The Ultimate List of Homecoming Dress Trends for 2018

Fall is upon us, which means homecoming is fast approaching. If you haven’t already done so, it’s high time to figure out what you’ll be wearing to the season’s biggest formal event. Life may be getting a lot busier with a new school year beginning, and in addition to being pressed for time, it can be difficult to know where to begin when looking for the perfect gown.

To help with your search, we’ve identified some of the biggest style trends for this homecoming season, pulling out tips on which fabrics, silhouettes and colors are in vogue. Being on trend doesn’t mean being a slave to fashion, since by adding your own flair, you can bend the trend to fit your personal style.

So, what’s in this formal season? Follow our homecoming dress trends below:

Homecoming Trend: Fabric!

First off, Fabrics.

Metallic and Shimmering

If you’re a fan of the shiny and glittery, you’ll be thrilled that metallic and shimmering fabrics are hot this autumn. This allows you a huge range of fabrics and hues to play with, such as this short, gold formal dress by Bariano.


This Saiid Kobeisy gown is a unique look that will definitely make you stand out from the crowd. It contrasts metallic elements with soft, translucent fabric.

This silvery sequined cocktail dress is another interpretation of this metallic and shimmery trend. The short, form-fitting gown is designed for the lady who is confident in her body and wants to stand out and bedazzle.

Shimmer to the max with this fully-sequined floor-length column dress. It comes in a variety of colors, including black, pink, burgundy, gold and platinum.

Darker Toned Prints

Prints are in for the fall, but this season’s trends are a far cry from the pale and white colors that defined spring and summer. Look out instead for prints with dark backgrounds and metallic accents, darker tones and fall-themed colors.

This floor-length evening gown by Jovani exemplifies the trend, with its turquoise roses against a blue background.

Also by Jovani, this halter-necked long gown has white roses on a black backdrop.

Show off your midriff and back with this two-piece outfit by Nina Canacci. Thee wide, floor-length A-line skirt is in a colorful print set on black.


Satin is another happening trend this autumn. A well-constructed formal gown in satin can be stunning, like this one by Edward Arsouni. Satin can be an unforgiving fabric, so you will need your gown to be impeccably cut and tailored.

This short, fun and flirty cocktail dress is another great way to wear the satin trend. Designed by Sherri Hill, it’s available at New York Dress in a number of colors, including pink, ivory, blue, and green.

Homecoming trends by style

Second, Styles.

Focus on sleeves

Dramatic, flirty sleeves are very much in this season. This gown shows one direction to take this look. Designed by Faviana, its bell-shaped, flowing off-the shoulder sleeves are in perfect balance with its long, figure-skimming skirt.

Strategically-placed mesh makes this dress by Beside Couture appear more revealing than it actually is. The puffed long sleeves add a touch of romance to this floor-length gown.

Short dresses

Homecoming events tend to be less formal than prom, so you will generally be able to wear a short cocktail dress as opposed to a full-length evening gown. As it happens, short dresses are on trend this autumn.

This outfit is a good choice for a semi-formal event. Made up of short, form-fitting separates, it will allow you to show off your legs and midriff.

Combining three trends at once, this dress by La Femme is short, has dramatic, flirty sleeves and printed details against a black background.

Jump suits

Jump-suits are another trend that mesh well with semi-formal homecoming events. When everyone else is wearing a dress or a gown, a jump-suit such as this one by Jovani or this by Sherri Hill will set you apart and highlight your individuality.

Color trends for homecoming 2018

Third, Color Tones.

Fall is naturally the season with the most spectacular color palette of the year. For fall 2018, the on-trend colors are deep and rich.

Look out for wine-colored garments, such as this short, off-the-shoulder dress by Faviana, or this long-sleeved cocktail dress by Sherri Hill.

Black and navy are also on trend. Sherri Hill has two looks that fit the bill. This short cocktail outfit is fun, young, and flirty, while this two-piece cocktail ensemble combines black with bling, hitting three of this season’s trends: length, color and shimmer.

Bright pink is also a big color this season. This strapless, backless gown by Jovani adds shiny beadwork to the pink, satin fabric, this ticking off three seasonal trends in one outfit.

Shop This Season’s Top Homecoming Trends at NewYorkDress

Among this season’s trends are elements that are flattering to many body types. There is plenty of room for interpretation, meaning that you can be on trend without sacrificing your own personal flair.

NewYorkDress has a huge selection of high-quality formal garments to choose from, all of them created by top designers. Browse our collection now to find your perfect outfit for this fall’s homecoming formal.

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