There are many different places that sell dresses perfect for homecoming, prom, or any other formal occasion. But which ones should you choose? It all depends on your size, the style you are looking for, and the price you are willing to pay.
First, if you know a particular store does not sell your size, you will want to mark it off the list of potential stores. This way, you will not have to worry about spending an hour looking through the racks and coming up with nothing to even try on. A great place to look for the perfect homecoming dress is actually easier than you think. If you have a favorite store and you know that they sell formal dresses, you will want to go there first. Chances are, if you bought clothes from them before you will be able to find the right size for you dress.
Price is also another key factor in searching for a dress. Not everyone can just ask mom and dad for the money. Some of you may even be spending your own money on the dress, so finding a bargain is probably one of the top reasons to get or not get a dress. You will find that department stores and bridal stores will probably be the most expensive when in comes to formal dresses. But if you want high quality, these are the places to check out. But for those dress shoppers on a budget, bridal outlet stores can be a great way to get a bargain on a bridesmaidís dress that will look great for homecoming.
The style of the dress also needs to work not only for the occasion, but your body type. Make sure to try on plenty of dresses so that you can find the cut and fit that is best for your body. And since this is homecoming, not prom, you will want avoid dresses that look too much like a prom dress. Instead, you will want to stick with those dresses that you could use again at a semi-formal function and no one would be the wiser.
Most stores are ready for the homecoming crowd about two weeks before the local events, but if you are a really savvy shopper and want to find the perfect dress without the hassle, you will want to shop about a month to three weeks before the event.
If there are some resale shops around, that is always a good place to start because often times you can find some unique dresses that havent even been worn yet. Otherwise check out Marshalls for some possible good deals. If you are not on a super tight budget then head over to Macy's and check out their normally wide selection of homecoming dresses.