With the arrival of fall comes back to school, football season, and the
big high school event of homecoming. Choosing a homecoming dress should
be fun and exciting. Here's a look at the popular styles in 2008.
These styles will soon move from the racks at the mall to dance floors across America.
One glance through the stacks of formal evening gowns in the junior department this year will quickly reveal some similarities among dressmakers.
The first is the length. Dresses, by and large, are short. Knee-length and shorter is the rule this fall. Young girls have great legs to show off and the designers are playing that up with less fabric in the skirt portion of dresses.
Fabric is also skimpy on top. While plunging necklines are rare and inappropriate, the tops of the homecoming and formal dresses are sleeveless or supported by slender spaghetti straps. Depending on the weather and location of your dance, think about adding a shawl or shrug to cover your shoulders both for warmth and etiquette in locations such as restaurants and church.
Empire waists are the norm in this season's dresses.
In an empire-waisted gown, the tightest part for the waist occurs high on the ribs and just below the bust.
The fabric from the empire waist down to the hem can be straight and polished or flouncy and flirty.
Popular Fabrics and Colors in Homecoming GownsWhen it comes to formal wear, black never goes out of style. A good portion of any evening dress display will consist of black dresses. But youth is the time to wear fun colors.
This season, jewel tones are widespread. Sapphire blue, amethyst purple, emerald green, ruby red, and hot pink are the choices of the moment. A colorful dress allows for fun shoes and plays right into the vibrant makeup hues popular now.
As for fabrics, tulle with sequins and other glitter is one fabulous look, while shiny satin is another popular route. A word of warning: shiny fabrics such as satin accentuate curves more, which is great for thin girls but might be something to steer clear of if you are looking to avoid any excess bulges.
Regardless of the fabric choice, gathered and pleated material in the bust and waist is common.
Designs with gathering help to hide imperfections.
When to Follow the Trends and When to Break the Rules
The most important thing about your homecoming dress is this: Do you feel comfortable in it? If you are a taller girl and the skirt length just seems too short, or a bigger busted girl who worries about falling out of a sleeveless gown, find something else.
You want to feel comfortable in your dress so that you can hit the dance floor and live it up, not hide on the sides as a wall flower. Fashion trends are only a guideline, they need to be modified for each individual.
If you feel beautiful, you will look beautiful!