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God, Family and the SEC
Best-dressed Saturdays date back to the Antebellum South and apply to football below the Mason Dixon line where respect is always shown by the way you dress!
I’m sure all of this sounds like jokes to other people (other people being anyone not in a state within the Southeastern Conference) but they aren’t jokes to those of us that live here! After all, isn’t it appropriate to dress up for a funeral to show respect? For church? Our chosen SEC team deserves no less than our full respect, and it was even given a name “football game religion”.
Traditions aren’t taken lightly when it comes to college football in the South and the way we dress for games is no exception. Don’t get us wrong we respect any state that honors their team but down here well, the SEC takes precedence over almost anything else on game day. When September rolls around you begin to get those first peeks of shade and a change in the atmosphere, excitement is everywhere you look. Our houses proudly fly the flag of our chosen team or at the very least have a door wreath showing respect to our team, the towns are dedicated to their high school and college teams, almost every store and restaurant window is decorated with school spirit. I mean really, how can you not be excited!
As for us women down here, well our outfits for the game are just as important as what the men are grilling at tailgating. Will jeans and a t-shirt do for the event? Absolutely NOT! Of course if it’s a really cute t-shirt that is dressed up right that’s ok. Starting the end of August I think every boutique window and social media account begins to display game day outfits, and that is because we have to have the perfect outfit for those Saturday games. Just take a walk around any college football stadium’s tailgating area on game day and you will see one of the best fashion shows of the year, does it matter that it is ninety-nine degrees outside? Not one bit! You won’t catch us without our makeup fully done, our hair curled and teased to perfection (humidity be darned!) and a super cute outfit in our team colors. If that means wearing cowboy boots or heels with the outfit, that too is acceptable, your feet may be killing you but you’ll never hear a southern girl tell you she won’t wear them again because she will! Click Here To Shop This Look
We don’t do “dressing down” here, does it matter where we are going. Football games are definitely one of those places that is right up there with church on Sunday mornings, you do it up right! There is even a book on this subject and other a few other subjects that you can read Gridiron Belles: A Guide To Saturdays In Dixie It’s fascinating to me that people outside of the SEC find this shocking, I guess when you grow up dressing up for every occasion you can find, it’s more shocking to see people who chose not to dress up.
It’s not always possible to make it to all of your teams games especially the away games but that doesn’t stop the game from being a big event, believe me when I say that Saturday’s are dedicated to the SEC. If you’re not at the game tailgating you are at someones house having a get together to watch the game or you are hosting the get together at your house and those game day outfits are just as important, but they can be toned down just a bit.
My husband had a TV installed on patio so he can, you guessed it, watch the game! It’s so hot right now though that he normally does this by sitting in the pool and watching the game from there! I guess I need to invest in some purple or gold swim suits for him. Don’t worry though he does this after all of the grilling is done and he’s not ever alone!
Last Saturday my son was going to eat with his girlfriend and her sister and they changed their plans because the first restaurant they had chosen didn’t have the SEC network, we may need to talk to the owner (he’s not from here but extremely nice and accommodating).
Don’t think this ritual only belongs to a small group of college aged women or on sorority row, because well, you’d just be wrong. This phenomenon belongs to women of all ages, there is absolutely no discrimination in the south when it comes to dressing up. Just walk into any boutique in any state that is a member of the Southeastern Conference and you will find clothes in the colors of the team that is closest to that town. It doesn’t matter where you are when Saturday rolls around and your team is playing, you still wear your team colors with pride and do whatever you can to find a way to watch the game. Years ago when our children were small and our girls did competition cheer we (being from Louisiana) were in Houston for a big competition, parents of these cute little cheerleaders always wore their colors at competition to support them, well not this Saturday! Our entire section was all purple and gold and you would not believe the number of small portable tv’s that had been brought into the competition and people moving the antennas around trying to get reception for the game!