College football kicks off tomorrow night, so for the next three months or so the “How to Dress for” series is going to be taken over by the sport. Each week will feature a post on how to dress for the game of the week, usually a rivalry or a top 25 matchup. There are a few stipulations though. First of all, at least one of the teams must be located within the Midwest. Look you’ll likely see a ton of posts elsewhere on what to wear to games in the south and frankly Midwestern fans need more help dressing well than our southern counterparts. Also, I am sick of having to hear about SEC schools all the time and this is a blog based out of the Midwest anyways. The second stipulation is that each school can only be featured once. So while the Michigan-Alabama game is one of the best match ups this weekend it won’t be featured because there’s no way the Michigan-Ohio State game is going to be left out at the end of the year. Yes, Buckeye and Wolverine fans you’re going to have to wait awhile for your post.
The first weekend of college football games usually means a bunch of big schools playing cupcakes and rivalry games are almost nonexistent. Luckily, Navy and Notre Dame will be playing each other on the opening weekend this year, in Ireland nonetheless. Now Navy-Notre Dame isn’t the biggest rivalry and it’s been quite one-sided over the years (although lately it’s been a lot closer) but it is one of the longest and the back story (Navy set up Notre Dame as a training center during World War II, allowing Notre Dame to make enough money to survive and resulting in an open invitation for Navy to play Notre Dame every year as a repayment on a debt of honor) is one of the best out there. Unless you are really lucky, it’s unlikely you’ll be at the game but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress like you are.
Brooks Brothers United States Naval Academy Dress Shirt ($99.50) / Charles & Patrick Hung Out to Dry Tie ($95) / Smathers & Branson Naval Academy Needlepoint Belt ($165) / Vineyard Vines Club Pants ($79.50) / Cole Haan Air Monroe Penny ($198)
Brooks Brothers University of Notre Dame Dress Shirt ($99.50) / Starboard Clothing Yellow Seersucker Beau ($45) / Sid Mashburn D-Ring Belt (
$49.50 $24.75) / Castaway Clothing Embroidered Cisco Shorts with Shamrock ($73.99) / Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original Suede Boat Shoe ($90)