In the South, game day is more celebrated than any other event, and dressing up for tailgate is a tradition. Tailgating in the South is very different than anywhere else in the country—nowhere else will you find women sporting their Sunday best and men in button-down shirts and bowties.
College football season is well underway, and whether you’re a collegiate rooting for your school or an alum headed back to your alma mater, here are a few game day style ideas to show your school spirit while still staying chic at the event:
Keep the forecast in mind. In the South, summer can extend far into the fall, so it’s best to pick lightweight fabrics for your game day outfit and rely on layers if the weather gets chillier. Think lightweight sweaters, cardigans, and scarves. You can choose these in team colors to show your team spirit.
Dress it up. Many women at Southern colleges treat football games and tailgating like a fashion show and enjoy dressing up for the occasion. One idea is to wear a pretty A-line dress in one of your team’s colors. Accessorize with a cardigan and belt or a statement necklace.
Show your spirit. Scarves come in all collegiate colors and are an easy and chic way to work some school spirit into your outfit.
Kick it up a notch. When the weather gets cooler, a great pair of cowboy boots are a staple for women on game day in the South. One of the most common looks you’ll see at football games at Southern colleges are women in mini-dresses paired with cowboy boots. Plus, they are great for the long walks from the parking lots to the stadium over wet or muddy fields.
Mix it up. You can still make team jerseys look stylish. Pair a fitted football shirt with skinny jeans, a long open cardigan sweater, and cowboy boots.
Comfort is key. No matter whether you choose a dress or jeans, keep comfort in mind. You’ll be in this outfit all day from the tailgate party to the game (and maybe to after parties!), so wear something you will be comfortable in. Football games aren’t the time to test out your new stilettos!