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liz gunnBy Liz Gunn ||I need to preface this post with the fact that when it comes to fashion, I’ve never been afraid to push the envelope. No one would call me a prude or even conservative when it comes to style. If you’ve got it, flaunt it – right?

Not so fast.

At the game on Saturday, while waiting for a friend to meet me, I had the opportunity to do some serious people watching. I can’t lie – I was a little taken aback by what I saw. Week to week I expect to see plenty of fashion “don’ts”, but this was on a whole new level.

I like short hemlines. I like form fitting clothes. I like a little cleavage. But ladies…this is a football game, not a dance club! Pick one, not all of the above.

And for the love of God if you’re a solid 50 pounds heavier than you should be, less (skin showing) is more. No one enjoys watching the tops of your thighs rub together. Yes, I actually witnessed this and have had trouble getting that image out of my head ever since.

I watched one girl prance by that I was certain was a member of the Gamecock dance team. Her top was fitted and sheer to just above her nipples, cut out completely in the back, and paired with what appeared to be black Lycra bloomers. Upon further inspection I realized I was mistaken. It was just her outfit du jour.

Don’t get me started on the plethora of cut-off mom jeans and cowboy boots. There are very, very few women in the world who can pull off those shorts. And I have yet to see many of  them in Columbia.

The boots? I don’t mind the boots. I don’t mind the boots paired with shorts or mini-dresses. I mind that people are wearing them when it’s 90+ degrees out. Sometimes common sense has to trump the latest trend. Can you even imagine the smell after eight hours or more in those boots on a hot Columbia game day? No thank you.

My grandmother has always been my fashion inspiration, and the best advice she ever gave me was this; “Just because you can, does not mean you should.” Wise woman, that lady.

Liz Gunn is a wife, mom, author, businesswoman, travel enthusiast, food snob, fashionista, lover of great wine and the No. 1 Gamecock football fan … ever. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, she lives in Columbia, S.C. with her husband and daughter.

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