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There is nothing like a Saturday in the South during college football season. Game days are full of traditions, local pride and, of course, plenty of rivalry! It’s one-third sporting event and two-thirds social gathering.

To say Southerners take their football seriously is an understatement. Just go down to The Grove at Ole Miss, and you’ll find tailgates as extravagant as most engagement parties. The silver is out, flowers perfectly arranged in school colors, and chandeliers hang above large amounts of sinful food. Aside from the tailgate, just as much planning goes into almost every detail of a Southerner’s game-day attire.

Whether you’re an SEC fan sporting Bear Bryant’s signature houndstooth (ROLL TIDE!) or an ACC fan looking for Clemson orange, there are endless options for you to be comfortable and look good. Here are some of our favorite tailgate-ready outfits we’re loving from three local boutiques — just in time for football season to get underway.

Monkee's of Charlotte LILLA | P v-neck Fall 2016 |

NC State and Georgia fans may not cheer for the same conference but they both can cheer on their teams in this little red number with black accessories and jeans! Pair with some flats and stay comfy throughout the entire game. From Monkee’s of Charlotte LILLA | P red v-neck, $150; Schutz Neida flats, $180

Tarheel blue shift dress Fall 2016 |

Stay cool on game day while cheering on UNC in a Tarheel-blue shift dress. Add a few stacked bracelets to give it a little something extra. Mittoshop shift dress, $29.99, and stacked bracelets, $8 each, at Ivy and Leo

Odelia crimson blouse Fall 2016 |

Not ready to pull out the houndstooth, yet? This crimson blouse and jeans are perfect for Alabama fans to support the reigning national champions this season. (Did we already say ROLL TIDE?!)
From KK Bloom: Odelia blouse, $39; Sima pendant, $88; 7 for All Mankind skinny denim, $179

LILLA | P Clemson orange v-neck tunic FALL 2016 |

Enjoy a day in Death Valley in this beautiful orange top paired with dark-wash jeans. A purple tassel necklace is a perfect addition for Clemson Tigers. From Monkee’s of Charlotte: LILLA | P orange tunic, $110; Adriano Goldschmied super-skinny jeans, $225; Positano sandals, $155; purple tassel necklace, $36

Mud Pie orange and blue tailgate dress Fall 2016 |

Auburn, UVA and University of Florida fans probably won’t agree on much, but they all can agree that this orange and blue dress is a winner! From Ivy and Leo: Mud Pie navy and orange shirt dress, $44; cobalt earrings, $14.99; blue cross body bag, $24.99

USC garnet tailgate dress Fall 2016 |

A Gamecock fan is sure to stand out in this garnet shift dress. The fabric is really light and flowy, giving you plenty of room to breathe on a hot day full of tailgating. From KK Bloom: Clarity shift dress, $174; Layla midnight moonstone, $82

USC tailgate outfit Fall 2016 |

For colder weather, USC fans can throw on this comfy 3/4 sleeve piko dress, a garnet hat and black booties. Not into South Carolina’s signature garnet? Don’t worry; piko dresses come in just about every team color there is! From Ivy and Leo: Black 3/4 sleeve piko dress, $39.99; garnet hat, $34.99

Ole Miss tailgate dress Fall 2016 |

Ole Miss Rebels will love the preppy details and tie-sleeves that make this red-and-blue patterned dress a classic. From Ivy and Leo: Mud Pie red and navy geo dress, $44.99; geometric tassel necklace, $29.99

Everly plum jumpsuit Fall 2016 |

A purple off-the-shoulder jumpsuit paired with yellow earrings is a great way for LSU and ECU fans to switch things up from a typical tailgate dress. From Ivy and Leo: Everly off-the-shoulder plum jumpsuit, $44.99; yellow earrings, $12.99

UNCC 49ers tailgate dress Fall 2016 |

Our local UNC Charlotte gals will look like a million bucks in this green suede dress paired with gold accessories and sandals while cheering on the 49ers from the stands. From
Ivy and Leo: Olive suede short sleeve dress, $49.99; beaded gold necklace, $39.99; Chinese Laundry bronze booties, $64

Game day has never looked so good!


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