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    Dressing for Game Day: Supporting Your Team While Looking Your Best

    It’s game day! The air is buzzing with excitement. If you’re anywhere near a college town or a dedicated home of an NFL stadium, you know what I’m talking about. Game day goes beyond the actual game itself. It’s about getting together, showing team pride, and having a good time with friends, family, coworkers, anyone who supports your team. It is an experience. Game day brings together fans, students, faculty, and the community, all representing their university. It’s school spirit, and the feeling is electrifying. When one thinks of game day, one may think of foam fingers, team jerseys, and other accessories that border (or cross) the line of cheesy. When it comes to game day, you don’t need to settle for just a pair of jeans and a T-shirt with your team’s logo in the middle. In fact, you can make quite the statement on game day while still showing support for your team. When it comes to looking your best on game day, the possibilities are endless.

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    Let’s Talk the Start of the Season

    While football is nostalgically aligned with the brisk autumn months, the fact of the matter is that the season starts in the summer. The first few games of the season can be quite hot! This means that thick jerseys can simply be too much, and it may be too soon to break out the fall gear. Luckily with some creativity and these ideas, you’ll be covered. When considering the first few games of the season, our game day favorites include:

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    • Summer dress

    • The best part of summer is getting to sport cute dresses, right? So why retire those cute dresses too soon? A summer dress in your team’s colors is a perfect way to show your team spirit without sacrificing on fashion. You can go for solid colors, or utilize prints to really make your outfit pop. There are many amazing prints out there that can help you to shine your team colors such as gingham, windowpane, stripes, and even polka dots. This look is super casual and super cute. Plus, you won’t be roasting in the stands.
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    • Skirts

    • If you’re looking to elevate your game day look, a simple swap of jeans or leggings for a skirt can make a huge difference. The fun thing with skirts is the range of options. You can pair your outfit with a skirt in any length conceivable, which can also come in a variety of colors. Skirts pair well with both casual and formal tops, giving you the freedom to play with your look while still standing out in the crowd.
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    • Hair accessories

    • A subtle, yet stunning way to show team support can be through your hair accessories. When it comes to your hair, a bandana, headband, or neckerchief can bring your style to a whole other level. And with the latest fashion trends, scarves as headbands, wrapped around buns, or worn around the neck are all the rage. Finding a scarf in both team colors is a great way to represent. Or, if you can only find one team color, you can also then color-coordinate with the rest of your outfit. The great thing about scarves is that they make great accessories for both warm- and cold-weather games. Scrunchies are also making a comeback and provide an easy way to combine colors too.
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    • Other accessories

    • When it comes to compiling the perfect outfit, you can’t forget about accessories. Large, colorful statement earrings can show clear support for which team you are rooting for. With the ability to affordably customize jewelry, you can create your own unique look for game day. This also includes necklaces and bracelets. These can all be paired with neutral colors to stand alone or be combined with other team colors to complete a whole look.
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    • PLAID

    • A few games in, the temperature will change, and the transition to autumn fashion will be in full swing. Plaid is a fun and practical way to make this transition. You can sport plaid colors that represent your team, either as full-on long-sleeve shirts, or as a simple plaid scarf. Plaid is a great choice for games in the brisk fall air. Paired with a heavier vest sweater, you can be warm, comfortable, stylish, and still sporting your team spirit. 

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    • CARDIGAN

    • The great thing about early autumn is the ability to start breaking out your comfy sweaters. Cardigans make a great early fall accessory. They provide an added layer without becoming bulky or too hot. They are also available in a multitude of colors. This allows you the freedom to highlight your school colors elsewhere by wearing a neutral-colored cardigan, or using the cardigan as a highlight to shine the colors of your school. 

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    The Colder Months of the Season

    Just because the weather changes, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your passion for fashion. You can still show your team spirit while keeping warm, comfortable, and stylish. When it comes to the colder months, these options are a few of our favorites:

     

    SWEATER DRESS

    Colder weather does not mean you can’t still comfortably wear a dress! A sweater dress is a perfect option for staying comfortable in the cold. Paired with thicker leggings, you won’t even notice the chill. These dresses, when worn with different jackets or hats, can still sport your favorite team’s colors. 


    WOOL COATS AND BLAZERS

    Puffy jackets are less than stylish and blend in with the crowd. However, wool coats and blazers provide warmth and comfort, as well as plenty of style. Style should never mean that you have to sacrifice comfort, and these added accessories work well with team colors, or even with neutral colors. 


    LEGGINGS

    Leggings can both be stylish and practical. They help keep you warm in the colder months, as well as offer a variety of styles and patterns. The availability of colors and patterns makes it easy to pair your favorite comfy sweater and enjoy game day in style.


    SWEATSHIRTS

    Sweatshirts are an amazing way to stay warm and stylish while standing out in the crowd during game day. Sweatshirts come in a variety of styles, but what they have in common is their warmth as well as their adaptability. Whether it’s a hoodie, a crewneck, or a turtleneck, you can show your team support through solid colors or patterns. Sweatshirts are a great way to add layers while still avoiding a cumbersome winter jacket.


    HATS

    While there are all kinds of great hats for all times of the year, there is something about winter hats that just scream comfort. Beanies are a great choice when it comes to adding some flair to your outfit. Not only are they warm and practical, but they also come in a variety of sizes and colors, making them a perfect accessory for any outfit. 

     


    Game day can feel magical. It brings diverse groups of people together to support and invest in a single cause. Good or bad, it creates a community that is electrifying. While it may be standard to expect some tailgating, sporting school colors, and wearing questionable face paint, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style and individuality. You can show your team spirit without relying on just a T-shirt or jersey. When it comes to game day, your unique style can still shine as you cheer on your team. 

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    Sources:
    https://verilymag.com/2019/09/fall-homecoming-game-outfit-weather-clothes-game-day
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