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Much like the NFL Draft, National Signing Day affords future football stars a chance to begin working on their off-field fashion game. Players announced their new schools stylistically, incorporating team hues into their ensembles. Some wore a tie for the very first time, while others demonstrated the swagger and confidence that fans are more likely to see from style veterans.
The newest crop of recruits also proved they are partial to bow ties. The adornment was paired with a number of fashions from vests and sweaters to suspenders and coats. “Swag” caps and airbrush tees were among the day’s casual style statements. The slideshow below highlights memorable “Signing Day Styles.” Check it out:
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For future football players, the NFL Draft typically serves as their “coming out” party as it relates to football and to fashion. In an effort to keep pace with a league full of style-savvy players, these newcomers must now dress the part. Stylists have become commonplace among athletes and with the help of fashion pros, their sartorial games improves with time. But for some college football stars, the Heisman Ceremony gives them an early taste of the spotlight.
While their sense of style isn’t as developed as the professionals, these collegiate standouts still take pride in their fashion choices. Last year’s awards featured a metallic silver suit and blond faux-hawk from LSU’s Tyrann Mathaiu, and the debut of RGIII’s famous Superman-themed socks. For Texas A&M QB, Johnny “Football” Manziel, the pressure was on as a win would make him the first freshman … Read More »
The revolving door of college sports uniforms continues to turn, as the unveiling of new team gear has become a weekly event. The newest fashion update in college basketball involves a tribute to the late Jimmy Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Valvano coached NC State for 10 seasons and led the team to a memorable NCAA championship win in 1983. During tonight’s Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden, the team will take on UCONN styled in specially designed uniforms.
The new jerseys are not a huge departure from NC State’s usual gameday threads, but aesthetic touches were added to pay homage to Valvano. The backs of the red jerseys are void of players’ names. Instead they feature the phrase, “Don’t Ever Give Up.” Those inspirational words of encouragement come from Valvano’s famous 1993 ESPYs speech, given … Read More »
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 … Read More »
In an effort to keep pace with college football’s ever-evolving fashion landscape, a growing number of squads are putting a unique spin on their uniforms. When Wisconsin and Nebraska battle on September 29th, both teams will be styled in new adidas TECHFIT gear. This contest marks adidas’ first Unrivaled Game, an annual matchup of top adidas programs. This year’s game between the Badgers and Cornhuskers has been dubbed “The Quick and the Red.”
The Badgers’ new threads are meant to pay homage to the team’s heritage, while utilizing a modern design. According to the school’s website:
The use of the “block W” harkens back to the days of Wisconsin’s 1962 Big Ten championship team, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this fall. That team wore the “block W” on their helmets and went on to play USC in the 1963 Rose Bowl, … Read More »
Northwestern unveiled new on-field fashions for the upcoming football season. The Wildcats, who were previously outfitted by Adidas, will be sporting Under Armour uniforms come September. The move marks the company’s first outfitter agreement with a Big Ten institution.
Fans have long been anticipating the team’s new look. Maryland’s now infamous Under Armour uniforms debuted last year, prompting many to prepare for another round of garish gear. Instead Northwestern will be styled in a more simplistic design with some unique aesthetic features, namely the large stripe across the chest and back of the jersey. According to the Northwestern release:
The focal point of the jersey is a prominent stripe, a symbol of the University’s football legacy that recognizes the school as the originator of this design element. Known throughout the football community as the “Northwestern Stripe,” this feature will be … Read More »
The Scarlet Knights will have a new look for the 2012-2013 NCAA football season. Rutgers unveiled its Nike Pro Combat uniforms today at the SNY studios in Manhattan. Players were on-hand to model the team’s latest home (red), away (white) and alternate (black) on-field styles. The school spent the last year working with Nike to design the updated threads.
The new gridiron gear incorporates the performance benefits associated with the Pro Combat system of dress, a uniform system that is meant to make players lighter and dryer. The Nike Pro Combat base layer wicks away sweat and keeps the body cool, the jerseys are made of four-way stretch nylon and the flywire technology in the collar results in improved breathability and keeps the jersey in place.
The football fashion overhaul includes a sleeker, more modern design, yet the “Block R” logo remains … Read More »
The Oregon Ducks push the college fashion envelope each season, cementing their status as the leader in flashy on-field attire. But other schools have quickly followed suit, with a belief that trendy uniform designs can give teams a recruiting edge. Missouri is the latest school to raise their style game. Fans won’t see patterns as wild as those on Maryland’s Under Armour football uniforms or colors as bold as Baylor’s neon green basketball uniforms from adidas. The Tigers worked with Nike on a re-branding initiative that centered around a modern new look.
Missouri unveiled new gear for a range of sports programs including football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and soccer for the 2012-13 season. During the unveiling, which took place at halftime during the football team’s Black & Gold Spring Game, student-athletes representing each of the five teams were on … Read More »
The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Kansas Jayhawks to claim the title of 2012 NCAA Champions in men’s basketball. Fresh off the team’s win, Kentucky alum and school superfan, Ashley Judd, is celebrating with a new range of women’s gear. Many know Ashley for her acting pursuits, but sports fans know her as one of the most visible and passionate supporters of Kentucky hoops. When it’s gametime for her alma mater, she’s often a fixture in the stands. To further showcase her dedcation to the Wildcats, Judd has teamed up with Original Retro Brand, a company known for its fashion-forward, sports-inspired tees, to design a line of Kentucky-themed apparel.
The Ashley Judd University of Kentucky Vintage Apparel Collection includes a range of women’s fitted tees and sweatshirts in school hues and featuring Kentucky graphics. The special collection translates Judd’s love of the game and the … Read More »
Bracket busting games are inevitable during each NCAA Tournament forcing college basketball fans to fill out multiple combinations of brackets. Keeping track of all picks can be a difficult task so New York-based menswear company, Bonobos, developed a stylish solution. The company has added some March Madness flair to their offerings with a unique bracket-inspired fashion. Bonobos offers tear-away chinos that feature blank tournament brackets on the inside pockets. The company first debuted the pants last season and brought them back for a second run.
The “Fast Breaks” edition, available in red, and the “Air Balls” edition, available in blue, both retail for $98. Check them out:
In addition to the pants, Bonobos also partnered with NBA All-Star Deron Williams earlier this month to celebrate March Madness. Fans had the opportunity to engage in a “Bracket Challenge” with Williams to see who … Read More »