Sporty Threads

From the archives: November 2012

As every Sportsanista knows, check the final stretch of the NFL season is enough to make even the savviest sportsanista’s head spin. From worrying about making the playoffs, stuff to what in the hell to wear as the stakes (and crowds) on Game Day Sundays heat up…there’s a lot to looking the part and knowing the game this time of year.

The great thing about being a Chicago sports fan is that when it comes to fashion, pretty much anything goes. With the Bears leading the NFC North at 8-3, you could rock a Bears tee in the formalist of occasions, without getting too many strange looks. To prove this point, I’ve paired this adorable Sporty Threads boatneck Bear’s tee with pieces that are on trend for fall and winter that are functional and comfortable for any situation…..and I mean ANY…..going to the game, watching the game at a bar or a friend’s house, a shopping date, girls night out, Friday night cocktails…whatever your little heart desires.

Pairing any shirt five ways requires pushing the fashion limits and taking a few risks….are you with me? Think leather, fur, military jackets, colored denim, shorts and patterned tights. My best kept fashion secret? For unexpected variety, try wearing the shirt backwards. Yes, this is me being serious and it was easy with this edgy “Monsters of the Midway” script displayed on the back side.  I mean every team has two sides….offense and defense, so why shouldn’t fashion?

To see more of the Sportsanista looks during the week, check her out by clicking here!

The Tee: Monsters of the Midway Boatneck Tee from Sporty Threads Apparel ($29.00)

Look #1: Sunday Afternoon Game:

Soldier Field or Lincoln Park sports bar, can you look like a bigger Bears fashionista than by wearing a FUR vest?!….Bear Down!

Pants: Ann Taylor; Vest: Via Spiga – similar; Socks: Hue; Boots: Vince Camuto – similar

Look #2: Casual Friday that leads to Happy Hour

Don’t wait for “Show your Bears pride day” at work to sport this look from 9a-5p. The combination of biker cool, khakis and booties will keep everyone guessing.

Jacket: Nordstrom; Pants: Gap – similar; Booties: Michael Antonio; Sunnies: Ray Ban

Look #3: Saturday Shopping or Sunday Viewing Party at a Friend’s Place

Comfort is king when it comes to kicking it at a friend’s place on game day, but we all know how a causal viewing party can turn into a night out somewhere later. Throw on taupe booties and pastel skinnies to keep things fresh and interesting.

Vest: Jcrew; Pants: Gap – similar; Shoes: Nine West

Look #4: Sunday Game Day at one of Chicago’s Finest Bars!

Even some of the swankiest joints in town now call themselves “sports bars” come Sunday to rope in thirsty fans looking to keep the weekend party going. Top off your look with this bright fuchsia slouchy beret and nude/pink pumps to impress the cocktail set.

Yep, backwards.

Jacket: Gap – similar; Jeans: Easy Money; Shoes: Steve Madden; Hat: Nordstroms – similar

Look #5: Friday Night Drinks with Friends

The toughest look to pull off, but worth the most creative style points…throw a sophisticated curve ball with this detailed tights and formal shorts combo. A bright red lip..and wa-la! It’s time to hit the town.

Shorts: H&M – similar; Tights: Nordstroms; Booties: Michael Antonio

Model: Mary Krosnjar

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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


Guess what week it is??? Whoop whoop!! (I promise, viagra this was really funny after a couple glasses of wine.)

Good news, Divas; this time next year I’ll be referring to the B1G divisions by more respectable names. The bad news? Some epic rivalries will be casualties of the ever-shifting lineup in the B1G. Obviously the yearly grudge match between Ohio State and Michigan will suffer, but so will others. And that brings us to the top 20 matchup happening at the Big House Saturday afternoon.

*all times Central, all games Saturday

Found this gem on Twitter. Pretty much sums it up for the Michigan fans out there. Photo credit: Michigan Football official twitter page

No. 14 Notre Dame at No. 17 Michigan, 7:00pm on ESPN

The good news: both of these teams are actually good. So good that College Gameday is showing up to Ann Arbor Saturday morning. At 17th and 14th respectively, both Michigan and Notre Dame are deserving of some national media love. The bad news: this is the last year of this historic rivalry until, well, whenever they get that paper straight. Y’all know how that goes.

Big names:

I don’t believe any D1 athlete should be lauded for their performance over a team that

Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees holding a baby. Why? Because it’s adorable. Photo credit: Notre Dame Athletic Department

ranked 86 (out of 125) in scoring. With that said, Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees deserves to be viewed as more than a just game manager. “Turnover Tommy” threw exactly zero interceptions last week against Temple, and I think he’ll prove to be a competent starting quarterback against a very legitimate Wolverine defense. For further proof, there’s a reason why Brian Kelly’s recruiting class is ranked No. 3 in 2013; Rees will prove to be an asset to the 2013 Irish, not a liability.

As for the Wolverines, quarterback Devin Gardner is quickly becoming one of my favorite Twitter follows. In addition to being a media favorite (LOVE HIM) (AND HER), don’t rule out Gardner as an NFL prospect. His arm is massive, completing nine passes of at least 35 yards. In 174 passing attempts, he’s only been picked off eight times; and those don’t even take into account his accuracy in throwing on the run.

I know it’s cliche for women to only know the quarterbacks, but this time is different. These two guys don’t get nearly as much respect as the AJ McCarren’s and Johnny Manziel’s of the world. They’re definitely names you should know.

Brian Kelly (right) and QB Tommy Rees. Photo credit: Chicago Tribune

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you:

I find it fishy that Brian Kelly takes a jab at one of his employers most storied rivalries when his team got dropped by ‘Bama all of five minutes ago. Look, I get that the B1G gets no national media love. The Irish aren’t even the best team north of the Mason-Dixon (Ohio State, anyone?). So for now, Kelly should shut his trap and treat Michigan with the respect they deserve. And that’s coming from a non-Wolverine Big Ten alum.

Around the division:

Non conference. Boring. Blah. So let me take this opportunity to say that I’m excited for what the Bears are doing. Sure Marc Trestman’s most impressive professional experience is from another country, but I’m not giving up hope. Jay Cutler married my favorite person from Orange County; Devin Hester isn’t going to be treated like wide receiver anymore

This is probably the most accurate fan image of Jay Cutler ever. His wife Kristin Cavallari probably disagrees. Photo credit: Instagram.

THANK GOD; and I’ve planned for my Sunday afternoon drinking by clearing my Monday morning schedule until November. BEAR DOWN.

Missouri State at Iowa, 11:00am 

I’m pretty sure I called Iowa losing to Northern Illinois. Well, kinda…in a round-about way-ish. Luckily they’ll rebound this weekend with a visit from Missouri State. If they lose this one, I promise I won’t mention them again…unless I absolutely have to.

Syracuse at Northwestern, 5:00pm

I know two things about Syracuse football. The first is that Donovan McNabb played there. And the second is that they’re in a conference that is known within the college football circles as the “Big Easy.” Clearly, I’m picking the Wildcats to take this one pretty easily.

See what I did just there?

Minnesota at New Mexico State, 7:00pm

Minnesota wins big here, but I have a more important question: are there black people in New Mexico?

South Florida at Michigan State, 11:00am

I honestly had no idea South Florida had a football team. But I did know that they offered maid service in their dorms. High school seniors, take note.

Southern Miss at Nebraska, 5:00pm

This is an obvious win for the Cornhuskers, so I’m just going to mention that I had a really great customer service experience with our girls over at Sporty Threads. You see I wanted to buy this awesome Bears sweatshirt in time for week one, but unfortunately they sold out.

So Kristine (the lovely owner) emailed me to let me know the deal, gave me a full refund and issued a discount code just for me! Long story short: buy her stuff. She’s awesome, and so is her merchandise. Go Bears!!


Here we go – the final week before the Bears 2013 season kicks off on Sunday. As the city of Chicago’s most beloved and celebrated team (sorry Hawks!), mind when the Bears ask their fans and their city to get involved in the pre-game hype process, clinic of course, case we agree!

With a new coach and a new season ahead, the anticipation surrounding Sunday’s season opener at Solider Field against the Bengals is at an all-time high.

On Friday, the Bears are asking fans to show their support by wearing Bears colors in the office, out on the town, in the classroom, to pick up your kids, mow your lawn, you name it.

There will also be a Back to Football Week celebration at Pioneer Court Plaza (401 N. Michigan Ave.) on Friday with the Bears Drumline, giveaways and Bears alumni signing autographs.

In preparation for Friday’s Orange and Navy display, we’ve put together three different looks to comply with the Bears request.

The Office:

These days, it’s easier than ever to throw a polished Bears look together that will pass in even the most corporate of offices, thanks to the ladies at Meesh and Mia. The women owned and operated retailer specializes in high quality pieces with subtle logos and marks which means you can be selective on who you share your fandom with.

Meesh & Mia: $50.50

Opt for this cowl neck Bears tank to take you through the entire Bears season. Wear it alone with a black pencil skirt in the warmer months or under a blazer or cardigan later in the year. We love the attention to detail with the subtle glitter logo and small rhinestones around the logo. Buy it HERE.

The Night on the Town: 

By now you probably know that we’re big believers on wearing the right gear ALL weekend long – so of course we are going to recommend heading out on Friday night of opening weekend sporting team colors.

Sporty Threads: $29.00

Turn heads on Friday night in this unique Bears tee by Junk Food from Sporty Threads.

With a cropped front, longer back displaying “Monsters of the Midway”, off-the-shoulder option, vintage look with an uber soft feel, you can’t go wrong with this piece. Pair it with dark skinnies and an eye popping clutch to get the weekend going off on the right foot.

Game Day: 

With temps calling for sun and the high of 80 degrees, Sunday’s noon kickoff on the lakefront should be epic.  If you are lucky enough to be heading to the game, take advantage of the opportunity to go sans parka and rock this lightweight tee from Clark Street Sports.

We love this Junk Food tee for it’s sexy, jagged v-neckline, insane softness and body-hugging shape. Pair it with dark red cargos or skinnies and a flat, sturdy, closed-toe shoe to make it through the hours of tailgating, Soldier Field steps, and stadium sludge. We are loving these tan flats from Toms.

And remember ladies, the new NFL Purse ban – you can only bring in a clutch the size of your hand – or all of your belongings must fit in a clear Ziploc bag. No, this is not a joke. More info on the #NFLPurseBan HERE. And for a great laugh, check out the Broadside’s Tailgate retaliation response to the purse ban.

Clark Street Sports: $29.99

Until next week, Bear Down ladies…in killer fashion, of course!


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The ladies of SDI were back at the studios of Good Day Chicago FOX 32 News on the morning of the Bears final preseason game to showcase some hot new Bears looks for the upcoming season.

Sporty Threads, generic $48.00

Mary Krosnjar, and the Sportsanista and our resident fashion expert, rocked this off-the-shoulder Bears sweatshirt from Sporty Threads.

We love the edgy and sexy look that this sweatshirt pulls off with the ragged neckline and distressed logo, while still providing warmth and wiggle room. Pair it with skinnies and suede booties like Mary did for a night out with friends.  Buy it now at Sporty Threads for $48.00.

Meesh & Mia, $59.00

Ashley Erin Sellers, one of our Bears writers, showed us how to pull off a polished and sophisticated Bears look for the office. Wearing this smart, asymmetrical ruffled top from Meesh & Mia, a bejeweled Bears logo is tucked away to the bottom left offering a subtle and tasteful way to show your fandom through fashion.  Buy it now at Meesh & Mia for $59.00.

Lara Khalaf, another SDI Bears writer, showed us how you can wear Bears gear just about anywhere. Her sporty, casual look featuring a mesh jersey t-shirt from Clark Street Sports is perfect to wear to the gym, to run errands, lay around the house, or to game at Soldier Field.

Find more of these fashion-forward looks perfect for the upcoming Bears season at Clark Street Sports.

Clark Street Sports

And remember ladies, it doesn’t have to be Game Day to show your Bears colors and fandom. There is no better time than now – at the start of the season – when anticipation and excitement is at an all time high, to rock the Bears gear in style.

Check back in next Wednesday for more of our favorite Bears looks as we comb the web to find you the best styles.


It’s bittersweet: the final game of the NFL preseason on the Friday before Labor Day. Bitter because our ridiculously short Chicago summer is just about over, prescription and sweet because the regular NFL season is right around the corner.

In the fourth and final exhibition game of the Bears preseason they’ll face my hometown Browns, stuff a team that has missed the playoffs for the last ten consecutive years – a team that continues to be the punching bag of the AFC, rotating coaches, owners and QBs faster than we rotate our summer and winter wardrobes here in Chicago.

But remember, this is preseason ladies, and the only point of Thursday’s exhibition game is for the Bears and the Browns coaching staffs to get one more look at players on the bubble before having to trim their rosters to 53 players by 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, as all NFL teams will be required to do.

The Bears have already announced that they will sit their starters to avoid injuries and just yesterday Brandon Marshall announced he will be taking a 4-day leave for “personal reasons” sending the media into a tizzy questioning Marshall’s on-going hip issues and bringing back memories of Marshall’s diva tendencies of the past.

Brandon Marshall

Nevertheless, it is still one of the ten guaranteed chances we get to see the Bears in action at home within the season, so let’s pretend the game actually means something and address it as we normally would.

GO:  Tickets are still available and are the cheapest you’ll see all year – prices start at around $23. To put it in perspective, tickets for next week’s season opener start at $175.  Find the best deals HERE.

KNOW: Thursday’s game will be a test for the 3rd and 4th string hopefuls looking for those final roster spots. Since Matt Blanchard, the Bears original backup QB to Jay Cutler, left the Oakland game injured on Friday and was released this week, backups Jordan Palmer and Trent Edwards will split playing time on Thursday night.

Touchdown Tank by Junk Food, Sporty Threads: $27.00

WEAR: Probably the first and last time you can wear a tank to Soldier Field this season, show some skin in this super on-trend tank by Junk Food from Sporty Threads. With temps in the high 70s at kickoff and 10% chance of rain, you may want to consider bringing a light coverup, but plan on carrying it with you all night. With the NFL’s new purse ban, you’re stuck lugging anything that can’t fit into a clutch the size of your hand or a clear Ziploc bag.

Check back in on Saturday for details on the final roster cuts made by the Bears.


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