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Erin Andrews shares fall football fashion tips

5:14 PM, Nov 16, 2013   |    comments
Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews' "office" is a field, so she always has to be camera-ready — but cute and casual — when she goes to work. Here she is before the start of Game 5 of the 2013 World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louison Oct. 28 in one of her favorite looks, which she describes as "very preppy ... very Kate Middleton." USA TODAY's Ann Oldenburg gets some specific fall fashion football tips from the pro for fans. Erin Andrews, Twitter
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When Erin Andrews goes to a game, she's got to look good. It's her job. Whether she's covering the World Series or the Super Bowl - or any other event - the Fox Sports broadcaster has to be camera-ready, but casual, too.

And it's not easy, she says.

"Men are watching me," explains Andrews, 35. "I have to be careful that it's not too provocative, not too sexy, but also something a typical sports fan can relate to." She adds, "If it's too high fashion, my demographic won't get that."

She's been working with stylist Lee Harris since she moved to Fox from ESPN last summer. "I concentrate on sports. I never know what the cool things are to wear," she says, but Harris has found pieces that work well for her. It's a "preppy ... very Kate Middleton" look, she says.

Now, men will ask her, "'Where is that coat from?' It's really funny," she says.

The weather, of course, is a factor in her sartorial choices, says Andrews. And football means sweaters and coats. But the place to start is having comfortable, durable, good-looking shoes, she says.

"If you're a fan, there's a lot of walking. You could be standing and tailgating or going up stairs." For Andrews, covering a game means she's on grass or dirt, and often on uneven ground.

"I want to be comfortable. Tory Burch has these awesome riding boots and they hit you right below the knee and they're flat. I wore those all throughout the World Series. ... Even the baseball players and coaches, they'd be like, 'Nice boots!'"

With the boots, she likes jeans.

"It's not like I'm sitting pretty up in the booth like the guys are. I'm usually eating a hot dog in the dugout," she says. But that doesn't mean you can't look nice. "There are some great jeans that you can make look dressy. I love Citizens (of Humanity)."

She adds that you shouldn't be afraid to break away from the standard denim. "You can go so many different colors, the waxy ones that make it look dressy. There are some great lighter grays and darker grays. ... When I interviewed (Redskins head coach) Mike Shanahan I wore two-tone denim ... darker and lighter, two different fabrics."

Having a variety of dressy jeans, she says, "(makes) my job easier."

And under those jeans?

Don't get all excited. "Thermal underwear is my favorite," Andrews says. "I can throw them on under skinny jeans. A lot of the thermal underwear out there is very close to your body. I'm big into layers."

She says her stylist was "doing cute little collared shirts" under "really cute sweaters from J.Crew, which are so affordable."

On top of that, she says, "We got a ton of blazers from Ralph Lauren." One of her favorites has patches on the elbows. "It's very fall. All-American preppy. When you put it together, collared shirt, sweater, fun fall blazer, it's very equestrian."

Andrews laughs as she tells of how she went to watch her boyfriend, Los Angeles Kings Center Jarret Stoll, play hockey and Victoria Beckham was there wearing a collared shirt and a sweater. She remembers thinking, "Oh my God, we got it right!"

While Andrews has to be impartial for most of her sporting events as a reporter, fans can show their team spirit, she says.

"I've gone through the stages where I've been decked out with a hair bow with the team logo. I can't wear that stuff anymore. I love the fans that get all crazy because they make it so much fun." She adds, "For the longest time, for females there was nothing to wear. It was all so boxy. There are so many brands out now. You have a lot more options."

And when it's cold, she says, bundle up. She uses hand warmers in her pockets, foot warmers in her boots and blankets for her seat. And, she says: Don't forget to wear a hat. "I love wearing hats. It doesn't matter how messed up your hair gets. I think the most important thing for me, I don't like to be cold. Those are long days in your seat and outside tailgating. I don't want to be cold at all."


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