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What to Wear on Game Days


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For my first blog here on CF, I wanted to post about something that reflects my life as a UW Madison Student, as well as one of my favorite things about college: Game Day!

My roommate has already threatened to wake me up at 8 AM for football games, so I will not have time to fret over what I am going to wear!

To make life easier for those of you worrying about what to wear while cheering for your team, look no further – I have highlighted two affordable outfits depending on what the weather is on that particular day.

What to Wear When it’s Smoldering Hot Outside:

In order to stay cool in the hot weather, it’s a good idea to stick with a basic tank and cute cuffed shorts. You can then dress them up with accessories.

For accessories, I chose to dress the basic look up with a flower clip (for a ponytail or to pull some of your hair back), gladiator sandals in a contrasting color, and a ribbon to put on your shoulder to help your basic tank stand out from the rest! Ribbons are one of my favorite accessories because they’re a cheap, instant way to make an outfit (or your hair) really pop!

what to wear on game days outfit 1

Product Info: Tank – University Bookstore, Gladiator Sandal – Charlotte Russe, Hair Clip –, Shorts – Forever 21, Bow – Amazon

When the Fall Weather Starts to Kick In:

Since it’s only really hot for part of the fall, a tank top and shorts will not work all season long.  It’s important to be cozy while cheering when it gets breezy in the stadium or on the soccer field!

Here I decided on a fun and feminine way to dress up a T-shirt, adding in a few trends as well. A white cardigan is a great basic to have in your wardrobe and an essential for every college girl – it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. This particular one from Old Navy has really pretty feminine detail, which I personally love.

The boyfriend jean is huge for fall and a great way to be comfortable and stylish for the big game at the end of the season. Also if it gets warm, they look super cute cuffed up.

For accessories, pointy toed flats (pictured below) are a great staple because they actually elongate the leg, making you seem taller. These particular ones are in a funky red plaid to go with my school’s colors. The headband reminded me of Blair Waldorf, while layers of bangles are so in this fall it’s insane. These particular animal print bangles are great because they can be worn all together or just a few at a time.

what to wear on game days outfit 2

Product Info: Cardigan –  Old Navy, T-shirt – University Madison bookstore, Shoes – Target, Headband – Charlotte Russe, Bangles – Miss Selfridge

Of course the colors are reflecting my school spirit, so have fun with your colors! Make outfits pop with some contrast and stand out with accessories. Also these outfits can be easily mixed and matched depending on the weather or what you are in the mood for that day!

What are your favorite ways to stand out in a sea of your school’s colors? Share your thoughts!

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59 Responses to “What to Wear on Game Days”

  1. 1
    September 5th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    i’m sorry but these are horrible outfits.

  2. 2
    September 5th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I love this! I go to UCLA and football games are sweltering at least halfway through the season. But when it comes time for soccer, the games are freezing cold. It’s hard to find the right balance of dressing for the weather, looking semi-cute, and showing school spirit. Thanks so much!

  3. 3
    September 5th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I think these outfits are great, and i strongly disagree with you, anonymous. You will blend into the crowd with just a plain tshirt on supporting your team, adding a feminine touch in a tasteful way like Meggy demonstrated can speak volumes! These are great, and I can’t wait to see more!

  4. 4
    September 5th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    These outfits are not horrible. In my opinion I think they look super comfy. The first outfit I can see everyone at my school wearing but the sandals are a good way to add some color, and I also love the ribbon idea.
    Good job girl. I love your school spirit. hehe :)

  5. 5
    September 5th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Honestly, it is WAY too cold to even think about wearing these outfits. I have never been to a game where I could wear a cardigan. I’m laying on the coats cause its 40 degrees or less and probably raining or snowing. It would have been great if you could have included outfits for the ones of us who are in colder climates.

  6. 6
    September 5th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Hm… Interesting outfits you’ve got here. The first outfit is okay, yet very basic. I however am not really into the flower and ribbon and am not sure why you included those in the outfit. There are probobly better accesories you could have found. however the shoes and shorts are okay.
    The second outfit is kind of a tragedy and I can see why ‘annonymous’ may have thought it was horrible. First of all, the plaid flats are one of the ugliest flats you could have chosen for this outfit. I would have gone with maybe some high top converse or a pair of boots. Second of all the cardigan is a disaster, as is that kind of embroidery being mixed in with those shoes. The flair ripped denim jeans are SO typical ‘college’ jeans. Maybe you could have gone with skinny, widelegs, boyfriend or leggings???? anything but those! The headband looks like something a girl would wear to her first day of preschool! And that mess of bangles doesnt correspond with the outfit what so ever

    Total disaster!!!!!

  7. 7
    September 5th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    i think these outfits are kind of no brainers…. at least for me… the second one has a bit of versatility and gives me some new ideas but sorry, the first one looks like something i would have worn anyhow. i would have liked to see some different ideas, like maybe a belt to go with the cardigan and jeans or a new trend that we haven’t already seen. This is her first post though so i that being said i think she did a pretty good job.

  8. 8
    September 5th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    is this post a joke?

  9. 9
    September 5th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    I think the first outfit is very basic and not necessarily special, but I do love adding ribbons as accessories. If I have a sorority event that I need to sport a ponytail for, I will definitely not leave my room without making it look cute. Our school is a smaller private school sooooo we don’t have a football team or anything but we do tailgate at local schools sometimes. The flower is really random and the shoes don’t match at all. But still…yay for ribbons.

    The second outfit…scares me. The flats are horrible, and really who wears a bulkish t-shirt under a thin cardigan? The bangles are disasterous. Why not just jeans and a hoodie with some cute accessories? When it gets cold here at a football/baseball game at nearby schools (UNC, NC State, etc.) that’s what everyone ends up wearing anyways.

    Also, one thing you’re forgetting – CUTE SUNGLASSES!

  10. 10
    September 5th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    I think you did a good job for your first post. I see where people may think these outfits are a bad idea, but the point is to just get inspiration from the pictures. Take the ideas and makes them your own.

  11. 11
    September 5th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Not my favourite outfits ever (sorry), but I like the idea- football is really big where I live and I should probally think about what I’d like to wear to games.

    My school colours are black, white, and silver- so I would probally wear black boots, jeans, long grey cardigan with a black t-shirt underneath. I would accessorize with an adorable handmade necklace and bright bag. Good post idea!

    And guys? Seriously, there is a nicer way to say you don’t like outfits instead of saying the “look horrible” or “is this post a joke.” You can say it politely, just don’t be rude. O.k, just had to say that!

  12. 12
    September 5th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Well, heres what I would wear:
    (my school colors are black + red)

    hot day:
    thin red racerback tank tucked into high waisted levi shorts, gold and black bangle on upper arm, black short motorcycle ankle boots and a black fringe bag

    cold day:
    black skinny jeans with a white t
    either converse, or black boots
    a chunky red knit scarve
    either a leather jacket or an oversized cardigan
    a big slouchy hobo bag

  13. 13
    September 5th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I love ribbons and flowers too. However, the second outfit especially just doesn’t go together.

  14. 14
    September 5th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    yeah its kind of hard to wear a lot of bangles with a cardigan. but i like the idea of the ribbon on the stands out!

  15. 15
    September 5th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I love the ribboned tank top idea!

  16. 16
    September 5th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I didn’t like these outfits.Honestly the first one is too much skin, but that’s just my opinion, but anyway, I think it’s far from being creative. Just another outfit I could see everywhere. And the second one, just don’t go together.
    Anyway, I loved the post idea, it’s just not well done.

  17. 17
    September 5th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Wow, I was a little shocked at the negativity in these comments, until I checked the logs… FYI guys, “anonymous”, “lauren”, “danielle” and “jade” are all the same person on the same computer!

    Honestly I think it’s pretty sad that someone would go to the trouble to post multiple negative comments on a single post pretending to be multiple people.. don’t you have something better to do on a Saturday night?

  18. 18
    September 5th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Zephyr- That’s actually pretty funny! Even I have something better to do on a Saturday night- they’re are WAY better ways to say if you don’t really like it and still be polite.

  19. 19
    September 5th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I think that both outfits are cute and have potential for game day. I love the bow on the first outfit! It’s a cute touch. I used to wear ribbons like that to my high school track meets.

    I like the idea of the second outfit, but the baggier tshirt looks like it would be too bulky under the thinner cardigan. With a thicker cardigan/ structured jacket, it would work, or that sweater with a fitted tshirt.

    One thing I’ve often added in colder weather, is a scarf in school colors! Not very original, but when you’re bundled up, there’s not much you can do!

    Overall, great first post and I’m looking forward to reading more!

  20. 20
    September 5th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    I think this is a great post! Going to football games is an essential part of college life, and it’s important to spice up the uniform of school shirt or hoodie and jeans. I’m not a huge fan of every piece in the outfits, but I love the idea and the inspiration. Thanks for posting this!

  21. 21
    September 5th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    I love game day! Perfect day to post this! Go Gators :D

  22. 22
    September 5th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Aww, I think it’s a wonderful post, ignore the hater, they have no life! I LOVE the accessories you’ve added, those plaid shoes are KILLER, and the flowers are adorable! I’m in love with those bangles too!

  23. 23
    September 5th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Hey thanks for all the feedback! I’m not taking it personally, but I did wear one of the outfits and it worked out well.

    I especially wanna say thanks to those who gave their own outfit ideas, thats what college fashion is all about!!

  24. 24
    September 5th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    I’m a UT (Texas) alum and still go to lots of tailgates and games. I think UT must have a style of its own. We go ALL OUT for football games. The main ‘uniform’ for UT girls is a tight burnt orange top (tank or something more unique if you can find it in that color) a short denim mini and cowboy boots. Cowboy boots are the clencher. Burnt orange dresses are also quite popular. It’s pretty warm here throughout football season, so dressing warmer isn’t usually an issue. When it does get chilly, we just change out the tank for a tight long sleeved shirt. I’m expecting to see ripped skinnies with the boots over them later this Fall. We’ll see. :)
    Good post, Meggy…I’ve been waiting to see a football attire post on College Fashion. :)
    Can’t wait to see what your next post will be.

  25. 25
    September 6th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Ahh one more thing that makes me wish we had a football team! Hockey is the big sport at my school, our colors are orange and black, and sometimes it’s hard to find warm clothes in those colors. I try though!

  26. 26
    September 6th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    I love this post; I really needed this! Whenever I go to sports events I end up looking stupidly overdressed with my heels sticking in the grass, my jeans getting muddy, and being way too cold (picture victoria beckam at the height of her WAG status during the world cup in 2006!!!) And it’s all for the sake of fashion!! Beauty means pain right…?

    But now I’ve seen this I realise what an idiot I must have looked like. Although I don’t like the shoes in the second one, I love the idea. Dressing up a t-shirt is simple but effective. I need to go out and but a few t-shirts in my uni colours now haha!

    And bangles do work with cardigans if you put the cardigan on first- but if you get a little warm it’s just a longer process removing layers. But I love bangles soo much so that doesnt bother me!

  27. 27
    September 6th, 2009 at 2:25 am

    Sorry but not my favs from you :( I dunno, maybe its cause for our homecoming game day we are suppose to go like full out with school colours so these seem kinda bland. These would be great for a normal game day but for a big one i’d put more spirit into it.

    My school colours are gold and black. No clue what i’m gonna wear to homecoming game yet but definetly am planning to go full out !

  28. 28
    September 6th, 2009 at 2:47 am

    First of all… I think this post was an excellent idea!!!
    I do think you should do a follow up article though… with more outfits.
    Maybe do a few with different colors and take into consideration climate issues… like maybe do a few for people that live in cooler places. (the outfits you posted would work fine for me cause i live in LA but i can easily see how the outfits wouldn’t work for other people… i mean, even i have to wear coats in the winter.)

    Also i wouldn’t really wear a T-SHIRT (that was cut for guys, not girls) even if it did have my schools name on it, unless i was working out. I think we girls can definitely show school spirit without completely loosing our body shape… wearing school colors from head-to-toe and playing with makeup is enough for me.

    But anyway, this was a good article and a GREAT idea.
    i really do hope you do a followup.

  29. 29
    September 6th, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Zephyr – There’s nothing to do but just laugh! Obviously this post has struck a cord with said person which is why she felt she had so much to say about it.

    Anyway, Meggy, great first post on CF! I’m really not much of a sporty gal and I never (really, never) go to games (also, in London ‘school spirit’ etc. isn’t as much of a big deal as it seems to be in the States). But I like the way you added feminine touches with accessories. And while plaid is not my personal favorite print, I really like pointy toed flats.

    Also, just block out the negativity – no one will love everything you do; as long as YOU love it and feel comfortable with who you are and the choices you make, that’s all that matters!

  30. 30
    September 6th, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Omg! Usualy, I adore everything you post, or at least understand what were you going for, but those outfits…. I just don’t get them.. Specialy the second one looks like something my grandma would wear. For a game day you can put on something far more cute.

  31. 31
    September 6th, 2009 at 9:25 am

    first outfit looks like something I would wear except the flowery thing.
    the second one looks nice just except the t-shirt. it’s just not right. some cute tank top rather :D

  32. 32
    September 6th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    I guess your outfit depends on what state you live in…some games can be cold and require a little more clothing lol

  33. 33
    September 6th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Wow so much negativity, don’t let it get to you Meggy, I think this post was great! I love the cute little bow that you chose from f21 (I have a weird obsession with bows), and that cardigan from old navy. I can’t wait to see your next post!

  34. 34
    September 6th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I really love the second outfit – I wear cardigans over my college tee shirts all the time & it actually makes them appear less bulky. And I love the accessories you chose for both outfits.

    Great post, Meggy! :)

  35. 35
    September 6th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Meggy I loved these outfits, especially since school spirit is a big deal at JMU what with everyone beating UVA and VT in our faces. Wonderful post idea, especially the ribbons… I wear them in my hair sometimes but what a great idea to put it on your shirt. Awesome job.

  36. 36
    September 6th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    My school isn’t really into sports and this post makes me jealous–I wish I had a game to wear cute outfits like these to!

  37. 37
    September 6th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    i loooove the first outfit esp the shoes, but I’m not too keen on the second one. I think, especially at a big school, there would be a more feminine, form fitting wisconsin tee-shirt that would go better with that particular outfit. And i feel like more red should be thrown in there if the majority of the tee-shirt is covered by a long long-sleeved cardigan. just my opinion though. And I agree with what others have said; maybe one more post on what to wear in colder weather. I find it so hard to dress warmly and stay cute and not bulky

  38. 38
    September 6th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I like the idea of the outfits, but I have to agree with those that said the second outfit isn’t the best. But I liked your post over-all and it was a great topic! I think a lot of girls get stuck in the rut of, tee-shirt/shorts/sneakers for football games and this was a fresh spin on the basic!

  39. 39
    September 6th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    AWESOME !!! idea.
    I think it is super important to be dressed for the weather as well as for the team spirit. One thing though: you should maybe have a follow up post on how to buy jerseys, hoodies, accessories like facepaint (when applied). I know that this is not exactly a football fanatic dress blog, but I don’t think anyone should miss out on the fun.

  40. 40
    September 7th, 2009 at 4:16 am

    these outfits are tragic.

  41. 41
    September 7th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Having grown up in the midwest, I think these are fantastic gameday outfits for that region of the country. But don’t forget about those of us in the best dressed conference in the nation: the SEC. Down here, the ladies rock their finest Lilly Pulitzer and Trina Turk sundresses while the guys can be spotted in button downs, khaki or pastel pants or shorts, and a Vineyard Vines tie. I’m normally not a fan of this preppy of dress, but there’s something about a put together look and gameday.

  42. 42
    September 7th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I go to NC State, so my school colors are red, black, and white.
    I like the idea of this post, I am always trying to put together cute outfits for game days! I actually think that the second outfit is cute, it adds a feminine touch to an otherwise boring baggy tee shirt that you probably got for free during Welcome Week. I don’t see how wearing bangles with a cardigan would work, but I like the ideas you have, regardless.

    I know this sounds so sorority girl, but I like pairing a white or red sundress with cowboy boots during football games(no offense to you sorority girls out there). It’s cute, and it keeps you feeling cool :)
    Keep up the good work girlie.

  43. 43
    September 8th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Your would be laughed at in the SEC for these get ups. We wear cuter outfits to take the garbage out.

  44. 44
    September 8th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Gamedays = jeans and a jersey. flipflops in the summer and comfy flats in the fall. no offense, but gameday isnt about looking cute, its about the football.

  45. 45
    September 10th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    um the outfits r ok. i wld’ve like to see an outfit 4 when it gets REALLY cold though.

  46. 46
    September 11th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Sorry it took me so long to come on here to read this meg! (i’m the roommate who wakes everyone up in the morning for 11AM games :) ) i absolutely love the ideas and it’s so creative, just like you! can’t wait to see more from you… this website is soo helpful! loveeee it!

  47. 47
    September 12th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I attend UW and I’m really excited that you go there too! I can’t say that I’ve ever seen people use ribbons or flowers as accessories at the games, but I do like that your outfits are classier/comfier than some of the trashy things a lot of girls wear. I look forward to more posts from you. :)

  48. 48
    September 13th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I wouldn’t say the outfits are “horrible”, but they didn’t “wow” me, either. I’m not a big fan of the extremely low-waist skirt or jeans–they make your body look weird. Look at some REAL “hippie-chick” hip-huggers and you’ll see the waistband is higher and more flattering.

    The shoes in the first outfit are pretty cool, and unusual. The sweater in the second outfit is WAY too big, IMO. If you’re thin, you’ll swim in it and heavier girls will just look fat(ter).

    Also, there are many stylish sweaters, vests and hoodies made of fleece + microfiber that are much warmer. Those that come with a detachable shell are great for windy or rainy days.

  49. 49
    September 14th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Love these ideas! I saw a cute thing the other day for school colors Keds – not sure how they look in person, but thought it was a cute idea for school spirit on game days…or if you just love colorful kicks!

  50. 50
    September 21st, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    i’ve been knitting for a while now, and i found yarn in my school’s colors and made myself a hat and mittens – they’re absolutely adorable and insanely warm, perfect for the cold weather.
    also, victoria’s secret has that college collection. they don’t have it for every school, but the ones they do have are fun!

  51. 51
    October 4th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Hi, so I happened to love this post and while I may not wear the outfits myself, I think it was a great idea. In honor of it, I made some outfits myself based on Ball State’s colors of red, white, & black on polyvore. I happen to love your website and have been reading it for two years now! Keep up the great ideas! :)

    ** I’d love your thoughts on the outfits! :)

  52. 52
    January 3rd, 2010 at 6:41 am

    not my fav ideas
    but i love the gladiators, the denim shorts and the plaid ballet flats
    i also love the tank top from the first idea
    pretty good job

  53. 53
    February 20th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I think the casual look is great in the first photo set. The comfy tank and jean shorts are great and the flower clip!

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