Are you going on a date?
Dressing for a date night at a hockey game can be a pretty tough feat. Girls, you want to look cute but not like you're trying too hard. I've seen plenty of girls that dressed more for a club than a rink, and this never ends well. If you don't dress warm enough (it's an ice rink!) or if you wear your 4-inch stilettos, you're going to suffer. Go for your favorite skinny jeans, a fitted blazer, and an eye-catching top. I recommend wearing comfy shoes, because unless your date splurged for a box suite, you're going to be dealing with crowded aisles and lots of steps. Over-the-knee boots or comfy booties are always a great choice.
Boys, the same principles apply for you. You'll want to put your best foot forward, but not like you're trying too hard or dressing for the club. Opt for a button-down shirt and jeans that aren't torn or obnoxiously dyed. As far as shoes go, you guys have it pretty easy. Unless you're going out for drinks after the game, there's no dress code here. Just no running shoes or socks with sandals for that matter.... I think this rule is self-explanatory. This is also a great chance to show off your hockey knowledge or game experience- if you have a jersey or a hat, feel free to show it off!
Are you superfan or a rink regular?
A standard team jersey just will not do the trick for you. If you're a season ticket-holder or die-hard fan, you're going to want to step up your game a bit. Go for something that is conversation-worthy, like a jersey of a retired player that new fans might not recognize. Vintage sweaters are always a great option! I was pretty impressed with a few of the Clark jerseys I spotted at the Leafs game last night. As long as you know the story of the player, go for it!
Despite your reasons for being there or your fan status, the key to dressing for a hockey game is layering. You'll likely be battling winter weather outside, so make sure your outer coat is one you don't mind throwing over a chair. If you're sitting way up top, it's going to be much warmer than seats by the glass, so be prepared to shed some of those layers. The most important thing to remember is to enjoy the game!