PARTY QUEEN / Jul 27, 2021


Homecoming is fast approaching—have you picked out your dress yet?

When buying a homecoming dress, there are many things to consider, such as length, material, silhouette, and color.

Some of you may have your eyes on a red homecoming dress—a bold choice! Red is one of the most visible colors in the color spectrum; its striking shade can instantly grab people's attention. It can be a tricky color to pull off. But if styled right, you'll be turning heads for all the right reasons.

So that's why we're here today. With these five styling tips, you'll be well on your way to rocking this fiery shade on homecoming.

1. Add some gold or silver sparkle

We love red homecoming dresses because they go well with any bling—silver or gold!

We're not just talking about jewelry and accessories. Because homecoming dresses are typically short in length (naturally making them more semi-formal), you can dial up the glam with a dress that features silver and gold embellishments. To really let these sparkling metals shine through, opt for a dark red homecoming dress.

Sequins, jewels, lace, beads, and more—your options are endless. If you want a lot of sparkle, go for a dress that features a fully bedazzled bodice. If you're looking for something more subtle, a red dress with a gold or silver belt would be perfect.

burgundy strapless gold sequin bodice mesh short dress

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

2. Add some texture

If adding some sparkle to your red homecoming dress is a little too bold for your taste, we recommend considering a textured dress or a darker shade. (This dark red short homecoming dress with sequins is calling your name!)

Adding texture, rather than a pop of color or sparkle, offers the perfect balance you're looking for—more oomph than a dress featuring just one material, but less flashy than an embellished one.

Tulle, mesh, beads, and sequins are all materials and embellishments that can jazz up your red homecoming dress.

Get the look: style GS1953 | Embroidered Bodice Boat Neck Cap Sleeve Tulle Short Dress w/ Rolled Hem

3. Pair with black, gold, silver or nude shoes

Because homecoming dresses are short, your feet will be front and center. In addition to getting a fabulous pedicure, you'll want to rock an eye-catching pair of shoes.

Wearing the same color shoes as your dress is a thing of the past. To rock a red homecoming dress, we recommend choosing a black, gold, silver, or nude pair.

For those who gravitate towards sparkle, go for gold or silver. If you'd like something a bit simpler, both black and nude would look great. For shorter gals, we recommend trying a pair of nude heels—those will really lengthen your legs!

While strappy heeled sandals seem to be the go-to for homecoming, wear what's comfortable to you—you'll be dancing the night away after all! A block heel is an excellent alternative if you want some height but also stability.

red asymmetric neckline sequin velvet short bodycon dress

Get the look: style GS3086 | Asymmetric Velvet Bodycon Short Dress w/ Sequin

4. Wear a belt

We love homecoming dresses that feature belts—and they work well here for two reasons.

First, it helps break up the monochromatic look. Some people worry that wearing only one color will make an outfit boring. Or, with a bold color like red, you may feel like there’s just too much color. This is entirely subjective, but if that thought crossed your mind, then try adding a belt! Thin or thick, it will do the trick.

Plus, belts accentuate your hourglass shape—who could say no to some extra curves?

red satin homecoming dress

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

5. Choose jewelry based on your neckline

Because your homecoming dress is fiery red, you're already bound to attract some eyes. There's no need to wear a lot of jewelry to complete your look—less is certainly more.

With that said, it is homecoming, after all. Take this opportunity to wear one or two of your finest pieces of jewelry! Here's how you can narrow down the options: choose your jewelry based on the neckline of your homecoming dress.

If it features a high neckline, we typically suggest pulling your hair up or away from your face—which means a pair of shoulder-grazing earrings would be perfect!

If your dress has a low V-neck, wear your hair down and rock your favorite necklace.

red homecoming dress

Get the look: style GS2314 | Lace Bodice A-Line Short Dress w/ Jeweled Waist Band

Need more inspo for your red homecoming dress?

You've chosen the color for your homecoming dress, but have you decided on the length? Accessories? The silhouette? Makeup? (We know, it's a lot to think about!)

Don't worry, you can find more homecoming dress inspo right here:

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