With football season in full swing, it seems like everyone’s caught fan fever: cheers and boos echo in stadiums across the country, hot dogs and burgers grill in parking lots everywhere, and deeply rooted rivalries return once again. Whether you’re hosting a tailgate party out of your trunk or taking it indoors for a Saturday or Sunday football soiree, it’s important to show your true fan dedication by wearing your team colors loud and proud. But let’s face it: official gear is expensive, and it’s not worth spending that kind of money on clothes we only wear for game day, right? Try versions of the looks below for an effortless, affordable outfit that screams tailgate chic. The key to looking spirited and low-key: jazz up your staple pieces (jeans, t-shirts, and sweaters) with a pop of your team’s colors and coordinated accessories that you can continue to wear after football season. Lucky for you, football weather is perfect for pulling off a put-together look because while the sun still shines, the autumn breeze is cool enough for a pair of shades and a warm scarf.
For the preppy-er pair, spruce up your cardigans, cords, trenches, and khakis with accent pieces in your team’s colors. A scarf, handbag, flats and/or glasses will add the perfect classy touch of football fanatic.
For the more comfortable pair, and for when the weather gets a little cooler, take your sweater dresses and jeans to a whole new level by adding a piece of clothing that screams #1 fan: a puffy vest, a pair of sunglasses, or a scarf in a bright color—and a chic pair of striped knee highs to keep legs warm.
For dedicated fans that love to keep it casual, coordinate pieces of clothing that add a vibrant team touch to your basic shorts or white t-shirt. Add trendier pieces like a patterned scarf, bright aviators or wayfarers, tube socks, and a leather purse, and you’re all set for kickoff.
Guest writer Molly Borter works for The Affordable Style Network specializing in men’s and women’s accessories. When she’s not keeping up with fall’s sun glasses trends, she’s busy running college football giveaways, spending time at her alma mater, and hanging with her family and friends.