What to Wear: Ball Field to Date Night

Happy October, friends! Today I’m sharing an outfit I wore on a warm Saturday a couple weeks ago to my daughter’s marching band performance outside on the football field, and then to meet friends for dinner afterwards.

I wanted to be comfortable and casual for the cavalcade, but also stylish and a little more dressed up for dinner out, so I decided on a graphic tee with jeans and slip-on sneakers for the band show. Then I brought along a change of shoes and a jacket to throw on over top for our date night afterwards.

I’ve worn this graphic tee sooo much lately, I’m sure y’all (and everyone in my household) is sick of it, but it’s the perfect thing for… well almost everything, it seems! And yay, it finally went on sale! It’s currently 30% off with code TUESDAY, and it runs small. I sized up to a medium.

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It’s a little nicer than your typical graphic tee, so I was able to dress it up for dinner, and the lightweight slub cotton was cool and comfortable outside at the football stadium in the mid-September heat.

There was quite of bit of walking at the band event, so practicality was key when it came to choosing my footwear. These snake print sneakers are lined with the smoothest leather, and they’ve been a great transition shoe while we wait for cold weather to arrive. I wear them several times a week.

A solid color would look great with this outfit too, but I really like the texture the snake print brings to this casual look. They also come in a grey/black color combo if you prefer, and best of all, they  just went 25% off at Saks! (Be sure to use code FREESHIP for free shipping, if ordering.)

I recommend sizing down half; I ended up with the 7.5. They were a little tight over the toes initially, but they’ve broken in quickly.

For a more budget-friendly alternative, this Steve Madden pair recently went on sale as well, so you can snag them for under $50. I found that pair to run small, so you may want to size up half if you order those.

My exact jeans have sold out, but Nordstrom has another Rag & Bone Cate with a traditional sewn hem that are on sale, and Wit & Wisdom makes a similar pair for less that also comes in petite. And really, with this outfit, any dark denim would do.

For accessories, I wore simple mixed metal hoop earrings and my favorite sunnies, and that was it!

Typically I carry a smaller crossbody to ball games and marching band shows, but I was running late and just grabbed my LV tote because it was already stocked and ready to go.

For dinner that night, I brought along my grey leather jacket and a change of shoes.

FYI, this jacket is still stocked and on sale. It runs TTS or size down if in between; I have the small.

I hesitated to get a grey leather jacket since I have a black one, but I wear the black soooo often that I thought having an alternative might be nice.

As it turns out, I reach for the grey more than I do the black!

The grey isn’t quite as harsh as black, and it looks great with my snake print booties. I know, I know, more snake print . . .  🙈

I just love the texture and added interest it brings to an outfit. And of course these booties sold out in the grey. I keep waiting for Jeffrey Campbell to bring out something similar, but he hasn’t done it yet.

For a similar style, I like these and these. Also, Target has a nice budget-friendly alternative, and if you like snake print but not heels, these slingback flats are really cute and would dress up a casual look too.

I kept the same earrings, but I did swap out my bag.

I threw this black satchel into the car along with my booties and jacket so I’d have something smaller to take into the restaurant. It also coordinates better with the cool tones in this look — although really, I consider the Neverfull a go-with-everything bag.

I love the idea of dressing up a graphic tee for dinner out — it’s not the type of top I typically reach for when I’m getting dressed to go out to dinner, but it was fun for a change.

Outfit Details:

NYC tee // Rag & Bone skinnies (budget option) // snake print sneakers (25% off / budget option) // grey leather jacket // snake print bootie options here and here // black satchel // earrings // sunnies c/o Maui Jim

For the Pinners:

What I wore on a warm Saturday to my child's marching band performance on the football field, and then to meet friends for dinner afterwards. #fallfashion #fashionover40 #outfitinspo

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photos: Alison Cornell