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September is simply around the corner, so it’s back to school again for most students. But, more than school in itself, what students might look forward to more, is the wide range of experiences they get from the different extra-curricular events in school.
One highly anticipated event in the United States around this time is the Homecoming. A tradition where alumni return to their schools to reconnect with their alma maters, the Homecoming activities usually revolve around a sports game (i.e., football, etc.) culminating in what is popularly known as the Homecoming Dance. But, while the dance is considered the main event by most, it is by no means the only worthwhile activity of Homecoming. Indeed, the celebration comprises a slew of fun-filled activities packed into a week-long celebration.
Here we look at the different Homecoming activities and what to wear to these events.
Pep Rallies / Tailgate Parties / The Game
Pep rallies are held to cheer the school team to victory. Participated in by marching bands and cheerleaders, these rallies are attended by the students and teachers and are held days before the actual game. A tailgate party, meanwhile, is held in the school or stadium parking lots right before or after the sports game. Food and drinks are served near or at the back end of parked vehicles, such as pickup trucks and SUVs.
What To Wear
Show up wearing the school colors. Try to stick to the dress code if there is one. It can range from a simple same-color scheme, Hawaiian theme, glow theme, etc. The idea is to infuse the event with the school spirit to show support and pride for the team.
The parade is a procession of alumni, faculty, students, and local community members walking, dancing, or riding on cars and floats along a designated route. Various school organizations and clubs also participate with the marching band, the sports teams, and cheerleaders. In addition, school and community spectators are welcome to watch along the sidewalks.
What To Wear
If you’re part of the parade, chances are there is a uniform or dress code you need to follow. If you are a spectator, then come as you are. Wear something you feel comfortable standing around or sitting in. Jeans, school sweatsuits, shorts, and trainers are the norm. Jazz up your attire with a cute skirt, a dressy blouse or top, and boots. If the weather is a bit nippy, don’t forget to don a warm jacket.
The highlight of Homecoming is undoubtedly the Homecoming Dance, which is why it is almost always featured in American teen movies. Unlike the prom, where only juniors and seniors attend, the Homecoming Dance is more inclusive. First-year students can go to the event, and it’s also a more casual affair, as the dance is usually held in the school gym. So get decked out in a dress and dance to your heart’s content, with or without a date!
What To Wear
Be sure not to wear a long formal gown or a dress that is too short. A cocktail dress in just the right length hugging your curves will give just the right oomph and make heads turn in your direction. So start prepping now and thumb through the latest catalog or have a look at a website of 2022 homecoming dresses.
So what are you waiting for? Show up, take part, dress up, and have fun! Homecoming is one memorable event you will look back on with a smile and a lightness in your heart.