With summer coming to an end, that means it's time to get ready to go back to school. Of course, back to school also means celebrating homecoming.
Homecoming is a fall tradition and rite of passage for high school students. While the festivities vary from community to community, most homecoming activities include a formal or semi-formal dance. For the ladies, this is an ideal opportunity to get dressed up.
For this year, we love the idea of a classic black dress. This look is simple and looks great on pretty much everyone. Also, unlike a lot of other homecoming dresses, you can always wear a black dress again. By adding different accessories to a black dress, you can make an entirely new outfit.
Of course, with a big event like a homecoming, it's natural to worry that a black dress would be too simple. But it's all about how you style it. Black homecoming dresses can be easily enhanced with a variety of accessories.
Here are favorite ways to style your black dress for this year's homecoming.
Make a Statement with your Jewelry
One easy way to accessorize your black dress is with some beautiful jewelry. This can liven up your look by adding some color and shine.
For instance, a large statement necklace can make black homecoming dresses with a simple neckline more interesting. A necklace with chunky, brightly colored stones can create a dramatic effect. Or, for something more classic, you could choose a necklace with a thin chain and an elegant pendant.
Another choice for jewelry is a pair of big and bold earrings. Both long, dangly earrings and large hoops can help draw attention to the face. Or, you can try some large studs, for a unique look.
We also love bracelets with black homecoming dresses. You can either wear a single, large bangle or try stacking multiple smaller bracelets. The latter choice will add more variety to your outfit.
Add a Pop of Color with your Shoes
An easy way to add color to your outfit when wearing a solid black dress is by pairing it with brightly colored shoes. Since the dress itself is simple, you can take risks by choosing more elaborate and creative shoes.
For instance, you could wear heels in a bold color like red or turquoise. Or, you could go for something more unique, like an animal print. Choosing an interesting material, like leather or velvet, can also make your outfit more interesting.
Don't forget that heels aren't your only choice for formal shoes. A pair of fun flats can be just as effective in adding an interesting touch to your dress. We especially love the idea of flats that include a buckle, or a gem.
Black Homecoming Dresses look Great with Layers
Typically, homecoming in celebrated in the fall. Depending on where you live, it might be chilly out. Luckily, adding layers to black homecoming dresses will both keep you warm, and add to your style.
You could choose tights that add a different color, pattern, or texture to your outfit. For instance, lace tights are a great way to make your style more formal. By contrast, patterned tights with interesting shapes will add variation and complexity.
A jacket or sweater is another multi-purpose layer you can add to your dress. We love the idea of a blazer with shortened sleeves. Also, blazers and sweaters are a particularly good option because you can always remove them during the course of the night.
For a loose-fitting dress, a belt or a sash can help draw attention to your waist and show off your figure. A brightly colored or glittery piece will be particularly striking.
Coordinate your Hair and Makeup
When you're putting your outfit together, remember to consider how you want to do your hair and makeup. The style you choose will make your outfit more or less sophisticated, depending on the look you're going for.
For something simple, you can wear your hair down, in loose curls. You can also use a volumizing spray to add depth to your hair.
Hair accessories are a great way to step up your look. A hair band or a large barrette will look feminine, and add an interesting touch. It will also help draw attention to your face.
For makeup, we love the idea of choosing a bright red lipstick. The vibrancy of this color contrasts nicely with black homecoming dresses.
Don't Forget about Your Bag
Finally, whenever you're putting an outfit together, it's important to consider your bag. Your bag is more than a functional piece to carry your belongings. It's also an important accessory that can add to the overall style of your outfit.
Depending on what kind of look you're going for, there are different handbag choices to add to your black homecoming dress.
For instance, a cross-body bag creates a daring look. Choosing a bag in a contrasting color will make your style look more complex.
That said, while we love the look of a bag with a strap, it's not necessarily the most formal choice. But, if you are going for something a little more casual, a cross-body bag works perfectly. For a truly formal look, the best choice is an elegant clutch.
Bringing the Outfit Together
Remember that one of the best features of a black dress is its simplicity. The "little black dress" is a classic look, and it's easy to elevate with fun accessories.
But keep in mind that you shouldn't overdo it with the accessories. Adding too many pieces to the dress can defeat the purpose of choosing a simple dress in the first place. For this reason, we recommend choosing one or two statement pieces.
For instance, if you decide to wear a statement necklace, then you should choose simple earrings. Similarly, if you wear fun shoes, make sure to carry a simple bag. These choices will bring balance to your outfit.
What's your favorite way to style black homecoming dresses? Let us know in the comments!