Some of my favorite apparel to wear is from the NCAA. Whether it be a NCAA fitted hat or a beanie, you can’t go wrong showing your school spirit. Here are some general guidelines for picking great NCAA hats.
Pick A College You Or Your Family Attended.
I am sure this seems intuitive to most of you out there, but sometimes the obvious needs to be stated. If you or your family has a personal connection to a particular university, you should probably own at least one item of clothing from that school. For example, for my undergraduate degree I attended Sacramento State University, and for Law School I attended BYU. I own clothing for both of these schools and wear it with pride. When my children go to a university, I will also buy apparel for each of those schools.
Pick A College Near Your Home.
This one also seems somewhat intuitive. If you live near a college or university, it is always a good idea to support that university through buying their apparel and wearing it. This not only serves as advertisement for the University, but also helps foster civic pride.
Pick A Classic
There are some universities who’s apparel is always in style. The logos and names are iconic, and define college athletics. Pick one that you have some sort of connection to if possible. For example, my mother is from Michigan, and my father’s family is from Arkansas. I would have no trouble wearing apparel from either University of Michigan or University of Arkansas. If you do not have a personal connection, just pick one you like! Here are some suggestions of classic teams for which you may want to pick apparel:
- Harvard and Yale: Although these two schools don’t play in Division 1, they are probably the two most prestigious Universities in the United States. They have long traditions in college athletics, and their colors are classic.
- Michigan: The classic Maize and Blue cannot be beat.
- Alabama: The Crimson Tide is a great choice for the classic design.
- Florida: Gator Chomp! I really love the Orange and Blue combination, as well as the imposing gator logo.
- USC: For west coast college football fans, USC is synonymous with power athletics. I really like the yellow Trojan on the maroon background.
- Notre Dame: Another traditional powerhouse that has a great logo, but since I am part Irish I may be biased.
Pick Something Unique
Another method you can choose while picking NCAA apparel is finding one that is unique, and not worn by many people. This will show that you are willing to be different, and you will be the envy of all your friends. Here are some unique NCAA apparel that you may want to consider:
- UC Santa Cruz (Banana Slugs)
- UC Irvine (Anteaters)
- Tulane (Green Wave)
- UC Santa Barbara (Gauchos)
- Providence (Friars)
- Louisiana Lafayette (Ragin’ Cajuns)
- Delaware University (Fighting Blue Hens)
NCAA Apparel to Avoid:
These simple rules are intuitive, but must be stated. First, one should never, under any circumstances, wear clothing from your rival school, or another school from your conference. For example, I would never wear a hat from the University of Utah. Cal fans should not wear Stanford Apparel UCLA fans should never wear USC shirts, etc. Another good rule of thumb is to avoid buying and wearing gear of the current champion every year. Nobody likes a bandwagon fan.
So what do you think? Did I miss any general rules? Any classic college team apparel that I missed? Please leave your comments!