Dress Code

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Official Dress Code (HOSA Uniform)

Offical HOSA uniform is a tailored navy blazer with emblem affixed over the heart with the following accessories:

  • Shirt/blouse for females (white tailored or short-sleeve white jewel neck shell)
  • Shirt for males—white closed-neck, man-tailored dress shirt, suitable for use with a tie
  • Accent for female members - maroon HOSA scarf or tie is optional but not require
  • Accent for male officers - navy or maroon long tie
  • Matching navy slacks for males and matching navy slacks or skirts for females
  • Closed-toe blue or black shoes (hose optional)

Business Attire Dress Code (for ALL GENERAL SESSIONS)

HOSA members may also be dressed in business attire as follows:

  • Black or navy blue suit with a white shirt (the white shirt can be the member’s choice)
  • Closed-toe blue or black shoes (hose optional)
  • Male members may wear dress pants with buttoned up shirt, tie and/or sweater
  • Female members may choose to wear knee-length skirt or slacks

Student delegates not adhering to the above dress policy for all general sessions may be penalized in competition.

HOSA Casual

During breakout sessions and tours, HOSA students may adhere to the following dress code:

  • Longer-length shorts (no short-shorts), capri's, neat jeans (no holes showing skin), polo shirts, sweatshirts, HOSA or appropriate t-shirt and casual footwear such as flip-flops, tennis shoes, etc.

Competitive Event’s Dress Attire

Delegates must adhere to the Dress Code as specified in the individual competitive event guidelines for the orientation and event in which they are competing. Bonus points will be given according to the individual guidelines.

For all competitive events, five (5) bonus points will be added once per competitor and/or team to the tally sheet for appropriate dress. In team events, all team members must be properly dressed to receive the bonus points. Exceptions are as noted in the event guidelines.

What is NOT Acceptable

The following attire will NOT BE allowed at any HOSA event:

  • Clothing and accessories which are sexually suggestive, or display profanity, drugs, alcohol or tobacco products
  • See-through, tight fitting, spaghetti straps, strapless, extremely short (2" above knee), or low-cut tops/dresses/shirts
  • Pants or skirts which are worn below the hip bone; or visible undergarments
  • Spandex, leggings, leotards, cutoffs or pajamas
  • Clothing which is stained, torn or ripped
  • Bare feet or bedroom type shoes

Tips for Dress Code Success

No dress code can cover all contingencies so HOSA members must use a certain amount of judgment in their choice of clothing to wear. HOSA members who experience uncertainty about acceptable HOSA attire should ask his/her HOSA local or state advisor.

Here are a few more tips to help you understand the HOSA Dress Code.  "HOSA Casual" is the exception to some of these rules in instances such as denim and casual foot wear.

  • No denim clothing or canvas shoes will be acceptable. Denim pants in colors other than blue are not permitted. Blue jean skirts and dresses are NOT acceptable.
  • Dressy pants of different lengths that are part of a suit/ensemble may be acceptable but “shorts” are not acceptable.
  • Casual tank or tube tops, t-shirts, sweat pants/shirts, or tennis shoes are never acceptable
  • Clothing that works well for the beach, yard work, dance clubs, exercise sessions, and sports contests is NOT appropriate for HOSA events, meetings, and conference sessions.
  • Clothing that reveals too much cleavage, your back, your chest, your stomach or your underwear is not appropriate for HOSA delegates.
  • Clothing should be pressed and never wrinkled. Torn, dirty, or frayed clothing is unacceptable. Any clothing that has words, terms, or pictures that may be offensive to HOSA delegates or guests is unacceptable.
  • Open-toed shoes and heeled sandals are permitted. Flip-flops and Toms are not.