Tips for Choosing Short Homecoming Dress

Homecoming season is at the corner, have you found your dream dress? There are so many kinds of short homecoming dresses online, if you want one affordable dress for your Homecoming, the below shopping tips you should take in mind.

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Start your shopping plan early. If you wait too long to get started, you might be rushed and then end up with a dress you don’t like that much. Since everyone has homecoming around the same time, dresses can get picked over quickly! Start shopping a minimum of four weeks in advance of your homecoming date to give you enough time to find and try on different styles, figure out your hairstyle and shoes, etc. You won’t regret having more prep time.

Follow the school dress code. Does your school have any guidelines around length, i.e. how many inches above the knee are ok, or the top area – can you wear a sleeveless dress? If you go to a more conservative school, skip the super short party dress with spaghetti straps, and/or make sure to have a shawl or shrug to cover up. Better yet, find out the school’s deal breakers before you fall in love with a dress that isn’t up to code.

Make sure the dress can flatter you. If you’re looking to create or emphasize existing curves, think waist cinching, bell-shaped skirts, one-shoulder dresses, and decorative elements like ruffles or pleats. If you want to downplay a larger bottom half, look for a simpler fitted waist dress with an A-line bottom or an empire waist dress. Just remember, in the fitting room, to bend over, sit, squat, dance, and wave your arms in the air to see how the dress ‘really’ fits you and how comfortable you feel in it.

Think about your personal style. Do you lean towards more glitzy styles a la Beyoncé or are more simple and elegant dresses more your style? Do you gravitate towards the vintage looks frequently seen on Sposadress or do you like sleeker clothes, similar to Selena Gomez? What about bright, “look at me” colors and patterns versus more neutral, classic styles? Think about the type of dress that would best accent your personality as well as your frame.

Balance is important in all things and especially when it comes to your homecoming dress. Make sure to choose a neckline based on your body type. If you have a larger frame, think V-neck or scoop-neck dresses but if you are smaller-framed, you want a neckline that will widen you, such as a halter or crew neck style.