PARTY QUEEN / Oct 09, 2023


When September approaches it’s time to prepare for homecoming! Your biggest task? Finding your homecoming dress, of course!

What is a homecoming dress or hoco dress? Most homecoming events expect a semi-formal dress code. So you could wear a short cocktail dress, long gown, or two-piece ensemble (as long as it’s not ripped jeans and a tee).Commonly, girls will wear a short cocktail dress—and they’ll reserve long formal gowns for prom. Today, we’re going to show you the most popular styles at our boutique. But with so many to choose from, we encourage you to also take a peek at our full homecoming dress selection!

👗 What to Wear to Homecoming: GLS Bestsellers 💕

What kind of dress do you wear to homecoming? At the end of the day, you should wear what you feel most confident in! But if you need a place to start, here are five of our most popular styles for hoco dresses. In any of these dresses, you’re bound to turn heads!

1. Red babydoll dress with butterfly applique

If you’re wondering what to wear to homecoming, your first order of business is finding the right silhouette.

Good news: you don’t have to look much further. Babydoll dresses are the go-to for many ladies because they flatter all body types. Like the A-line silhouette, it cinches and flares out at the waist, accentuating your hourglass shape.

Short dresses are more casual which is why they’re popular for homecoming. However, if you’re looking to zhuzh up your outfit, look for a mesh skirt with some volume. This fabric will definitely create a more dramatic effect.

Embellishments and color choice can also make your hoco look stand out. A vibrant red homecoming dress, of course, will catch eyes. Embellishments (like sequins) and embroidery (like applique) are also great ways to dial up your outfit. Don’t you just love the butterfly applique here?!

burgundy butterfly applique glitter mesh babydoll short dress

Get the look: style GS3186 | Butterfly Applique Sequin Mesh Babydoll Dress w/ Sheer Straps

2. Navy and gold sweetheart babydoll dress

Looking for a homecoming dress with a little bit of bling? You’re not alone!

Homecoming is a time to wear something special. Gold or silver accents are just the thing for an event like this. A dark backdrop, like navy or black, will balance out the metallic details beautifully. Choose a dress with some subtle glitter on the skirt and you’ll totally shimmer under the lights.

We also love the romantic feel of the bodice. The corset back is not only super trendy, but will also cinch your waist and show off your curves. And then the off-the-shoulder sleeves paired with a sweetheart neckline—how dreamy!

We recommend skipping any necklaces and sweeping your hair back to show off your shoulders and collarbone for this outfit. So, so chic.

woman in navy blue cocktail dress

Get the look: style GS1978 | Sweethearted Glitter Mesh Homecoming Dress w/ Corset Back

3. Gold embellished babydoll dress

Wondering what to wear to homecoming that’ll really make a statement? Loved the dress above but wished there was more gold? (We’ve been there, we get it.) Then this gold hoco dress has your name on it.

Dripping in head-to-toe gold embellishments, this homecoming dress is a bestseller for a reason. Sequins, glitter, embroidery, applique—it has it all. If you look closely, you’ll see butterflies delicately woven into the designs.

While it’s certainly flashy, it’s also functional. The sleeves will keep you feeling secure so you can dance the evening away.

Some ladies say this hoco dress gives modern-day Belle from Beauty and the Beast. We totally agree. The sweetheart neckline, corset back, gold color—yes it’s checking off all the boxes! Go on, have your princess moment.

champagne glitter sequin embroidery mesh babydoll short dress

Get the look: style GS3187 | Butterfly Applique Mesh Babydoll Dress w/ Detachable Side Mesh Drapes

4. Lilac babydoll dress with floral applique

If you love pastel colors, this hoco dress is a fan favorite!

Lilac is on trend right now and it’s not going anywhere. It looks great on all skin tones and will enhance your summer glow.

For the self-proclaimed girly-girls, you’ll love the floral applique details. The sweetheart neckline and off-the-shoulder sleeves also work to celebrate your feminine energy.

As you can tell, corset bodices are everywhere right now. And this dress takes it up a notch with a sheer mesh corset bodice. But the pastel color and floral embroidery balance it out, making it hoco-friendly. (We love it when we can have the best of both worlds!)

In a short babydoll dress, your shoes will be on full display! We recommend white, silver, or nude heels or sandals to complete this look.

 Lilac babydoll dress with floral applique

Get the look: style GS3096 | Illusion Sweetheart Mesh Babydoll Short Dress w/ Sheer Bodice

5. Baby blue asymmetrical dress

While babydoll dresses are very popular, you can opt for other silhouettes too. Another favorite among our customers are bodycon homecoming dresses (If you got it, flaunt it!).

The head-to-toe sequins will definitely create a showstopping look—you won’t be blending in wearing this! If you want to dial it up more, this dress is also offered in fuschia (Barbie moment!). But if you want to keep the color more neutral, go for the baby blue or blush option.

This homecoming dress also has an asymmetrical neckline with one long sleeve, detailed with feathers, which is super unique. If you like to lead fashion trends, not follow them, then you should totally rock this fresh style.

baby blue asymmetric neckline feather embellished bodycon short dress

Get the look: style GS3092 | Asymmetric Sequin Bodycon Short Dress w/ Feather Embellishment

“Where Can I Buy a Homecoming Dress?” Right Here!

Yes—if any of these styles (or any in our GLS catalog) catch your eye, take a look at our store locator to find a boutique near you.

If you’re still searching, then don’t leave just yet! Here are more homecoming blogs curated just for you:

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