Take Me to a Tailgate

by Jessica Sturdy on November 14, 2013

One of the things I feel like I miss out on the most from living in New York is sports. Growing up, it was all Illini all the time. In college, it was all about Illinois, too. Then living in Chicago with all of my friends from U of I, plus the all of the Chitown pride for the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, and Cubs, I feel like my social calendar kind of revolved around sports games (or at least watching them at bars). Here in New York, not so much. I guess I’ve traded the tailgating & beer for bubbly & blogging.

Having been born bleeding orange & navy blue (my high school colors, too!), I’ve become quite accustomed to showing my pride through my closet. If something is cute and it’s orange, it’s pretty much a done deal. Same thing with anything that actually mixes orange and navy. It used to not be a problem because I had one million and one places to wear everything I bought. Whereas now, I keep buying these orange and blue pieces and really have no where to wear them! I was hoping I’d make it back to Illinois for a football game this fall, but unfortunately life and work got in the way. This is probably the first year of my life that I didn’t go to an Illini football game. #notexaggerating

So I decided to dress up in all of the orange & blue things that I’ve purchased this fall and just pretend I’m tailgating in Champaign. :)

C. Wonder Quilted Barn Jacket | J.Crew Sweater (more here!) | Gap Checkered Shirt | J Brand Jeans | Tieks c/o | Michael Kors Tote | C. Wonder Aviators (similar) | ESQ Movado Watch c/o

Photos taken by Hallie Wilson

{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

Mallory November 14, 2013 at 8:14 am

Hi Hallie! Where is your sweater from? Love this sports can post!


Jessica Sturdy November 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

Hi! Accidentally forgot the link! Sweater is J.Crew http://bit.ly/1a6ZpkE

xx Jessica


Rachelle November 14, 2013 at 9:01 am

Looove this cute everyday outfit.



Ashleigh November 14, 2013 at 9:30 am

Love those Tieks!
~Ashleigh {Dazzle by Day}


Sarah @ 702 Park Project November 14, 2013 at 9:43 am

I’d love to know where the sweater with the elbow patches is from! :)


Jessica Sturdy November 14, 2013 at 11:37 am

Oops, sorry! Forgot the link. It’s J.Crew http://bit.ly/1a6ZpkE :)


Lauren November 14, 2013 at 9:52 am

The pattern peeking out from your quilted jacket makes this outfit! So cute.


Paige November 14, 2013 at 10:09 am

love this outfit!! I’m currently a freshman at UofI, love your spirit!


Jessica Sturdy November 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

Aw so fun! Enjoy it… Goes by entirely too fast! :)


Heidi November 14, 2013 at 10:16 am

Love the elbow patches on your sweater! I didn’t get to tailgate much during college because I always had soccer games or practices during football season. Now, I tailgate all the time at Ravens games! I am ALWAYS the chick who comes prepared with beer can koozies because honestly who wants to hold a cold can of beer on a freezing cold day.



jaclyn leblanc November 14, 2013 at 10:21 am

Gotta get my hands on the coat! Super cute girl!! xo



Brandyn November 14, 2013 at 10:35 am

As a SEC football fan and ACC basketball fan I totally appreciate a great game day ensemble. Love how you mixed the patterns for this outfit!


Liz (26 and Counting) November 14, 2013 at 11:01 am

I love fashionable tailgate wear! I went to the University of Kentucky and while it wasn’t quite as extreme as other SEC schools, functional and fashionable was definitely the way to go. And even after graduating 7 years ago {eek has it really been that long?!} I can’t resist clothes in UK blue.


Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache November 14, 2013 at 11:08 am

Beautiful Tieks. And orange and navy are also Hermes too!

Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache


Dr. Dad November 14, 2013 at 11:16 am

There’s still time – We can go to the NW game Turkeyday weekend if you came home. And the ROCKETS look like they will be trying for 4 in a row in Dekalb Fri. nite. You can break out 2 of your O & B outfits anyway !?!


Dr. Dad November 14, 2013 at 11:29 am

There’s still time – We can go to the NW game Turkeyday weekend if you came home. And the ROCKETS look like they will be trying for 4 in a row in Dekalb Fri. nite. You can break out 2 of your O & B outfits anyway !?! – You’d be a hit on the sidelines at either or both games.


Jessica Sturdy November 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

That’s what I was planning on, but I can’t come home for Thanksgiving because of work. Already told Mom this.. :)


Chris November 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

Well, being a Buckeye fan, I guess I can give you a pass (especially this week) for rooting for your home state team… lol

Maybe after Rutgers joins the Big Ten you’ll get to slide down there to catch a game.

Love your jacket and sunnies!


Meagan November 14, 2013 at 11:38 am

Best dressed tailgater ever!


Ann November 14, 2013 at 11:48 am

Love the outfit! Especially the coat and sweater. I Love watching college football, too! Not to be nosey, but is your Dad a Dr.?


Jessica Sturdy November 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Yep, he’s a veterinarian. And likes to comment on my blog 😉


Danielle November 15, 2013 at 1:22 pm

cutest. thing. ever!


Hannah November 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Love that C.Wonder jacket!
Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget


Majda November 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I usually don’t like C. Wonder, but that jacket is cool!

Majda | http://www.classystateofmind.blogspot.com


Liz [See Song Designs} November 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I always love your Illini themed posts (obvi), but totally loving the sweater with the elbow patches! Also, so cute that your dad comments on your blog!


Olivia November 14, 2013 at 1:39 pm

This is so cute! Being born and raised in the Midwest, I can totally relate to your life revolving around sports. This is the perfect way to support your team even when you’re in NYC!


Samantha November 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Love your sunnies! You look super cute!


Agi November 14, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Love orange and blue together!!!!!! Tailgate parties sound like a lot of fun.




Katy November 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Love your style. I graduated from U of I back in 09!


Meghan November 14, 2013 at 4:21 pm

navy and orange look so cute on you!


Sara Edwards Silva November 14, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Absolutely love the Orange and blue together!

Love Sara


Kristin @ Crumbs and Curls November 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Such a cute idea & such a chic look! Enjoy watching the game! My high school & college colors are similar, but are one off from being the same!



Sarah November 14, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Love your pride for your school! Tailgates are seriously the best to me.

The Purse Snatcher


Mel November 14, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Ohhh so pretty! I LOVE the colour of the jacket. Stunning as usual :) xo

turquoise blonde


Kari s November 14, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Adorable as always and I am dying to know what lipstick you are wearing! It is so perfect for fall! :)


Kelly in the City November 15, 2013 at 12:02 am

I just showed this to Mitch. He says he approves, and would like to tailgate as well. Go U of I! :)




Katherine November 15, 2013 at 3:12 am

I love your school pride! At my university, everyone is so competitive and our football places last every year. They’re lucky to get 100 spectators. But I guess Canadian university football is a lot different. Our hockey team though . . . 😉

And I love that your dad reads your blog! My dad and I are super close too. He’s always trying to come to my schools sporting events.



Marie November 15, 2013 at 10:01 am

Such a lovely outfit, Jessica! You look absolutely stunning! I’ve been looking for a quilted jacket for a while now but haven’t found the perfect one yet! Yours looks fab! Definitely gonna check out C.wonders selection :)

have a wonderful day, darling!
xoxo Marie


Ps: it would mean the world if you’d stop by my website :)


Grown-Up Thrift Girl November 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

Great idea to dress in team colours – orange and navy are also Detroit Tigers colours so this post is great for me 😉



sjwaggs November 15, 2013 at 1:35 pm

love your outfit per usual…but don’t forget about the White Sox!


Jess Ann Kirby November 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Love the orange and navy combo! I convinced my parents to let me do my bathroom in navy and orange as a kid, navy tile, orange accent wall. They’ve since repainted it but in any case such a great color combo. Love your outfit it’s adorable and that jacket is amazing! Beer and sports or champs and shopping that jacket is perfect!


Kimleia November 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

The sport coat looks so adorable on you!!!



Rebecca November 16, 2013 at 12:43 am

How cute are the little blue soles on your ballet flats? I’m a Canadian girl, but I have a lot of family in Chicago so I’ve actually been to quite a few Chicago football and baseball games. You guys have so much spirit! And I love all the spirit in this post! :)

xx Becca


Lana November 19, 2013 at 2:33 am

I love the color combo of this outfit and that jacket is adorable!


kim November 20, 2013 at 5:38 pm

you can’t be serious about missing out on sports in ny…. we have DOUBLE of each team….


Summer December 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm

I love your blog and style! I actually got to UIUC and this is perfect fall tailgating outfit inspiration.


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