when the leaves begin to change and the temperatures start to drop, my anticipation grows for the best time of year: football season. i grew up watching this game with my dad + brothers (monday night football was my very first memory), and have grown to love the memories made since with my husband (a michigan state alum-go green!) + friends. i love the roar of the crowd at every touchdown, the heart the players put in to every down of the game, + the camaraderie felt as we collectively cheer our team on to a (hopeful) victory. though i do not think we will be able to make it to an msu game this year, we are heading to an smu game (my alma mater–pony up!), the red river shoot out (texas/ou–hook ‘em!), + a cowboys game later this season. i am excited to cheer on some of my favorite teams (smu + texas) and create some more memories with family + friends.
and as girly as it sounds, over the years i have begun to pay attention to “football fashion” and what to wear on each occasion. sometimes (read: nfl games) the only appropriate attire is team memorabilia, while other times (read: smu games) allow you to get creative with team colors but with more fashionable options. and most state schools (read: texas + michigan state) fall somewhere in the middle, in my experience. so, i have decided to create three options based on the three different types of games we will be headed to this season.
for a true fan, it is all about sporting logos + throwing yourself in to the game. this requires comfort first, but does not mean you have to sacrifice fashion. for games where i know i will be jumping up and down + on my feet cheering for most of the game, i opt for either flat boots or chunky heels for more support, and leaving the fashion statements to my jewelry. tip: i always wear a crossbody so i can be hands-free, and no matter the season, i’ve learned to always sport closed-toe shoes–you may just get stepped on in the heat of the moment.
who says football can’t involve a fashion statement? a fashionista can absolutely still sport her style at a game. this is a look i would wear to an smu game + boulevarding (our version of tailgating). i like that it is a little sporty with the tee + cutoffs, a little feminine with the heels, and that it represents smu with the colors. tip: as cute as these heels are, i would definitely pack some flats as well if walking around the boulevard becomes too much.
when attending a football game for a new-to-you team, it is best to play it safe, and sport their color (as well as support your friend + family member). this way you can blend with the crowds, and truly enjoy the experience from an “insider’s” perspective. it’s also fun to show support in a whimsical way, like wearing your friend’s favorite player numbers as earrings. tip: if it truly is your first time on campus, you have no idea how much walking will be involved, and its best to play it safe with flats. i also like to sport a day-to-night look as i do not know what activities will take place post-game; a shift dress is my go to option.