I can’t believe we are already in November! This month, LSU has the toughest remaining schedule of any team in college football. Our last five games are against Top-25 teams, and we start this weekend with the No. 1 team in the country coming to Tiger Stadium. With another month down, here is a recap of my gameday looks from October. I also included a few tips on how I pick out what I am going to wear each Saturday on the sidelines.
Dressing for the sidelines and working on gamedays is completely different than getting ready for everyday work. First of all, some Saturdays (especially this one coming up versus Alabama) I can be at the stadium and on campus from 9 a.m. until well after midnight. For very long days, I pack a few extra things since I have to change outfits between different jobs, but for the most part my gameday bag is packed the same each week.
My Sideline Style Tips
1. Comfy Shoes
A lot of the times I opt to wear tennis shoes on the sidelines, because I walk SO much on Saturdays that it just doesn’t make sense to have blistered feet. If I am not in tennis shoes, I am in a pair of shoes that are comfortable and will not get stuck in the grass on the field (heels are not your best friend on gameday). Don’t knock the tennis shoes with dress-up clothes until you try it. I like to get a special LSU pair each year and it is always good to have a standard black pair in your closet.
2. Crossbody Bag
A crossbody is the easiest purse for me to use when I am going from job to job and all around the stadium. I can easily wear it while running around and then set it on the ground while I do interviews. This bag needs to be able to fit your phone, sunglasses, notebook and pen, game notes and whatever else you might need while you are down on the sidelines. I also downsize my wallet and everyday makeup bag to just the essentials. This season I traveled with my Henri Bendel jetsetter bag for away games, and it was perfect to take from the plane straight to the stadium.
I know I still look like a college student, and wearing a backpack doesn’t help my case, but it is the absolute easiest way for me to carry all my stuff to work and the stadium. I remember when I first graduated college I bought a nice Cole Haan tote bag for my grown-up job. Well, once I landed full-time in athletics and we get a new backpack each year, it became my go-to bag. I have my computer, chargers, game notes, assortment of pens, and sometimes a scarf and jacket in there. I technically don’t wear this on the sidelines, but I wear it to and from the stadium and pressbox on gamedays and it’s essential.
4. Be Comfortable
Whether it be your shoes or even the way you fixed your hair that day, if you aren’t comfortable, it is noticeable and doesn’t make for an enjoyable gameday. Y’all might think I am weird for wearing the same pants for 8 out of 12 games, but I am comfortable in them and can get around well which makes a huge difference. Also, if it is hella windy outside and you don’t think you look good with a ponytail (yes, I am talking to myself here), I promise you look better with your hair out of your face than like Cousin It in a post-game interview. Trust me.
5. Don’t Worry
I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to do my post-game interviews and looked at my hair and just went, “Oh well, I will cover me up with some good b-roll.” It used to stress me out so much, but then I just realized that I would rather fully watch the entire game instead of cramming in a quick retouch in the bathroom during the 4th quarter. I retouch my makeup and hair a little during halftime and then keep it it moving! It’s much more fun to not stress about it and enjoy the last part of the game on the sidelines. Remember, you are on the sidelines for WORK. That is crazy and amazing and unbelivable and you should have fun EVERY minute you are down there!
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Top: Mike the Tiger from Edit by LBP | Pants: J. Crew | Jacket: BB Dakota | Shoes: Nike Huaraches (similar here) | Earrings: BaubleBar | Necklaces: BaubleBar mini acrylic state pendant – Mimosa Handcrafted Tiger necklace | Sunglasses: DIFF | Purse: Jon Hart Design