The Texas Longhorns football season has officially arrived, meaning we can all start coordinating our game-day outfits.
First, though, some considerations. Like the wacky Texas weather as the days start to transition from summer to fall. And the new rule that states that the only bags allowed in the stadium must be small, plastic and clear.
“It may still be in the 90s, but once that sun dips below the stadium seats, it can get cool,” said Austin-based wardrobe stylist Cristina Facundo. “It helps to have a light sweater to shield your shoulders from the sun during day games.”
Need some more advice on how to dress? We asked Facundo and Kash Boutique owner Kelli Parrott for their favorite game-day trends of the season. Here are their ideas.
1. Grab a kimono. Kimonos have been a hot item in the fashion world for the past year or two, and now they’re becoming a must-wear on game day, too. That’s because they’re fashionable, versatile and perfect for layering. “This season is all about the kimonos,” said Parrott, whose boutique is lined with burnt-orange pieces, including kimonos. “They are such a great transition piece and easy to thrown on with shorts, jeans or a skirt.”
2. Hold on to your hat. “Hats are a big trend for fall,” Facundo said. “Make a fashion statement while creating shade for yourself in case you’re one of the lucky ones in those sun seats.” Facundo likes Lone Star Hats for fresh, functional options.
3. Go off-shoulder. Parrott, who said she tends to gravitate toward “practical Longhorn fashion that can transition with our weather,” said off-the-shoulder tops are also having a moment. Kash Boutique, the University Co-op and Longhorn Fashions are among stores currently showcasing off-the-shoulder tops that will keep you cute and cool.
4. Flat attack. “Lucky for us, sneakers and slides are in,” said Facundo, adding that either will comfortably see you through from pregame tailgate to post-game celebration (hopefully). One of her favorite options is Austin-based shoe brand Suavs.
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5. In the clear. Thanks to the new bag rule, you can expect to see a whole lot of clear plastic accessories in the stands this season. Facundo recommends retailers such as Kelly Wynne, RedBird Boutique and c.jane for fun ideas.
6. Shades of plaid. Plaid was all over the runways during New York Fashion Week last spring, so it’s no surprise that it’s also prevalent in Austin stores for fall. A form-fitting plaid button-down that incorporates burnt orange hues could be just thing to help you transition from summer to fall this football season.
7. Western-inspired wear. Another trend for fall is Western-inspired wear — think leather vests, fun cactus prints and steel-toed cowboy boots. Throw a cactus-print kimono over a UT tank and voila! You’re on trend!