The chill in the air signals the approach of shorter days, football games and the changing of leaves. However, the leaves aren't the only things changing colors this autumn. Dark-hued clothing has replaced the neon shades of summer, and UT students are taking advantage of game day to create a mix of orange with classic darker colors.
Knoxville is transformed into a fashion show on game days as UT students and fans show their support in the stands through their orange attire. Scarves, high-low dresses and skirts, and high-waisted shorts are some major pieces that are featured by the female population.
"I just try to find orange dresses that have a cute fit or style such as lace, ruffles or off the shoulder dresses," said MaryKate Bridges, sophomore in speech pathology. "I love to get dolled up because I hardly ever do that."
For students like Bridges, dressing up for game day means more than just simply throwing on something orange and walking out the door. They want to cheer on their team while looking stylish at the same time.
"Most of the time, I do not dress up for class and I think that is true for most girls," Casey Preuett, undecided sophomore, said. "Game day is a good opportunity to get dressed up and show your school spirit."
No matter what your personal style is, being comfortable on game day is an important factor to keep in mind while digging through the closet. Most girls would be happy to trade in their summer heels for a comfortable pair of boots. Cowboy boots are an especially hot commodity on campus during game day.
"I love cowboy boots and dresses. I think it shows Tennessee southern pride," said Andrea Bisceglia, sophomore in communications.
"(Cowboy boots) look southern and keep outfits from looking too dressy," Preuett said.
Riding boots are becoming a staple to many girls' wardrobes.
"I have lots of different boots, but I do not have cowboy boots," said Bridges. "I'm not a huge fan of them. I like my Lucky Brand distressed boots. But I won't wear them unless it's weather appropriate."
Combat boots are another growing footwear trend among game day goers. With buckled straps and laces, they add a hint of vintage and grunge to any outfit.
Many wardrobes have the tendency to be monotonous during the colder months, which can make it difficult when putting together a personalized and unique combination that still looks finished. Monogramming can put an end to this dullness and can be seen on anything from scarves to necklaces, and even boots.
Colder weather also means thicker fabrics and more layers.
"I really love wearing an orange dress with brown tights and boots when the weather starts to cool down," said Preuett. "My orange scarf is my go-to."
Because scarves can be both fashionable and useful, they prove to be a game day must for most girls.
"I always try to have something orange on so it can be known that I am a UT fan," Bisceglia added.
Despite differing tastes in fashion, Tennessee fans should be proud to wear that notorious shade of orange on game day, whoever they are facing on the football field.