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Maybe it’s a Southern thing, but down here we take football tailgating pretty seriously (case in point: professional UCF football photoshoot). Not only do people bust out trailers, TVs, what seem to be fully-loaded kitchens, and an array of gourmet hors d’oevrues, but we dress to impress in these parts. Donning a college t-shirt is the bare minimum, and coordinating your own game day outfit, accessories, and sustenance takes you to a whole new level of collegiate loyalty.
Things get legit while tailgating in the “Gold Lot”
A friend back in college had this phenomenal tailgating spot (and game seats) in the illustrious “Gold Lot” right by the stadium, and therein my UCF football compulsion was born. Since then, I’ve been a devoted football proponent and SEC enthusiast. As a self-proclaimed expert tailgater, here are my game day must-haves:
1. Team Tervis Tumbler. You gotta keep that beer cold/coffee warm. Their collegiate line is fantastic, and I can’t get enough. I have 5 UCF tumblers… obsessive? I don’t think so. | 2. Cute gold accessories, much like this fabulous J.Crew bracelet and Forever XXI knot stud earrings. They’re casual enough to rock on game day but sophisticated enough to dress up a work outfit. I’m a huge fan of accessory versatility, and you can’t go wrong with classic pieces, even if your team colors don’t include gold. | 3. Team hair bows. Absolutely nothing screams adorable more than a spirited hair bow or ribbon. They’re super easy to make (if I can do it, you can), or you can look on Etsy for some fancier crafts. Kraftin Mommy, in particular, makes some perfect collegiate and holiday-themed hair bows. | 4. Statement Sunglasses, like these gorgeous Livia 2 Kate Spade shades. | 5. Game day dress, like this adorable Get Loud black and white chevron piece from The Mint Julep. Don’t limit yourself to only buying football-appropriate dresses, either. A Game Day Bow can turn any regular ensemble into a tailgating dream… for a fraction of the cost. | 6. Sleek and stylish watch, like this sophisticated Michael Kors ‘Slim Runway’ timepiece… you know, for keeping track of the game and stuff. Plus, black watches are all the rage. | 7. UCF blanket— in Florida, it’s either scorching hot or freezing cold, and odds are that on prime football nights, it’s going to be chilly. Always bring a blanket to cuddle and keep warm. This will also make you super popular, since everyone around you will be wanting some comfy action.
Hurray for the NCAA! Oh, and of course… GO KNIGHTS! What are your game day essentials?