Halberstadt: Avoid a ticket from the sports apparel fashion cop

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

I’m one of the last people anyone would ever come to for fashion advice. I’m basically a jeans-and-shirt kind of guy. However, I do think I’m a fairly good judge of others and have a sense for what looks good and what looks ridiculous.

What does this have to do with sports, you might ask? Over the last several years, it seems as though sports apparel has become very mainstream when it comes to fashion. It used to be that only the true fan would wear an item with a sports team’s logo on it. Now, I see all kinds of people wearing the entire gamut of sporting gear. There are logos from every professional sports team on everything from hats to shoes and every conceivable item in between.

I don’t think it really matters whether an individual wears a certain item emblazoned with a professional football team’s logo during the summertime. Some people seem to think this is a fashion faux pas. I’d wear my Bears sweatshirts any day the temperatures are cool enough. It really doesn’t concern me if it’s during the NFL season or not. The same rule applies for IceHogs shirts and Blackhawks jerseys.

The opposite is true as well, given a nice, unseasonably warm day in late February or early March, I don’t have any problem with people pulling out their short-sleeved Cubs, Sox or Brewers shirts a little ahead of the season.

What does unnerve me are the people who choose to wear sporting gear in a way that I consider disrespectful to the teams that own those logos. I despise seeing anyone wearing a baseball hat crooked, sideways or completely backwards. Have some pride and put the hat on straight, for heaven’s sake.

The same goes for team jerseys that are four sizes too large. I see this trend mostly among young females. It’s not a dress. From the looks of most of these gals, I doubt they’ve ever been to a game or could even name a single player from any of the teams they’re wearing. My guess is the team’s colors accentuate their eyes or hair, or something of that nature.

So, go ahead and wear your shirts, hats and other items out of season, but just make sure they’re on straight and fit reasonably well. Otherwise, you risk getting a ticket from the sports apparel fashion cop — me!

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

Posted June 11, 2014

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