It's not always easy to know what to wear to an NFL game, especially if you're going with friends or family. Do you dress up? What will the weather be like? Is tailgating in style? And what about jerseys - is it worth it?
Your final decision will depend on many factors, most notably who you're attending the game with and where the stadium is. But as an outsider, sports attire is usually optional.
The first thing to consider when deciding what to wear to a football game is your style. It can be tempting to go with what you're usually comfortable in, for instance, a pair of jeans, sneakers and your favourite team's T-shirt. This is an easy way of wearing what you're used to and not having to rack your brain over it too much.
If the weather is warm, then jeans can be acceptable, but you may want something warmer such as a hoodie or coat if it's cold or raining. Ideally, you want to look the best that you can without thinking about it too much. If a sports jersey is something that you regularly wear, then, by all means, go with it. Just make sure that it's clean and in good condition and there are no holes anywhere!
Depending on where the game is being played, tailgating may also be involved. This usually consists of grilling food and having a few drinks before kick-off, so you'll want to plan for this by having the right clothes. Basic jeans or shorts and sneakers will probably do the trick, but a coat would be helpful if it's cold outside.
If you attend many games, you can build up a collection of clothes that you can wear to various stadiums. Tailgating is very much the norm at NFL games, so the clothes you wear for these occasions may differ from those you would choose to wear to a more formal event.
Last but not least, we need to look at whether or not wearing your favourite football jersey is appropriate. Many people do this, and it seems as if more and more people are doing it each year. It used to be frowned upon but has now come into style.
The first thing to consider is whether or not you're going to be wearing a jersey that's yours. It may be your favourite ball club (I'm thinking here of the guy who wears his favourite players' numbers on the back of his shirt), but if it's someone else's jersey, you'll have to ask yourself if they would approve of you wearing it. You might even want to ask their permission first, just so you know that they are Ok with it.
I can see why some people do this. It can be fun and makes the event more exciting, especially when the opposing team is wearing the same uniform as you. But it also feels cliquey, like you're part of a club that only lets some people in. And given the price of these jerseys, there is something elitist about wearing one you don't own.
If it's your jersey, this isn't an issue, and it can be great to support your team in more ways than one. In conclusion, if you like a jersey, then wear it if you can!
What To Wear to an NFL Game
There are many occasions when you may need to know what to wear, but it can be especially tricky when you're at a football game. It would help if you were suitable for the event itself and comfortable while you're there. There are also the added factors of being prepared if it rains or gets cold, and very few stadiums have to be air-conditioned.
It can be hard work trying to work out what's best, but you'll hopefully get it right with a bit of thought and planning.
The dress code is generally not an issue at a football game as an outsider.
"Dress for the occasion." If you're attending a big college game or an NFL game in a warmer state, it's probably best to wear shorts. If you're going to a game in the snow or rain, it's better to dress warmly and generously.
It can be tempting to wear jeans if they're your usual attire, but if it's cold enough that you'll want a coat, then there may be better options. And if it does rain, then wearing jeans can become uncomfortable very quickly!
Weather-wise, it's usually difficult to predict whether or not there will be snow on the day of the game. You can check if rain is expected during the game and if it isn't, then pack an umbrella.
Most stadiums don't have to be air-conditioned, and the temperature inside can often be different to that outside. So if it's hot outside, you may want to wear light clothes, but if it's cold, then a heavy coat is probably a better idea. And while we're talking about coats - they're a great way of carrying all your other stuff (such as belongings from the car) and will keep you warm when leaving or entering the stadium!
As for what tailgating involves, there are many ways to dress for this occasion.