Homecoming Inspiration


It’s that time of year again…homecoming! While everyone else is worried about dates, dinners and dresses, you will be stress free with my easy guide to accessorizing for homecoming.

Personally, I love a little black dress no matter the occasion. Plus, you can easily accessorize it.

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We can go in two different directions with this dress: have statement shoes or statement jewelry.

For statement shoes, I would choose these babies:

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Steve Madden Pumps

I would pair these abstract-patterned pumps with simple jewelry, like this matching necklace and stud earrings.

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For statement jewelry, I would choose this absolutely fabulous statement necklace, along with a hint of color from these studded earrings.

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Since the jewelry is doing all the talking, pair these precious jewels with understated pumps.

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Chinese Laundry ‘Savvy’ Pump

Happy homecoming!

Mahal,
Bella

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Head Over Homecoming

Between balancing out your crazy class schedule and attending all the Friday night football games, there is one particular event that will be lingering in the back of every girl’s mind…homecoming.

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Now I love a form fitting, head-to-toe sequined dress just as much as the next girl, but that isn’t exactly practical for endless hours of socializing with your besties and breaking out into spontaneous dance parties. That’s why this simple, yet sophisticated, navy blue ensemble is the perfect choice. Its tiny crochet cutouts and darling diamond detail give the dress the prefect amount of elegance.

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When it comes to heels let’s be honest here, they end up coming off half way through the night. These sparkly pumps add just the right amount of glamour to the outfit even though they aren’t the most comfortable. I mean sometimes beauty is pain right?

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When deciding on jewelry to pair with your outfit, remember to choose pieces that will enhance your dress, not upstage it. I kept it simple with a pair of diamond tear drop earrings that perfectly complements the belt.

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And of course, we can’t forget about this absolutely adorable clutch. (It was my great-grandmothers from the 40’s…can you say vintage?) A few essentials I would make sure to have with me is gum, lip gloss, and of course my cell phone. You want to make sure to take tons of pics because trust me, it will be a night to remember!

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No matter what you wear to homecoming remember to make it your own, and most importantly…HAVE FUN!

Yours truly,
Caroline

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5 Favorite Looks for Homecoming

Today I played dress up with a few friends to find the perfect homecoming outfits.

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1. Brittney’s look is quirky and fun in her seafoam daisy dress.

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2. Eliza kept it simple with a classy black velvet dress and turquoise necklace.

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3. Brittney’s look is fierce and edgy with a red and black printed dress and jewel necklace.

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4. Caroline looks girly and sweet in her pink & lace maxi dress with pearl accessories.

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5. I went back to black like Eliza, but switched it up with a fitted velvet skirt and lace babydoll top.

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Whatever you wear, don’t forget to have fun!

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xo ॐ – Amber

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Homecoming His Way: 2 Looks for Guys

It’s one of the best times during your high school experience, and what we look forward to at the beginning of every school year: Homecoming. Now that you ladies have gone through hundreds of dresses and maybe even hundreds of dollars to ensure that your night is perfect, it’s time to think about what your date will wear. Some may argue that it’s more difficult for ladies to get ready for formal events, but us gentlemen don’t fall too far behind. It’s tough for us, too.

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Let’s break down a homecoming look that anyone’s date will look like a king in:

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Topman Skinny Fit Cotton Flannel Trousers (on sale right now!) | Calibrate Dress Shirt

Whether your date is a traditionalist or a guy who thinks outside the box, this look is fantastic. I paired a classic slim-fit black blazer with comfortable Topman Skinny Fit Trousers, then added a pop of color with a vibrant purple dress shirt. For guys who like to keep things more low-key, a white dress shirt would look just as sharp.

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To finish off, I opted for a silver watch and a Ted Baker bow tie. A colorful bow tie definitely separates you from everyone else in the room and really solidifies your individuality.

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For a stylish twist on the classic tuxedo, leather sleeves and lapels take things to the next level. I chose a cream-colored shirt and my favorite python dress shoes to complete the look.

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You don’t always have to conform to society or play by the rules: The best part about fashion is there aren’t any rules!

Enjoy your homecoming!
– James G.

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Shopping for the perfect homecoming look for can be quite stressful. I mean do you go for a more glam look? Or what about an edgy urban feel? But wait, there is also something to love about simple elegance… The possibilities are endless! Well, have no fear because I’ve put together three different looks that will hopefully help with all that dress stress.

1. White Hot
This stunning white dress is the epitome of elegance. Paired with a  crystal clutch, some simple diamond studs, and classic nude pumps you’ll be radiating chic sophistication all night long.

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 2. LBD Love
When in doubt, LBD it out! You can never go wrong with a basic black dress, plus it allows you to have fun with some colorful and unique accessories.

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3. Feeling Blue
Now here’s a look for all you glam girls out there. This vibrant blue dress with it’s amazing jeweled corset are perfectly complimeted by the gunmetal accessories. Plus if you and your friends happen to be seperated sometime throughout the night, you can just tell them to look for the most sparkling thing in the room!

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Even though what you wear to homecoming may seem like the most important thing ever, it’s really all about the memories you make. So don’t forget to laugh a lot, dance endlessly and enjoy every second of the the night.

Yours truly,
Caroline

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Stay golden,
Lily

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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!

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Bodycon dresses are great for the girls who love to be flirty and daring at homecoming. These dresses are perfect for dancing!

Shop bodycon dresses: 1 | 2 | 3

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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

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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?

Shop colorful dresses: 1 | 2 | 3

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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.

xoxo,
Clare

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School Spirit DIY

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.

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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!

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 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.

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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.

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This look is great for the homecoming game:

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Wear this to school the next day—after your team wins the big game:

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white button-down | necklace | similar skirt | flats

xoxo,
Clare

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Style Awards

I will let you all in on a secret: I am a HUGE award-show fan.  I love watching the red carpet coverage, celebrating when my favorites win, and yelling at the television when they don’t. Award season was kicked off with the People’s Choice Awards.  While there were some fashion risk-takers, the majority of the starlets’ sartorial choices were lackluster. I was impressed by Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Hough, though.

While they are both relative newcomers on the award show circuit, they looked great.  Julianne Hough’s sparkly and slightly celestial Tony Ward Couture dress looked great on her. Her shoes were a good choice in my opinion, and I loved her slightly unkempt hair. Most of all, the entire ensemble was youthful and fun, which suited her perfectly.

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I think fifteen-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz stole the show with her neon Simone Rocha mini-dress.  Almost every other celebrity chose darker colors, so the electric yellow really stood out.  Instead of appearing garish, it looked modern and chic on her.  I loved her simple makeup and half updo.

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Both of these dresses could easily be incorporated into your own wardrobes. You couldn’t go wrong with a shimmering A-line dress at a winter formal.  A bright fit-and-flare dress would be perfect for a spring lunch or date night. Even if they weren’t among the official winners that night, they both receive style awards from me.

~Brittany

Sources:
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UK Daily Mail Online

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La Mode de Moi

For those of you who speak no French, that means “my style”!

I thought that since I’m new to this and most of you don’t know me, I would give you a little taste of my fashion sense. You’ll see a lot more as the year progresses, so I’ll just show you a couple outfits for now.

For fall and winter, I am absolutely in love with the three colors in this first pic. This outfit encompasses all of my favorite wardrobe pieces. First, pullover sweaters—so comfortable and cute, but they can also look polished if styled the right way. Next, skater skirts; they have such a flattering shape on almost every figure. Last but not least, booties. What girl could live without a pair of booties?

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This is an outfit I recently wore out to dinner with my friends. I love it because it’s so different from a traditional skirt or dress. A look like this really sets you apart! It even incorporates tights like I mentioned earlier this week. You can get a pair like mine here in BP. The combination of black tights, black high-waisted shorts and black booties has an elongating effect on my legs. The sheer button-up also keeps the outfit feeling light. My shirt in white is no longer available, but you can still get it in some cute colors!

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The last outfit is my homecoming dress. Sorry I didn’t have a picture of just me, but this way you can see my beautiful friends! You can probably tell which girl is me, but if you’re still having trouble, I’ll give you a hint: I’m the Asian one! I wore a really simple sleeveless black dress with a turtleneck and put on a string of pearls for a little added glamour. I threw on a pair of chunky black heels and was good to go!

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Stay pretty,

Samantha

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