Saturday, August 31

style: A Southern Prep Game Day

If you've been hanging out here for a while you know I'm a proud graduate of the University of Virginia - for a poor girl from a small rural town, getting to attend one of the oldest and most respected colleges in the U.S. was a dream come true.  One of my favorite times of year on Grounds was always football season!  Even though I'm not a huge sports fan, I loved the atmosphere of school spirit and celebration.

It's been over a decade since UVa faced BYU and the Wahoos will be opening our season this year by hosting our non-conference opponents from the midwest.  The game day wardrobe motto when I started college was "guys in ties, girls in pearls," and UVa students were known for the game day "fashion show."  It was a little overwhelming at first for me - at my high school, the height of "preppy" fashion was Abercrombie + Fitch - I'd never even heard of Lily Pulitzer, J. Crew, or Vera Bradley, the brands I was quickly surrounded by and eventually swooning over in college.

Eventually I realized that having a certain brand on my clothes wasn't anywhere near as important as feeling good - and feeling like myself- in what I was wearing.  I decided not to worry about fitting in with the country club set and to just have fun.  Still, I love the way dressing up for football games is a way to embrace a Southern tradition and I think that the first game of the season is the perfect time for girls to break out their cutest sundresses and sandals.  I was inspired (by nostalgia for my undergrad days) to create two very traditional, preppy UVa game day outfits.

UVA Game Day Style

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1. Scotch Naturals nail polish in "Flying Scotsman"  2. ModCloth orange swing earrings
3. Lily  Pulitzer Kennett dress  4. Vera Bradley pocket ID clutch  5. Jack Rogers sandals from FarFetch
6. BeBop juniors dress from Macy's 7. Fossil glass dot earrings
8. Pomander Place bracelet from Tuckernuck  9. Lalu Penny clutch from Pret a Beaute
10. Victoria's Secret sandals (similar from Sam Edelman)

What are your favorite Game Day traditions?

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