A GLAM SLAM’S NCAA GAMEDAY STYLE GUIDE
College sports teams continue to make style statements with outrageous uniforms, stretching the limits of on-field, on-court and on-ice attire. To keep pace, fan fashions have evolved as well, with a wide array of offerings for men and women. Collegiate fan bases are extensive and passionate, prompting fashion retailers to step up their game in terms of team-themed items. Branded apparel and accessories target the diverse crowd across the college fandom spectrum. Fans can now find everything from vintage tees and colorful dresses to school-inspired footwear and headwear, allowing them to express their individual style through their fan gear.
A Glam Slam has compiled its NCAA picks with a common thread of merging fashion and sporting style. From large retailers to niche brands, fans will be covered from head-to-toe with apparel and accessory options that capture the fun, youthful appeal of the college market. Here is A Glam Slam’s “NCAA Gameday Style Guide:”
Meesh & Mia: With an endless array of offerings and countless Universities to match, Meesh & Mia’s designs evoke “team spirit with an edge.” The company’s approach to fan gear design includes sourcing the latest fashion trends and merging those styles with school colors and logos for unique, fashion-forward University apparel. Subtle school logos make the gear versatile enough to wear on gameday or any day. The collection includes a range of tops, dresses, bottoms, jewelry and outerwear with classy silhouettes and on-trend details and techniques like color blocking, colored denim and ruffle collars. Shop the collection at meeshandmia.com.
Ketch The Spirit: This online boutique specializes in gameday dresses for women. The brand describes its mission: “to give you an alternative to the basic game day t-shirt and offer a more trendy, fashionable garment.” Tank dresses, ruffle dresses, babydoll strapless tunics and t-shirt dresses are among the featured styles. Blending team spirit with high-fashion, the garments feature flattering silhouettes and feminine details to make a memorable style statement in the stands. Shop the collection at ketchthespirit.com.
Wishbone: Wishbone’s first collegiate collection debuted in Fall 2010 and now the gear is offered for 42 Universities. The company partnered with Amazon.com in 2011 to sell the collegiate-themed fashions. A range of chic separates mix feminine and sporty characteristics, allowing pieces to be paired with high-end wardrobe staples. The line consists of boyfriend tanks, burnout tees, football tees, hoodies, dresses and sweats. Shop the collection here.
Chicka-D: Chicka-D offers a sporty yet fashion-forward line of women’s collegiate fan gear, with clothes that allow female fans to showcase their school spirit and maintain their own unique sense of style. Fusing fashion and function, the line consists of original and unique designs, inspired by current clothing trends. Styles were developed to flatter women’s bodies while maintaining comfort and wearability. The company’s motto: “Clothes for the game. Clothes for spirit. Clothes for life.” Shop the collection at chicka-d.com.
Gameday Couture: Providing a unique spin on traditional fan gear, the collection ranges from casual to dressy designs with “something in the Gameday Couture collection for every style, every body type, and every personality out there.” Pieces utilize a wide range of design techniques and aesthetic accents such as rhinestones and glitter, offering fans an opportunity to express their individual gameday style. Shop the collection at gameday-couture.com.
Simply Sporty: The dresses, tees, tanks, crop tops and tube tops are fun and feminine and a far cry from the oversized jerseys and sweats typically offered to female fans. Pieces are stylish, yet simple, providing the perfect base for accessorizing and making it easy to customize a look based on your own personal style. Materials used are soft, keeping you comfortable all day long. Shop the collection at simplysporty.com.
College Hautees: College Hautees offers products from multiple brands, providing female fans with a wide variety of stylish gameday gear to choose from. The company specializes in college-branded apparel that mixes fashion-forward accents and form-fits with school logos and colors. Pieces range from college dresses, off-the-shoulder tees and tank tops, to tube tops, dolmans and deep v-necks, allowing students and alumni to showcase their own personal school style. In addition to looking good, customers will be giving back when shopping at College Hautees. The company also donates a percentage of profits to the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Project. Shop the collection at CollegeHautees.com.
Rae Faith Collection & Design: Gameday style has no limits and Rae Faith offers a fresh new approach to collegiate fan gear design. School tees and thrift store finds are repurposed and redesigned with the addition of lace, bleach and other creative embellishments. Pieces are easy to dress up or dress down and when sporting these designs come gametime, you’ll stand out from the crowd. Shop the collection at raefaithcollectionanddesign.com.
SCORE Gameday Couture: SCORE Gameday Couture offers a creative spin on team gear with products that are “upcycled” from clothing and materials found at local thrift stores. Dresses, skirts, tanks and bracelets are chic, stylish and truly one-of-a-kind. Customized orders and unexpected details will result in gameday apparel that is uniquely yours. Shop the collection at etsy.com/shop/scoreongameday.
Dress U: If logos aren’t your thing, color coordination is a great alternative when it comes to showcasing school spirit. Shop this site by college to find dresses, tops, bottoms and accessories in each school’s color scheme. According to the brand, “DressU was created to eliminate the endless search for the perfect gameday clothing.” Pieces are worth the investment as the absence of logos allows for more versatility. Shop the collection at shopdressu.com.
College Couture: College Couture is another logo-less option, providing fashion-forward apparel for the female sports enthusiast. Female sports fans no longer have to sacrifice their sense of style in order to demonstrate team spirit on gameday. Whether tailgating or cheering from the stands, fans will look classy and elegant in of College Couture’s apparel and accessories. Shop the collection at collegecoutureonline.com.
Natalie Kim Gameday: Natalie Kim’s custom dresses showcase school spirit without compromising on style. Materials are put together based on each school’s color scheme. Dresses are feminine and unique with strapless, halter and one-shoulder designs. Ruffles, bows, ribbon belts and polka dots make the attire a perfect gameday choice for college fashionistas. Shop the collection at nataliekimgameday.com.
OCJ Apparel: The only company solely focused on creating collegiate denim, OCJ Apparel developed a line that is stylish and comfortable enough to wear any time. In skinny and bootcut styles, dark and light washes and with a range of team-themed embroidery on the back pockets, there are plenty of options to suit each fan’s personal preference. A great pair of jeans is a wardrobe necessity and whether you’re at the game or on campus, you can showcase your school spirit in high-style. Shop the collection at ocjapparel.com.
BySara Designs: While fashionable college apparel designs are numerous, handbags are often lacking. BySara Designs has carved out this niche, offerings totes, satchels, clutches, crossbody bags and wallets for a range of Universities. School colors and logos make it a unique piece of fan fashion and an ideal choice to cap off your gameday ensemble. Shop the collection at bysaradesigns.com.
GlamFans: GlamFans offers a fresh new alternative to collegiate accessories, with a range of sports-themed hair accents. Clips, headbands, bobby pins and broaches are the perfect finishing touch to any gameday ensemble. Pieces are hand-sewn, vintage-inspired, made with team and school logos, names or initials, and embellished with sequins and beads. The company challenges girls to “Think Outside the Bow” with their innovative approach to accessory design. The collegiate line is exclusively sold in campus bookstores via licensed distributor, Spirit Products, Ltd., and is currently carried in over 200 NCAA university campus-based retailers across the country. View the collection at glamfans.com.
TOMS Campus Collection: The brand’s famously comfortable canvas flats are now collegiate-themed. The shoes feature authentic school colors and are available for a wide range of Universities. Men and women can kick-off this college sports season with the team-themed footwear. Shop the collection at toms.com.
Cuce Shoes: In snow or rain, fans can keep their feet covered in Cuce footwear. The company offers two collegiate styles: “The Enthusiast,” a neoprene rain boot embellished with school logos, and “The Supporter,” a suede knee-high boot also featuring school names and logos. The fan-inspired footwear is a great option whether worn alone or as part of your gameday ensemble. Shop the collection at lovecuceshoes.com.
Fan Feet: Fan Feet‘s chic take on school-inspired footwear involves high-heel designs that feature University colors and logos. The company currently offers a range of styles from standard pumps and peep-toes to booties. Fan Feet’s mission extends beyond developing fashion-forward collegiate footwear. The brand also works to support higher educational opportunities for America’s youth, local student organizations and causes and women’s amateur athletics at both the high school and college level. Shop the collection at fanfeet.com.
Old Navy: Old Navy offers a wide selection of collegiate tees for men and women. In 2011, the retailer opened stores-within-stores, dubbed “Super Fan Nation,” at 1,000 locations across the U.S., to sell branded goods for more than 70 Division I schools. Pieces come with an affordable price tag, well in line with a college student’s budget. Shop the collection at oldnavy.com.
American Eagle: American Eagle released a collection of University apparel for men and women, with designs including tees, tanks, hoodies, sweats and cardigans. The graphics were pulled from school archives and the company worked to make sure they felt relevant, yet unique. Fashions feature great fabrics, washes and designs, for a variety of male and female fans. Shop the collection at ae.com.
Victoria’s Secret PINK: The company continues to produce a collegiate collection full of fun and flirty silhouettes. Tees, sweatpants, hoodies, crop tops and accessories merge school colors and logos with PINK’s iconic brand aesthetic. Shop the collection at victoriassecret.com/pink.
I MISS MY COLLEGE: The company’s quirky tees puts that smirky reminiscent smile back on the faces of thousands of college kids that grew up to be responsible mothers and fathers, staunchy suits and ties, devoted living room recliner sports enthusiasts, who for whatever reason can’t make it back for game day. I MISS MY COLLEGE tees are meant to remind fans of the parks, the streets, the eateries and watering holes that shaped their young collegiate minds. They are a great way for fans to honor their alma mater, instantly remembering the energetic Saturday mornings leading up to gametime, and the exhausted and lazy Sunday mornings to follow. Shop the collection at imissmycollege.bigcartel.com.
Original Retro Brand: The vintage-inspired tees are ultra-soft and stylish, with a flattering fit and a wide range of designs to satisfy every type of fan. The tees feature great touches like faded retro graphics and classic logos, for over 100 Universities. Shop the collection at originalretrobrand.com.
Sportiqe: Sportiqe’s pieces are developed with high-quality, comfortable fabrics. With a fashion-forward approach to casual wear, designs reflect current style trends and pay great attention to detail, while incorporating unique, sport-inspired influences. It’s certainly not your average tee. Shop the collection at sportiqe.com.
47 Brand: With a history that dates back to 1947, the company offers a wide range of collegiate-themed options from shirts, sweatshirts and pants, to headwear and accessories. Items blend old-school styling with a modern flair giving the team-themed apparel a fashionable twist. The offerings span over 600 collegiate programs, providing gear that appeals to any fan’s sideline style. Shop the collection at 47brand.com.
Homage: The Ohio-based apparel company develops vintage-inspired tees that “tell stories of triumph, individualism and hustle, preserving the old school and creating new legacies.” Creative slogans and original designs take standard team tees to another level. Shop the collection at homage.com.
Peter Millar: The company offers an elegant, classic approach to fan gear with its collegiate collection. School colors and logos are added to knit shirts, polos, trousers and shorts for a timeless style. The line is appropriate for both current students and alumni who want to support their team at the game, at the office, or during a night out. Shop the collection at petermillar.com.
Brooks Brothers: The company’s classy collegiate collection for men spans 15 schools. The line began by offering some of the brand’s staple items, such as dress shirts and ties, embellished with school color schemes and logos. Items are traditional and preppy, in line with the brand’s design aesthetic. Shop the collection at brooksbrothers.com.