If you, like me, only like the Super Bowl for the halftime performances and the excuse to eat your weight in buffalo wings, then you probably don't support a team enough to shell out for its jersey. But a fashionable sports jersey? That's a different story. The athleisure trend will likely be going strong for as long as pop stars release shoe lines, so investing in a more fashion-forward sports jersey is definitely the more logical choice than opting for something you can only wear come game time. Plus, it will give you the perfect excuse to slob out in front of a TV all night while not being asked for your opinion on the actual game itself.
Some of my favorite jersey looks admittedly do take inspiration from football ones, which are undeniably a strong look in and of themselves. But they'll allow you to pay homage to your personal style in a way that's probably comfier and definitely cuter. And if any major Super Bowl fan has the guts to call you out, you can tell them that at least you've never cried over a football match. And even if you have, then at least you probably looked way cooler while doing it. Here are my favorite stylish jerseys for non football fans.
1. Varsity-Striped 18 Tee
Varsity-Striped 18 Tee, $15, Forever 21
This tee not only looks incredibly comfy, but it's the perfect lazy girl hack if you don't want to purchase a man's jersey.
2. Vintage '80s 49ers Jersey Tee
Vintage 80's 49ers Jersey Tee, $52, Tunnel Vision
We're well overdue an '80s style comeback at this point, and this is the perfect jersey to help you kickstart a new trend.
3. Navy Mesh Sports Jersey
Navy Mesh Sports Jersey, $31, Asos
This stylish jersey incorporates the mesh trend that's been everywhere lately, while not making you affiliate yourself with any specific sports team.
4. Women's Varsity T-Shirt
Women's Varsity T-Shirt, $15, Target
This simple take on the often overbearing brightness of actual sports jerseys could look effortlessly chic when paired with the right accessories.
5. 07 Color Block Maxi Dress
07 Color Block Maxi Dress, $11, Forever 21
For those among us who want to avoid jerseys and tees altogether, this simple maxi dress is perfect.
6. Plus Size Leather Jersey T-Shirt Dress
Plus Size Leather Jersey T-Shirt Dress, $35, Ready To Stare
This leather version of the traditional jersey style is perfect for going straight from pretending to watch the game to enjoying yourself at the club.
7. Vintage Renewed Sporty Spice Jersey
Vintage Renewed Sporty Spice Jersey, $28, Tunnel Vision
Because if something references The Spice Girls, you should buy it. Plus, that eyelet detailing is just plain awesome.
8. Cool 83 Graphic Top
Cool 83 Graphic Tee, $11, Forever 21
The clue's on the shirt. This tee is a très chic take on the jersey look.
9. Meaningful Meditation Top
Meaningful Meditation Top, $21, Modcloth
Another stripped-back take on the football jersey, this one recognizes the sport's influence while in no way making you seem like an actual fan of the game.
10. Brooklyn Nets Jersey Top
Brooklyn Nets Jersey Top, $9, Forever 21
Who doesn't love a crop top? This cropped jersey look offers the instant edginess needed for the athleisure trend.
11. Stripe Sleeve T-Shirt Dress
Stripe Sleeve T-Shirt Dress, $30, Missguided
T-shirt dresses are the ultimate in comfortable casual-wear and the jersey stripes mean you won't stick out too much amongst the football fans.
See? There are so many more options out there for Super Bowl fashion than simply borrowing your brother's ill-fitting jersey and trying to style it as well as possible.
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