Playoffs are the wildest, most maddening time of year. Emotions will be running so high that some folks will be screaming “fire Brett Brown!” after a 2-point Sixers win.
Now, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be looking up area therapists who take your insurance after the third game where the final score comes down to two possessions. If you plan to watch 76ers playoffs games in public, you can expect all eyes, camera phones, and screen recording devices to be glued to your very inevitable, very public breakdown.
That’s why I’ve come up with a short guide on looking your best while experiencing a Sixers-bench induced emotional roller coaster.
What to wear to the…
The real gathering of the who’s who of your timeline is the pre-game tailgate, so dress to impress. The idea you’re looking for here is an effortless, day-to-night transition look. These events begin when the sun is up and don’t stop until you’re watching the game from a sports bar.
Wear a jersey over distressed jeans. I don’t know about you but my anemic ass contracts hypothermia the second the sun sets, so I’m pairing the jersey with a red or white bomber jacket. But feel free to leave your arms bare if you’re trying to show off your Mike Scott temporary emoji tattoo sleeve. Since the rest of your look is casual, bring it together with glitter earrings.
(I’m not actually wearing heels to a parking lot — we’re going straight for the two-year-old Birks.)
Because it’s a day-to-night look, your makeup should be a smokey nude. I used Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Sultry palette — light-brown “Twig” as the transition shade, nude “Fresh” on the lids, and brown “Dystopian” in the creases. Finish it off with a classic red lipstick, like Pat McGrath’s Venom 1 & 2 shades. Venom 1 matches the jersey really well.
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So, you made it to the playoffs.
The nosebleeds are a place for team spirit and joy. You’re cheering on a team that has shown you the meaning of love and despair — and you’re far back enough where you don’t have to worry about looking like a fool on national television.
It’s all about the bold colors and glitter makeup here. Throw your favorite jersey or shirsey over a long-sleeved shirt. Again, I’m anemic and freeze easy. Because of the emotions involved here, you’ll be standing and sitting a lot. Wear yoga pants so you don’t rip your jeans while sitting down dramatically after JJ Redick misses a critical three-pointer. I think my hairbow from Etsy is the cutest damn thing in the world — you can get a similar one here.
As for your makeup, go crazy. Make it loud. Make it pronounced. If your skin is too sensitive to throw blue body paint all over, try glitter makeup instead. Here, I used Pat McGrath’s Lust 004 kit in Venom. After applying the lipstick, I put lipgloss on top and tapped the glitter into it with my finger. If you’re thinking of glitter eyes, I like using Nyx’s glitter primer to hold in place.
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I’ve never been rich enough to make it to the courtsides, but I assume you need to look real good because Mike Scott could fall on you and steal your drink at any point.
Take a cue from the players themselves. Every once in a while, the Sixers Twitter account throws up a pre-game outfit picture that has me going “damn, Joel Hans Embiid is dropping 40 tonight.” This particular look was so iconic that it had me Urban Dictionary-ing how to use “drip” and “threads” properly in a sentence.
After doing a bit of research, I put together a look inspired by Embiid’s “fit.”
The centerpiece of this outfit is this Carven Multi-color Bomber from Rent the Runway. The dark green, gold, and beige perfectly match the original jacket — and it looks even more beautiful in person. I paired the jacket with these See By Chloe Angora Beige Fluid Pants. The pants are thin and it’s hard to hide granny panty lines, so just stay seated all game.
Keep a simple look for makeup here, focusing on the browns, golds, and earthy colors. I evened out my foundation with Hourglass’s Surreal Light powder and added contour, bronzer, and gold highlighter on top. For the eyes, I used Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Mario Palette. You’re going to glow courtside.
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The next couple of months are going to be wild.
Comment below to let me know what you’re planning to wear to the playoffs!