Updated: May 26
University of Kentucky tailgates and football games are memorable for many fans-- from the RV lot to Benny Snell’s weekly reminder that all students must show out to fireworks in the stadium after a touchdown.
However, the fashion aspect of game day is one factor that may be overlooked. Fashion is not something that matters to everyone, but it is something that can make an impact and a statement. With a stadium that can hold more than 60,000 people, it can be hard to stand out in a sea of royal blue. On a campus with more than 25,000 students, it is hard to be heard. By utilizing, creating, and displaying creative pieces, this magazine hopes to encourage readers to show who they are through their outfits and more.
Through inspiration from country singer Kacey Musgraves, rapper and singer/songwriter Lil Nas X and Kentucky horse culture itself, KRNL combined the western chic trend with tailgate attire to show how students can add a personal flair and twist to UK events and potentially every day attire.
Upholding one’s own fashion standards can be expensive and time-consuming, especially if you want to be trend consistent. Although this is an obstacle, it can be conquered. The KRNL stylist team have used three affordable and local vendors for this shoot to show how it can be done: Pop's Resale, Buckle, and JamesC Boutique. Carrie Burkett, owner of JamesC boutique, said it is important to find staple and versatile items for your tailgate wardrobe. She recommended royal blue tube tops or jean jackets "because you can make them look different every time you wear them."
Photo by Jordan Prather.