10 homecoming dress shopping tips

Here are a few tips that can help you prepare for the shopping trip and perfect your look.

Here are a few tips that can help you prepare for the shopping trip and perfect your look.

The school year just began, but homecoming is going to be here before you know it. Between the big rivalry football game, the annual bonfire and the other school-sponsored activities, you’ve got a lot of spirited events to prepare for. And you can’t forget the homecoming dance – it’s time to find your gown!┬áHere are 10 tips that can help you prepare for the shopping trip and find you the perfect dress:

1. Do some research
Before you head to the mall, do some research to get an idea of what kind of dress you’ll want. Look through the latest fashion magazines, browse beauty blogs and watch pop culture news for trends and style inspiration.

2. Know your budget
Whether you’re buying the dress on your own or your mom offers to take care of it, understand your budget before you start shopping. Lifescript suggested sitting down and deciding how much you’re willing to spend before you even plan the trip.

3. Set aside enough time for the trip
Everyone knows it’s homecoming season. That means the stores are going to have plenty of options to look through, and a lot of people are going to be out searching just like you. For these reasons, Stylish & Trendy recommended setting aside ample time for your shopping trip. This will give you a chance to browse through your options instead of making a decision on a time crunch.

4. Bring a buddy
At the end of the day, your opinion matters most, but it’s always helpful to keep someone else’s perspective in mind. Bringing one of your family members or friends along for the shopping trip can help you decide if something’s totally drab or totally fab.

5. Eat before you shop
Before you start shopping, make sure to sit down and eat something. Nobody wants to cut their dress shopping experience short just because they’re hungry – good decisions are never made on an empty stomach!

6. Start searching
Now that you’re fully prepared for the trip, start searching. Keeping your budget in mind, recall the inspiration you found from your research and dive into those dress racks.

7. Think about your body type
If you’ve grabbed a few dresses from the racks, tried them on and were unsatisfied, you may need to consider your body type. Certain dresses will fit people differently, so don’t get discouraged. A pear-shaped body, for instance, can be flattered by an embellished corset-style top, according to beauty blog by Unique-Vintage. Strapless and one-shoulder gowns work well for girls with an hour-glass shape.

8. Consider your skin tone
Choosing the perfect colored dress means keeping your skin tone in mind. Girls with a soft, pink complexion look great in lavender, plum and silver. Golden-olive and ebony skin tones look stunning in shades of white, black and vivid pink.

9. Choose comfortable shoes
Those stilettos might go perfectly with your dress, but are they going to be comfortable enough for you to wear all evening? You don’t want to end up taking your shoes off in the middle of the dance to relieve the pain. Instead, choose a stylish flat or short wedge. If you can’t imagine yourself wearing anything but heels to the dance, just make them more comfortable with sole inserts.

10. Don’t forget to accessorize
Once you’ve picked out your dress and shoes to match, accessorize with a simple necklace and a few bracelets. A chic BABY-G watch can help complete the look and ensure you’ll arrive to the dance on time!


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