On any given week, I am in a rink, or driving to a rink, for 6 hours. Usually more because there is the required pit stop for caffeine in the form of a warm beverage and the usual discussion regarding where the gear is, and whether they remembered a water bottle.
In addition to the requirements of the rink, I also run my own business and work full time outside the home.
And occasionally like to do things that I enjoy.
You can imagine, then, that fashion is not at the top of my Things to Worry About List (and yes, I have that list. It helps me prioritize my anxiety). I’ve found a few things that I love to wear to the rink to keep me warm and yet still looking moderately put together.
Before anyone goes getting ideas, I still routinely show up at the rink in sweatpants with my children in their pjs. It happens. And it is ok and appreciated by most. 7 am practices are not the time to look like you have your ish together.
This is what I like to call the Hockey Mom Uniform.
Boots: Riding or knee high boots. Black. Always black. And typically salt stained because Canadian winters don’t relent.
Tank tops: I love the tunic length ones. All the tunic lengths when it comes to me and wearing leggings in all the colours.
Cardigan or sweater: Layering is essential y’all
Bonus: Travel mug of tea, hot chocolate or coffee. Always.
Now, there is room for improvement as my boots don’t necessarily keep my toes warm enough. But overall, this is the standard to what I wear at the rink. Its comfortable and I can move as needed. Because let’s face it, getting a kid into gear can be exercise in and of itself.
By keeping this type of uniform, I save myself a great deal of time and frustration. It’s one less thing I have to think about. And thankfully, when it comes to boys, getting dressed hasn’t yet proven to be that complicated.
It will come I’m sure.