Hello Gamedayrs! Alexandra here – but you can call me Alex as we’re among friends.
I’m here to discuss game day – which probably isn’t much of a surprise as you are on a website called Gamedayr. However, I’m not here to talk about stats, player expectations and/or fantasy football. I’m here to discuss game day apparel; and more specifically: game day apparel in the hot and humid Southeast.
I’m a Florida State grad.
[Gasp! Keep it together Gator fans – we actually do know how to construct a sentence. Don’t worry. We were just as shocked to realize that your wardrobe didn’t consist of only jean shorts and visors.]
Now, with that said, when discussing game day apparel in the southeast, it must be recognized in two categories: the ACC and the SEC. These two conferences are polar opposites on the spectrum of valid tailgating attire.
On one end you have the SEC. This conference is noted for its Lilly Pulitzer toting, embroidered pant bow-tie boasting equivalent to a Pleasant-pocalypse all up in their “ville.” While on the other end, you have the “swol” muscle containing fratastic tank and flower child eclectic fringe effect that is the ACC…I swear, when I went back to my Alma Matter, I didn’t know whether there was a music festival or a football game happening (not that I would be disappointed to see both). We actually created a drinking game for every time we saw high wasted shorts, fringe top and/or a head band. Needless to say, we were pleasantly sloshed in an hour.
I need to address that these descriptions are a generalization. There are always outliers – but for the most part, this describes each conference’s gen pop (True Blood fans anyone?).
Today, I’m going to pull game day essentials from each conference to make up a versatile and, most importantly, comfortable tailgating attire for the August-September heat. Here are my top tips for the ladies and gents of the southeast.
1. Back to Basics: You can’t beat a pair of shorts and a cute top.
SEC: You really can’t go wrong with one of Jcrew’s shorts. Not only do they come in a ton of school colors and patterns, but they have also have skirts for a dressier version. Just pair it with a loose blouse to finish off the look. If you went for the skirt, go for something like this tucked in.
ACC: I am a lover of jean shorts. There. I said it! At the end of the day, I do love the vintage Woodstock style that has emerged – but it needs to look like you’re not trying so hard. A pair of flattering (key word) jean shorts with a cute flowing top is a game day go-to in the heat of the earlier season games.
2. Easy Breezy: A simple shift dress is a perfect way to stay cool at those sweltering noon games. Start with a basic colored dress and then accessorize based on your style. This Asos dress is a perfect example.
SEC: Go for a bolder color or pattern with colors of your school to pair with chunky jewelry. Baublebar.com has a great collection of affordable statement pieces.
3. Foot Fetish: We want to be decked out from head to toe – so we mustn’t forget about our shoes. At the end of the day both conferences overlap in this area. The only difference is that some schools in the SEC only wear heels. I’m only 4’11” and there is no way I would ever last in a pair of heels for entire day of tailgating. I tip my hat to the ladies who can! During the early games of the season, I tend to lean towards a good pair of strappy sandals. Although I’m also a huge fan of the collegiate and metallic Toms and colored converses.
1. Bottom Half: Personally, I’m a fan of the mantra “skies out, thighs out.” A pair of well-tailored shorts makes all the difference on game day. Not only will you feel the breeze on those man stems of yours, but they ladies will notice – in a good way.
ACC: Fellas, I’m going to have to go with my same rec for the SEC.
2. Top Half: When it’s hot, you have to go for what’s comfortable.
SEC: Ditch the polo and go for a well fitted cool linen or light weight button down with your school’s colors, and roll up the sleeves. Think plaid, gingham and stripes. This style allows for you to stay cool and not be so literal as an embroidered polo. Once again Bonobos and Jcrew take the cake on this.
ACC: Go ahead and call me a hypocrite, but I do like a good tank. A good vintage one is the best. Urban Outfitters always has a great selection as well as American Apparel. It must be noted that there is a place and a time for this look. Don’t show up to an alumni event or parent’s weekend with your armpit hair all over the hors d’oeuvres.