If you haven’t marked your calendar yet, it’s officially homecoming season for historically Black colleges and universities. If you’re like me, you’ll be flying to your alma mater for a weekend filled with on-campus events, day parties, and more. One of the most exciting things about these celebrations for me is the outfits my friends and I put together. As a Florida A&M University alum, the countdown to heading back to Tallahassee begins in January (yes, we book our hotels that early). From January through the chillier months, I’m usually bracing myself to see which Black-owned brands everyone is supporting. I also really enjoy purchasing merch on Wahnish Way, which is basically on campus at FAMU.
Whether you’re preparing to head to a memorable homecoming at Howard University, Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M, or Spelman, I’ve handpicked some pieces that’ll make your online shopping easier. Below, you’ll find a list of Black-owned brands and personal favorites that have caught my eyes over the years: Louisa Ballou, the Brooklyn-based company Madamette, Krystal Phillips’ Kaphill and more.
Keep scrolling to see what you can pick up and where to wear it on campus before you pack your carry-on for your HBCU’s homecoming festivities.
1. Convocation: Colorful Coat + Trousers
Some historically Black colleges and universities, like FAMU, have a dressy event on campus on the Friday ahead of game day with a keynote speaker. Something that would be appropriate to wear to this event would be a chic jacket paired with slim-fitting trousers.
2. Day Party: A T-Shirt Dress + Unique Boots
Day parties are all about showing up and showing out, especially if you’re visiting from out of town. An elevated T-shirt dress is something you can dress up or down, and it will pair well with knee-high boots or dramatic heels.
3. Tailgate/The Football Game: Jersey + Denim Shorts
Game day is when you should channel your inner Sporty Spice: think jerseys, extra large sports tees, trendy sneakers, and colorful accessories. For a unique touch consider deviating from your school’s colors for the football game.
4. Clubbing or Bar-Hopping: Minidress + Heels
For the club or bar-hopping, opt for a patterned jersey dress paired with heels that have a bit of a platform for added comfort.
5. Farewell Brunch: Silk Top + Low Rise Pants
For some, being at homecoming is the one time a year that you get to see all your close friends. Brunching with everyone calls for a fun top, denim bottoms and laid back sneakers to top off your outfit.
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