Summer is coming to an end and it is time to go Back to School. That means Homecoming is just around the corner. Homecoming is the weekend where former alumni visit their High School or University. There is a big sporting event against the local rival school, tailgating activities, and a DANCE! It is the first big event of the school year, and really the only event that alumni participate in.
High School Homecoming dances tend to be semi-formal and far more casual that Prom. Meaning dresses that have a short or half length skirt. Fabrics can be more casual, and simple jewelry. Guys can wear dress slacks and a nice shirt, possibly with a tie.
College and University Homecoming dances may be formal attire, full length (long) dresses are worn. Guys will definitely wear suits and possibly a tuxedo (at some posh schools). Last year’s Prom dress can be a great option for this year’s college Homecoming formal.
One way to save money on a Homecoming dress is to buy a gown previously worn. Short Prom dresses are very popular, and perfect for Homecoming! There are still many Prom dresses on eBay from last season, or borrow from a friend or family member (if that is an option).
If this is your first big dance, here are a few shopping tips. Stores start stocking Homecoming and Holiday dresses 2-3 months before the event. Many stores run big summer sales, and you can score a dress on sale. Retailers are so desperate for summer shoppers, dresses and clothes are often less expensive during summer. Then stores raise the prices in October, which is right when most Homecoming events are held.
Buying a dress is very different than shopping for jeans. This may be the first time shopping in Misses or Missy department, which is not the same sizing as Juniors. Hold up the garment to make sure it is close to the right size, then take a couple sizes into the dressing room.
Remember you will probably eat before the dance, so make sure you can comfortably sit and eat in your dress. If this is your first dance, consider flats or low heels – your feet will thank you. Most importantly, have fun!