High school dances are a great time to enjoy the music, socialize with your peers, and show off an elegant homecoming dress. With some planning, you can avoid many of the pitfalls that lead some students into costly mistakes on their homecoming dance. Here are some guidelines that will help you get ready for homecoming to ensure it’s as smooth as possible.
When to buy your homecoming dress
The first rule of homecoming shopping is to avoid the rush toward the end of summer when the dance is just weeks away. Instead, you should start looking for a homecoming dress about three or four months before homecoming night. You should also try on dresses well ahead of time to make any adjustments early enough to have plenty of time. This gives you more choices and helps prevent last-minute stress.
Style & color are important.
You’ll find many different homecoming dresses, including strapless styles, halter tops, and spaghetti straps. A simple style might make it easy for you to wear accessories with your dress but could bore others who are used to seeing more striking styles. When selecting accessories for your homecoming dress, stick with simple pieces that won’t overpower the dress itself.
The color of your dress can set the tone for your evening. Bridesmaid dresses may not be the best choice because they tend to be pastel, jewel tones, or dark shades that are much different than what you’ll find in formal wear stores. If you want something more casual, try a brightly colored sundress. But if you choose a very bright shade, you’ll need to tone it down with accessories, so it doesn’t look overly flashy next to everyone else’s more formal attire.
When selecting accessories for your homecoming, stick with simple pieces that won’t overpower the dress itself. The shoes should match the dress in style and color but complement rather than compete with it. A clutch purse is fine but chooses one that coordinates with your shoes.
For jewelry, consider long dangly earrings or a necklace with matching bracelets. If you use small studs or posts, make sure they are silver or gold to match the homecoming dress and purse. Darker dresses call for colored stones that stand out against the fabric’s muted hues.
Many fashion experts suggest avoiding oversized pieces of costume jewelry because they’re too flashy next to elegant HOCO dresses for women. However, if you have a shorter hemline on your dress, so it doesn’t touch the ground, you could go for larger pieces without looking too formal next to the long flowing gowns worn by many other girls at homecoming.
Wear the right undergarments
Homecoming dresses usually have a low neckline, so girls will need to purchase a strapless bra underneath the dress. A strapless bra will help hold up the dress, so it doesn’t slip around and cause embarrassment. You’ll need to experiment with several brands before you find one that works best for both your body type and the style of dress you’ve chosen. The dress’s hemline is often long, so girls will either want to wear heels or keep shoes that correspond with their purse if they choose flat sandals instead of high-heeled pumps.
Take care of alterations.
You can save quite a bit of money by having your homecoming dress altered rather than paying someone else to do it — but only if you take proper care of it after it’s fitted to your specifications. When possible, have two people carry the dress when moving it from place to place to prevent snags or tears in the fabric.
Get all your ducks in a row.
If you’re going to the dance with someone, ask him or her about three weeks ahead of time so that he or she can also get a dress, rental tux, or suit and make any necessary arrangements such as limo rentals. If you plan to go by yourself and take in the sights and sounds of homecoming without joining in on any school activities, make sure you have transportation arranged to get there and back again after the dance is over.
When choosing a homecoming dress, you’ll need to decide on style and color before selecting accessories. Your shoes, purse, and jewelry should coordinate with your dress but not overpower it. Be mindful of your undergarments and take good care of the dress after altering it. To get the most out of your evening, plan with all the details that could go into homecoming.