How To: Early Season Gameday Attire

College Football season kicks off this weekend.  Thank the Lord, right?  It is fun watching the Braves dominate, but I can tell some certainties: my Saturdays are going to be a lot brighter, yours are too, and Notre Dame is still overrated.

Given that this weekend has been circled on everyone’s calendars for the last nine months, let’s talk about how to dress for the early season games.  As an adult, it’s important to look like one.  Please forego the embroidered pants, the weird Kenny Chesney-esque beat up hats, and especially dressing like you are a coach.  Please avoid the Nike-themed ‘sideline’ shoes.  You are better than that.

Instead, opt for team color comfort, without trying too hard.  There are plenty of great options out there, and a little team spirit can be incorporated into your day to day attire.  It’s going to be hot, so approach this like a tee time in the summer.  Here’s how I’m doing it:

 

From Top Left:

1. State Traditions Athens Gameday Tour Visor:  Don’t ever sleep on the #tourvisor.  It’s the perfect time of year to sport the lid.  The Gameday visor is great, but one from your favorite club will suffice.
2. Persol Sunglasses:  You are an adult.  Wear appropriate sunglasses.  Try to set yourself apart from the fraternity pledges or the suburban “boat captains”.
3. Sea Island UGA Cap:  Goes without saying.  If you can find a themed club hat, buy it.  Wear it.
4. Warby Parker RX Sunglasses:  The go-to sunglasses for the guys that need a prescription.  Excellent price and high style.
5. Onward Reserve UGA Polo:  You’ll notice a theme in my suggestions: I like the older, vintage logos.  In UGA’s case, I try to avoid the G as they are too easily accessible at Dick’s and Target.  The older logos are tougher to find, and available at the nicer stores.
6. Smathers & Branson UGA/SEC Belt:  It includes the SEC logo, which is only available at Onward Reserve.  Get some.
7. Peter Millar UGA Polo:  Don’t ever sleep on Peter Millar polos, especially on gameday.
8. On Cloud Sneakers:  Of course I’m a New Balance fan, but these On Clouds are legit.  They are popping up everywhere, and for good reason.  There’s a lot of walking on gameday, so take care of your feet.
9. Peter Millar Soft Touch Twill Shorts:  As adults, we should wear good shorts.  Shorts that fit well.  Shorts that don’t look like skinny culottes. Buy accordingly.
10. A Stack of Cash:  I know it’s been a while, but the bars at college bars are stacked deep with undergrads and fake IDs.  Don’t ever run a tab.  Cash is king.

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19 Comments

  1. Brad Wesley
    08/26/2019 / 6:57 AM

    Great choices. I’ve always limited myself to no more than two school logos. IMO anything more – often with the above mentioned logo’d pants or shoes – gives off a sidewalk alumni vibe

    • JMR
      08/26/2019 / 11:12 AM

      I’m with you. Pick two of the three: hat, shirt or belt.

      • Poor Man
        08/26/2019 / 2:15 PM

        Nah – Go Big. The whole goal here is to be obnoxious. Limiting your school logo gives off more of a “sidewalk alumni trying not to get called out” vibe.

  2. Disinterested Observer
    08/26/2019 / 7:51 AM

    Notre Dame is definitely over-rated as displayed in recent post-season memory. But what does that make UGA then with their persistent inability to close out the big games?

    Be careful about judging too harshly. Alabama and Clemson are the royalty. Everyone else is just a pretender to the throne until proven otherwise on the field.

    Humility is in order for the many aspirants….

    • Poor Man
      08/26/2019 / 2:16 PM

      That makes UGA #3. Exactly where they are ranked?

      • Disinterested Observer
        08/26/2019 / 4:04 PM

        Precisely. Never on top but preening about like a bantam rooster.

        The Avis syndrome.

        I suppose #3 is good enough.

        39 years and counting…..

        • Poor Man
          08/28/2019 / 8:13 PM

          WTF is the Avis syndrome? Is that where you pretend not to be thinking about UGA more than your own school?

          • Disinterested Observer
            08/29/2019 / 4:37 PM

            That was such a weak retort. Your ignorance is peeking through.

            Take another few days and please try to do better.

            I am rooting for you.

  3. Chris
    08/26/2019 / 9:35 AM

    Not a UGA fan but the old school UGA logos were great. Either the full dog or the UGA face. Way better than the recent one redesigned. by Nike…yuck.

    Funny how On-Running/Cloud has become the post Country Club shoe. I’ll stick to a classic pair of AM1.

  4. HLL
    08/26/2019 / 1:38 PM

    Great stuff. I am a LSU alum – so besides our colors, etc – a flask for the back pocket, koozie in the other if its not around a beer or drink. a watch. front left pocket is the cash. right front pocket is the phone and some BC powder to power through.

  5. CDS
    08/26/2019 / 1:40 PM

    Amen to the old school logos. I like the On Cloud shoes but man they’re gettin eaten up. I’m almost preferring the OG 993s for some originality thats rooted in the way things were. Suburban “boat captains” —love it.

  6. CVL
    08/26/2019 / 2:34 PM

    Throw some sunscreen in your better half’s bag…these early season 11:00 or 2:30 kickoff games can be brutal…

  7. Wheels
    08/27/2019 / 9:42 AM

    Cats fan here. I really wish they would go back to the old power K logo but it’s nice to see Peter Millar using the old cat UK logo which I rarely see anymore. The current logo looks too much like Univ. of Houston.

    Persols on gameday is risky for me.

  8. Jessup
    08/27/2019 / 1:47 PM

    What pair of sunglasses am I looking at on the 2nd row?

  9. BTJ
    08/28/2019 / 2:37 PM

    uga Auburn, Alabama, Florida, LSU have all won multiple NC since Georgia has been able to. Tennessee and Georgia Tech have even pulled it off. uga hasht won a NC since I’ve been both and I don’t think they ever will.

    The only thing uga has in common with the # 3 is they lose 3 games a year. I’ve heard every year since 1998 that Georgia would win a NC this year. Never gonna happen.

    • Poor Man
      08/28/2019 / 8:16 PM

      I’m not saying we are gonna win the NC, but it’s a plain fact that UGA is ranked #3 right now.

      But at least it looks like that Auburn English degree is working out for you?

      • Disinterested Observer
        08/29/2019 / 4:41 PM

        Que?

        You are placing such emphasis on a pre-season rating?

        I actually like UGA. Just some humility is in order vis a vis other programs, especially those who have won natties since the Carter era.

      • BTJ
        08/29/2019 / 7:54 PM

        Sorry for typing out that reply on my iPhone but yes my Auburn English degree helps me out on the ATP Tour quite well. Thanks for asking!

        • Mike
          08/29/2019 / 8:10 PM

          👏👏👏

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