PARTY QUEEN / Aug 31, 2022


Homecoming dresses come in every color of the rainbow. So if you’re wondering how to dress for homecoming, you’re probably looking for more practical advice, like which colors to wear to homecoming based on your complexion.

While we believe you should wear whatever you love and feel most confident in, we also understand you may need help narrowing down the options. So today, we’re providing color suggestions for every skin tone.

💛 Find Flattering Colors for Your Skin Tone 💚

If you’re researching what colors to wear to homecoming, read on below. We’ll help you find a color that’ll make you glow!

1. Dark skin tones: bright jewels, pastels, or metallics

Homecoming is not a day to blend into the crowd. So if you’re wondering how to dress for homecoming, our biggest advice is to find a dress that’ll make you stand out. Few occasions allow you to wear something so eye-catching!

For those with darker skin tones, that means choosing bright jewel or pastel colors because they’ll make your complexion pop. Examples of jewel tones are ruby red, amethyst purple, and emerald green. Examples of pastels are peach, lavender, mint, baby blue, and baby pink.

You’ll also look stunning in metallics, like champagne, gold, copper, or silver. If you’re a gal ready to embrace your inner queen, these shiny shades are calling your name!

blush babydoll prom dress

Get the look: style GS1995 | 3D Floral Applique Embellished Glitter Mesh Sweetheart Short Dress

2. Medium skin tones: jewel tones, metallics

What colors should you wear to homecoming if you have a medium skin tone? Like darker skin tones, jewel colors are a great choice! Specifically, anything in the blue or green family is guaranteed to flatter. Think: emerald green, turquoise, and sapphire blue. But if you love shades of red and purple, don’t hesitate to try on a ruby or amethyst homecoming dress too!

You also can’t go wrong with metallic colors, like champagne, gold, copper, or silver. Better yet, you can choose a jewel tone dress with metallic embellishments or accessories! It’s the best of both worlds.

tiffany blue babydoll prom dress

Get the look: style GS1999 | Sequin Floral Applique V-Back Glitter Mesh Homecoming Dress

3. Olive skin tones: Bright warm colors, greens

How do you dress for homecoming if you have an olive skin tone? Colors that bring out your complexion best are bright warm colors, like red, coral, or orange. You’ll also look fab in anything green.

In addition to what color you’ll wear to homecoming, we also recommend considering the fabric. If you choose a bright warm color, such as red, explore fabrics like satin to make your dress even more eye-catching. Or, if you opt for a green shade, a shimmery fabric made of glitter will surely turn some heads.

burgundy satin prom dress

Get the look: style GS2855 | Jewel Accented Waistline Satin Short Dress w/ Strap Back

4. Warm, light skin tones: earthy shades, neutral colors

If you have a warm, light skin tone (usually those with light blond or red hair and rosy cheeks), the colors that consistently look fabulous on you are earthy shades and neutral colors. What are earthy shades? Think: green, brown, and bronze colors. Examples of neutrals are taupe, gray, and cream.

Worried your outfit may look a bit muted? Here’s how you can dial it up:

  • ✔️ Opt for a bolder shade of green or brown, like evergreen or terracotta.
  • ✔️ Choose a dress with sparkling embellishments, like sequins, jewels, and glitter, or a lustrous fabric like satin.
  • ✔️ Spice up your makeup! Rock a striking lipstick or eyeshadow.

silver tulle prom dress

Get the look: style GS1052 | Strapless Sweetheart Beaded Tulle Short Dress with Pleated Satin Waistband

5. Cool, fair skin tones: jewel tones, peachy colors

If you have a cool, fair skin tone (usually those with dark hair and less color in the cheeks), the colors known to complement you best are peachy colors and jewel tones.

What does that mean in terms of how you dress for homecoming? What colors do we recommend? Well, the color peach comes in many different shades. You could try a light peachy-pink hue like blush or a deeper peachy-orange like coral. When it comes to jewel tones, you know the drill. Colors like sapphire, emerald, and ruby will all bring out your complexion beautifully.

Looking to add sparkle? We recommend choosing rose gold or gold embellishments over silver to enhance your glow.

blush sweetheart neckline prom dress

Get the look: style GS1980 | Glitter and Sequin Embellished Bodice Sweetheart Mesh Homecoming Dress

Need More Help On How to Dress for Homecoming?

Now that we’ve recommended some colors to wear to homecoming, have you picked the perfect shade? Here are some blogs to help you explore dresses in specific colors:

Or, check out these other blogs for styling tips and more dress inspo!

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