College Football Game day attire etiquette for men in The SEC

Posted: August 31, 2009 in Uncategorized

College Football Game day attire etiquette for men in The SEC

In the South, mainly the Southeastern Conference, we take our college football seriously.  In fact, there is even an unspoken code of conduct when it comes to attire worn on a game day, except for University of Florida, they have no class, which I will explain later. 

What you wear to a game signifies your social status and fan maturity.  So, let’s look at what should be worn to a game.  Now, before I go further, let me explain that this is not an NFL thing, but a college football thing.  I will be breaking down what is worn at football games and what should be worn based on your age, maturity level, and level of academic accomplishment.


Body Paint

This has been a large tradition for many schools, but is it appropriate?  Let’s look at some guidelines where wearing body paint is appropriate, and possibly cool:


  1. You must be a student in order for this to be appropriate.  If you have ever been to a game where a middle aged man is wearing body paint he can look rather ridiculous.  College is a time in which immaturity can still be cool, but if you are over 27 years old you just look like an idiot.
  2. You should not be alone.  If you choose to go this route, you should have friends you do this with.  At least 3, depending on how long your school name or mascot.  For example, Tennessee would need 4 people to spell V.O.L.S. You don’t want to be the random guy wearing body paint when no one else is.  So, with a group, body paint ok. Alone, don’t do it.  It makes you look lonely.



Before I go into this topic, let me reiterate that this is College only, so all of you older gentlemen who wear pro jerseys don’t worry about it.  Jerseys at college events should mainly be worn by those 30 or under.   Again it comes to a level of maturity.  This is why Florida fans have no class.  When you are 30, 30, even 40 and you are still wearing jerseys of college players it shows a level of immaturity.  If you are older than 40, you should think of wearing something else to a game.  Something that doesn’t make you look like you are way past your prime and you’re trying to relive the glory days.



This is more of a level of comfort and maturity than anything else. T-shirts tend to be worn by a younger generation, although I have seen my fair share of T-shirts being worn by older men as well.  It all depends on if you feel young enough to wear a T-shirt.  Another thing to consider is the amount of design on the shirt.  Block letters on a solid color or just the university emblem is universal, but if you are wearing a shirt with a cartoon of your mascot and you are older than 35 you might want to consider something else.  Also they can be comfortable, especially if you are actually going to a game.  They also go well with jeans or shorts.  Again, this is up to the individual, but I recommend an age limit of 40.


 Polo Shirts

You cannot go wrong wearing a polo shirt in your school colors.  It shows a great level of school spirit and an excellent level of maturity.  It goes well with any type of pants, including khaki shorts.  It makes you look like a serious and well educated fan, and you are also ready to go and grab dinner at a restaurant afterwards without feeling out of place.  The Polo can be worn by anyone in any generation, and it shows a lot of class, which is why you don’t see a lot of these a Univ. of Florida. 


Long Sleeve Oxford

This should be reserved for one of 2 people:  Either a college frat guy or an older distinguished football fan.  I will be focusing more on the latter. A shirt like this in school colors shows that you take your team seriously, you may even be a scholarship donor.  If you are in your 50’s or higher, and like looking really professional, consider this look.  You will probably want to wear nice slacks and dress shoes as well, so keep this in consideration if you are going to an actual game, especially in the beginning with the humidity.


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