Even though you may like the look of a specific dress, you should try on a variety of different dresses in different colors and styles. For example, fabrics with a shiny or metallic finish tend to be less forgiving towards figure flaws, while matte colors tend to better camouflage troublesome areas in your figure. As soon as you have purchased your homecoming dress, you should begin shopping for your accessories, like shoes and purses. Ideally, before purchasing your accessories, you should be able to try them on with your dress. In most cases, it is recommended that you purchase your dress approximately four to six weeks before the date of homecoming. This allows you to have enough time to have any alterations your dress might need performed.

Your school's homecoming is going to provide one of the few times in your life that you will be able to wear a truly stunning formal gown. In order to ensure that you are able to choose the perfect homecoming dress, you should start your search for your dress at least two months in advance of the event, even if you do not have a date yet. Because you do not want to choose the same type of dress that everyone else has, you should allow your own sense of fashion to guide you in the dress selection process. You should also plan your budget for homecoming quickly so that you are able to start saving money right away. In addition to your dress, you will need to plan for shoes, accessories, makeup, and hair appointments.

While you are shopping for your dress, it might be helpful to bring along a friend or two. It is always preferable to have a second or third opinion before you make such an important purchase. If you want your dress to be a complete surprise to your friends, you can bring along your mom, sister, or cousin instead. If you put your dress on before you begin applying your makeup the night of the event, then you should put a button up shirt on over your dress to avoid any accidental spills or smudges getting on your dress. After all the work you have put into finding the perfect dress, you don't want to accidentally mess it up! Most importantly, your homecoming dress should be a reflection of your unique personality, but it should be comfortable for you to move around in as well.