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Game day might be stressful for all hardcore Sun Devil football fans, but it poses one additional challenge for the females: What to wear?!

Ladies love to dress for every occasion. The right outfit and accessories are keys to accomplish a unique look while maintaining on trend style. Take it from a girl who’s left weddings to get to the game at half time and stood in the stands in heels and a cocktail dress, the right outfit is highly important. Thank goodness for the little black dress meeting the “blackout” game needs. So, how does a girl pull off something stylish, yet game appropriate and also team supportive?

Lady Sun Devils are no rookies to dressing to impress at games. You have the SEC, where girls are a little overdressed and the BIG Ten where girls are often forced to bundle, but in Tempe, the weather is beautiful as are many of the girls and a cute outfit is crucial to the ladies enjoying game day. It’s common to see students in bikini tops early in the season and while that’s fun, cute and shows off the AZ tan, it’s not the most realistic option for the majority of the female spectators. So, here we take a look at stylish, realistic options and where to shop for game day.

The most important piece of choosing the right game day wear is knowing what color ASU fans are wearing for the game. Nothing worse than showing up to a “Maroon Monsoon” or “Blackout” in gold. For guys, it’s a simple checking of the designated game color and grabbing that color Sun Devil shirt and a pair of jeans or shorts; maybe adding a hat to complete the outfit. For the ladies, the options are endless.

A quick look into the team apparel section of my dresser and closet (yes, I have these designated) reveals the pieces for every football game attending girl.

Lady Sun Devils’ game day outfit necessities:

ASU tank top in gold; check out this super cute style flattering on any Lady Devil

ASU tee in gold; check out one of my favorite classic Arizona State University tees

ASU tee in black; check out this classic black and white option

ASU tee in maroon; check out this ladies fit tee representing Sparky with a vintage feel

ASU hoodie for late season or road games; check out one of my favorites for this season

Weather will play the biggest role in outfit decision. Usually, in Tempe, it’s crazy hot, so early season games will be an easy shorts, skirt or dress choice, paired with an ASU tank or ladies fit tee. As the season progresses, jeans are the typical bottom of choice. For any of the above mentioned ASU top styles, there are a plethora of places to shop both in person and online. My favorite Sun Devil Stadium area store is Cactus Sports on Mill Ave. It’s not necessarily that they have the most options, rather that they have the right options. Cute tops at reasonable prices; not an overwhelming selection but pretty much guaranteed you’ll find at least a Sun Devil shirt for everyone in your family. It’s also independently owned and alumni operated. Other goto shops for your ASU apparel are Sparky’s Stadium Shop in Sun Devil Stadium and Campus Corner with locations on College Ave. and Mill Ave. For options in other areas of The Valley, Dick’s Sporting Goods is always a good place to start or if you’re looking for a style typically more feminine and trendy to wear to the game, check out Victoria’s Secret collegiate collection in stores where the VS Pink brand is sold.

For a more unique look, ladies can opt for custom team dresses, which are available on Etsy. Mostly made in places like Texas where the Southern girls go all out fancy for everything, these dresses can bring style and charm to your game day look. Check out this option: Game Day Short Chevron Dress. Let’s not forget any Sun Devil ladies who are expecting babies; check out this awesome Quarterback in Training maternity tank.

Pairing your outfit with the right accessories will also give you a unique appearance for the game. There are many local Valley artisans who make maroon and gold hair accessories and jewelry; one of my favorites for accessories is Royal Bowtique and for custom team hair accessories, especially for the little ladies in your life, Lavender and Lace.

My favorite general ASU apparel online shopping is Sparky’s Stadium Shop website. The site has a good selection of all things ASU and is a great option for Devils no longer dwelling in greater Phoenix.  For shops locally owned by ASU alumni, you can shop at Cactus Sports.

As you get your outfit together for the next big game, keep these simple tips in mind and you’re sure to pull off the perfect game day look expressing you and your abundant Sun Devil pride. My absolute favorite game day outfit, which my fellow section 40 fans can attest they’ve seen me rock at many games, each time with small details tweaked, is the appropriate color tank or tee, denim shorts and cowboy boots. This outfit is simple, comfortable and also represents me with a little bit of uniqueness and individual style in the boots. That’s really the goal for a lady at any event, isn’t it? To love the way she looks; for it to represent her but to differentiate her, all while being flattering and on trend.

Now, grab your gold, maroon or black and get ready to represent ASU at Sun Devil Stadium with awesome pride and and a Helluva Sun Devil style!

About Amanda Blagg

Amanda Blagg

Amanda is a 2002 Arizona State graduate. When she began at ASU in 1998, so began her love of Sun Devil football. She and her husband, also an ASU alum, have had football season tickets since then and travel to road games every season. They are currently raising two little Sun Devils. Her eight year old son was born a Devil; he began singing the fight song before bed when he was two. Some of her son's happiest moments have been on the field at the spring games; when Coach Graham tweeted a photo of him and when he got to meet Coach Graham at the Utah game in 2013. The Sun Devil Pride & Passion runs deeply in the Blagg family and Amanda strives to share her passion with you in Outside the Tines.

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