Tailgate Time

I am a proud alum of Michigan State University. In the fall, I love nothing more than heading back to campus and reuniting with my college friends for a day of tailgating and Spartan football. While I rocked my MSU Sparty shirts for every game I attended as a student, my game day style has evolved a bit since then. I still show up prominently wearing our colors, green and white, but in a more subtle way. When you are at a tailgate where everyone knows who is playing, wearing your colors is enough to signify who you are rooting for – you don’t necessarily need your college logo or mascot all over you to do that. As a fashion lover, I like to make a statement wherever I go and in whatever I wear, tailgate time included!

Tailgate Time Fashionable Looks

If you are going to be tailgating or going to a football game this fall and need some ideas on how to dress for your team without repping their merch, I can point you towards the end zone! No matter what your teams colors are, start with the basics – jeans and a solid color shirt. You can layer on additional pieces and colors from there, depending on the weather. I feel lucky to rep a team who rocks green and white (or do I love green and white because I love my team? hmm, good thought to ponder) which are pretty easy to wear outside of tailgate too. But you can find pieces in any teams color that can do the same. Just make sure each individual piece is something you would wear on its own. For the warmest part of the day, I paired my jeans with a cream color tee and a green plaid shacket – a trend for this season. I added green boots and brown sunnies to keep it casual.

cute fall football fashion

cute fall football fashion

cute fall football fashion

For many of us tailgating and cheering on our teams, we are doing it in cold weather in the fall. So, as the day progresses, you will want to have layers to add to your look. It’s also good to have chic options for practical purposes, like a hat for rain – because a little rain should never get in the way of a good tailgate. I added a green hoodie under my shacket to add a little warmth, and a little cheer (can you see that smiley face?). I added a tan and cream hat to shield me from the wind and rain. So far, these are all pieces I can wear separately again and again. These are also versatile for most team colors, but if your team is blue and orange for example, pick the one color that will make you stand apart from your opponents the most.

college tailgate fashion 2023

college tailgate fashion 2023

college tailgate fashion 2023

Now, should the winter weather pay a visit to your tailgate, there is no need to lose that style you’ve been rocking thus far. Add a pair of gloves and a hat or headband, and some layers of long underwear underneath it all, and you are good to. Remember cream and white go well with almost any color, so you can use those as neutral options for any team. I topped off my look with a chic, and very tiny (per stadium regulations) cross body bag in gold, which matched my jewelry for the day.

looking cute for fall football games

looking cute for fall football games

green and white tailgate attire

Fashion should make you feel good, and that’s true for any setting and situation you are in. Represent your team and yourself in style with tailgate fashion that makes you feel good and puts you in a happy mood, because that’s what a tailgate is all about afterall. GO GREEN!

Jeans: Anthropologie (pilro & the letterpress)   Shacket: Andree by Unit (similar here)   Sweatshirt: Easel LA (similar here)   Boots: Similar Here   Sunglasses: Similar Here  Purse: HOBO   Felt Hat: Gap (similar here)   Gloves/Headband: Kate Spade

Signed with Style,

sarah in style,


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