Dress Suggestions for Tournaments

In the past, some students have been confused about the attire that is appropriate for debate tournaments.  This sheet is designed to clearly articulate the parameters of appropriate dress for this activity.   Obviously talent, practice, dedication, and a little luck are the main factors that determine your success in Speech and Wholesale Jerseys Debate, but it doesn’t hurt to be dressed appropriately.  In a close competition a wrinkled shirt or impractical shoes could mean the difference between a 1 and a 2, or a win and a loss.  Furthermore, it is as important that we, as a team, look polished, poised, and professional.  This will not only help us with the judges, but it will also help us strike fear into ray ban sunglasses sale the hearts of the other teams.  Looking professional will do nothing but help enhance our overall image and credibility.

The following rules are not too complex—you should dress as if you were going to a real, adult job.  No one needs to go out and buy an entirely new wardrobe, just be mindful of these simple tips:

·       Girls

o   Skirts or nice slacks

§  Skirts should be an inch above the knee or LONGER

·       If you wear a Ray Ban sale skirt you must wear pantyhose

o   Business suit (optional, but very versatile and obviously professional)

o   Button down shirt or nice shirt (something that says Abercrombie on the front is too casual)

o   midriffs, Inappropriate cleavage, overly tight clothes, etc will cost you points in the eyes of the judges (what is more, you won’t be comfortable, and it is no fun to deliver the best speech of your life when you cannot breathe)

o   Comfortable, formal shoes—remember you will be wearing these for 12 hours Cheap Jerseys a day and walking quite a bit

§  Open-toed shoes only after March (essentially just for Nat. Quals)

§  Never, under any circumstances, wear flip-flops

o   Particular events

§  DI-ers – muted colors unless Terry tells you otherwise

§  DUO – check with Terry to make sure your outfits coordinate (they might not need to match perfectly, but jordan retro 1 they should at least compliment each other)


·       Boys

o   Ironed dress pants

o   Ironed button-down shirt

o   Ties are optional, but HEAVILY suggested (MANDATORY if you debate)

o   Try to make your clothes match.  If you’re not sure, ask a girl!

o   Nice shoes- NOT tennis shoes.  If 2016 your mom loves a pair of shoes and you hate them, they are probably perfect

o   CXers – see DUO info under ‘girls’


In general, make sure that your clothes are clean, ironed, and in good repair.  Professional business attire is our aim!