attention, or they will ask you what’s going on every couple of minutes.


5. No one finds it acceptable when you yell at the TV.

My dad yelled at the TV during football games when I was growing up. My guy friends do it. But the minute I open my mouth when my team starts losing, people start staring at me and silently begging me to act more like a lady.


6. Women's sports apparel is awful.

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7. You turn into a child when your team loses.

No, it is not my time of the month. You know good and well my team just lost. Don't speak. I’m going to my room to lie down under my baby blanket and eat chocolate ice cream. It’s just too much.


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Whether it's figuring out what to wear or dealing with the weather on your walk to class, we've all faced these struggles at some point.

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As you may know, the Louisiana weather this time of year is not the most reliable. On Monday it can be sunny and 82 degrees, and by Tuesday it's freezing and raining. Here are some situations you've probably dealt with at some point or another, told through none other than Coach O himself.

Looking at your phone to check the weather app before you get dressed.

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This is crucial when getting dressed because you never know what weather you should be preparing yourself for. Make sure you look at the whole day's forecast because it could very well change in a short amount of time.

When you walk outside and it's way hotter than you anticipated.

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You instantly start sweating... hurry up and speed-walk through campus to get to some sort of air conditioning.

When you come out of class and the weather has completely changed.

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You didn't anticipate that the weather would be changing within the hour, so you played yourself. You look cute today but when you walk out of class, it's a torrential downpour outside and you have no rain jacket or umbrella.

Being forced to take a shower when you get home because your outfit made you a sweaty mess.

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When you got dressed in the morning, you wore long sleeves and pants, but now it's 80 degrees so you're sweating your ass off... congrats, now you have to go home a take a shower.

When your friend tells you that "it will probably be nice all day."

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Don't trust them, don't trust the weatherman, don't trust anyone. The weather has a mind of its own and you can't ever really be sure that it's going to stay beautiful outside all day.

When you remember that you left your windows open... and now it's raining.

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Yeah even though it was sunny when you got out, doesn't mean it's going to stay sunny all day. ALWAYS make sure you close your windows or you'll hate yourself when you're sitting in Lockett and your car windows are open across campus.

When you actually planned ahead and dressed in the correct layers.

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Congrats, this may happen to you once in your life (if you're lucky). Sometimes the weather is just nice and sunny and bearable, and you don't have to worry about it screwing up your day.

No matter what the weather is though, Louisiana in the springtime may be one of the nicest things in the world. Throw on some shorts, grab your hammock, and enjoy the weather.

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