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Game Day Fashion: 3 Ways to Wear Your School Colors

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Game day fashion school colors

Once upon a time, I went to a football game. I assumed a game that involved tackling and pigskin in the grass would mean that fashion wasn’t important.

Oh, how wrong I was.

I transferred from a teeny, liberal arts college to a ginormous state university where football is revered. I  found myself wondering what to wear to a football game, a.k.a. how to look put-together and full of school spirit when standing in the sun for a long time.

If you’re in the same boat as me, please sail with me through some OOTGs (Outfit of the Game) based on some of the most frequently used color schemes in the SouthEastern Conference:

1. Red & Black

Black and red school colors outfit

Red and black is a powerful, classic color combination. I have on a black skirt with a peplum top. I can’t get enough of peplum because it gives the illusion of awesome curves – however, this top was a little large around my midsection so I simply added a thick red ribbon (a belt would have worked also). This top keeps me cool because the back is actually lace with buttons running down the back, as shown above.

Although I don’t own much red clothing, I added in my school color with accessories.

2. Blue & White

Blue and white school colors outfit

This outfit is the most bohemian of the three. If your school color is a unique, rare shade, than I suggest looking for a patterned piece, because you’re more likely to find it that way. My feet are adorned with camel-colored gladiator sandals, only because I like to imagine that Daenerys Targeryn from Game of Thrones would wear them.

To make this look a little more interesting than just a floral dress, I added a white vest with interesting back cut-outs and belted it at my waist with a belt that’s similar to the color of my sandals.

3. Black & Gold

Yellow and gold school colors outfit

It’s absolutely acceptable to substitute a yellow top for gold if you don’t want to glitter in the sun. On the bottom, I’m wearing the same skirt from my first look, as well as some black wedges. On top, you guessed it: another shirt with a daring back!

Since this outfit on its own is pretty minimalistic, the gold purse, headband, and bracelet add extra style points. This outfit will keep you looking and feeling fresh until the fourth quarter.

What do you think?

What do you wear to a football game? What are your school’s colors? Which of these looks is your favorite? Will you be recreating any of them? Let me know below if you’ve been to a college football game and how you dressed!

Posted on on October 6, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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18 Responses to “Game Day Fashion: 3 Ways to Wear Your School Colors”

  1. 1
    October 6th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Hi, I was just wondering about your experiences transferring….I’m a freshman at a uc and I’m having a tough time. How did you decide to transfer? Why did you chose the school that you did? Was it difficult? Thank you so much!!!

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    October 6th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I like that yellow top in #3. Where is it from? :D I go to UCF and am in need of more yellow/gold clothing items.

  3. 3
    October 6th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I went to a large public university, and although we always dressed cute (sundresses and skirts were normal), we ALWAYS wore comfy shoes because you stand the ENTIRE game. Wedges wouldn’t be a practical option for us, but all of these outfits are cute! I just wouldn’t rock them at a game. :)

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    October 6th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    These looks were pretty and flattering, but I think they missed the mark. In particular, the first one was more of a “going out” ensemble than a game day outfit. I also think these looks are not something that can be worn throughout the entirety of football season. Addings a look with pants,boots, oversized sweaters or bright colored scarfs might be more beneficial to readers. It’s always nice to look and feel put together, but when you’re on your feet in a crowded stadium comfort should be a priority.

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    October 6th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks! My yellow top is from a boutique called Entourage.

    I completely agree about the shoes! For some football games I actually ended up walking a lot–in that situation I wore sandals because there’s no way I could walk long distances in wedges :)

  6. 6
    October 6th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I go to Penn State, and normal game dress is tshirt and sneakers and being painted up for the game. It always interesting to see how much the Southern schools dress for football games.

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    October 6th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Marie, I chose to transfer for many reasons. I ended up changing my major, and my current school offered a much better program. My old school was very small, there weren’t a lot of class options or club options. It was in a small, sleepy rural town. Socially I felt like I didn’t fit in anywhere, and I dreaded going back every time I went home.

    I am so happy I transferred! I chose my current school because it had everything my old school didn’t, and I had visited several times before. It was one I had always considered in high school. It’s difficult in the sense that I didn’t make a lot of my friends in the freshman dorm like most, but fortunately through clubs and major classes I’ve made new friends. I feel much more at home here than I did at my old school. I hope that helps!! Sorry for the lengthy story.

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    October 6th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Mallorie, I definitely agree that comfort should always be a priority! Personally, wearing sandals or wedges to me is much more comfortable than the heeled cowboy boots the majority of girls here wear. I think any of these outfits could be worn with black ballet flats and still be cute.

    It’s still been around 88 degrees here, but I am happy to make outfits with more warmer pieces in my upcoming articles! :)

  9. 9
    October 7th, 2013 at 2:48 am

    While these outfits are really cute, they really aren’t all that practical for the football games I’ve been to, granted I go to Oregon State and our colors are orange and black and it’s usually very windy and rainy on game days. Wearing wedges and a skirt is simply not an option for me since it gets into the 30’s, maybe if I was going to a fancy-ish game day party at someones house but for the student section out in the rain? not so much. I see these outfits working more for going to class or going to an after party.

  10. 10
    October 7th, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Great shots as always Leah! :)

  11. 11
    October 7th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Although this article was really targeted at the SEC and schools in my area if you want to make one more tailored to where you live, with warmer clothes, please let me know :)

    Thanks Orla!

  12. 12
    October 7th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I agree, these outfits aren’t practical. I think when going to a football game, you should be comfortable and casual.

  13. 13
    October 7th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    OH! i hope you do this for cute basketball game outfits! (Blue and White UK Wildcats all the way BTW!!) I’ve always wanted to go to a game but be a wee more sophisticated looking than the guys in the blue spiderman suits and the people in the wildcat head hats and blue afros! ^_^

  14. 14
    October 7th, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I loved these! Some people are saying that you’re too dressed up but if the college games that I’ve been to are anything to go by, you hit the mark on what a lot of the girls seem to be going for! Keep up the good work!

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    October 17th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    wow great article!

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    November 13th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Heyyyy.
    So I live in South Africa and I’m going to college/university in a few weeks time. I’m suuuuuper excited and just want to say I love the whole concept of giving students inspiration for outfits….. we need it! I loved the second outfit <3 I agree that I couldn't wear these outfits(especially 1 and 3)to a rugby match here in South Africa because I would probably be stoned by the other girls, but I'm keeping this is mind for a social or class! Thanks again! xx oh, and P.S It would be hectically cool of you to maybe do a post on different ways to wear a denim shirt!

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    November 14th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Lisa! That’s so exciting. I’ve never been to a rugby match but I’ve always wanted to go. I LOVE that idea! Thank you for the awesome suggestion!! Denim shirts are the best.

    I hope you have a great time going to university! And, if you have any more suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

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