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Homecoming isn’t as formal as Prom, so you should be looking for a semi-formal dress, typically of a short length, like a cocktail dress. You can go full-length, but typically Homecoming dresses are fun, flirty, and easy to move in. Beyond that, you really are free to choose whatever you like! 

It’s a good idea to have your climate in mind when you start looking, as if you live in a northern state, it may actually be chilly in the evening by the time Homecoming rolls around. Of course, for hot states, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the short length and light fabrics to keep cool if you’ll be spending much time outside.  

It’s also to have any school rules in mind when you’re choosing your dress, as some schools are more restrictive than others. The rules often aren’t fair, but you might as well choose a dress that you feel amazing in and aligns with the rules, so you don’t get sent away before you have a chance to celebrate being back at school with your friends. 


How to Choose Your Homecoming Dress

Take advantage of the (extra!) long summer break to browse different stores and try on several styles to see which suits you and your body shape the best. Your Homecoming dress needs to fit perfectly, so if you see a dress you love, consider getting it tailored. A shortening of the straps and hem or a nip in at the waist will make an off-the-rack dress really sing your figure’s praises! 

Also, talk to your classmates about their Homecoming dresses. If you’re in a group that likes to coordinate (even if it’s just to ensure you’re all wearing different colors), start doing that now. Remember to choose a color that complements your hair, eyes, and skin tone – don’t be afraid to stick up for yourself if your friends want you to wear a color you hate. This is your Homecoming dress, and you should feel amazing in it. 


2020 Homecoming Dresses: The Trends

Want to look good and be right on trend with your Homecoming dress? Here are the trends to keep in mind as you shop for Homecoming dresses: 


Off the Shoulder

The Off-the-Shoulder neckline is a classic look, throwing back to fashion icons like Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot. This is perfect for an elegant look but provides more security when moving around a lot than a strapless neckline. It looks especially good on girls with a long, lean frame. 



If you aren’t a dress kind of girl, never fear because jumpsuits are in for Homecoming this year. With so many different jumpsuits to choose from, you could be classy, glam, or edgy, and most importantly, you will stand out from the rest of your classmates. Look to the Kardashians (and Jenners), Zendaya, Emma Stone, and Rihanna for inspiration. A black jumpsuit with embellishments or a statement necklace or belt is always a killer look, and definitely in this year. If black is too harsh, look for blush tones. 



The two-piece look is super on-trend for this year, so if you can get away with showing a slip of midriff, do. Two-piece sets give you so many options to mix and match patterns and colors, and you also have more freedom to find a skirt that best suits your silhouette without compromising on the style of the top.


Spaghetti Straps

For all you late 90s and early 2000s fashion lovers out there, spaghetti straps are back in full force! These simple straps can add a delicate feel to your Homecoming dress and are the perfect option for girls with narrower shoulders. They give you the support you need to dance the night away without making it feel like the dress is wearing you.



Florals are a big trend for 2020. Now that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to find a Homecoming dress covered in huge printed flowers. Dresses with an embroidered floral accent or floral appliques are always feminine, beautiful, and nod back to 50s glamor.