This coming Sunday, Tyler and I are taking my father and my uncle – twins – to a Giants football game for a belated 60th birthday present. My father and uncle, New York natives, grew up as ardent Giants fans, and I, in turn, was raised to love all teams “New York”.
Growing up in Connecticut, however, means not everyone is a Giants fan. Some people prefer the Jets (acceptable) and others, the New England Patriots (What are they thinking?!). Therefore, when I found out Tyler and his family also rooted for the Giants, I was quite happy. In fact, they have been season ticket holders since the ’50s and were recently inducted in the Season Ticket Holder Hall of Fame!
Since we began dating, Tyler and I have been fortunate enough to attend three Giants games together. This game, however, will be the most “wintery”, as all the others fell in October or November. As a result, I have been planning my wardrobe accordingly, preparing myself for the biting cold that strikes the tri-state area at this time of year.
Here are my top three considerations for What to Wear to a Football Game:
Layers: In my experience, you never know what the weather is going to do or how it’s going to affect you. You also never know how long you’re going to stay at a game. Am I going to leave early because the Giants are clearly winning/losing? Or, am I going to stay until the bitter end because it’s a GREAT game?! Therefore, being able to peel off or add-on layers is essential to one’s comfort during a football game.
Type of Material: While layering is both important and necessary, you can cut back on the number of layers you have to wear (slash your bulk) by making proactive decisions about the material of each layer. For example, I originally thought of wearing jeans to the game. They are a casual and durable item – perfect for a sporting event. However, jeans do not keep the forty degree weather from turning one’s legs into icicles. They typically require an additional layer of long underwear or tights. That being said, corduroy is similarly “casual and durable”, but has an added “warmth” factor. Decision made.
Spirit: Going to an NFL football games obviously requires that you somehow represent the team you are rooting for in your clothing. While I do not own any Giants paraphernalia myself, Tyler owns several jerseys of which I will wear one. Thankfully, as a woman, the pink jersey thing does not do it for me – red, blue, and white all the way.
That being said, function does not have to be the antithesis to fashion. Oversized clothing, mis-matched accessories and loud colors that often fill stadium seats are not necessary and in fact avoidable. Therefore, I suggest keeping it simple, and sticking to the basics. They will never lead you astray.
Here is a rough sketch of what I’ve come up with for this weekend:
Check out Instagram on Sunday for live shots of the game, the boys, and my final selections!
P.S. I’ve also learned bringing a bag just becomes cumbersome. So, find a slim wallet like this one that you can fill with the essentials (driver’s license, credit card, etc.) and stick in your back/coat pocket.