Thursday, September 14, 2017

"What Do I Wear To This Thing?!" How to Dress for Any Military Event

I want to preface this by saying that you don't need to sacrifice your personal style just to make sure you are properly dressed or an event. Unless you walk around in a bikini or a barely-there dress all the time, you don't need to look like a cookie cutter version of everyone else.

I did not have a clue how to dress for any function when it came to the military at first. To be honest, sometimes I still feel like what I have in my closet may not work. However, you may be surprised that you can wear essentials (or things more than once) and look polished and comfy.

Military Balls
 With the exception of balls with a theme, most attire for balls is pretty predictable. The expectation is a floor length dress or suit. WEAR WHAT YOU LIKE. I personally like to think as long as the boobs and butt are covered, you are good to go. Some people have worn dresses with a train but people can get VERY drunk and these balls and might step on it. I would recommend wearing comfy heels, nice flats or sandals depending how comfy you want to be.

Promotion/Graduation Ceremonies
 I like to think that promotion and graduation ceremonies are important events...but it is important for your spouse...not you. You don't need to wear anything extremely fancy to pin your spouse. Keep the weather in mind since some ceremonies are outside. I wore a dress from Target and a jacket while others wore nice jeans and a nice top. I have seen other spouses wear their scrubs since they had come from work and that is OKAY. 

FRG Meetings/Events
  As long as it looks like you didn't roll out of bed (even if you did) you're good to go.


Spouse Coffee
   Spouse coffee is usually an event that is for E-6 and above spouses that is hosted by an Officer or Higher-Enlisted spouse's home. I would recommend wearing a nice top with pants or a casual dress. You will probably be eating and having refreshments but it is not some fancy event that you need to buy a special outfit for.

Welcome Home Ceremonies  
  I won't include guidelines to this since welcome home ceremonies usually consist of waiting around for sometimes over an hour in the middle of the night. Then after waiting for what feels like forever they suddenly appear and it is mass chaos among with a bunch of people dressed in red white and blue. If I can give one piece of advice it would be to wear clothing that is comfortable and DO NOT wear heels! I learned the hard way.

Deployment Send Off
  I'm gonna be honest. You will probably be a bit of an emotional wreck so the last thing you should think about is looking like a million bucks. I mean wear what you want but I never cry and I sobbed when my husband left. Then went home ate Sonic and watched Frozen.



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