Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What to Wear Where: Texas Tailgate Edition

Welcome to the latest installment of "What to Wear Where", the weekly link-up feature of my boo Amy and me, in which we cook up some real-life wardrobe ideas.

This week we're looking at tailgate attire . . . also known as the "Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don't" post.

On the one hand, I have my non- Texan / Southern readers and friends - hello! - who will think I've lost my Pretty mind to even suggest this is a clothing category. After all, "Vogue" is hardly featuring this. Alexa Chung would never.

Yes, we Texas types not only get dressed up for football games, but how . . . there's definitely some school colors matchy-matchiness to it, and there's not even a whiff of irony about the school spirit involved. If you're an actual undergrad attending the University of Texas, you might even pair your game day attire with a pair of (non-ironic) cowboy boots.

(This is not a segue into suggesting that I will be wearing cowboy boots, so breathe easy, friends. Once   a California girl, always - plus, how does anyone wear those things in 100 degree game day heat?!)

Anywhoo, here's my usual warm weather get-up for University of Texas games; there's a bit less tailgating day drinking now in the wee CEO / child era, but we still have our season tickets:

I know, I know - when did I become the person who did these "style blogger" photos?! Maybe I'll return to the headless version soon. I can't decide how I feel about it, but I do know I'd prefer someone else do the posing - any volunteers?

I might have been in that "Vogue" naysayer corner myself, having been far too cool for school spirit in my formative years if by "cool" we mean "nerdy yet self-important". - until I first attended a game at UT eight years ago and had a blast. Turns out I'd rather have fun than be cool.

I do wish "fun" here didn't involve the universally unflattering school color of burnt orange, but when in Austin . . . I'm still playing around with colors that go with it . . .


There's more matchy-matchy here than I desire in my everyday life, but that bag is the best cross-body "event" purse ever . . . 

And in the other Tailgate Trouble corner, we have the Texas alumni base (which includes the AH). Let's just say that they're generally a lovely bunch, but - I say this with love - I've seen junior high cliques less snooty about membership.

It's all hilariously Texan . . . meaning that no one will tell you this directly, but I've gathered that wearing the coveted Burnt Orange to games is generally limited to alums, with a grudging pass to WAGs like myself. It gets even more specific - if you're a Texas alum but not an undergraduate one specifically (the AH is merely a law school grad, for example), eyebrows get raised at your fandom.

My alternate bag when I need to carry more; in my twentysomething days, that might have included a flask.

And Lord help you if you accidentally show up in the wrong shade of orange. "Don't you think that's a little too OU* red?" I've had a guy - yes, a man - simper at me with bless-your-heart condescension. *(that's the University of Oklahoma, bitter Texas rival, for any civilians here).

Invisible rules of dress aside, most people are there for there for the games, not to judge, and these games are admittedly a whole lot of fun.

if you'll forgive me the Instagram repeat, here we are on opening game day. #smugmarrieds

outfit details: skirt (thanks to the darling Longhorn Fashions for sending that; order one size up); tanks (Target); earrings (Kendra Scott); bamboo bracelet (old KJL, similar here); patterned bracelets (old Lulu's); crossbody bag (old Marc by Marc Jacobs, updated here); shoulder bag (old Marc by Marc Jacobs); shoes (either Tory Burch Millers, not pictured, or these LK Bennetts); belt (ancient Nordstrom, I like this alternative); watch (Michael Kors, again, zzzz).


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Now it's your turn - just grab the button below, put it in your post somewhere, and use the linky tool thing below to link to your post.



Remember that if this week isn't your thing, you can always play along for our upcoming What to Wear Where dates:

- Tuesday, October 2nd: pumpkin patch photos (hosted by Forever 29)
- Tuesday, October 9th: travel go-to outfit (guest hosted by the fabulous PhiPhi)
- Tuesday, October 16th: date night (hosted by me)



23 comments:

Belle on Heels said...

So, so, so cute!

{Jessica} said...

Love your gameday outfit! Very classy, yet still football game appropriate - and fun:)

Lilly said...

That skirt is so darling on you! I love the Marc by Marc Jacobs crossbody with it. You are so right on the "exact shade of orange" thing and UT. Wear an OSU bright orange or an OU red tone and you'll get your tar and feather accessories for free.

Lilly
pancakesandbeetjuice.com

www.thewowie.com said...

Hot mama!

Natalie said...

Your outfit is cute and not too fussy. I love it!

Sara said...

Super cute skirt. I love your style blog posts. Your outfits all seem to be things that I would wear myself, as opposed to a few other style blogs where I'm constantly wondering what the hell she was thinking. And from someone that did not grow up the South either, I still do not understand dressing up for football games and tailgating. Why? I'll never get it.

Meg said...

Nice appropriate outfit!

As a Yankee the whole dressing for a tailgate/game pretty much blew my mind when I visited UVA. I was used to gender neutral clothes - cords, jeans, sweater (occasional bow tie). Down there it looked like everyone came from a young republican cocktail party.
So differerent1

JMS said...

Love it! As a UNC grad we definitely dress up for tailgating. I hope to link up later this evening. Rules seem to go- if you attended UNC you dress to impress. If you are just a fan then you dress casually (jerseys, tshirts, etc).

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

It's all too funny, isn't it? Though I'm sure the camaraderie must be fun sometimes it's nice to be on the outside. With the whole colors thing in particular. I joked with an Alabama fan friend that her son probably can't ever where orange or anything with alligators...and she said "of course not!"

And I do need to find a good crossbody bag, for when I occasionally get out!

P.S. Good hair day!

Tiffany said...

I feel like I'm reading a blog from another planet. There are more cultural differences within the US than outside, I do believe.

You're gorgeous, as always.

But, uh, are you wearing a Super Bowl ring in that instagram shot??

xo
Tippy

Ashley Paige said...

Unflattering? Never. You look darling in that skirt and check out those gams! Yeehaw! I didn't link up this week because let's face it. I went to Villanova. We hardly had a football team and when you attended games, you did so in jeans, black lululemon pants and a school insignia emblazoned t-shirt/hoodie that you paid way too much for from the school store. I always wished I went to school a bit further south where game attendees took their attire a bit more.. seriously. ;)

Ashlee said...

As an OU grad I love that someone asked you if something was a little too OU red!

I go to the games for the game (gasp) but there is no harm in looking cute while you're there! :)

Melissa @ I Pick Pretty said...

@Tippy - Let's go with the Super Bowl ring story, since that's more fun than the (Kendra Scott cocktail ring) reality. Listen, if I'm getting dressed up for these things, why not really GET DRESSED UP for them, gold hardware included? xo

[dianegatorfan] said...

Since I went to University of Florida, I too wondered what in the world I was missing when attending my first Vanderbilt game here in Nashville. I was WAY underdressed! Love your outfit (as usual!) and think you look cool and chic without being over the top. Keep up the good work Mel!

Elz said...

Yup! I was actually thinking, that skirt looks a bit too ou red. Good thing you are legit.

The Preppy Student said...

you look so cute! LOVE that red satchel and the skirt! Have a happy Tuesday and be sure to enter to win a custom made shot glass! . BTW I am your newest follower and cannot wait to read more of your posts and hope that maybe you can return the favor and follow The Preppy Student. I always comment for every comment left on my page and hope to start a friendly relationship with your wonderful blog!

Wendy said...

Adorable!! As always!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

umm how cute are you?! and your legs are FAB. I'm so sad that i missed this link up. i love tailgate clothes!

Kate said...

Please continue the fashion posts! I love the photos of you in your stylish outfits :) Very cute skirt!

Anonymous said...

As I'm sure you know, we out here in the Pac12 conference take a decidedly more casual approach. But don't confuse casual with lack of school spirit!!!! We have plenty of that.

I wear my Oregon letters, colors and duck emblazoned gear with great alumna pride. Go Ducks!

Fashionobsession-mieni said...

Oh wow great outfit! I fell in love with your skirt!! In my home it is too cold to wear skirts now:( Lucky you! Your bag is great as well!

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phiphis blog said...

you look adorable! this is such a great outfit!!

sorry i was tardy to the party linking up!! xox P

LPC said...

You look great.

In Northern California, everyone just pulls on their red Stanford or blue and yellow Cal sweatshirts and visors.;)

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