So you think you’ve got it all — the ultimate Bucs tailgating mobile, the ideal parking spot, the most delicious food and a foolproof plan to keep the kids out of your hair. But do you have an eye-catching Bucs tailgating outfit that will set you apart from the crowd? You don’t need to spend your whole paycheck on official team merchandise — you can easily create your own by mixing and matching any of the stylish ideas below.
Flaunt those Bucs colors
Unless it’s the throwback game, you’ll want to deck yourself out in red and black. You can go to any clothing retailer or thrift shop and pick up an outfit of your choosing — t-shirt, tank top, shorts, skirt or whatever you’ll be most comfortable in. To personalize your outfit, buy iron-on fabric, puff paint or fabric paint to decorate your clothes with any messages or designs you like. Ladies can even turn a baggy t-shirt into a form-flattering top by taking the time to create the “tied-up-the-sides” look. But don’t stop there: a healthy dose of red glitter spray will really make you shine.
Check out some pre-made fabric patterns
If you feel like being extra creative, you can create your outfit — or parts of it — from printed Bucs fabrics. Some fabric stores in the Tampa Bay area keep Buccaneers fabric in stock during football season, but if you strike out there, you can also order it by the yard online. You can go all out and craft an entire ensemble or you can use it to create accessories, such as hair clips, bandanas, bows, arm bands or shoe covers. If you’re the resident chef in your tailgate party, you can even fashion an apron for yourself.
Make some eye-catching headgear
Headgear can go either way with some people — it can be stylish and classy or it can be totally off-the-wall and zany. Decide what best suits your personality and then take your team spirit to the next level. A popular piece of headgear is the beer (or soda) helmet, which you can buy for as little as $10. If you opt for this functional piece of fashion, don’t leave it plain. Paint it in black and red and cover it with Bucs decals. If a beverage helmet isn’t quite your style, dial it back and reach instead for a visor, fisherman’s cap, bandana or other headpiece. Make it your own with red and black paint and glitter, Buccaneers stickers and decals, sequins or iron-on jewels.
Don’t forget to accessorize
So you’ve got a stunning outfit and some stylish headgear, but you’re not done yet. Earrings, clip-on hair feathers, gloves and scarves for cold-weather games, socks and lots of beads — all in team colors, of course — can go a long way in adding pizzazz to your getup. Ladies can also polish their nails and coordinate their make-up to match. So what are you waiting for? Get started on your homemade Buccaneers fan tailgating outfit today!
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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.