Cutest college football tees + how to cut a basic tee to be a cap sleeve

It's one of my very most favorite times of the year – hello COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON! There's something so exciting about the start of fall and all of the festivities, especially when it comes to college football (go Utes!). Whether you're headed to the stadium this season or cheering on your favorite team from home, we scoured the internet for all of the cutest college football outfit ideas and rounded them up for you here. Bring on the crisp weather, yummy food, and you guessed it…football!

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Touchdown-worthy trends

When it comes to cheering on my favorite team, and we've known each other for more than a minute, you know I'm a University of Utah fan through and through. I scoured the internet to find something cute and new for this season to celebrate football being back, and found this cute t-shirt!

Not only is this t-shirt super cute, it's also really comfortable and would work perfectly with a pair of leggings OR some cute (according to me – ha) mom jeans. I was super impressed with all of the different styles this Etsy shop offered and seriously love that wearing your favorite team's gear doesn't mean sacrificing a cute outfit!

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Cut It!

One of my very top tips to styling a sometimes shapeless, boxy t-shirt is to cut it! Yep, you heard that right, cut it!! Hear me out –

The raw hem detail from cutting a t-shirt is SO cute and allows you to bring it to the length that's most flattering on your body shape. It's also a perfect way to create a more flattering neckline and sleeve length and gives that super trendy slub/burn out look that's so on trend right now!


Step 1: Lay your tee flat on a table and make sure the shoulder seam is at the top.

Step 2: go about an inch out from the armpit, and cut in a diagonal direction toward the top of the sleeve (creating a cap sleeve).

Step 3: use the leftover scrap from the first sleeve to make your “pattern” on the second sleeve, to make sure they turn out the same!

Step 4: pick up the tee and fold it so that half of the front and half of the back is facing up, and make sure it's folded evenly so you can cut the neckline perfectly. Next, angle downward slightly (not too much!) to get a little bit of a scoop neck in the front, and then cut just below the hem in the back to get a nice even raw hem on the back.

Step 5: lastly, cut just above the bottom hem of the tee to get a nice raw hem edge at the bottom. Stretch out that raw hem (and all the others) to create a little bit of a curling effect, and you're done!

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Still confused/apprehensive/nervous? Watch my reel on Instagram today to see exactly how I made this basic shirt into a cap-sleeve!

BEST places to score your favorite team's gear

If you're looking for some more super cute college football outfit ideas, check out these retailers!

  • American Eagle: American Eagle's Tailgate section is SO good! And if college football isn't your thing, they have tons of cute NFL and MLB styles, too! They have a ton of great men's styles as well, so you can grab something for you and your man to sport together on game day.
  • Etsy: I'm seriously so impressed with this cute Etsy shop! I'm talking ALL of the different teams, at great prices AND super quick turnaround time for shipping. There's a reason this shop has nearly 2,000 five-star reviews! You just can't go wrong with a great basic t-shirt that you can wear all season long.
  • JCPenney: JCPenney seriously has so many options for the perfect college football game day outfit! From long sleeve boyfriend t-shirts, to basic graphic tees and even something for my leopard print lovers. There are so many amazing styles to choose from!
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It's (almost) game time!

I'm SO excited live sports are back! I'll be cheering on the Utes all season long in some of these super cute college football outfits. Here’s a roundup of all our favorite styles that will have you game day ready!

Corrine Stokoe

Corrine Stokoe is a blogger, podcaster and content creator behind the brand Mint Arrow. She and her husband Neil live in South Orange County with their 3 little girls and baby boy, she runs her blog and business with 7 team members, where they find the best daily deals and share favorite finds in fashion and beauty. They also run a podcast called Mint Arrow Messages. Mint Arrow has been featured in Forbes, Women's Wear Daily, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, AdWeek and Allure. Corrine is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as often as she can and teaching others to use social media for good.

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