You’re going to Homecoming, you have your date (or you’re comfortable about going alone), but now the real stress is beginning. What are you going to wear? And, for the girls, the hair and makeup enter into the picture. Homecoming can be stressful. But, don’t fear, we can help!
Because guys and girls have different needs, we’re going to address them separately. However, first we want to look at issues of dress and appearance that apply to both sexes.
For Guys and Girls
Don’t Stress About Cost
There is a lot of pressure for teens to buy expensive dresses and outfits for Homecoming. When I was in high school years ago, Homecoming was a chance to dress up, but it was more on the level of going to a job interview or a fancy party. Now, it’s turned into a smaller version of the Prom. That means that the cost now mirrors that of Prom too.
We live in a time of greater economic distress. Many families have less money and your parents, even if they want to, may not have the resources to pay hundreds of dollars for an outfit. If you have a limited budget, relax. Here are a few ways to survive:
Check the internet and local stores. Look for coupons. Buy something that is used, but still looks good (and costs less). Be creative about finding outfits that aren’t expensive. With the internet, your options are limitless.
Rock Something Cheaper
If you look amazing, then you can make a dress or suit look amazing. Those ugly girls with more money don’t look as beautiful as a pretty girl in a cheap dress. Ask any guy: most guys would rather go to homecoming with a pretty girl in sweatpants than an ugly one in a fancy dress. The same is true of women. They would much rather date a charming and hot guy dressed sharply and cheaply, than a boring and ugly guy dressed better. If your outfit is less expensive, then make up for it in other ways: lose a few pounds, do something exciting with your hair, add a flair, etc.
Be Confident In What You Can Afford
Even if you have a secondhand outfit that cost you twenty bucks, be confident and cool about your situation. Don’t let comments from other people or your situation bring you down. Keep your head high and have fun.
Dress For Your Personality
Although I give some tips below, let your outfit reflect your unique personality in some way. Don’t be too outrageous, but let your unique self shine through. If you’re edgy, be edgy. If you’re funny, be quirky. You get the point.
Get Some Advice
Women typically know more about fashion than we do. Don’t hesitate to seek their advice. Enlist your mom, your girlfriend, your sister, or another female friend to help with picking an outfit. They can make sure it matches and that it looks good on you. This will make sure you look as “put together” as possible.
Teen males often hate to dress up. However, every now and then, it’s a good thing to look your best. In fact, over and over again girls report loving guys who are dressed really nice (dress shirt, dress pants, nice watch, etc). See it as a chance to impress people you wouldn’t normally impress. You can keep your usual style, but make it as classy and dressy as possible.
A lot of guys aren’t too good in the grooming department, but women love well-groomed guys. Your homecoming date is no exception. Make sure to trim your nails, brush your hair if it is ratty, trim any excess hair in places you don’t want it (like your nose), and make sure you have a general “put together” look.
Watch The Hygiene
While this isn’t related to dress per se, make sure you take care of proper hygiene. It will likely be warm in the gym at the dance, so make sure you wear a good deodorant, and spray some cologne. Also make sure to shower (obviously…but for some teen guys a reminder is always good), brush your teeth, etc. Women are much more attuned to smell than are guys, and trust me, they will notice if you are aren’t hygienic, and it is a huge turn off.
Don’t Overdo It
Just because it’s Homecoming doesn’t mean you should go overboard on the makeup and the hair. Natural is beautiful too. If your date isn’t going to recognize you, then re-think your choices! The result will be everyone will just talk about how ridiculous you look behind your back. Is that right? No. It is stupid. But, it still might happen.
Leave Something to the Imagination
Dresses are getting shorter, but here is some advice from a male perspective: those dresses don’t get you any respect. Don’t let yourself be an object. You can be stylish and sexy, but still leave something to the imagination. And, with all the other girls revealing too much, you might actually get more of the good kind of attention by revealing less.
Hopefully, you have less anxiety and stress about your clothing now. Dress for success, look your best, and have a great time.
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