“Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed”

September 27, 2011

Hello dears! I wanted to first say that if you’ve tried to leave a comment in the past but haven’t been able to, you should be able to now! I am still figuring out Blogger & finally realized there was a setting disabled for anyone to comment. I would love for you to leave me a comment now that it works!!! Now onto my post of the day…

“Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed” …an Elle Woods quote I lived by until I started my college years at UT Knoxville. Slowly I started incorporating one of the most unflattering colors you can imagine (sorry Vols fans, but orange can be hard to wear) into my closet. The more items I added the more I started to kind of actually LIKE orange. But of course it will never be the new pink….

With another UT game this weekend, I thought I would do a post to highlight some of my UT fashions throughout my years at UT. This year is a GREAT year to be a Vols fan in the fashion department…orange is EVERYWHERE in stores and I think will be a huge color this fall in general.

When I started UT I would just buy a few random orange pieces here and there. The key to dressing in a color that isn’t the most flattering is finding the shade that suits you best no matter your school colors. While I know UT’s bright orange is a bit “gaudy” (in the words of Sandra Bullock’s character in The Blind Side), it doesn’t mean you HAVE to exactly stick to that shade. Maybe some diehard fans would disagree, but from the point of view of a fashion-obsessed girl, I always tried to go with shades of orange that flattered my skin tone, even if sometimes they were a bit more of a “burnt” orange than a true UT orange. Wear what looks best on you!!!!

I don’t think I ever wore the exact same outfit twice to a game just because I would mix and match the same pieces. The key to looking cute for football games is to change it up…accessories are EVERYTHING…and be creative!  

So in no particular order, some of my favorite UT outfits:
I’ll start with dresses…

Freshman year: UT vs GA game (pictured in my DORM—gag!)
The good thing about being a UT fan is that one of their colors is WHITE so wearing white with accents of orange is totally acceptable.
Dress: Ann Taylor Loft
Hair flowers (you will see these in MANY pictures…I kind of love them): Claire’s
Sophomore year before the UT vs UAB game (this time in my apartment, much better than the dorms!).
Dress: Macy's (back when bubble hems were all the rage)
Shoes: Italian Shoemakers 
Bracelet: Target

This year before the UT vs. Montana game
Dress: B. Darlin from Dillard’s THIS YEAR! It is actually a one-shoulder dress  but I tucked the strap inside my dress because it makes it more casual.
Flip flops: Yellow Box (most amazing & comfortable sandals I own!)
Earrings & Necklace: Charming Charlie (this is where I recommend looking for any game day jewelry…no matter your school’s colors this store will have it! The whole store is grouped by color and each section has tons of jewelry and accessories)

Now when the weather starts getting chilly, I still like wearing dresses to the games (and even though brown isn’t an official UT color, I loved wearing brown and accessorizing with orange because I think they go so well together):

Junior Year: UT vs GA game.
Long-sleeved sweater dress: Gap
Leather jacket: Gap
Tights: Hue (fave brand of tights!) 
Boots: Alfani (yes I wore heels to the game…the things girls do in the name of fashion!)
Scarf: H&M

Senior year: UT vs. Alabama
Dress: Copper Key
Shirt: Gap
Clogs: UGG
Flower ring: Stella & Dot

Junior year: UT vs. South Carolina: BLACKOUT Halloween game (one of my favorite games even though it rained…UT players wore black uniforms and fans dressed in black to “blackout” the stadium).
I kept this look simple…all black with orange accessories; how Halloween yet UT appropriate all at the same time!
Dress: Michael Kors
Boots: UGG
Hair flower: Claire’s

Other cold weather outfits:

Sophomore Year: UT vs. Alabama
Sweatshirt: UT bookstore (bought this sweatshirt last minute to wear to a basketball game but since it was FREEZING this game thought it would be a cute but warm option!)
Jeans: Paper Denim & Cloth
Belt: Dillard's
Tobogan: Dillard's (with a flower from Claire's pinned on the front)
Boots: UGG (Catalina)

Sophomore year: UT vs. N. Illinois (Please excuse my awkward head tilt , I was talking on the phone haha)
Orange knit top: Cable & Gauge (they make some of the cutest sweaters)
Jeans: Fossil
Cowgirl boots: Durango
Belt: Dillard's

Senior Year: UT vs. Ole Miss
Orange turtleneck: Jones New York
White sweater with ruffles: Romeo & Juliet Couture (who just came out with a Gossip Girl clothing line today)
Sofia Pearl Bib Necklace: Stella & Dot
Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren

Junior Year: UT vs. Auburn
Shirt: Jones New York
Necklace: Stella & Dot

And finally, the same top, 2 different ways:


Top: Esley
Shorts: Tommy Hilfiger


Top: Esley
Blue jean shorts: Forever 21
Cowgirl boots: Durango

And here are some really cute orange items in stores right now….

LOVE this orange purse I saw on Stein Mart's website today! Only $39.99 but looks like great quality. Love the chain strap, buckle and zipper.  Find it here:

Vince Camuto Bracelet from Macy's. Would look great with a stack of other gold bangles.
Find it here: Macy's Orange Cuff Bracelet
Love this burnt orange cardigan from Kohl's! This could be worn over a sundress to a chilly game with boots, or possibly belted with jeans.
Find it here: Elle Orange Ruffle Rosette Cardigan

What are your favorite things to wear on game day? Leave me a comment below & let me know!


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