When you dress for homecoming, you have the opportunity to showcase your personal style with outfits ranging from casual to formal. The events surrounding your school’s homecoming week generally dictate how dressed up or down you are during the activities. Some activities involve alumni and parents while others are designated exclusively students. How you dress for homecoming should be influenced by whether you are in college or high school and the extent of the homecoming tradition at your school.
Getting ready for homecoming week is an exciting occasion for many high school students. Outside of prom, many schools do not host formal events and activities for students each year. High school homecoming activities offer you the opportunity wear wacky outfits and formal gowns all in the same week.
For many high school students, the attire for both day and night are identical for many days during homecoming week. The attire you select should be casual, but based on the specific homecoming activity you are celebrating.
Themed days are common during spirit week. For example, some schools host tacky day or 70’s day for students to encourage them to dress up for homecoming in support of their school football team. Use your best rendition of each theme to create costumes. If possible, always incorporate your school colors into your style of dress.
High school homecoming games are a time to relax with friends while supporting your school. Show off your trendiest outfit at the homecoming game to demonstrate your fashion sense. A vibrant, spaghetti-strapped sundress with color-block sandals is a suitable choice to wear to your homecoming game. If your school has a strict dress code or uniform, the homecoming game gives you an opportunity to create a fashion-forward ensemble without breaking the school rules.
The evening activities for homecoming generally require you to be more selective in your outfit. For example, a homecoming dance may require you to wear an evening gown to the event.
For many younger high school students, homecoming presents the first opportunity to attend a formal event with their peers. Homecoming dresses can be slightly less formal than prom, but should still represent an upscale look. For example, a corset dress with strappy sandals can work for a homecoming dance, but is inappropriate for prom. On the contrary, if you prefer to wear a flowing gown, there are no rules banning this attire. Members of homecoming court, such as the queen and king, should dress more formal than attending guests.
For college students, homecoming involves more alumni activities to give students the opportunity to network and show school spirit. If sports are big at your school, homecoming may bring more alumni than the average school which means more events tailored towards a mature audience. These events may require more conservative attire than those hosted by students.
Plan you daytime attire around the formality of the occasion and the anticipated guest demographic. College homecoming activities during the day generally include football celebrations such as tailgating and attending alumni meet and greets.
Casual clothes such as jeans and t-shirt bearing your school’s mascot are the most appropriate option for a tailgate party or attending a homecoming game. For the fashion forward student, nude colored wedges, a long flowing top and cargo pants all in your school colors are the best option. The heels lengthen your legs without making your appear over dressed for the game. Loose fitting cargo pants are your best option to keep you from getting uncomfortable while sitting for hours at the game.
The same outfit you wear to a game can usually be worn to an informal picnic. However, if the event is held on a separate day, wearing business casual attire is appropriate for most gatherings. For men, this means a collar shirt and khaki colored slacks. For women, a sundress and cardigan are a good fit for the occasion.
Evening events during homecoming are usually more formal than daytime events. If your college has a homecoming ball or party, cocktail attire is usually appropriate. For a fundraiser or gala, select a formal evening gown for the event. Conservative styles are the best option for college homecoming fundraisers or galas with alumni in attendance.
Events held for students only are usually in bars or nightclubs. Trendy, but casual dress is suitable for these parties. If your school’s homecoming parties are usually crowded, dress in thin loose-fitting clothing for the evening events.