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HBCU Homecoming Street Style

The operating joke in my circle of mates is: “Two folks stroll right into a bar. One is a vegan and one went to Howard College. Which one goes to let you know first?”  Often my cash could be on the vegan, however as a proud Howardite I do know very nicely that I will inform an ideal stranger the place I went to highschool about 14 seconds after assembly them. 

If you happen to did not go to a traditionally Black faculty or college, it is onerous to know the pleasure that seeps by the pores of anybody who walked the hallowed halls. Sure, after all, HBCUs are recognized for churning out among the most gifted docs, legal professionals, artists, and creatives of our time, and the bedrock of each HBCU is the schooling – however for me, it is the place I discovered the whole lot I find out about my present type. Whereas style reigns all day daily, there’s nothing just like the type that exhibits up throughout the time of yr in early fall often known as Homecoming. 

I stepped foot on Howard College’s campus within the yr of our Lord 2000. I used to be a fresh-faced bumpkin from South Carolina who had all the time dressed on the weirder aspect of issues. However after I walked the yard of THEE Howard College on the primary Friday of my first week of freshman yr, one thing modified. I had NEVER seen that many trendy Black folks in a single place, ever. I am speaking about each designer you possibly can consider, combined with classic, combined with up to date style. It is one thing I had by no means seen and doubt that I ever will once more. My RA advised me if I assumed this was one thing, simply wait till Homecoming. 

I knew I wasn’t about to be caught missing, so me and the homies rolled to Pentagon Metropolis for weeks, attempting to excellent the a number of outfits we would have liked for every day’s actions and the coup de grâce that’s Yard Fest. Yard Fest is the place you come to indicate up and present out – and if that ain’t your mission, you ought to remain dwelling. 

And Howard is not alone. Whereas each HBCU is completely different, the pleasure and elegance join us. From footwear to luggage to hair, and on this case, wrists, getting dressed for Homecoming is a celebration. Every bit in place. Together with the watch. 

This fall, HODINKEE employed 4 gifted photographers to shoot the scholars, alumni, and followers on the Homecomings at Howard (H!U!), Florida A&M, Jackson State College, and North Carolina A&T. Here is what they noticed.