If you haven’t noticed, it’s football season! My Gamecocks lost yesterday. Surprise. But my Carolina Panthers play today and I’m hoping that they’ll fare better than South Carolina did. This is a weekend game, but for weekday games I need an outfit for the tailgate after work.
With football season comes a plethora of new events and you need to make sure you know what to wear to each of them. One tricky event is the tailgate that happens after work. I’m not talking about the tailgate you go to with your college friends. I mean to the tailgate your boss invited you to where you’ll potentially meet some new business contacts.
What do you wear? Dress up? Casual? Wear a jersey? A hint: pajamas aren’t the answer.
I don’t like bringing a change of clothes with me to the office, so I tend to wear something that works for both the office and the tailgate. Here are my work tailgate outfit recommendations and why:
A Dress with Pumps
Dresses are a favorite of mine when it comes to events like this because they’re pretty versatile. I would feel comfortable in the dress at the bottom of this article if I was standing next to a group of people in button-downs and slacks or a group of people in jeans and sneakers. Shift dresses like this one are a good pick because, if it’s hot, they don’t show sweat easily and the loose fit of the dress won’t cling to you if you’re doing a lot of walking around.
I recommend wearing pumps because they’ll obviously be appropriate for the office and will work well at a working professional tailgate too. That’s a personal preference, though; feel free to bring flats or a more casual shoe to change into if you’re going to be walking once you leave the office. Anything with a chunky heel is a good option too. I spent one afternoon with a friend of mine traveling to three different tailgates before walking back to my apartment. I was glad I wore a comfortable chunky heel and probably would’ve been even more excited if I brought flats.
Navy Slacks and a Blouse
I recommend a navy pant because it can have the same casual feel as jeans, depending upon what you pair it with. I usually err on the side of more professional than not, so I don’t recommend actually wearing jeans unless you’re sure the tailgate you’re going to is a casual event. If you’re going to a tailgate and then heading to box seats at the game with your boss and a few other higher-ups, I’d stick with slacks or dresses.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a fan of high-waist wide leg pants. Try these if you’re looking for a navy pair. They’d go well with a white blouse like this one.
Cold Weather: Ankle-Length Slacks, Boots, Blouse, and Blazer/Coat
I don’t play with cold weather.
If the temperature is anywhere below 60 degrees, I’m bundling up quickly. The slacks I’m wearing in this article are a favorite of mine. I’d pair them with ankle boots like these and a sharp blouse underneath a blazer or a coat, depending on how cold the temperature is. I’m usually not a big fan of ankle boots in the office, but the chunky heel will make it easier to walk around once it’s time for the tailgate and the game. Plus, I’m all about warmth. Who wants to network when you can’t feel your toes?
Happy tailgating and Go Panthers!