You can already smell the burgers on the grill. The season tickets are still crisp, you’ve got your selection of koozies ready to go, and you’re not much of a jersey gal—but you love your team. Welcome to game day, and we’re talking about what to wear to a tailgate. The best part is that you can easily incorporate these pieces into your everyday essentials, so they have a much longer shelf life than just football season.
LSU Tigers vs. Texas Longhorns
Your base pieces: Whether you’re a Tigers or a Longhorns fan, a casual pair of denim with distressing at the hem is perfect for game day. We’ve also matched both looks with a white jacket and sneakers to ground each outfit with neutral pieces.
Purple and gold: You might not think to pair these two colors, but in Tiger territory, it’s an outfit touchdown. A sunshine-y pop of yellow is just what a cute game day outfit needs.
Tiger talk: If you see the phrase “Geaux Tigers,” it’s not a typo. It’s pronounced just like “Go Tigers” and comes from the Cajun French heritage of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Burnt orange and white: Not tangerine orange. Not neon orange. Not peach. Burnt orange. Wear a tie-front top in the Longhorns shade with denim for a comfy and casual outfit.
Bag check: Some stadiums have rules about bringing bags into the venue. Check the policies online before you pack up for the game.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Your base pieces: No matter which team you support, we’re loving a striped cotton tee and a moto jacket. (It is a late September game, after all.)
For the Irish: Their colors are navy and gold. Instead of blue jeans, try something different. A pair of wide-leg drawstring pants give you flexibility to jump around and cheer without feeling restricted.
Go Dawgs: Georgia’s colors—black and red—are pretty intense. But there are ways to soften your tailgate outfit. Instead of black-on-black-on-red, wear lighter pieces that complement the saturated shades.
Smart accessories: Your bag and your shoes should be equally as fun as they are functional. For example, flat yellow sneakers show your spirit and let you stay on your feet all day.
No matter who your team is or where the game is played, our stylists set you up with college tailgate outfits for any time of year. Talk to a stylist to get your looks before the season starts.