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Football season (errrr tailgate season) is one of the most fun times of year here in the south. When I went to my first WFU game after moving to NC, it really struck me how incredibly dressed up all the college girls were. They go ALL out in dresses, perfect hair and cute accessories. I was a little shocked, especially coming from Utah where you dress for warmth for most of the games. Jeans + a sweater or sweatshirt were the norm when I went to football games growing up… granted, that was 20 years ago!
But I definitely wondered for a while what to wear to a football game with a dressier dress code. So, if that’s you too, I’ve got a few classic and comfy outfits for those of you who are gearing up and dressing for games this fall.
While I’m not a die-hard football fan – especially since my alma mater is across the country (I attended Brigham Young University in Utah) — I do enjoy the festivities and excitement around fall football. My husband went to Appalachian State University and we have a place in Boone so we do watch ASU games and hope to attend some more games in person this year! And, since we live in Winston-Salem, we usually end up going to at least one Wake Forest University football game.
These looks are all intentionally neutral so that you can accessorize them with your team colors. I always find that buying clothes for one specific use ends up getting donated the next year. And honestly, I don’t want to wear a dark yellow top or dress to match ASU’s colors. So in this post, I’m sharing neutral (but still fun and easy to accessorize), tailgate-approved outfits that you can wear all throughout the fall, even when you’re nowhere near a football game.
What to Wear to a Football Game – cute outfits that are comfy & classic
What to wear to a football game when it’s hot: a neutral dress
When I’m thinking about getting dressed for a football game or tailgate, the easiest outfit idea I can think of a black or white dress. (At least if you’re wondering what to wear to a football game in hot weather!! This is because a neutral dress is cute, lightweight, and every single team color I can think of will work with black or white with the right accessories. Even if your team’s colors are navy and red, you can make white work. A solid color black or white dress is so versatile.
I have two favorite dresses for this scenario. The first is this black ruffled tank dress. Mine is by Nation LTD. It’s sleeveless (so important for the south since it’s HOT here!), short but not too short, and looks great with sneakers. The name of the game is comfort, and this mini dress totally meets the standard. I also love that you can wear it throughout the rest of the fall with clogs, booties, a denim jacket or a sweater. I’ve had it for 2.5 years and worn it so much because it’s so versatile. The Nation dress is right over $100 and the quality is amazing.
The second dress I’ve really liked this season is by Amazon! This white mini dress with side cutouts may not seem like it would be pregnancy friendly (I’m in my second trimester), but it actually is! And the fact that it’s lined is a huge bonus. I have this in a size small and it fits true to size. It comes in SO many colors, so you could definitely get this in black or navy too.
You can see how I styled both for game days below. If we were going to App State or Wake Forest games this fall, I’d wear the black dress and gold jewelry to accessorize since both of their colors are black and gold. If I were going to a UNC Chapel Hill game, I’d wear the white dress and some light blue accessories — maybe this clear and light blue crossbody bag. Clemson fans in the house? This orange and clear purse is for you! I shared the rest of my favorite stadium approved bags in a separate blog post.
Linking a few other black and white dresses below:
Now let’s say it’s too hot for jeans but you’re just not one to wear a dress to a football game. Denim shorts are the way to go! I actually wore jean shorts and a tank to an ASU game last year and accessorized with gold jewelry. It was practical, cute, and I didn’t sweat my clothes off. Like the two sections above, I prefer to go neutral for game-days especially with jean shorts. A black or white tank is always the perfect option for me, and then a fun pair of earrings or a colorful belt bag finishes the look. You could, however, get a top that matches your teams colors too. Easy peasy!
My favorite pair of jean shorts are the Agolde Parker Long shorts. They’re expensive (for jean shorts at least), but they will last for years, they don’t show your booty, and they’re relaxed enough that they don’t squeeze your thighs. I’ll link a few other pairs below, but I HIGHLY recommend the Agolde pair if you’re a regular denim short wearer like me. I have a size 25. The waist does run large (intentionally) so if you’re on the fence, I’d size down.
What to wear to a football game when it’s cold: Black jeans
Now if you live somewhere cooler than Winston-Salem (lucky you), black jeans are a great option for game-day. They’re a little more interesting than basic blue denim, but you can style them a million ways, but similarly to the dresses above, I like to wear a neutral top like this flutter sleeve tank with my jeans and then accessorize with more color. Since I’m also very pro-sneakers when it comes to tailgating, my favorite crop of black jeans is a kick flare. This style is more on-trend than skinny jeans, but still flattering and fitted through the majority of the leg. I love that kick flare jeans show off your shoes and err on the more casual side.
Once it really gets cold, you can wear cute booties with these and throw on a black puffer cold with a team color beanie.
The pair I like best is a little pricey but SO worth the splurge — the FRAME Le Crop Mini Boot. They run true to size (I take my typical size 25) and have the perfect amount of stretch. You can sit in them all day without being uncomfortable, which is essential for football games!
I’m linking a handful of black jeans at difference price points below as well:
Next on the must-have list for game-day outfits is a comfortable pair of sneakers. Your cute football game outfit is a total failure if your feet hurt. You will walk a lot at a football game unless you have VIP parking, and you’ll be so happy you wore sneakers as opposed to heeled boots or booties. I’m so thankful that cute fashion sneakers are trending right now because there are so many options to choose from.
My #1 pick for fashion sneakers is Vejas. I have three different pairs and love them all. They’re leather, so they’re a little dressier than you may imagine for sneakers, but they’re still comfortable and easy to wear all day. They look great with both jeans and dresses! Unfortunately Vejas sell out super quickly, but Zappos has a handful of cute colors in stock.
Next on my list are New Balance 327 sneakers. These are also somewhat hard to find in different colors, but the price tag is better than Vejas. They are a little sportier than Vejas too, so they will be a great option for wearing with athleisure throughout the fall. You can also find lots of colors available in the 237 style, which is also super cute but a little wider.
Here are a handful of styles and colors I love:
A clear purse
Most college stadiums (and even professional sporting events and concert stadiums) are beginning to implement a clear bag policy, and while it can be really annoying to have to switch everything to a new purse, there are a TON of cute options available! I ordered one from Amazon that I actually wouldn’t recommend (the chain is WAY too long), but I found a handful of other bags with great reviews that I’m linking below.
I shared the rest of my favorite stadium approved bags in a separate blog post.
A belt bag
Even the stadiums that are implementing a clear bag policy usually allow very small non-clear bags as well, so it’s time to break out those belt bags! I LOVE my belt bag for so many reasons, but it’s especially useful for a football game. It holds your phone, keys, wallet, and any other small necessity. It can stay on your body all day without bothering you, and you can get them in all sorts of colors (perfect for accessorizing for your team!). I have both the Lululemon belt bag and a lookalike from Amazon. So, I genuinely don’t think it makes sense to order the Lululemon one because the Amazon version is SO good. I have a full review comparing them both, but in short, just get the Amazon bag!
Since we went neutral for the outfit itself, I thought it would be fun to share a handful of team specific accessories in case you want to jazz your look up. One of my favorite brands EVER makes the most gorgeous earrings in a ton of team colors.
I would LOVE to know who you cheer for! Let me know in the comments below!
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The article discusses various outfit ideas for attending football games, particularly in the context of the southern United States. It covers attire for both hot and cold weather, emphasizing the importance of comfort and versatility. The author shares outfit suggestions, including neutral dresses, denim shorts, black jeans, sneakers, clear purses, belt bags, and team-specific accessories. The outfits are designed to be comfortable, classic, and easy to accessorize with team colors. The article also mentions the author's personal experiences attending football games and tailgating events, as well as her preferences for neutral attire that can be worn beyond game days.
The key concepts covered in the article include:
- Football Game Attire: The article provides outfit ideas for attending football games, considering both hot and cold weather conditions. It emphasizes the importance of comfort and versatility in the chosen attire.
- Neutral Dresses: The author recommends wearing neutral dresses, such as black or white dresses, for hot weather football games. These dresses are described as lightweight, versatile, and easy to accessorize with team colors.
- Denim Shorts: The article suggests wearing denim shorts as an alternative to dresses for hot weather game days. It highlights the practicality and comfort of denim shorts, particularly when paired with neutral tops and accessories.
- Black Jeans: For colder weather, the author recommends wearing black jeans as a versatile option for game-day attire. The emphasis is on pairing black jeans with neutral tops and accessorizing with team colors.
- Sneakers: Comfortable footwear, particularly sneakers, is highlighted as essential for game-day outfits. The article recommends specific sneaker brands and emphasizes the importance of comfort for walking and standing during football games.
- Clear Purses and Belt Bags: The article discusses the trend of clear bag policies at stadiums and suggests clear purses and belt bags as practical and stylish options for carrying essentials while complying with stadium regulations.
- Team Accessories: The author shares recommendations for team-specific accessories, such as earrings in various team colors, to add a personalized touch to game-day outfits.
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