Accessorize….and Keep Warm With These Conversation Starters

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I’m not the girl you will catch wearing a jersey. Possibly, salve for the Finals or the World Series (if the Bulls or Cubs ever made it), seek but normally it’s a fitted t-shirt, hooded sweatshirt or a yoga jacket as my clothing of choice to demonstrate my team spirit.

Now, let’s take into consideration the winter we are having here in Chicago. Without having to wear the dreaded team jacket (there are limits on how far I will go as a fan) how does one demonstrate their fandom and fashion while battling the elements of #Chiberia?

Glad you asked. That’s where accessories come in. There’s no better way to strike up a conversation about the Blackhawks or the Bulls with fellow fans than by wearing a warm team accessory, one that does double-duty: keeps your bod warm and sends the message that you’re part of the club.

Hats are the obvious choice, but really are only one of the many fashion-forward, practical and affordable accessories that are perfect for these LONG weeks of winter. Why not grab the attention of your fellow winter warriors (or that hot guy you always see in the Starbucks line with the Blackhawks hat) while cheering on one of our fabulous teams?

Author Nancy Tiano in a Bears scarf: Woodmark Scarf by Forever Collectibles from Clark Street Sports

My Bears scarf: Woodmark Scarf by Forever Collectibles from Clark Street Sports

For example, I’ve received more than my fair share of warmth as well as compliments on my Chicago Bears scarf. It’s a natural conversation starter. When I wear it, I’m always asked about my thoughts on the team, regardless of whether the Bears are even playing.

With many more cold days ahead, don’t think you’ve missed the boat on nabbing some cold weather goodies for the remainder of this season. I’ve picked out a few of my favorite cold weather accessories to keep you going this ridiculous winter, and in many seasons to come.

How about a vintage inspired Blackhawks hat with a brim for that added feminine touch? I love the simplicity of this one: the simple block lettering and the pom-pom at the top just makes it that much better:  Mitchell & Ness Chicago Blackhawks NHL Vintage Winter Caddy Hat – Red $23.95

Ready to start a conversation with all of the hot men in the city wearing Hawks gear? Try wearing this Blackhawks scarf with the Stanley Cup proudly pictured on it along with the “5X Stanley Cup Champions”. A natural conversation starter, guaranteed. Everyone in this city loves to talk about the Hawks, everyone.  Reebok Chicago Blackhawks 5-Times Stanley Cup Champs Scarf – Black/Red $39.95

Long, toasty socks that peek out over your boots are all the rage this season. Why not work some Blackhawks into that look. 

Chicago Blackhawks Red & Black 2-Stripe Socks by For Bare Feet, Clark Street Sports: $11.99

Chicago Blackhawks Red & Black 2-Stripe Socks by For Bare Feet, Clark Street Sports: $11.99











Who doesn’t love a cozy infiniti scarf? It’s become a wardrobe essential and perfectly acceptable inside as much as outdoors. Keep it subtle with this infiniti scarf with teeny-tiny Bulls logo. Just big enough for folks to notice.

’47 Brand Chicago Bulls Ladies Kiowa Infinity Scarf – Gray

With spring training kicking off this week, I’d suggest this adorable Cubs Stocking Cap from Clark Street Sports to keep you warm and happy…Next year is here!!

Chicago Cubs Royal Snowflake Tassel Pom Knit by New Era

Chicago Cubs Royal Snowflake Tassel Pom Knit by New Era 

Of course, the south side Black and White is always a flattering combo with any coat or sweater. Check out this Chicago White Sox Black knit hat, because real White Sox fans don’t have an offseason when the temperature drops.

Chicago White Sox Black Woven Biggie Cuffed Pom Knit by New Era

Chicago White Sox Black Woven Biggie Cuffed Pom Knit by New Era

And who is more of a team player than your dog?  No city does it better than Chicago when it comes to dressing their pets in team gear. Accessorize your accomplice and be ready for the Hawks return to town with this high quality and hard to find Chicago Blackhawks dog Jersey from PawNaturals located right around the corner from the United Center.

Chicago Blackhawks Dog Jersey

Chicago Blackhawks Dog Jersey

Remember ladies, owning the slinky team tee is great, but real fans wear their fandom in their most functional and necessary outerwear. More than ever before, the gear is finally here to do it with taste and style.

Tweet us your favorite cold weather accessory to @chisportsdivas this winter. Come May 1st, because let’s be honest, we’re still wearing gloves and hats in April, and we’ll award our favorites with a Clark Street Sports gift card.

Stay warm and sporty, my friends.

About the author: Nancy Tiano. Cubs Correspondent. Nancy, a Chicago native and diehard Cubs fan, has spent time following sports around the globe from Cricket Matches in Melbourne, to the US OPEN Tennis in New York, cheering for the Blackhawks at the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Chicago, enjoying the US OPEN at Congressional and watching the NBA Finals in Boston. Nancy’s true love is baseball and her heart belongs to the Cubs. Having visited twenty-four Major League Baseball Stadiums, she’s enjoyed her share of teams all over the nation. She’s seen every Baseball movie filmed and attends the Cubs Spring Training in Mesa, AZ every year since attending her first trip to spring training with her grandfather and brother at age nine. She had the privilege of sitting with Harry Caray and Steve Stone during batting practice and has been hooked ever since. Nancy enjoys selling technology by day which allows her to travel and follow her true passion the Chicago Cubs. Catch Nancy on Twitter at @nancytiano

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