Go beyond the typical player’s jersey during your next college football tailgating experience and add a bit of sophistication to your game day wardrobe. Donning a blazer and a well-coordinated shirt and tie combination gives you a look of distinction on game day and allows you to transition from the alumni tent to the stadium with style. Many of the pieces here can also be worn in the office, particularly on school colors Fridays, and at alumni and networking events, making these items an investment in your wardrobe that allows you show pride in your school during the week and sport a classy image on Saturdays as you support your college’s football team.
A blue blazer is a dapper addition to any college football fan’s game day wardrobe. Blue is a very common team color, yet it is also neutral enough to be paired with any team’s colors without causing confusion.
Colored blazers in bolder hues are another great way of showing school pride on college game day. Specialty shops in college towns often stock blazers in harder to find shades that you may not find in standard department stores. Additionally, GameDay Blazers is an online retailer handling coats in burnt orange for Texas Longhorn fans, red for Stanford Cardinal fans, Maroon for Texas A&M fans and purple for Washington Huskies fans.
A neutral button-down Oxford shirt in white or pale blue can be pulled from your closet and used as a neutral backdrop for your other spirited pieces, such as ties. Ohio State Buckeye fans, for example, can don a plain white button down with red blazer and gray tie for a clean look on game day.
Thomas Dean produces a collection of officially licensed collegiate themed button-down shirts. The company offers a choice of plain white or team-colored gingham shirts with the school’s logo subtly embroidered on the chest. The school logo is also printed in the neckband and inside cuff-band, allowing you to show extra team pride when you roll up your sleeves. Solid colored ties can be paired with the gingham shirts for a classic preppy look. Georgia Bulldog fans, for example, can pair a solid black knit tie with a red gingham shirt from Thomas Dean, displaying timeless style with enough dressiness to give off a vibe of distinction.
Standard issue Ralph Lauren Polo shirts are staples in most men’s wardrobes and the proper shirt body and contrasting logo color can make a great game day wardrobe piece. Match your tie’s primary color to your shirt’s pony accent for a well put together display of school pride. A blue Polo button-down with orange pony accent would work great for fans of the Virginia Cavaliers, Florida Gators, Illinois Fighting Illinini or Auburn Tigers.
Retailers such as J. Crew and Southern Proper frequently stock traditionally styled ties with colors that lend themselves to collegiate pride. Bow ties are worth considering, as well, due to their timeless preppy style that is inherently associated with the collegiate image; they also don’t tend to get caught up in your beer or nachos. USC Trojan fans can pair a cardinal and gold striped tie with a gold shirt, while Michigan Wolverine fans can mate a classic blue and yellow striped tie with a shirt matching the secondary stripe color.
Vineyard Vines offers a collection of collegiate themed ties. They offer ties for FBS teams including, but not limited to, the LSU Tigers, Kansas Jayhawks, Boston College Eagles, Miami Hurricanes and Iowa Hawkeyes. They even offer ties for Ivy League teams like Brown and Princeton.
Belt and Hat
D-ring ribbon belts are another way of adding in school pride, but avoid showing school colors here if you are already sporting a bold colored blazer. Be wary of trying to match up too many hues or, conversely, becoming monochromatic.
Team hats are a great way to protect your face from the sun and show school pride. A traditional white college bar hat is a classic piece that allows you to sport team pride, while not having to match too many shades or risk looking like a monochromatic maniac.
The author frequently sports preppy collegiate style in purple and gold on Saturdays.
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