Rinkwear for Moms, Dads & Siblings
We offer solutions for dressing for the temperature extremes of summer and ice rinks that will keep your enthusiasm for hockey high. A few chilly practices or games and you’ll figure out what works for you in terms of the perfect temperature for your rink and the most practical strategy for having what you need with you at all times.
Moms: Layer & Accessorize
- Loose shawl-neck cardigans fit perfectly over most outfits. If you need to add some to your wardrobe, check out items from Three Dot and Anthropologie.
- For a sportier look, carry around a fitted fleece jacket. See some figure-flattering options at Land's End (available online and at select Sears stores).
- Wear boyfriend jeans when your day includes an outing to the rink. Roll up these loose-fitting pants when you’re out in the sun, and roll them down when you hit the rink. Check them out at Old Navy.
- If you’re wearing a skirt or sundress, keep leggings on hand, so you can slip them on if you venture to the rink. (If you already lived through this trend in the 1980s, sorry but you’re too old to rock it again. Leave this look for the younger moms.)
- If you live in flip-flops in the summer, bring a change of shoes for the rink. You can squish ballet shoes into your purse or store ballet flats in your car (there's a great selection at Target).
- Wrap a brightly colored scarf around your neck for added warmth at the rink, then it to tie back your hair to keep cool while spending time in the sun.
Dads: Ditch the Wingtips
- For little ones, dads usually end up in the locker room, tying and untying skates. If you're in business clothes, keep leather driving moccasins from Minnetonka in the car to protect your polish from skate blades. If you're in casualwear, try Keen sandals with closed toes.
- For the perfect-weight pullover, try a North Face fleece.
- Go from rink to yardwork on weekends in Columbia cargo pants (for fishing and hunting) with zip-off legs.
Siblings: Shoes, Sweatshirts and Stuff to Do
Keep a backpack in the car with shoes such as Crocs, socks, sweatshirts, sweats or leggings, and plenty of stuff to do—little cars, dolls, art supplies, etc. Just make sure it gets back in the backpack—and the backpack gets back in the car.
- At the rink, sometime the freezing metal bleachers cause the most shivering among spectators. Order a fleece blanket from L.L. Bean or a portable lightweight chair from Crazy Creek. In addition to providing extra insulation between your bottom and the cold metal, these chairs come in handy at summer picnics or afternoons at the beach.
- With all these extra layers and spare shoes needed to keep you comfortable at the rink, invest in a durable, lightweight tote bag or backpack from Land's End.
Just like hockey stuff goes back in the bag—or is sure to be misplaced—your rink supplies need to go back in the car or bag you brought them in. Next time you arrive at the rink in flip-flops, your alternate shoes need to be with you, not back in your closet. Stay warm and keep those toes covered!
Editor’s Note: Thank you to Rose Conry, an intern with the Grow the Game Initiative, for this story. Rose studies journalism at Northwestern University, loves all sports and sails competitively with the university’s club team.
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