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Homecoming Dress Trends for 2018

Fall is full of fun traditions, from grabbing pumpkin spice lattes and cozying up with your favorite flannels, to watching football games and preparing for homecoming with your best gal pals. Picking out a dress should also be an experience to look forward to, and researching the current homecoming dress trends is a great way to prepare for your shopping trip. From colors to materials, here are some current trends to embrace . . .

Three girls wearing blush pink homecoming dresses, smiling and laughing.

Homecoming Dress Trends for 2018

The Color Blush

Blush is having a moment. We’ve seen this color pop up countless times on recent fashion runways, which is one reason why you can easily find it on store racks. This hue is flattering on many different types of skin tones. If you are on the fairer side, go with a darker shade of blush to avoid looking washed out in photos. If you want to show off the remnants of your summer tan, opt for a lighter shade. This whimsical fairytale ballgown is available in blush, and don’t even get us started on this two-piece by Jovani Prom.

High Necklines

Show off your inner Audrey Hepburn at homecoming with a high neckline. The classic Givenchy dress that she wore in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s has inspired designers year after year, but it’s having a particularly strong comeback this year and deserves a spot on the most popular prom dress trends of 2018. Want to try the look out for yourself? We love this sleek, sophisticated homecoming dress by Sherri Hill. If you want to stand out from the crowd with a shorter dress with a high neckline, check out this gorgeous little black dress also by Sherri Hill.

Flowy Peasant Sleeves

Peasant sleeves have weaved their way in and out of the limelight since the medieval era. Although these flowy sleeves experienced a brief revival in the early 2000s, the last time we saw this trend experience as much popularity as today was the 1970s. Many people wear peasant-sleeve tops, but consider taking the trend to the next level by wearing a homecoming dress with draping sleeves. Ellie Wilde designed this elegant black dress with cascading lace sleeves.

Vintage-Inspired Prints and Patterns

Turns out ornate designs work for more than just wallpaper. This season, you can find quite the selection of royal-looking patterns on a variety of dresses. If you’re looking for a flattering dress shape with a pattern that won’t overwhelm your frame, this Jovani Gown will help you embrace the trend. For more of a subtle touch of a pattern, go with this Sherri Hill dress that has a beautiful cross-stitch design on the top half of the dress.

Smooth Velvet

There’s a reason velvet is super popular this season. It’s smooth to the touch and has a naturally shimmery look without containing a trace of metallic, glitter, or sequins. True velvet is rare, made entirely of silk, and costs several hundred dollars per yard. Luckily, you can still get the look without breaking the bank, thanks to cheaper alternative materials that mimic the look of silk, like cotton, linen, mohair, and wool. You’ll be sure to turn heads in a velvet gown, like this luxurious wine-colored dress by La Femme.


Are you in the market for a homecoming dress? If you live in southern Missouri or northern Arkansas, stop by Normans Bridal today. Our team members are passionate about researching upcoming homecoming dress trends so that we can fill our racks with the best selection. We’ll help you find the dress you’ve been dreaming of and can make recommendations on shape, color, and fabric. To schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 417-866-9800 or contact us through our website. Our wide selection of dresses and affordable prices will make shopping for your homecoming dress a fun and unforgettable experience.