Blackhawks fashion

Blackhawks Fashion

As the Blackhawks bandwagon loads up this week, discount be prepared to see Hawks gear from every angle: from your bartender to your dentist to that silver fox in accounting – everyone is proudly displaying their Hawks pride and joy, and really, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be as well.

At SDI our love and appreciation of sport and fashion run equally deep – which is why we get so damn excited when our city gets to these types of situations where really – anything Blackhawks goes!

Retro Brand: Clark Street Sports, $29.99

We’re big believers that there is never a bad time, or a bad outfit to rock a team shirt, but with the Hawks inching closer to the Stanley Cup Finals for the third year in a row, and the state of excitement that has taken over our city, NOW is the time to proudly wear your Hawks gear, and of course look hot and fabulous while doing it.

To prove that there really isn’t an inappropriate place to wear Hawks apparel, we picked this Blackhawks Retro Brand racerback tank from Clark Street Sports ($29.99) and paired it with four different and perfectly acceptable looks to inspire throughout the Stanley Cup Finals.

Look #1:  The Madhouse

By Stanley Cup Finals time the Madhouse is swarming with the actual season ticket holders, fat corporate cats and diehards with cash. With ticket prices starting at/around $400 for upper level seats at the UC, be prepared to shell out some major cash to experience it live. If you are lucky enough to go, keep in mind the chilly temps which means no shorts, no matter how hot it is outside, and always bring an extra layer

Look #2: The Office

No matter how corporate your office is, this is probably the two weeks out of the year you can get away with a Hawks tee – all while getting props from others for your bold and insightful choice in office fashion. This look is still polished and professional with the option of showing as much tomahawk as you please thanks to the buttoned cardigan. Come 5:30PM, ditch the cardigan and head to Happy Hour, just be prepared for some major looks and new friends.

Look #3: Backyard BBQ

With consistent warm temps finally upon us, the option of BBQing around a Hawks game is once and for all a reality. Comfort and functionality is key for this setting, as you never know what you may be asked to do: assist at the grill, impromptu game of bocci ball, or fetch more beverages from the local grocery – on foot.

Look #4: Saturday Night at the Newest Hot Spot

Love it or hate it – bars are booming thanks to the Hawks. Lines, crowds, fair-weather-fans – expect them all if you venture out to any place noteworthy, even your favorite local watering hole could seem annoyingly busy these next two weeks as the Stanley Cup Finals and arrival of summer create the perfect storm. It goes without saying, dress the part all while working in your favorite Saturday night pieces.

Enjoy the remainder of the Stanley Cup playoffs and remember that no matter what you wear or how good you may look – attitude and mojo is half the battle.  Not convinced? Just ask the Hawks!


2014 Chicago Stadium Series Style

The crafty minds over at the Chicago Blackhawks, sales the NHL, sale and the Chicago Park District have conveniently staged one of the biggest Chicago sporting events of the decade within one of the best time slots imaginable.

Conveniently staged after a three-week Olympic break in the Blackhawks’ regular season, drugstore and in the midst of one of the worst Chicago winters in recent history, the 2014 CoorsLight NHL Stadium Series lands at Soldier Field on Saturday night for a NHL showdown that is one not to be missed.

Our city is hungry for Blackhawk team action, and a nationally televised matchup under the lights at Soldier Field is just what the doctor ordered. The last time the Blackhawks played in a regular season NHL game was in their 0-2 shut-out loss on February 7th in Phoenix. Since then, ten Blackhawks traveled to Sochi, six returned with medals: three with gold and three with silver.

There’s been plenty of chatter on whether the Hawks that played in Sochi will be ready to go Thursday night in New York versus the Rangers and for Saturday night’s showdown at Soldier Field versus the East-leading Pittsburgh Penguins. My thoughts? These guys are professional athletes. Hell yes, they’ll be ready to go – and physically and mentally they should be. Isn’t that why they are being paid the big bucks while others wait patiently in the AHL?

I digress. Let’s move on to Saturday’s mega matchup at Soldier Field and shake things up a bit with what to KNOW first:


As the fourth and final matchup of the 2014 CoorsLight NHL Stadium Series, the NHL picked a good one to cap off the innaugral sponsor-driven series. The Penguins and the Blackhawks sit neck-to-neck in the league standings and are easily two of the most respected and coveted franchises in the NHL with the loudest and proudest fan bases of any market. Expect a outpour of Penguins fans to be pouring into our city by Thursday, if not earlier.


The NHL is taking full advantage of this dreamy matchup and just yesterday announced a free to the public Fan Festival from 3:00pm – 7:00pm CT, prior to the 7:00pm CT face-off that will include sponsor-driven booths, plenty of CoorsLight and Molson products, Stadium Series merchandise, and live entertainment.

Plenty of tickets are still available (find the best deals HERE) with prices falling each day as the weather forecast shakes out. Saturday’s high is 19 with a low of 9, which most likely means a balmy 12-13 degree temp when the puck drops at 7:00pm.

This should surprise no one considering the incredibly sh***y winter we’ve had, but I’m guessing that more people than expected will opt to watch this one in the comfort of their own La-Z-boys or in a warm pub with friends, sans the layers and the hefty price tag.


Whether you are braving the elements and heading to Soldier Field or choosing to enjoy the matchup in the comfort of your own home or favorite watering hole, this game is definitely one you want to put some thought into when throwing your game day look together.

2014 Chicago Stadium Series Style

If Soldier Field is your destination, obviously warmth is your #1 priority. My philosophy has always been if it is below 35 degrees, forget trying to look hot and opt for warmth and comfort.

I love this hunting-inspired furry Blackhawks hat from Clark Street Sports. Not only is it crazy warm (I have one) but the crocheted-looking pattern adds an element of style without looking too sporty. The ear flaps are completely covered in faux fur, and it even has a chin hook guaranteeing that the wind stays out, and your head stays warm.

Clark Street Sports

Clark Street Sports

Unlike the NFL, the NHL hasn’t issued a new bag policy for Solider Field (at least not one I’m aware of), but still, why would you lug your fancy bag to Solider Field only to have it sit on the dirty cement amongst beer stains and peanut shells? Never, NEVER carry a decent bag to a sporting event. If you can’t wash it, don’t carry it, which is why I LOVE this canvas Blackhawks tote from CafePress. Set it and forget it.

CafePress: $17.99

CafePress: $17.99

Now if the sports bar is your destination of choice, warmth is still a necessity. You may not be freezing your ass off cursing at the winds whipping of the lake, but you’ll look like a fool prancing into the bar with anything sleeveless.

Blackhawks Grey Reversible Burnout Long Sleeve by Retro Brand, Clark Street Sports: $49.99

Blackhawks Grey Reversible Burnout Long Sleeve by Retro Brand, Clark Street Sports: $49.99

I love, love this Blackhawks burnout sweatshirt from Retro Brand for cold Saturday nights. With the ragged boatneck, you could rock this off shoulder (if it’s going to be one of those kind of nights) or wear a wife-beater under it for a more causal look. Pair this with skinnies or leggings and your warmest tall boots, and you’ve got a killer game night look that is sure to turn some heads.

Check back in on Friday for our game day cheat sheet for Saturday night’s matchup. Until then, stay warm and stay sporty, my friends.


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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.


It’s been one helluva Chicago winter so far, cialis and I don’t have to be the one to remind you that we are only half of the way through it.

Even as women who have perfected the skill of maintaining some type of style with six inches of snow on the ground and sub-zero temperatures, pilule we still manage to have fashion fall-outs from time to time. Nothing can be trickier than combining your fandom with your limited fashion-forward winter wardrobe rotation.

That’s where layering comes in.

You can never have too many soft, prescription comfy team tees and using these as a base layer is the easiest and chicest way to work your fan wardrobe come winter. Thankfully, there are endless options of vests, blazers, cardigans, capes and scarves that can instantly transform your staple Blackhawks tee into something fierce and UC-friendly.

First, pick your base. We love these two classic, vintage-inspired pieces available at Clark Street Sports. Not only are they great looking, but they are also incredibly soft and light, hugging in all the right places, providing the perfect base – not too bulky and breathable.

Chicago Blachawks Women’s Charcoal Vintage Logo V-Neck Triblend Tee by Retro Brand, Clark Street Sports: $34.99

Chicago Bulls Women’s Athletic Grey V neckTriblend T-shirt with Distressed Logo, Clark Street Sports: $34.99

I always try to buy classic team tees in the same color scheme, that way I can work as many pieces from my wardrobe without having to buy bigger ticket items to match. The above Blackhawks tee by Retro Brand and Bulls tee by Fifth and Ocean are two of my staples that I have paired with just about everything – pencil skirts and heels for the office to tuxedo jackets and dark skinnies for a Friday night out.

Other everyday pieces I love that work with both of these tees include infinity scarfs. While I would never describe myself as ‘preppy’ I do like the the anchor print of this Sperry Top-Sider scarf that instantly keeps your look classic. Work this scarf year round and pair it with a blazer, jean jacket, anorak, anything.

Sperry Top-Sider Infinity Scarf, $30.00

I’m known for pairing vintage team tees with tuxedo jackets and dark skinnies for a Friday night. Not only is this look different and slightly unexpected, it is also a look that beckons other fans to strike up a conversation with you.

Thankfully, the tuxedo jacket never seems to go out of style, so if you haven’t already invested in a good one, now is the time.

I particularly like this one from White House Black Market, now on sale. The cropped sleeves make it more casual and appropriate for layering with a team tee and provides ample space to layer on the bracelets and other accessories.

White House Black Market Tuxedo Jacket

For a more casual look, work one of the season’s biggest trends with the Aztec cardigan. I love this choice for the United Center where it always tends to be about 10 degrees cooler than I like for Bulls games and frigid for Blackhawks games.

Ecote Simone Intarsia Cardigan, Urban Outfitters: $69.00

Remember, it doesn’t have to be game night to work the game day look. This is Chicago, ladies, the best damn sports town in the country. We’ve survived Chiberia, Thundersnow and back-to-back seasons without Derrick Rose. We don’t need a presence in the Super Bowl or the Eastern Conference Finals before we start pushing the team colors (although, it certainly wouldn’t hurt). Make a simultaneous fashion and team statement and work the fandom into your wardrobe starting this weekend.



Yep, ambulance it’s cold. It seems as if the weather in Chicago turned just as quickly as the fate of the Bulls. Temps dove into the 20s before we even had time to pull out the gloves and hats or mentally prepare for the four months ahead of frigid temps, harsh conditions and lots of layers.

But don’t let the cold, grey weather (or the loss of Derrick Rose and Jay Cutler) get you down! This is Chicago after all! Crummy weather and lost seasons are second nature to us. It’s all how you bear down and deal with the situation – with fanfare, style, patience and acceptance – or with gloom and resistance.

I’ve always said you can spot out the real fans by the ones who don their fandom in their outerwear. Anyone can rock a team tee but to sport the team hat, sweater, parka, mittens… well, that requires a little more work and it elevates you to a whole new level of fandom and coolness.

We try to aggregate our favorite Chicago team looks so you don’t have to spend time combing the web or the racks to find those fan-fueled looks you crave. Below are my favorite pieces to work into your wardrobe this winter in order to let everyone know where your affiliation lies – all with warmth and style, of course!


The easiest and most tasteful way to show your pride, topping off your look with a warm lid with team colors has never been easier.

Bulls Red with Black High Cuff Knit by Mitchell & Ness, Clark Street Sports: $24.99


Blackhawks Argyle Sherpa Winter Hat, Clark Street Sports: $39.99


Bears Navy Striped Snowflake Pom Knit with Tassels by New Era, Clark Street Sports: $24.99



These days, scarves are acceptable just about anywhere – you can throw one of these on with a blazer, sweatshirt or your regular Chicago-fied parka for those brutal and blustery walks to the train.

’47 Brand Chicago Bulls Baker Scarf, Fans Edge: $27.95


Blackhawks Striped Retro Scarf by Forever Collectibles, Clark Street Sports: $24.99


Bears Wordmark Scarf by Forever Collectibles, Clark Street Sports; $24.99



While those Hawks tanks and tees you stocked up on during the warm-weather Stanley Cup run are stashed away, check out these new long-sleeved looks: all the warmth with no compromise on style.

Bulls Women’s Grey Yolo Cutoff Midriff Long Sleeve by Sportiqe, Clark Street Sports: $49.99


Blackhawks Grey Reversible Burnout Long Sleeve by Retro Brand, Clark Street Sports: $49.99


Bears Fan Life Sweater, Sporty Threads: $70.00


Bears Hooded Comfort Jacket, Meesh & Mia: $95.00


After the ninety-eight day Summer of Stanley in Chicago, salve Blackhawks hockey returned to the UC last night in style and with a vengeance. After pre-game festivities that included a red-capret arrival and the raising of the Stanley Cup Banner, no rx the Hawks went on to beat the Washington Capitals 6-4 in a fast-paced, view high-scoring game, capping off a perfect and memorable opening night for the Blackhawks and their adorning fans.

Brandon Saad, Johnny Oduya, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Brandon Bollig (Bollig’s first career goal as a Blackhawk) all had goals in the season opener against a very skilled and talented Capitals team led by Mikhail Grabovsky and Alex Ovechkin.

With eighty-one more games ahead of us, we’ve got plenty of action to look forward to in the months to come. So, let’s turn our attention to the fashion that was on display last night when the Hawks walked the red carpet.

As part of their new tradition to each start of the season, the Blackhawks rolled out the red carpet last night for the season opener at the UC creating a fan experience that we love to critique. As expected, anxious fans lined up hours before the red-carpet ceremonies began around 4:15 p.m. when the Hawks arrived in stretch limousines.

In their last red-capret experience, SDI Blackhawks correspondent Victoria Kendzierski gave a few high marks while handing out a few ‘misses’ to they guy’s choice in suits and attire.

This time around, the Hawks as a group looked tailored and sleek – no nasty mullets, ugly jackets or disheveled suits, the men in red and black are clearly up to speed on fall fashion trends with the majority of the guys following the minimalist power suit look that is all the rave this Fall. However, there were a few who chose to go their own way.

Best Dressed: Patrick Kane


My best dressed award goes to none other than Kaner. Last night the star winger reminded us once again that the bad-boy Kaner is as distant of a memory as that ugly lockout last year. Gone are the playoff mullet and racing stripes, Kane’s new do is short and perfectly coifed. His two-button, slim-cut grey suit has just enough sheen in it that keeps it classy and modern and his flat panel pants fit perfectly. The raisin colored tie is the perfect finish bringing in a flash of fall.

Biggest Risk Taker: Patrick Sharp


Without having to rattle off the ZZ Top line that Sharpie has come to emulate as one of the best dressed and best looking guys on the squad, Sharp was perfect once again and was by far the most fashion-forward of the group easily pulling off another fall trend: bright blues. This English cut jacket resembles something you would find on Savile Row, with hints of blue that offset the bright blue tie and dark navy slacks. I love that Sharpie took advantage of the 75 degree weather and wore a jacket that is suitable for the warmer months.

Most Improved: Duncan Keith


This one surprised me. Our favorite toothless blue line tormentor looked sexy as all hell in this classic black slim-cut suit, white shirt and what looks like it could be a Burberry tie. A big improvement from his usual disheveled suits of the past.

Biggest Miss: Bryan Bickell


I don’t understand this one. Getting married and having a large disposable income usually  improves a guy’s taste in clothes and wardrobe choices. However, it seems as if Bickell is still clueless when it comes to what is acceptable on the runway. We’ve always known that Bickell has a “unique” taste in fashion, but when it comes to the red carpet, we expect a little more effort. The black shirt ruins this great looking suit and I’m not sure where he was going with this tie selection either.

Bickell will not only have the pressure of performing on the ice this season after inking a 4-year $16 million contract extension this summer, but he also needs to step it up in the style department if he wants to hang with these other lookers.

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