The countdown to the start of football season has already begun. The players and coaching staff are hard at work, preparing for the new season. You can prepare for the season, too, by purchasing your Alabama clothing and preparing your ensembles. If you’re new to the football games, you need to know what to expect so you don’t feel like a fish out of water among the Crimson Tide. Here are a few things that you should know about dressing for the game:
If in doubt, just wear red. Friends don’t let friends wear orange or any other color to a Crimson Tide football game. You can find lots of different items of clothing and accessories in red and with the Alabama logos on it. Some of the things that that you could wear in red are shoes, boots, dresses, skirts, pants, shirts, overalls, jewelry, buttons, cowboy hats, baseball caps, neckties, blazers, or sweatshirts.
When it comes to football games in the state of Alabama, you may be surprised to see everyone dressed in their formal attire. It may look like they’re headed to a fancy party or church. For fans, football is a religion and a game is a fancy party for them. Women can be seen wearing dresses, cowboy boots, and pearl necklaces. Men often wear khakis, button-up dress shirts, and blazers. The bottom line is keep it classy.
Legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant sported a hat with houndstooth print when he was on the sidelines of games. Since then, this print has become incredibly popular with fans. You can find it on hats, shirts, ties, cuff links, scarves, gloves, and socks. The majority of fans have at least 1 item with the print on it.
In 2014, one of the most popular trends for girls to wear was oversized jerseys paired with leggings and boots. For 2015, this trend will continue to be a popular option. Of course, both men and women of all ages can sport their jerseys to show their Alabama pride.
In 1930, Everett Strupper wrote an article for the Atlanta Journal where he referred to the Alabama linemen as “Red Elephants.” That year, the team went on to become national champions, so the term stuck and elephants became the unofficial mascot. When Bear became the coach, he didn’t like the idea of elephants as the mascot so he didn’t use the symbol very often. However, the elephant officially became the mascot in the 1970s. Since then, the symbol of a white elephant can be seen on various items of clothing, especially humorous shirts.
Sororities and fraternities have buttons for their members to wear to games, but there are many that you can purchase to sport with your ensemble. With designs ranging from sayings like “Beat Everyone” to the shape of the state of Alabama, you can find one that will help you show your team spirit. You can also find some with houndstooth print, the lyrics for “Sweet Home Alabama,” or the phrase “I love Alabama!”
When you walk into the Bryant-Denny Stadium, you’ll find the motto “At some places, they play football. At Alabama, we live it.” Part of living the game is dressing for the team. There is a reason that the Crimson Tide fans are known for being some of the most loyal college football fans. First and foremost, they have the attitude and excitement that radiates through the stadium. But they also sport Alabama clothing that shows off their team spirit and helps cheer on their team.