Penn State is known for a lot of great things like it’s huge alumni network, delicious ice cream and amazing parties. However, if you ask anyone what makes Penn State truly amazing, their answer every time will be football season. Yes, ‘tis the season for alumni, students and parents to flock from all over the country to gather at Beaver Stadium to root on the Nittany Lions. The best part of the game day festivities? Tailgating, of course!
Thousands migrate to State College from all over the globe to gather in the fields and tailgate out of the back of their cars and RVs. Tailgating at Penn State is such a staple in Happy Valley culture that it even has its own unique fashion trends. Students spend all week preparing their outfits for Saturday’s game. Many trends recently have included DIY backless “Happy Valley” T-shirts with ripped boyfriend jeans and the more recent look of PSU T-shirt dresses. Other favorite football day trends include ripped jeans, oversized jerseys as dresses, white and blue beads and high-top Converse sneakers.
This Fashionista decided to take the sporty, vintage route with her outfit in order to really stand out from the crowd. She mixed tailgate staples with a unique find from a thrift store to complete this one of a kind look.
For shoes, finding the perfect balance between comfort and fashion is a must. Comfortable shoes are the smart move since as a student you’ll be on your feet for hours between the tailgate and game. Classic white sneakers, either high-tops or lower rise shoes like she is wearing, are always the way to go for a game.
For bottoms, closet staples like leggings and jeans are the popular choice. Most people wear fun, spirited “Penn State” tops and as such, they keep it simple on the bottom so that the focus is primary on their shirt. Boyfriend jeans, like the ones this Fashionista choose, are the way to go because they’re a simple yet adorable trend this season.
A top with a fun slogan like “WE ARE” or a cut tank top is often the choice for the female student body. The Penn State football jersey is also very popular. This student completed her outfit with a white Penn State jersey she found at a thrift store in New York City. This look is the perfect game day outfit as it unique and trendy yet has the necessities for a day of tailgating.
One Simple Change: If you’re heading to a party after the game, swap out the jeans for a navy skater skirt. You’ll still be able to show off your school spirit after the game, while looking a little more glam.