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As expected, our Chicago summer has been a mix of steamy, sunny days followed by a chilly, overcast one that barely sees 70 degrees. This inconsistent pattern of bizarre weather is nothing new for us, in fact, it just reminds us of how resilient we Chicagoans are when it comes to crummy weather.

Out of necessity, the art of layering has become second-nature to us Chicagoans, as you never really know what you are going to get within a week’s span. Added to this unpredictability is the fact that temps can swing by 10 degrees down by the lake, and no one – I repeat NO ONE (not even Tom Skilling) can predict the weather four days out.

Sky Blue 69' Bear Tank Top by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Sky Blue 69′ Bear Tank Top by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

I’m convinced we’ve missed our window of hot, sweaty weather this summer. Personally, I love the heat,  those 93+ temp days that make some miserable, make me swoon. Very rarely do we deal with summer heat, that when it comes, I welcome it with open, sweaty pitted-arms, knowing that in just a few short months, we’ll be suffering through another cruel Chicago winter.

Nike Chicago Cubs Women’s Tri-Blend Loose Fit Racerback Tank – Fanatics.com  $29.95

Neon Orange Crawl Bear Tank Top by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $25.00

Neon Orange Crawl Bear Tank Top by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $25.00

Red Tank Top with Batterman Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Red Tank Top with Batterman Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Blank Tank Top with Distressed Primary Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Blank Tank Top with Distressed Primary Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

But for gals like me that love tanks, this wardrobe staple has become a year-round wardrobe rotation. A team tank is an ideal way to show your team pride without having to dominate your entire look. Tanks can easily be worn under just about anything, from a office-friendly blazer, to your favorite fitted flannel, to that chunky, cable button-up sweater that gets you through the winter. Consider these your go-to undergarments for the colder weather ahead and take a tip from one of our last posts, Layering Like a Pro.

White Tank Top with Distressed Batterman Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

White Tank Top with Distressed Batterman Logo by 5th & Ocean, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Chicago Bears Women's Navy Retro Racerback Tank Top by G-III, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Chicago Bears Women’s Navy Retro Racerback Tank Top by G-III, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

The Bears 2014 season is less than three weeks away (wa….what???!). Now is the time to invest in a few key tanks to work into the fall, before the best pieces are picked over at local retailers. I love this retro inspired one (above) from Clark Street Sports. The font is catchy and the simple colors (without any heather grey) works with jeans, white pants, and the fitted white blazer that you are scrambling to work into some kind of look before LDW.

Chicago Bears Women's Grey Slit-Neck Racerback Tank Top by G-III, Clark Street Sports: $29.99

Chicago Bears Women’s Grey Slit-Neck Racerback Tank Top by G-III, Clark Street Sports: $29.99

Women's Streaky Red Vintage Logo Triblend Tank Top by Retro Brand, Clark Street Sports: $30.00

Women’s Streaky Red Vintage Logo Triblend Tank Top by Retro Brand, Clark Street Sports: $30.00

Mark these dates: The Blackhawks begin their season on Thursday, October 9th in Dallas and the Bulls begin on Wednesday, October 29th in New York. Don’t wait for the others to dig out the Bulls and Hawks gear, work your gear in early with one of these versatile and timeless tanks from Clark Street Sports.

Women's Ribbed White Distressed Logo Tank Top, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

Women’s Ribbed White Distressed Logo Tank Top, Clark Street Sports: $24.99

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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!

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The ladies of SDI were back at it this morning visiting the studios of FOX32 News GoodDay Chicago to kick-off the Cubs Home Opener with more fan-inspired, thumb everyday looks. SDI writers Nancy Tiano, treat Victoria Kendzierski and Hannah Gettleman served as our lovely models featuring new Cubs spring merchandise from Fanatics.com and Clark Street Sports.

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Similar to our White Sox fashion segment on Monday, we put together three different Cubs looks for spring that can be worn just about anywhere: to Wrigley, the office, out with the girls, drinks with your man, running errands and to the gym.

Look #1:  To Wrigley

Nancy Tiano

Nancy Tiano

How about that Cubs tan?! Nancy, a die-hard, life-long Cubs fan was recently in Arizona where she took in a few Cubs Spring Training games and landed that amazing tan. Here she is showing an everyday casual look that is perfect for a trip to Wrigley, exactly where she will be heading later today. Wearing this versatile v-neck Cubs tee from 5th & Ocean available at Clark Street Sports ($29.99), she layers the short-sleeved tee with a military style jacket with an embellished pocket, straight-legged jeans and adorable flats – practical enough for trekking around Wrigley, but still very stylish.

Look #2: To the Office:

Victoria Kendzierski

Victoria Kendzierski

Victoria always seems to get it right when it comes to carrying the office, fan-friendly look. The sports publicist works in the Cubs racerback tank by Majestic from Clark Street Sports ($29.99) under a gorgeous leather combo Rag & Bone jacket, dark skinnies rolled to the ankle line and ambitious, black booties for a polished and sophisticated look that can be worn from the office straight out for cocktails or dinner…or Wrigley. If you are lucky enough to land in a skybox, like Victoria will be today with clients, then don’t be shy with the higher heel. Just be sure to watch out for the rain puddles and Old Style sludge.

Look #3:  Heading to the sports bar

Hannah Gettleman

Hannah Gettleman

Our HAM Hunter, Hannah Gettleman, rocked a light blue Nike Cubs tee from Fanatics.com ($31.95), with dark denim, a light-weight cotton bomber-styled jacket and black booties. This look is perfect for heading out to your favorite sports bar with friends for a Friday night or even a lazy Saturday. The t-shirt is just casual enough for the sports bar, but the dark denim, booties and black jacket give the look a level of sophistication and versatility.

As we always say here at SDI, it doesn’t have to be game day to work your fandom into your fashion rotation. Showing your love for the Cubs has never been easier thanks to sweeping improvements in women’s apparel and with thousands of options available at Fanatics.com, the largest online retailer carrying a huge variety of officially licensed merchandise of every team and league, and Chicagoland’s very own Clark Street Sports, we ask, why WOULD’NT you throw some Cubs love into your weekly wardrobe rotation?

Tweet us your Cubs looks to @ChiSportDivas and use the hashtag #MLBstyle for a chance to win gift cards from Clark Street Sports.  We’ll pull our favorite looks throughout the season and announce winners on Twitter, Facebook and right here on SDI.  Until then, stay warm, stay sporty and Go Cubs, Go!

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Chicago News and Weather | FOX 32 News

Ahh…Opening Day…the opportunity to start a new season, purchase the promise of new beginnings, pills clean slates…and new fashion! The ladies of SDI visited the studios of FOX32 News Good Day Chicago this morning to showcase some new White Sox spring fashion, just in time for the first pitch of the season.

Mary Krosnjar, Brittany Marques, Sharon Steed

Mary Krosnjar, Brittany Marques, Sharon Steed

Featuring new apparel from Chicagoland retailer, Clark Street Sports and Fanatics.com, the largest online retailer of officially licensed team merchandise that carries over 250,000 products from all leagues and teams, three of the SDI writers showcased three different looks to help you rock your Sox gear all spring, from the office to The Cell.

Look #1: A game at The Cell

Sharon Steed in Nike White Sox Full-Zip Vintage Jacket from Fanatics.com

To the Cell: Sharon Steed in Nike White Sox Full-Zip Vintage Jacket from Fanatics.com

This incredibly versatile Nike jacket, worn by the lovely Sharon Steed, has vintage touches and can be worn all season long – as a layer for the cooler spring temps to your go-to staple for cool summer nights. As Natalie alludes to in the segment, you could even go running in this wardrobe staple. Available now at Fanatics.com for $84.95

Nike Chicago White Sox Ladies MLB N98 Full Zip Jacket – Navy Blue $84.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look #2: To the office

To the Office: Brittany Marques in G-III White Sox shirt from Clark Street Sports

To the Office: Brittany Marques in G-III White Sox shirt from Clark Street Sports

Not everyone has the chance to hit Opening Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work your love for the Sox into your wardrobe rotation – on Opening Day and every day of the season. Brittany Marques works this new Sox shirt from G-III with a polka-dot pencil skirt and red belt for an office look that is professional, fresh and fan-friendly.

Look #3: Date night/GNO

White Sox Women's Charcoal Champ Tank Top by Majestic

Date Night: Mary Krosnjar in White Sox Women’s Charcoal Champ Tank Top by Majestic, from Clark Street Sports

We love fashion here at SDI, but at the end of the day we’re realists, and comfort and functionality do play a role when it comes to what we would actually recommend wearing to The Cell. But when it comes to everything outside of The Cell, the sky is really the limit!

Mary Krosnjar rocks a racer back tank top by Majestic under her leather coat in Look #3. The tank has just a little bit of sparkle to make this look perfect for a night out and to turn eyes.

Chicago White Sox Women's Charcoal Champ Tank Top by Majestic

Chicago White Sox Women’s Charcoal Champ Tank Top by Majestic, Clark Street Sports, $29.99

This edgy and fun look is definitely one you want to save for cocktails or the swanky sports bar. That’s not to say you couldn’t swap out these fab shoes for a more functional heel and work this look to run errands on the weekend or even to the office. That’s the beauty of a versatile, functional Sox tee – you can wear it just about anywhere.

Send us your pics this season of your favorite White Sox look! We’ll round up our favorite looks each month and award the best dressed with a Clark Street Sports gift card.  Tweet us your looks to @ChiSportsDivas and use hashtag #WhiteSoxstyle to enter.

 

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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:

KNOW:

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.

GO:

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.

WEAR:

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.

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