by Kerry Andersen
Despite blazing summer temperatures outside, the kickoff to football season is fast approaching. Whether you plan to be in the stands cheering on your favorite college, pro, or high school team it’s time to huddle with fashion experts to assemble the spirited and chic looks that will score you extra style points in the bleachers. These fan friendly outfits are a surefire win whether you are tailgating, in the stands watching the game or at the after party!
Elm Boutique owner Jenee Wall says sequins, sparkles, feathers, and all things shiny are trending for game day looks this year. Team jerseys loaded with sequins will shine under the stadium lights. Shorts and tennis skirts remain popular, but this year look for them in nontraditional glossy satin fabrics and yes, more sequins. It’s your time to shine! Fun novelty earrings are the perfect way to complete your game day look. Beaded earrings are adorned with faux jewels in fun themed shapes like footballs and cowboy boots. Brightly colored feathers also add excitement to otherwise simple camisoles and tank tops.
Pair all those shiny team tops with leather and faux leather bottoms for one of the trendiest game day looks of 2022. Dress up your favorite college tee with a short leather skirt, tennis skirt or shorts. Top the leather look off with the footwear of the season – booties or cowboy boots in matching team colors (often embellished with rhinestones for extra bling). Style note: new faux leather fabric options are affordable and look like the real thing, but you can toss them in the washing machine!
Blazer Sets Football fans looking for a more polished look at the stadium will love this season’s blazer sets. Classic blazers team up with shorts in a shade matching your school colors. Look for satin and charmeuse fabrics for a fashionista fan vibe. High waisted shorts and unstructured jackets with the sleeves rolled up will keep the look fresh and on trend. Pair the set with a simple tee, camisole or tube top worn under the jacket and give it a comfy vibe with casual white sneakers. One popular bonus of this look is pockets, always a win with female sports fans!
Mia’s Downtown owner Mia Mouton-Rene’ says new game day looks are steadily arriving to her Lake Charles boutique and while team tees are always a top choice for stadium wear, she says this year’s tops are anything but basic. Standard game day tees this year glimmer with sequins and feature cool cut out designs. The ends are snipped, tied, and knotted creating fun movement. Do it yourself fans can grab their favorite school shirt and splatter it with bleach, dunk it in tie dye or use scissors to cut out their own custom designs. Update an old sweatshirt or tee by cutting off the bottom and turning it into a crop top, tube top, or halter top. Pair them with flouncy skirts, shiny shorts, or denim mini’s.
Spirited Straps Stadium rules may dictate the size and shape of game day purses but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. You can still make a statement with your clear bag by clicking on a custom strap. The colorful interchangeable straps are beaded, embroidered, and embellished. Choose your school colors or name, tiger stripes for LSU, blue and gold prints for McNeese or metallic black and gold options for Saints fans. The options are endless and you can switch the purse straps out easily and quickly for every game!
Denim is always comfortable and appropriate at the stadium. Pair this season’s cropped tees with cutoff denim shorts or short distressed denim skirts. For another fun denim look, wear a cropped-off team tee or tube top underneath a pair of blue jean overall shorts. Add knee high socks in your school colors for a fun retro look.
Elm Boutique is located at 1613 Elton Road (Suite B), Jennings. Open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or shop online at www.shopelmboutique.com. Mia’s Downtown is located at 318 Pujo Street, Lake Charles. Open Tuesday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.