Team Colors & Tailgates

Do you have a go-to outfit for Game Day? Whether it’s your alma mater or the school you are paying dearly for your son or daughter to attend, dressing for those big sporting events is part of the pageantry. These are tribes to which we are connecting and it’s necessary to show where we stand.

I’ll sheepishly admit, I was not a big fan of team colors until my children started playing sports for their schools. You may or may not have noticed, these are colors that are not especially fashion friendly. I fully realize that this is not the intention of spirit wear, but this never made such an impression on me until I started helping women with their closets. There will inevitably be a group of clothing that is set aside for game day. Most of the times, these items are outliers in one’s wardrobe, pieces that stand out like a sore thumb. This begs the question, can’t a girl find some cute things to wear and still support the home team?!

For the sake of efficiency, I thought I would take a very simplistic approach to this style effort and break down the appropriate clothing by colors. After all, I have learned that you want to be subtle in how stylish you are at a sporting event. Even players’ wives can seem a little try-hard if they overdo the effort. In order not to be called “off sides,” keep it simple and know the dress protocol for your event.

For instance, a while back I attended a University of Georgia football game and was impressed at the level of effort that went into dressing up for the game. Some guys were in jacket and ties while the women were really going all out with dresses and heels. From what I gather, just as with office attire, the full out dressing up for games has loosened up a bit. There is a lot of variety at college games these days. But the overall take away is make sure to put forth the effort and by all means, don’t wear the wrong teams colors! You might chuckle at the absurdity of making such a faux pas, but it can happen. Many times there will be an “orange out” or “maroon effect.” It’s good to know before you show up in the wrong color.

Brochu Walker Anze Green Jumpsuit from TSALT, $408
Isabel Marant Dark Green Hoodie & Bright Green Elmira Blouse and from The Hive, call for pricing and availability, 703.548.7110
Veronica Beard Carolyn Baby Boot with Fray from The Hive, on sale $99
Veronica Beard Russo Trouser in Black with Green Ribbon from The Hive, $425

Isabel Marant Russel Striped Sweater from The Hive, call for pricing and availability, 703.548.7110
Cambio Parla Velvet Stretch Jean from TSALT, $292 | Veronica Beard Simi Sweater from The Hive, $395
Alice + Olivia Crogan Tie Neck Blouse from TSALT, $328 | Tara Jarmon Silk Pleated Skirt from TSALT, $338

Tibi Shift Dress from The Hive, $495 | Wilt Shrunken Boyfriend from The Hive, $80
Tibi Easy Sweatshirt from The Hive, $295 | Mother Denim Insider Crop Step Fray from The Hive, $228

Sundry Mock Neck Crop Shirt from The Hive, $86 | John + Jenn Philip C-Neck from The Hive, $149
Citizens of Humanity Elise Blouse from The Hive, $258

Isabel Marant Olympe Blouse from The Hive, call for pricing and availability, 703.548.7110


Maybe you are staying neutral for good reason…a house divided? There are plenty of incredible “tailgating” options at our local boutiques. Below I’ve selected a few of my favorites for tailgating, another seasonal event that makes us think of layers and cozy sweaters.

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As for me, I’ll be heading off to parents’ weekend at UVA in a couple of weeks. Does anyone know when UVA adopted the orange and blue colors? And why? I did my homework and found it pretty interesting… I might have to grab this last striped shirt from FRAME.

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