Sports jerseys broadcast devotion to a team but might present a styling challenge when worn off the field. Stay mindful of proportions and don’t be afraid to add your personal style -- dressed up or down, a jersey is the kind of wardrobe all-star that’s poised to score major fashion points.
Typically oversized, jerseys can engulf your frame if you don’t take precautions. Look for a jersey in women’s sizing so the fit is cut for the female body. If you’re stuck with a baggy unisex jersey, you could choose to have it altered into a slim-fit or crop style or simply tie it to the side or in the back to make it fit your shape.
Work the Length
Pay attention to the length of the jersey when pairing it with other pieces. A long jersey is the perfect mate with leggings, while a short top balances well with a denim mini skirt or pair of cutoff shorts. If you dare, wear an extra-long jersey as a dress -- belt it for some shape or wear it as a loose-fitting shift with strappy wedges.
Dress It Down
It’s a jersey, after all, so keeping it casual is well within bounds. Jeans are an obvious match -- a fitted jersey looks cute with rolled-up boyfriend jeans, while an oversized jersey teams well with your skinniest denim. Complete either look with slip-on canvas tennis shoes or ankle booties. When it’s warm out, rock simple flat sandals; tuck your skinny jeans into knee-high boots when the weather turns cool.
Glam It Up
Accessorize your jersey with chunky metallics and pops of color from your team’s colors. Wear an armful of bright bangle bracelets and gold hoops or show off a pendant necklace that features either the colors or mascot -- think a tiger or eagle hanging from a brushed metal chain. If you love all the glitz you can get, bedazzle the number on your jersey in coordinating stones.
Cold climes call for outerwear, so don’t be shy about topping your jersey with a stylish jacket. Rock a fitted jersey under a denim jacket and wear a pair of olive skinny cargo pants; slip on a black leather jacket for extra edge. Let the jersey be the outer layer if you prefer -- wear a fitted long-sleeved T-shirt underneath in white, black or a coordinating color to keep your team spirit visible.
Stacey Kole was managing editor of the International fashion and beauty publication Savvy where she penned stories on all things beauty and style, while writing cover stories on such celebrities as Victoria Hudgens and Julianne Hough. She continues to write for a variety of online fashion, beauty and health publications.