Fall is a magical time of year. The September issue of Vogue has hit shelves, the leaves are changing and, of course, it's football season. While the stadiums and bleachers aren't exactly the best venue to show off the latest trend, they are the right place to show your team spirit and the more wild side of your fashion sense.
As a West Virginia University alumna I spend every football game day in a gold T-shirt or sweatshirt because there's nothing quite like contributing to the parted waves of gold rushing up the sides of Mountaineer Field at Mylan Puskar Stadium.
Every year, fans young and old at sporting events look like it's time to beg for candy at door steps in their unusual hats, beads and scarves. These dressed-for-attention fans are likely to lead into ESPN's Sports Center highlight reel before Noel Devine runs for another six points. These costumes aren't exactly what you'd wear to the office, but on game day, for many, anything goes as long you can get it by security. Note: As a friend once learned, deer antlers duct-taped to a hardhat will likely deem you a security threat at the entry gate.
Tiger Spirit – Elkins High School cheerleaders Spencer Viney, left, and Sonny Reckart, right, share their orange, black and white game day wear. (CU and The Inter-Mountain/Carra Higgins) © The Inter-Mountain, all rights reserved.
Many stores are stocked with material and all the accessories you need to show pride for your favorite team. Although geared toward women in their teens and 20s, the Victoria's Secret Pink Collegiate and NFL collections provide several choices for devoted female fans. Locally, Hibbetts Sporting Goods has an excellent selection of men's, women's and children's gold and blue clothing, some of which sport the WVU logo that adorned the football helmets before the famous "flying WV" debuted. On a weekly basis, Hibbitts receives new WVU merchandise.
For local school games, current students, their parents and alumni can check out Broughton's Sporting Goods and Seneca Designs. Both are filled with a variety of local high school apparel, including T-shirts, jackets and sweatshirts. Coming Around Again and Goodwill are also great places to pick up inexpensive and sometimes hard-to-find old-school team wear.
Using old gold and blue as examples, try layering a long-sleeved white T-shirt under a gold or blue short-sleeved shirt. A gold or blue jacket worn with a simple white shirt underneath with the "flying WV" visible when the jacket is open. Those who prefer the more simple game-day garbs, a jersey and jeans or a polo shirt and khakis create the perfect look.
Adorning yourself in logos and names doesn't have to be the only way to show team pride. Simply matching skirts, pants and shirts that are your favorite team's colors are also a good way to go.
Whether your colors are old gold and blue, green and white, orange and black, red and white, blue and white or gold and black, cheering for your favorite team never goes out of style.