The Do’s and Dont’s of Homecoming: What Not To Wear


By Teodora Simic, Staff Writer

It’s homecoming season again! Spirit week has officially begun, and everyone is scrambling to get their homecoming plans and outfits in order. Here are some quick tips on what NOT to wear to homecoming.


  1. Do not wear jeans. This is one of the only two dances during the school year, so do not show up in jeans. It’s not a regular school day or a hang out with your friends. It’s one of your only chances to dress up and look presentable. Do yourself a favor and trade in the jeans for a nice pair of pants.
  2. Don’t wear cut-off gym tanks or muscle tanks. I’ve seen people change from their nice clothes into muscle tank tops after they take their pictures. Yes, the gym gets hot, and yes, everyone gets gross and sweaty. But there is no need to change into workout clothes. You will look ridiculous.
  3. Do not wear sneakers. I understand that gym shoes are very comfortable, but beauty is pain, not comfort. Dress shoes look much nicer in pictures, and they make a person look cleaner and more put-together. Plus, it gives you some extra height, if you want it.

So, what should you wear? Homecoming is a semi-formal event. Guys do not need to wear full suits, but they also shouldn’t dress up in something they could wear to school. Typical homecoming attire for guys is a button up shirt with dress pants or khakis, a tie or bow-tie, dress shoes, and maybe even a vest. This is your chance to look good and have a good time! Don’t waste it on muscle tanks.


  1. Don’t wear long prom dresses, but don’t wear dresses that are too short. Homecoming is not prom, so you’ll look silly if you show up in a floor length ball gown. Be attentive to the length of your dress. A dress that is too short can be inappropriate (and this is a school dance after-all).
  2. Be aware of the material of the dresses. If the fabric is see-through or mesh, that can cause some serious wardrobe malfunctions. Thick material like wool is not a good idea. It will cause complete overheating of your body. Light colors will result in visible marks on dresses, so pay attention to the color of your dress.
  3. Do not keep your heels on when you’re on the dance floor. Many girls take of their heels and change into socks as soon as they walk into homecoming. Don’t be that girl that punctures people’s feet because she feels tall in her heels. Yes, you look great, but the pain isn’t worth it.

What should girls wear? Traditionally, girls wear short dresses to homecoming because the long dresses are reserved for prom. The most important thing to remember, if you’re a girl, is know your body type. Not everybody looks good in the same dresses, so look for dresses that fit your body and that you are comfortable wearing. After all, the dance lasts a couple hours, so you’re going to want to be comfortable in whatever you’re wearing.

The most important thing about homecoming is to have fun. This dance symbolizes the return to a fresh school year. Spend it with your friends, and enjoy yourself!