The Low-Down on College Gameday

Game day has always been a big part of my life.

In high school, I was on drill team, game day meant rhinestone hair pieces, lots of Aqua-net, and lipstick stained Gatorade bottles. Now, it’s gotten even better.

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At Arkansas and at Houston, game day is BIG. (As I’m sure it is at your school, too!) There’s tailgaiting, hog calling, pictures, snaps, cheers, jumping, etc, etc.

Whether you’ve been in college for a while or you’re going through your first semester, it’s always nice to get some college game day inspiration. You’ll want to pick out the perfect outfit and get the low-down so that you can enjoy your game day! After all, it makes for a great study break. Today I’m working with Charlie Hustle Shop to share some game day looks and my best college game day tips!

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Tee: Charlie Hustle Shop / Skirt : Target / Necklace: TradeKraft Jewelry


Dress comfortably

You can dress up or you can dress down – but be comfortable. Those cowgirl boots better not give you a blister and that romper needs to be soft and cool. It’s hot out there, you’ll be standing and jumping a lot, and you won’t get to make an outfit change for several hours.

I either go with a breezy swing dress or pair a cute tee with my favorite denim and add accessories. I don’t want to be tugging at hemlines or sweating my brains out in suede (no matter how cute it is), so I go the comfy route.

This tee from Charlie Hustle Shop is perfect to cheer on my Coogs. It’s fun, shows who I’m rooting for, and can work for those hot, hot gamedays or the cooler ones later on in the season.

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Tee: Charlie Hustle Shop

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Bring a cross-body or wristlet

Some stadiums have a limit on bag size. (*Ahem*, NRG Stadium.) Not to mention, when you do bring a bag, you have to stand in line a bit longer to get it checked. All you really need is your ID, some money, and maybe a cough drop when your voice gets hoarse from cheering, so I recommend something small that you won’t mind hanging on to. Or just stuff everything you need in your pockets if you have them!

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Again, it’s hot and you’re hollering and screaming. I try to drink a lot of water before a football game because I don’t want to pay $5 for a water at the game. Then, once the game is over, Cam and I love to go through a drive thru like Sonic and I’ll get a giant lemon water there!

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Get there early

I thank my lucky stars that I have a boyfriend so immersed in football culture (most days…heehee) because Cam always makes sure we get to the game early enough to find good parking, walk around to find great seats, and have a while to sit and take some Snapchats before the game starts.

If you’ll be sitting in the student section, it’s a first come, first serve basis, so you’ll want to be the early bird that gets the worm. If you’re at an NFL game, you’ll have a designated seat and may have to climb some stairs and ramps to get there!

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Find the best after-game spot

There are always those restaurants and bars that are PACKED after football games. (i.e. Buffalo Wild Wings and basically any place with beer and TV’s.) I’d say if you’re hungry, thirsty, and tired – avoid those. Find your favorite spot to refuel after the game – maybe some place a bit farther from the stadium, but still equipped with TVs and booze. I’ll be nice and give you a few of my favorites in the Houston area:

La Mexicana – Montrose 

Niko Niko’s – Montrose

The Burger Joint – Montrose

Beaver’s – Sixth Ward

and there’s always Whataburger…. 🙂 

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Lip color: NYX Lip Lingerie in “Ruffle Trim”

Accessorize to show support

Again, since I’m not going to be the girl showing up in the suede and OTK boots, I definitely try to compensate with my accessories. I love my TradeKraft double wrap for a little bit of flair and also this long tassel necklace from LAW Designs! Find the perfect statement accessory in your school colors, and you’re good to go. It went perfectly with both Charlie Hustle tees.

Grab some cute tees from Charlie Hustle Shop (check to see if they have your school) and use my code HOUSTON15 for 15% off!

How will you survive and thrive on gameday?






  • OMG, girl! I love this look, the skirt is so amazing!

    Cheers, Eliza |

  • You look so cute! I love the shirts. I’ll have to keep this in mind for the future if I ever become a Houstonian 😉

    Kayla |

    • cristina

      Yes!!! Rooting for you to become a coog 🙂

  • Cute game day look!

    Xx Taylor

  • The one let down about Chapman is that we don’t really have a huge game day pride! The only time that happens is with the Homecoming football game, so it’s normally the only one I go to all year! Also I wish we were a little bigger so that I could find my school’s stuff in these type of shops! But love these tips anyway since you can use the style for any school pride event! 🙂


    • cristina

      You could definitely just do Chapman themed colors for any kind of school event 🙂 That’d be so cute!! And Chapman is such an awesome school 🙂

  • I’ve never been a huge football person, but I am all about tailgating haha. Great tips.

    Sara Kate Styling

  • Love these game day tips! I’m going to my first SHSU game this Saturday as a bearkat and this totally helps!!

  • Tailgates are the best! So fun!

  • I am not a big sports person but I do love the excuse for a cute themed outfit!

  • Great tips Cristina! I miss college game days!

    Rachel |

  • Living in Canada I wish that we had the game day hoopla that you do in the states, it looks like so much fun!! I love that outfit, the skirt is adorable!!

    • cristina

      It’s such a blast! But Canada is gorgeous so I’m totally jealous 🙂

  • You are so cute!!! I live in Canada we dont really have that at any collage around here lol. well there not really the same. but sounds fun.

    • cristina

      Haha you should come to the states and go to a college football game! They are such a fun experience! 🙂

  • this is such a cute way to get game day ready – love the tee tucked into the buttoned skirt! x, nicole ≫

    • cristina

      Thanks Nicole!! 🙂

  • You look so cute for game day – loving that black denim skirt!

    xoxo, Candice

    • cristina

      Thank you so much Candice, you’re the sweetest!

  • Shane

    Unfortunately my college didn’t have a big football following but hockey games in the winter were a blast!

    • cristina

      I’ve never been to a hockey game but I bet it’s really cool to watch! My sister used to ice skate and I would see the hockey team practicing at the rink!

  • These tops are adorable, as were your outfits! I only wish that my school’s football team was good enough where I would feel the need to show my support, HA!

    • cristina

      Thank you so much! Haha, you could totally just recreate the look in any of your school colors if you need a reason to show some spirit 🙂 And this target skirt goes with anything!!

  • Love how you dressed up these t-shirts! So cute and perfect for gameday 🙂
    XO Amanda |

  • These are such awesome gameday shirts! I love dressing up for gamedays but I definitely agree that you should always be comfortable in what you wear because odds are you’re going to be through a lot while wearing it. Gameday is an emotional roller coaster! xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

  • Super cute look! If you’re in the heights area I highly recommend good dog, they’re yummy gourmet hot dogs! *heart eyes*

    xx Mina | MDRNMina

  • Your game day outfit is absolutely adorable!!! Love that button down skirt you paired it with. 🙂

    xo //

  • I am obsessed with your adorable tailgate look! I’m bummed that Charlie Hustle doesn’t have my team! 100% agree with crossbody. It is no fun to be lugging a heavy handbag with you!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass