What to Wear to Football Tailgates: Outfits for Every Style

Whether you’ve been watching your team’s games since you were in diapers or you can just barely explain what a touchdown is, football season is the perfect opportunity to showcase your school spirit and your style – and it all starts with the tailgate. Day or night, hot or cold, you can rock the pre-game scene like one of the pros. Check out our favorite game-day looks for every collegiette’s style!


1. School Jersey + Pleated Skirt

Who it’s for: The super chic super-fan

How to wear it: If you follow team stats just as much as fall trends, football tailgates are the best place for you to flaunt your skills. Rep your team with a replica jersey, and rep your style with a fun and flirty pleated skirt. Tuck the jersey in and throw a cute belt around your waist (one in your school’s colors, of course), and your game-day look will be a win!

Jersey: Football Fanatics, $54.95


Skirt: Nasty Gal, $38
Belt: ModCloth, $15.99


Skirt: Topshop, $72
Belt: Tory Burch, $185


2. Chevron Dress + Statement Necklace

Who it’s for: The fashionista football novice

How to wear it: If you’re a jersey-less collegiette with more interest in the quarterback’s biceps than his NFL prospects, you can still show your school spirit at tailgates by donning your alma mater’s colors. Look for a trendy chevron dress in your school’s colors to tie in your sense of style – and avoid any tough questions about the player whose jersey you’d try to pull off. Top it off with a chunky statement necklace for a look that’s sure to make up for your lack of football knowledge. Maybe your stylish tailgate experience will lead you into the arms of a campus cutie who can teach you everything you need to know about football, but in the meantime, you can check out HC’s college football guide to prep yourself.


Dress: Charlotte Russe, $29.99
Necklace: Etsy, $10.90


Dress: Bloomingdale’s, $88
Necklace: Etsy, $74


3. Riding Boots + Oversized Half-Zip Pullover

Who it’s for: The cold-weather collegiette

How to wear it: In some parts of the country, the beginning of football season also means the beginning of cooler weather. Break out the leather riding boots, squeeze into your favorite skinny jeans and cozy up with an oversized half-zip pullover (read: wearable blanket). A go-to favorite for collegiette coziness is Victoria Secret Pink’s collegiate collection, which happens to be featuring half-zips this season! For collegiettes who refuse to let the inevitable drop in temperature put a dent in their school spirit or social life, this cute and cozy combination is a must-have.

Pullover: Victoria’s Secret PINK, $59.50


Jeans: boohoo, $24
Bag: ASOS, $33.75
Boots: Victoria’s Secret, $80


Jeans: True Religion, $198
Boots: Tory Burch, $495
Bag: Fossil, $148