Office-Appropriate Ways to Wear Nationals Gear
Show your team pride from 9 to 5 and beyond.
Within minutes of the Washington Nationals snagging a berth in the postseason playoffs, we began to notice postseason fashion, as in gear that touts “Natitude,” “playoffs,” and “postseason.” Ryan Zimmerman, mid-interview, pulled on a red “Natitude” shirt while someone off-camera handed him a gray “playoffs” cap. Other Nats players did the same, pulling the T-shirts right over their uniforms.
They can do that. They’re players. Still, the same gear is available to everyone at the stadium and on the Nats website.
But our question is: How does a regular fan wear team spirit as Washington heads into the postseason? Do you pull a Superman and hide a T-shirt under your business clothes? Or go the billboard route and, throwing office decorum out the window, go Nats from head to toe? We polled the nearest experts we know, the staff of The Washingtonian. Here are some suggestions.
Kate Bennett, fashion editor: “For an office that isn’t TOO formal, I think a well-worn Nats T-shirt under a great black blazer with skinny black pants or dark-washed denim and a heel would actually be quite chic. But do make sure the Nats T-shirt is worn and feels ‘vintage.’ And keep the blazer on.”
Sarah Zlotnick, associate fashion editor: “I’d treat mine like a basic white tee and go all Fashion’s Night Out on it. Pair a red Nationals shirt with a blue-and-white-striped skirt like this. Add gray suede pumps and a fun statement necklace, and top things off with a blazer and a bold red lip. Voilà! The over-the-top fashion-editor way to show some Nats pride.”
Travis Andrews, editorial intern: “Nats socks. Men can always accessorize with their socks.”
Vanessa Schutz, account executive: “For men, a tie clip, cufflinks, or a lapel pin. For women, a charm necklace, red or blue pumps, or any outfit/accessory with the color combo.”
Anonymous male, staff writer: “I’ll wear a picture of Bryce Harper on my underwear.”
Jeanne Sager, advertising coordinator: “I’m removing my Red Sox necklace.”
Mary Yarrison, assistant editor: “Skinny jeans, a Nats tee, and a blazer sound like the perfect casual Friday getup to me, though I think everyone knows I love a good red, white, and blue bandana, too.”
Melissa Romero, staff writer: “Wearing colorful socks under work pants isn’t entirely unheard of these days—in fact, it’s encouraged. So there’s definitely no harm in showing your Nationals pride by rocking a pair of argyle tube socks donning the team’s logo.”
Denise Wills, senior editor: “If you wear a T-shirt just make sure that it fits and is not too large. Especially women.”
Alison Kitchens, web producer: “On your nails!”
Katharine Ragsdale, events manager: “A Nats jacket, sweatshirt, or hat, so you can show off your pride during your commute but don’t have to wear it all day. Or turn your jersey into a blouse and tuck it into your pencil skirt.”
If the Nationals make it past the Wild Card stage and, say, win the National League pennant, there will be a new round of Nats fashion. So keep good thoughts and a few bucks in reserve.