Around the time of the highly celebrated homecoming game is the equally anticipated homecoming dance. It can be hard to remember to prepare for the dance among all the spirit week activities, parades, and pep rallies, but keeping an organized mental list about what you need to do to get ready for the homecoming dance can help.
Whether you shop in stores or online, knowing what you want before you start shopping can help you pinpoint the dresses you are interested in while filtering out the ones you aren't. Keep an open mind though, and don't immediately disregard something that attracts your attention just because it isn't the one you were looking for. One of the most important things when shopping for any kind of special occasion outfit is to be flexible.
Before you start thinking about your dress there's some information you'll need to get. If you haven't been to a homecoming dance at your school before, ask someone who has or look at pictures from past years' dances. Pay close attention to the girls' dresses and how formal they are. Floor length dresses, high strappy heels, and elegant jewelry points to a very formal event. Shorter dresses, bright colors, and trendy styles show a more casual affair.
The style of dress you want will depend on the formality among other things. Once you have a relative length idea, decide whether to go classic or modern. Pick a silhouette, and a strap style. There are tons of options like strapless, halter, off-shoulder, one-shoulder, and many more. Figure out what shapes work best on your body type and look for those.
Give some thought to the color of your dress too. It's always a good idea to coordinate your dress with the homecoming theme, as well as your date's attire. Discuss color options together to find something you both agree on. Also look for something that works well with your skin tone, hair color, and eyes. A color that looks great on you can make a so-so homecoming dress look gorgeous.
When looking for a homecoming dress, remember that there are probably going to be a lot of photos of the event, including you and your dress. For this reason, it's usually a good rule to avoid any brief fads. Classic dresses can be made more modern with accessories, and there are many homecoming dresses available that are trendy without being gaudy.
Accessorizing is the last step when putting together any homecoming look. Your jewelry is a great way to make a bold statement and create a unique style without going too over the top. Use accessories to diversify your look. If you're wearing a sweet, feminine dress, consider pairing it with bold, darker accessories. You can create contrast between colors, styles, and materials.
Don't forget all the little things, like hair and nail appointments. Make sure you have good shoes for the night and a purse that's easy to carry around but can hold all your essentials. Get dressed up, be safe, and most importantly have fun!