Tailgate in Style

–by Mary Helen Darah

Score with football fashion
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Jonathan Rodebaugh, partner/shopkeeper at V Collection, offers winning strategies to keep you from fumbling in fashion. Billy Edwards, retired race car driver, jazz musician Michael Seay, director at Madison Avenue Marketing Group, and Jim Irmen, attorney at Marshall & Melhorn, model the latest football fashions to kick off the tailgate season in style.

“For the majority of guys, comfort is king. They are willing to sacrifice style as if style and comfort are mutually exclusive. This is a common misconception. With the advancement of modern textiles and better fits for all shapes and sizes, the modern man has the luxury of both looking and feeling great.”
–Jonathan Rodebaugh

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Stay on top
“Top options really depend on the climate. If it’s at the beginning of the season, a micro print tee shirt or soft polo are perfect. Several options in this category, from Ted Baker London to Lacoste, would work well. Fabrics ranging from jersey cotton to linen blends are fitting for this weather. If it’s cooler, a nice cotton flannel shirt paired with a quarter-zip sweater, tech vest, or waxed cotton jacket is preferred. Styles from Barbour, GANT and Peter Millar are great choices as the season and weather progress.


Jim Irmen and Michael Seay
Jim Irmen and Michael Seay

Kick it with pants
“Luxury denim or twill is the best choice for tailgating, going to the game, or watching at home. Modern denim and twill are extremely comfortable and forgiving without compromising fit. Michael Seay, Billy Edwards and Jim Irmen are dressed in Paige Denim, Joe’s Jeans, and Mavi.”


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Billy Edwards

Put Your Best Foot Forward
“Stay away from running shoes and pick up a nice pair of chukkas, boots, or sneakers. Johnston & Murphy and Mezlan with Commoncut sneakers will be arriving soon.”

We had fashion expert Nicky Fabiano, boutique manager at Chico’s Franklin Park Mall, suit up our football-loving ladies, Scotty Blanchard, Kathy Bohn and Pam Ulrich, with tailgating fashion trends that score in comfort and style.

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Go Wild
Chico’s Franklin Park Mall has new styles and inspirations for the fashion- loving female. Above: Kathy Bohn doesn’t give up comfort for fashion and denim is the perfect choice for game day. Kathy goes a bit wild for her team and with her animal print top that sports the vibrant colors of fall.







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Pam Ulrich, above, relaxes before the game in a crisp, white shirt, a must-have piece that can be dressed up or down. Vests are trending this season and are as versatile as they are fashionable. A colorful scarf takes the outfit down the field and into the end zone. Score!



Put us in, coach!
Above: Kathy Bohn, Scotty Blanchard and Pam Ulrich are ready for the big game and tailgating fun in the latest fall fashions from Chico’s Franklin Park Mall. Browns are back, fringe is on everything from purses to ponchos and the season’s tops show off shoulders. Comfy ankle denim is perfect for sideline style.


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A beautiful blitz
Scotty Blanchard is suited up for game day and ready to cheer on her team. Who doesn’t love a little faux fur? Score fashion points with the latest accessories … big and bold jewelry. It’s a fall fashion must-have.