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I’m fashionable, you’re style-ish. Keep this in mind as I accost you with my weekly installments of fashionable, yet practical, advice for a not-so fashionable school. Scary, I know, but no scarier than the choices the majority of you make every morning. It’s my own personal morning sickness.
As some of you may have heard, GQ magazine named Boulder in their top forty worst dressed cities in the country.
While we were the best of the worst, landing at number 40, it’s a win we may as well have lost.
Despite the array of fall fashion possibilities, a dark and sinister cloud seems to continually overshadow this beacon of fashionable hope: football season. With the big CU-CSU rivalry game quickly approaching, many of you will be sifting through your closets for that spirited attire.
While it’s easy to pair that five dollar Buffs tee from the bookstore, with whatever pair of ratted jeans are within arms reach, why not opt for something a bit more creative while keeping that black and gold pride?
The easiest way to achieve a collegiate-inspired ensemble is to pull school colors into classic bold, statement pieces. Solid colors, striping, and color blocking go-to items to achieve this look. Lucky for us, gold is a great fall color that is never in shortage this time of year.
As Mother Nature so graciously decided to put a halt to the summer heat wave, no better time than to bring out the good old cardigan collection. Plain and simple girls, black skinny jeans and a gold cardigan are the surefire way to keep with the team without getting lost in the crowd.
I agree, but here’s how to add jazz and pizzazz to any outfit. Befriend accessories and for fall, it’s all about the hue. Bronze is a sexy and sophisticated way to stay true to the Buffs colors, but with a touch of class. Bronze jewelry will compliment that gold cardigan while a brown belt and boots will contrast the black jeans, adding an additional point of interest.
Guys don’t let the word “style” frighten you into faux pas. Show your team spirit while dressing your age (hint, we’re all adults now). Choose a bold trouser in a rich gold or mustard and make that your statement piece.
A clean button-up is a welcomed alternative to the shirt you wore to the last game and undoubtedly never washed. Nothing reads collegiate quite like a striped tie, so suck it up and prep it up. If you’re feeling bold, try the long forgotten and underappreciated military tuck. If anything it’ll keep your tie from meeting your nachos platter.
Thinking a little less traditional in your attire? For those few hipsters attending the game, ironically of course, I’ve got something for you. High waist skirts and cropped sweaters were a match made in fashion heaven. Keep the feathers out of your hair and onto a necklace to keep with the organic feel of a true CU Boulder student. Think Ellie Goulding meets Brown University and throw on a gold knit beanie to pull the outfit together.
Guys, if you absolutely insist on dawning CU gear, why not make your way down to Goldmine Vintage on Pearl Street and find yourself something with some history and character. There is always an interesting piece of CU insignia that isn’t hot off the screen printing press of the campus bookstore. Pair it with a clean pair of dark denim, perhaps even cuffed with a pair of Clarks and I can guarantee that even if the team doesn’t score, you will.
There you have it. Fashionable yet sensible outfits that are collegiate inspired without making you look cliché. No doubt you’ll be the golden child of the stadium.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Kyle Warner at Kyle.Warner@colorado.edu.