Black and gold are the fashion for football games

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Truman the Tiger sprays cheering fans in the student section before the start of the game against Syracuse at Memorial Stadium.

COLUMBIA — Even though MU is now part of the Southeastern Conference, most students still don't dress up much for football games and tailgates. 

Longtime fans of SEC schools tend to wear more formal styles, including coats and ties for men, dresses and pearls with heels or cowboy boots for women.

"In the South, they view football as a kind of religion, so how you dress up for church is how you dress up for football," said Jackie Citero, a University of Georgia graduate who blogs about SEC fashion.

At MU, Kaitlyn Gibson, a senior, said she has seen some people dressing up for tailgates and games but doesn't do it herself. 

"I'm not a huge fan of wearing skirts to football games," Gibson said. "I think it's cute; it's just not my style." 

Most students wear gold to football and basketball games, so make sure you have at least one gold shirt in your wardrobe. Also, bring a black MU shirt, for the "blackout" games held once each season.

One of the most important things about dressing for football games is the weather, said Caleb Huhmann, a graduate student at MU.

In August and September, it will be extremely hot on Saturday afternoons. Don't make the mistake of wearing a black shirt to a game early in the season. By halftime you'll feel like you are melting into your seat. 

Until stadium renovations are completed, there is almost nowhere in the stadium where you can find shade during a game. 

As the season progresses, it also becomes impossible to escape the rain, the cold and — in the late November games — maybe even the snow. 

The golden rule for dressing, according to Huhmann: Wear your black and gold. 

"As long as it's Mizzou gear, it really doesn't matter," he said. 

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