College is that one phase in your life when you can truly experiment with your style. You can try out trendy college apparel and find out what works for you or who want to be. You could go to college in only hoodies and jeans on and still be the most stylish person on campus as long as you’re in on what’s trending. For that, you need to ask a few questions like “What brands do college students wear?”, “What are the top clothing stores for college students?”
Fortunately, we have listed some of our most loved college apparel. We have divided the clothes into three categories. Then, these categories have been further divided into different brands of clothing, so your search for a tailgate apparel is smooth and easy.
1 . College T-Shirts
College t-shirts are a good way to get heads turning. You want them to be as vibrant and attractive as possible, without going overboard. Your t-shirt also tends to be your main statement piece. The USC Trojans Fight On Katakana t-shirt makes a very straightforward declaration of your attitude towards the world. You’re ready to take on the world with this shirt on. This is certainly a brand people think of when it comes to tailgate apparel.
Inspired by Japanese Streetwear, the front depicts a Trojan warrior ready for a fight in front of a building. For a streetwear shirt, this certainly evokes a certain regality. This statement piece was an exclusive fall 2020 release, but has since become an essential part of trendy college apparel.
This durable, lightweight piece is also something you can mix and match with any kind of clothing. It could be your main shirt or under shirt. The gold combined with the solid black will go with pretty much any kind of bottoms or sweatpants.
With a brand-name like that, it is natural to expect clothing that would evoke the arrogance of a knight. The flaming Knight t-shirt certainly has a glossy quality to it, despite being streetwear. The flaming head of the knight in gold against a black or white background, combined with the masterful typography of Knights will certainly attract attention. It brings out the punk rocker inside you, and is the kind of t-shirt you would wear to a concert.
Its slightly gothic appearance is a result of Kanye West’s Yeezus. The cotton is thick and heavy but comfortable, which is perfect for an outdoor festival. You can turn this into a crop top if that suits your style.
Speaking of crop t-shirts, vintage crop tops have been in vogue for some time now. Even if you are attending a zoom class, crop tops make you look more present and aware of the outside world rather than someone who has to spend too much time in front of the screen. It’s a tight but comfortable fit that ends just before your navel.
Once you can finally leave your zoom call life behind, this is the top you would want for a tailgate apparel or a Knight’s gameday.
This tarot card t-shirt from UW-Madison Badgers depicts the badger in all its glory, occupying a good portion of the front of the shirt, with his signature aggressive expression. Considering how disgruntled we all are these days, the t-shirt certainly echoes the same sentiment. It is stretchable and feels good to have on. You can make this one an undershirt or turn it into a crop top.
Another statement t-shirt that you can wear to return to college life would be the Go Bucky t-shirt. The letters Go Bucky repeated three times on the right of the t-shirt and Bucky with a satisfied look on his face as he lounges about can be a reflection of your own happiness on returning to college. You might want to grab this one while you can and wait for the special day when physical college classes would be a reality instead of a dream.
This one’s made of a stretchy material but it is available in multiple sizes either way. The fabric is breathable and even has odor control. It will fit snugly to your body with enough room for you to move about easily. It’s a handcrafted piece with special attention to the shoulders and neck for added structure.
You will find the I feel like sleeping hoodie from Cougars in the hoodie section. We felt it was appropriate to include the half sleeved t-shirt version that should accompany it. It’s a statement generally every one of us can relate too, but it is certainly more the case for college students. The countless all-nighters before tests and the work that seems to have doubled since the lockdown haven’t helped diminish this sentiment in the slightest. We would all like a good night’s sleep, but with our schedules, even when we do get good hours of sleep, it never feels enough.
So, we really do feel like sleeping all the time, and if you show this t-shirt to your peers over zoom, you will find instant solidarity. The vibrant color combined with a gothic style will keep it light and fun.
2. College Sweaters
Red will always be the color of Christmas. It’s also the color of the winter season in general. When everything is covered with white snow, it’s the red of your sweater that will stand out. That’s why, for tailgate apparel, the UW-Madison Badgers’ Christmas Sweater seems to be the ideal fit.
It has a bunch of tiny artwork on the front of Christmas trees and reindeers with Badger Christmas written in bold letters in the middle. It’s a full sleeved sweater that will suit any kind of bottom wear you combine it with. It could be quarter jean pants, hot pants or skirts. In fact, tuck it in for a more game ready look. The air jet yarn is soft double stitched at every joint. It is also the perfect gift for a sibling, cousin or friend.
COFC Cougars might not be big on their sweater collection, but the ones they do have blow a lot of Christmas sweaters out the park. When you think of Christmas, you think of warm colors. You think of the soft comfort of your home, falling snow, and a cup of warm tea while you celebrate with your family. But you also think of your friends and exchanging gifts with them. Well, a sweater like this will certainly get you and your friends in the festive mood. It’s also the kind of sweater you want to wear to campus after the new year break, as a way to prolong the festive feel.
If you’re still compelled to attend zoom calls, you can gift it to your friend. Available in black and maroon colors, it has Cougar Chritsmas written in bold in the front with unique knitting and artwork, and a row of reindeers at the top. It is super soft, cozy and can be part of your trendy college apparel.
3. College Hoodies
When you think of trendy college apparel, it doesn’t make sense to leave USC Trojans hoodies out. What was originally a limited Spring 2020 edition became so popular among college students that it’s now part of the original collection. Hoodies are meant to be soft, warm, and fits snugly without smothering you and this one just does that. In fact, the inside is even softer than the outside. The popularity of online classes these days means even if you are on another of those endless Zoom classes, you can simply slip on the hoodie and look presentable. You could be wearing your pajamas underneath and no one would know!
Fun fact: The style for this one is inspired by the Travis Scott album ASTROWORLD’s design. So, if you are into this particular genre of music and love Travis Scott, you would love the TROJANWORLD multi-color print on the front and the WISH YOU WERE A TROJAN in bold in the back. If streetwear is your style, USC Trojans hoodies are ideal for you.
The USC Trojan collection has you covered, no matter the occasion; be it jogging, a zoom class, or a physical lecture. What about your evening wear though? Which one do you want to wear for a visit to your college friends on a cold evening? That’s where the UCF Knights Knightworld Hoodies collection comes in. Available in all kinds of sizes, even 5XL, this is the one you opt for when you want a hoodie to curl up in. It’s stylish and smooth with pockets you can warm up your freezing hands in.
Then, we have the UW-Madison Badgers Anti covid hoodie collection. If there’s one issue that doesn’t seem to end, and that all college students can relate to, is covid. A hoodie with Anti Covid Badger Club printed on it in bold will certainly make your feelings on the matter crystal clear. This t-shirt is sure to evoke a chuckle every time someone sees it. In fact, don’t forget to wear it for one of your zoom sessions. Even your professor is bound to appreciate this one.
This one’s handcrafted with thick and heavy cotton for durability and ease of movement. Don’t worry, it’s still extremely soft and comfortable to wear.
COFC Cougar’s I feel like sleeping hoodie is something that appeals to the general sentiment among college students. If college students world-wide have anything in common, it is that they consume too much caffeine or are sleepy all the time. It doesn’t help that the days are spent either watching people through the screen for zoom classes or doing your never ending homework. This hoodie will certainly receive a round of applause from your friends who are in the same boat. You might be on zoom but you can at least connect with them emotionally.
Available in shades of purple, this one has a 80s and 90s gothic feel to it. In fact, sources suggest The Life of Pablo from Kanye West offered a bit of the streetwear inspiration.
Ultimately, when we think of trendy college apparel, we think of streetwear. No matter what the occasion, this is one style that seems to blend in. Whether you wear these for your regular classes, a college party, a game day, or an outdoor festival, streetwear seems to be the one stop solution for all.
With classes all day and with extra curricular activities, no one has time to actually work on their appearance. Branded clothes from USC Trojans and COFC cougars and many other clothing lines like this means you don’t have to spend hours searching for the perfect outfit. A quick look through your wardrobe will reveal that there are certain t-shirts and hoodies you can wear anywhere
It helps that you can also buy these clothes for your fellow college students who suffer the same fate. If you never know what to give your friends for Christmas, Geistwear offers an easy fix with its wide range of merchandise.