He was coming home in less than 48 hours, and I still had no idea what I was going to wear. I’d spent countless hours searching through hundreds of military homecoming outfits online, only to come up empty-handed.
I shaved my legs three times, cleaned the house so well it looked like no one lived there, and I stocked the fridge with all his favorites.
But the one thing that was holding me back?
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The military homecoming outfit.
Since then, my service member and I have weathered seven deployments and military homecomings together. Regardless if you are a seasoned military wife, new military wife or military girlfriend, I’d love to share my best tips and tricks for military homecoming outfits…
1. Go for the casual dress.
I am a big fan of dresses for homecoming! Although, there have definitely been times that I’ve worn pants or nice shorts. Dresses aren’t for everyone, but love, love, love this navy scoop neck dress from Miusol.
2. Choose something comfortable.
Chances are it’s going to be a long wait from the time you arrive to the pick up location until you actually head home. If you are wearing 6 inch platform heals and a bridesmaid dress, you’ll be frustrated and flustered before he even reaches your arms.
Choose an outfit that will feel comfortable to you all day long. I love these denim leggings in olive. They have a built in control top to help tuck away any delivery pizza or ice cream from the night before.
I pair with a casual v-neck blouse with cuffed sleeves because it doesn’t wrinkle and it’s forgiving around the waist. Plus, the flow of the blouse is super sexy. Here’a another v-neck blouse option and a short sleeve one from CK. Pair it with these classic heels from Nine West and you’re good to go.
3. Keep the “girls” in check.
What you are wearing on the outside is equally as important as what you are wearing under your clothes. You can go to a lingerie boutique and spend a fortune. No doubt I’ve done it before.
But my biggest secret?
The quality and comfort are both totally there and the price is much more reasonable. AND it’s not so cheap that you are sacrificing quality. If you’re going to invest in some new lingerie, you want it to be something you can wear more than once.
4. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Military homecoming outfits are a great time to try a new style! Going for something that is a unique print or new fashion trend can help the day feel extra special. I love this long and flowing maxi dress…super sexy and great if you have a fuller bust.
If you’re looking to show off your waist or your bottom, this dress perfectly draws your attention to those areas.
This summer chiffon dress is another really fun choice. It drapes perfectly over your body and doesn’t hug too tight. Plus, it comes in several different fun and funky prints.
5. Go for classy, not trashy.
You absolutely want to stand out for your service member. It’s been a long time since you’ve seen each other. But you also don’t want to be the talk of the town. Remember to wear something that you would feel proud of several years down the road.
If your look is a little flashy or revealing, I love using a blazer to keep it classy during the initial homecoming, and then once you are home, take the blazer off. You’ll find a few different versions here and here.
6. Be yourself.
It is fun to try new things, but if you do so, be true to your individual taste and style. One super easy way to “be yourself” when choosing an outfit is to ask yourself one question: Does this bring me joy?
When you pick up your military homecoming outfit, look at it and try it on…do you feel joy? If so, you’ve got a winner!
Want more on military life?
- 10 Best Military Homecoming Tips for Spouses
- I’m Terrible at Being a Military Wife
- 9 Reasons Why It’s Okay When He Deploys (Coping With Deployment)
- 10 Things Military Spouses Won’t Tell You About Deployment
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