I can see the stadium from my backyard. I can hear the band practice every night. And, I watch the news as they cover Notre Dame football news. It's tailgate season -- the only time when it's acceptable to guzzle brewskis for breakfast. (Of course, this year I'll be sipping on some ginger ale or herbal tea.)
Ladies, this is not a free-for-all when it comes to wardrobe. No PJ's or dirty sweat pants allowed. You're in a public venue. You're among friends, co-workers, and relatives. Here's your guide to dress appropriately while still keeping it stylish.
Starting from the Top...
The Head - Do your hair even if a cute ball cap is going over it and vibe up dull locks with a colorful ribbon, headband, or pin. If your pony-tailin' it make sure it still looks polished. Try a trendy Bump-it pony to add volume at the top.
The Eyes - Sunglasses are a must. It may look cloudy but the weather is unpredictable and you don't want to have to make your ugly squint-face all day long. Also, I know it's a sporting event but YOU AREN'T PLAYING so ditch the sporty shades like Oakleys and go for style instead. Oversized, turtle shell, embellished, whatever. As long as it's a current trend.
The Torso - Layers!!! You can always stuff a hoody or shirt in your bag. The worst is being hot, sweaty, and miserable on what should be a fun time had by all. And, if you're going to rid your body of some extra threads such as a long sleeve shirt and strut around in a tank top MAKE IT MEANINGFUL. It should be the color of the team your're rooting for or have your team's logo on it. NO WIFE-BEATERS! They show sweat, get dirty easily, and are usually somewhat see-through.
The Legs - Cold weather? Slide in some jeans that are cute and comfy. Hot weather? Pick shorts that are an appropriate length and don't ride up as you walk around. Nothing is attractive about a habitual wedgie picker. Somewhere in the middle weather? Dri-fit capris in black are always a safety haven. Comfy and sleek. And, Jeans capris just don't work for me. Sorry.
The Feet - Balance fashion with foot love. You don't want aching feet dampering your mood. If wearing sandals, make sure toes are done and bring wipes to occasionally clean the dirt that will inevitably accumulate on your feet. Please do this in private such, as in the bathroom. Tennis shoes more your tailgating trend? Don't slip on your favorite 10-year-old pair with holes in them. A great pair of stylish Nike's are always fine by me.
The Bag - I have a very functional Gucci waist bag that my friends jokingly call a fanny pack. Well, fanny pack or not, it's Gucci and Gucci is always in style. Not a fan of drawing attention to your waistline? No problem. Opt for an across-the-shoulder messenger tote that's no fuss and stay with you at all times. Losing your purse could be a worst case scenario during your tailgating.
Lastly, mingle, eat, talk, cheer, and HAVE A FAB TIME!!!
Send me a picture of your best tailgating outfit and we will post it here.
-The Working Girl