The 2013 football season has arrived, and tailgating before the games is a time-honored tradition. Along with the fun, food and thumping music come the cute and sometimes crazy game day fashions.
From the game day dress-wearers to the super fans in body paint, tailgate is a time for students to show off style or unleash their inner cheerleader.
Rocio De La Rosa, buyer for the University Bookstore, knows exactly what students need to be dressed to impress on game days.
“We sell whatever is trending,” De La Rosa said. “Tanks, tee-shirts, hoodies—basic things like that.”
De La Rosa said one of the most popular items for men this fall is a coach’s polo, made with smooth and higher-quality fabric for a more refined look.
De La Rosa said women are bucking tradition and trading typical Bobcat T-shirts for burnout tanks. These feature alternating fabric thickness for a sporty, leopard-print appearance.
The University Bookstore sells a variety of other items including bows, hats, flip-flops, specialty game day boots and decorations for dorm rooms and apartments.
A classic spirit T-shirt is essential and sometimes mandatory for men at games. However, some enterprising female Bobcats have come up with a fun twist to make their spirit shirts into fun and flirty game day dresses.
Stitches & Such, located off of Wonder World Drive, specializes in making one-of-a-kind game day dresses for its customers.
“Whatever you want on them is what we do,” said owner Pam Daltry.
What makes Stitches & Such stand out from other monogramming and gift stores are the virtually unlimited options for customization, Daltry said.
Daltry said the initial process of constructing the game day dresses is simple. Customers choose between applique, heat press and monogrammed tops. Customizable options include embroidery, ruffles and adding a shoulder strap.
Cecilia Ybarbo, fashion merchandising freshman and greek community member, wore a sorority shirt to the tailgate and the first home game against Prairie View A&M Saturday.
“I wore my sorority’s shirt with jean shorts and boots,” Ybarbo said. “Everyone in my sorority was somewhat matching to show that we are sisters.”
Ybarbo is looking forward to wearing her game day dress that is in the process of being made, and she praised the bookstore’s specialty game day boots.
“The specialty boots that the bookstore sells go perfectly with whatever your custom T-shirt dress looks like,” Ybarbo said. “Wearing boots to a game with a custom T-shirt dress, to me, is a southern tradition.”