Homecoming is the quintessential high school experience. Without the dramatic nostalgia of prom, it is your chance to be bold and fearless and crazy and 17. When shopping for your look this fall, don’t be afraid to be different. It’s awesome to be the only person with a vintage dress, something you can actually DANCE in, something that represents you. Focus on your personal style, not the norm of your school. Ignore any so-called “date drama.” If you aren’t asked, go with a group of friends! Homecoming is a glittery night of teenage freedom, so enjoy it.
I had my friends Adora and Talia help model some homecoming looks. We had an amazing time laughing, dancing and singing. I think with homecoming, simple is better. Less makeup and jewelry can lessen late-night discomfort. Super-heavy jewelry can also limit dancing outbursts, so put your inner Beyoncé first with lighter earrings and bracelets. Try styling your dress with vintage jewelry for a more unique look. Last year I wore one of my grandmother’s old necklaces and received a ton of compliments. Be distinctive with confidence.
My Betsey Johnson dress (below) has pockets, which are a lifesaver for somebody who always loses wallets and purses. If you find a pocket-bearing dress, grab it! They are so helpful.
Nordstrom has dresses that are both magical and dance-able, and they have near-absurd but fun shoes to match. And if heels aren’t your thing, stick with flats. There is nothing wrong with wanting a bit more comfort.
High school is usually the opposite of enchanting, but it gives you one night to free yourself from your teenage hindrances and be wild. So dare to be different, wear your hair down, be simple, have fun. Sing “Love Story” as loud as you can and make the Backstreet Boys choreographer envy your dance moves.
Stuck in a rut and not sure what to wear to Homecoming? I created a foolproof guide to all things Homecoming just for you, the lovely BP. blog readers!
Bodycon dresses are great for the girls who love to be flirty and daring at homecoming. These dresses are perfect for dancing!
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A personal favorite of mine, these dresses are fun while still being conservative. I love the high necklines and a-line skirts. And, of course, a little glitter couldn’t hurt!
Shop glitzy and girly dresses: 1 | 2 | 3
The best part of picking out a homecoming dress is getting to showcase your personal style. What better way to do it than get a dress in your favorite color?
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Your look isn’t complete without accessories. A bright nail color can add that perfect pop of color to any outfit.
Shop accessories: nail polish | handbag | earrings | blue pumps | black pumps
Still not sure what to wear? Check out the BP. Homecoming Shop online.
With homecoming right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to do a school-spirit DIY project. I took a plain cardigan and added a red letter and stripes to the sleeves to make it look like a varsity sweater from the 1950s.
The varsity letters are easy to find at craft or fabric stores, but if you can’t seem to find what you want, you can always cut your letter out of felt. I chose the letter C because that’s my first initial, but you could choose your own or your school’s initial. You’ll also need an iron, white velvet ribbon, scissors and fusible tape.
1. Place your letter where you want it. You can tape or pin it down to keep it in place. Most varsity letters are iron-on, so no sewing involved!
2. Flip your sweater over so you can iron on your letter from the inside. (The back of the letter is the part that gets sticky when you heat it up. That’s why you flip your sweater over so that the letter is facing down and the sweater is lying on top of it.) I ironed the back of my letter (through the sweater) for about two minutes.
3. For the stripes on the sleeve, measure and cut two strips of the velvet ribbon. Since regular ribbon isn’t meant to be ironed on, follow the instructions on the fusible tape package to add the sticky layer to the back. Then iron on the ribbon the same way that you ironed on the letter.
I had my homecoming dance yesterday and of course I thought it would be appropriate to shower you all with pictures of it! Every year I enjoy checking out everyone’s pictures to see what they are wearing. The dance is fun, but the dress is the main focus of the entire event!
I wore a Free People crochet dress in burgundy. To match, I wore the BP. oxfords in taupe, with similarly colored laces. It was a great night!
That was my homecoming—now I want to see and hear about what all of you wore! Post on the BP. Facebook page with what you rocked to homecoming this year.