Tailgating and cheering on the Browns is no drab and plain event, so why should your clothes be boring? Sometimes a simple Browns-logo t-shirt is enough, but there will always be that one Sunday when you want to get a little more decorated. The following are some essentials for creating your own unique Browns-day outfit.
1. The Foundation
The foundation of any outfit is quite possibly the most important. It’s probably a good idea to wear jeans to a tailgating party, since these things can be either cold or rowdy. The top is what you’ll be decorating the most, so start with a Browns-logo t-shirt or a simple brown or orange t-shirt. These can be customized to express any level of enthusiasm. T-shirts can always be replaced with sweatshirts in this case since you’ll want to be layering up at times.
2. The Details
The details of your outfit are what will make it unique and special to you and your day. If you have a plain t-shirt, this is a good base for customization. Get some fabric markers or puff paint and get crafty the night before. Put your favorite player’s number on your shirt, your tailgating group name, some encouraging phrases or simply footballs and helmets with the Browns logo on them. If you’re not so crafty and quick with the paint or markers, you can always get iron-on decals or even stickers.
3. The Accessories
Accessories are the best way to add flair to a tailgating outfit. Whether you want to stay subtle with it or get a little crazy, there are plenty of options out there. You can buy Mardi Gras-style football beads to wear as necklaces, bracelets or belts, football buttons to sew to your button-down shirt, purse or all over your t-shirt, and for the folks with pierced ears, there are plenty of football-themed earrings to choose from. For example, these gold football studs are a good subtle choice, but if you want to go big, there are always these flashy pieces.
4. The Headwear
Finally, you’ll want a hat to protect your head from the Cleveland elements or at least to up your style. There are tons of knitting and crocheting patterns out there if you’re so inclined to make your own hat, such as this one. If you’d rather purchase something similar, Etsy is a good place to start, with plenty of options like this. You could also go the route of the Bone Lady and assemble your own cornucopia of Browns fandom atop your head, though the comfort of this option can’t be spoken for. If you’re not a hat person, a headband will work for the ladies or some simple earmuffs to at least warm your ears. These can easily be made from a pair of earmuffs and some felt cut into a “B” or a football. Just be sure to get some brown or orange earmuffs or felt, so everyone knows who you’re rooting for.
The final detail of your outfit is a smile and some enthusiasm. Get out there and have some fun!
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Kaitlin Dershaw is an Ohio native with a distinct love for Cleveland. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
Kaitlin Dershaw is an Ohio native with a distinct love for Cleveland. She enjoys making new discoveries from tasty places to eat and drink, to perfectly unique live music venues. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.