8 Cute Super Bowl Outfits to Wear for 2022's Big Game
On Sunday, February 13th, the Los Angeles Rams will face off against the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium for Super Bowl LVI. And simultaneously, in bars and living rooms across America, avid football fans and sports loathers alike will gather — be it for the game, the greasy food, the star-studded halftime show (this year featuring Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and more), or funny commercials. But no matter why or how you'll be partaking in this year's festivities, or which team you'll be rooting for, the day's first dilemma is always the same: what to wear to for the main event.
Super Bowl outfits truly run the gamut. If your team made the finals, your look will probably involve either your favorite player's jersey or some form of merch. If your team's not one of the headliners, you could choose a side and plan around their color palette (or, if you're bitter, stay neutral). Non-NFL fanatics just coming for the company and snacks have it the easiest; with no strings attached (save for a friendly wager or two), you can wear pretty much anything and everything to a Super Bowl party — loungewear, denim, funky prints, or a dress. It's all fair game.
Still, if you want tips on how to score a touchdown of a Super Bowl outfit, we've got you covered. Below, fashion experts weigh in with their secrets to styling a winning ensemble for the big game.
Comfort is Key
Celebrity stylist, Mickey Freeman tells InStyle that when picking out your Super Bowl outfit, there are two key pillars to keep top of mind: comfort and individuality. To check off the cozy box, Freeman suggests leaning into boho-chic and streetwear styles. Your individuality will shine through classic pieces with an interesting twist. Think cropped varsity jackets and vintage team t-shirts, denim fringed shorts, and your favorite team's logo socks with sandals, Freeman says.
Denim on Denim
Canadian tuxedo, anyone? "Denim on denim will be a hit [for Super Bowl 2022]," Freeman assures us. "Try a denim long-sleeve button-up shirt or a denim jacket with denim shorts along with a cowboy hat and pair of cowboy boots!"
Animal print made our list of 90s fashion trends that came back for fall 2021, but according to Freeman, they're not going anywhere in 2022. This is especially true for the Super Bowl, given that both of the competing teams have animal mascots. For Bengal fans, Freeman envisions a head-to-toe tiger print look "comprised of sumptuous-looking silks and synthetic fabrics that flow across the body creating a relaxed silhouette."
NY-based fashion stylist, Melina Kemph describes herself as "all things sports-obsessed" and claims the Super Bowl is essentially her Golden Globes. "I'm watching the game as closely as the commercials and halftime performance(s)," she says, explaining that, because of this, her outfit must be as comfortable as it is colorful, with sneakers being her starting point. "I'd revisit my Isabel Marant Bekett sneakers, but these R13 platform sneakers feel appropriate considering NY's current weather and street conditions. The rest of the look is all about my favorite lived-in pieces...distressed 501 [jeans from Levi's], one of Holly Jovenall's cozy vintage T-shirts, my new favorite upcycled Proche Studios woolen jacket, and my take on a baseball hat, because #sports."
Whatever's In Your Wardrobe
Consider this a friendly PSA from celebrity stylist Madison Guest to you: you don't need to buy a brand new outfit for your Super Bowl party, especially if you don't actually care about the sport. "I usually choose to root for whatever team goes better with my existing wardrobe," Guest tells InStyle, and this year, she's between teams. If she decides to go with the Bengals squad, "I'll be wearing an oversized tiger-print sweater, with split hem leggings. That way I can feel stylish while spending the day on the sofa eating all the good game day food," Guest says. However, Guest admits she's also a sucker for a monochromatic sweatsuit "a la Hailey Bieber," so she might end up donning the yellow number she has lying around in honor of the Rams. "It's perfectly comfortable yet feels of the moment."
A Graphic Tee
Celebrity stylist, Soneca GuadaraI considers herself a "traditionalist" when it comes to her Super Bowl outfit. "I like to dress up like I am attending an actual football game," she says. "It's all about showing off my sense of style but also letting everyone know I am a football fan!"
Her go-to fit? A graphic tee that either represents one of the competing teams, her favorite team regardless of who's playing, or anything Super Bowl-related, like a T-shirt that says something like "Game On!"
"I will either pair [my T-shirt] with some cute leggings or a pair of cropped ripped denim jeans and a pair of slip-on sneakers for added comfort," says Guadara. "Not only will I look stylish but I'll feel cozy and comfortable, especially eating all those Super Bowl snacks!"
Stay Comfy in a Sweater Dress
According to Maddison Chirumbolo, Express's women's styling coordinator, for anyone who wants to feel comfortable and look stylish, a sweater dress (like this one, here) will be your MVP. Chirumbolo suggests adding a wool-blend coat, knee-high boots, and super soft accessories to elevate the look. Of course, she adds, you'll want to swap in your team's beanie and gloves "for a fun fit."
Sport Some DIY
If nothing in your closet is standing out as-is, Emma Trask, Carrie Underwood's current stylist and owner of The Chrysalis Lab, suggests exploring your artistic side by upcycling a vintage tee or jersey. "For one of my Chrysalis Lab clients, I am reworking an oversized Rams tee she had into a romper. I typically add interesting trim and found jewelry pieces, rhinestone bling detailing to enhance the graphics, with fringe and cutouts to completely transform the tee," she tells InStyle. You can also crop an oversized jersey or tee, Trask adds, pairing it with baggy jeans or pants and accessories that match the team colors.