Tailgating Style: 5 Fall Essentials for Football Fans

Taylor Stitch Mercerized Merino Henley tailgating shirt

Fall basics are exactly what you should turn to when it comes time to tailgate. Supporting your football team is important, but dressing in comfort should also be a prime focus. That’s why we rounded up these tailgating style essentials to get you ready for plenty of crisp, fall Saturday mornings, afternoons, and evenings — we think you’ll be more than ready after seeing our picks below. We’ve covered outerwear, denim and footwear, plus a few accessories. These are certainly seasonal necessities worth shopping before the next tailgate rolls around. To be even more prepared, peep our guide to the best tailgating gear.

Flint and Tinder Stretch Denim Trucker, $98

Fall Essentials for Tailgating Style

It’s hard to come by outerwear that’s as easy to wear in September as it is to wear in November, but the denim trucker jacket is one such piece. You can effortlessly layer over a crewneck sweater or a tee. It’s got a sharp, pulled-together look that can be tough to find when scanning the crowd at a tailgate too.

Taylor Stitch Mercerized Merino Henley, $125

Taylor Stitch Mercerized Merino Henley

While we do encourage you to break out a stylish graphic tee supporting your team — we especially like Tailgate Clothing — a striped henley from the good folks at Taylor Stitch works as a base layer or on its own. It’s appropriately rugged, seasonally friendly, and wearable with a denim jacket.

Abercrombie & Fitch Slim Langdon Jeans, $39

Abercrombie & Fitch Slim Langdon Jeans

Stand out from the other guys in your tailgating party by stepping in slim, dark denim, not baggy cargo or athletic shorts. These jeans are crisp, tailored, and absolutely ready to wear out to the bar after the game.

Allen Edmonds Normandy Boots, $350

Allen Edmonds Normandy Boots

Rugged footwear is certainly a key building block when it comes to fall style essentials, and that doesn’t change just because you’re at a tailgate. These handsome boots pair perfectly with dark blue or black denim for a bit of a stylish edge — and they’re better than athletic sneakers for trekking into a busy stadium, that’s for sure.

Timex Waterbury Chrongraph, $129

Timex Waterbury Chrongraph

While our footwear pick might be a tad pricey, our watch pick is not. Don’t underestimate the importance of staying on time — and in style — when it comes to heading to your next football tailgate. You won’t regret it when you arrive for kickoff. This Timex is durable, rugged, and stylish — all great qualities to have for any list of fall style essentials, much less one centered around football.

Last updated by Beau Hayhoe on September 17, 2017.