5 Things to Consider when Buying a Homecoming Dress Online

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More and more people are shopping for homecoming dresses online these days and for many reasons. While some will do so to cut costs, others simply prefer the online shopping experience and want to get access to a wider selection than they would at a regular store. However, before you start shopping for a dress online, there are a few things you have to consider first to make sure that you will be happy with your purchase. Here are some of the things you should know when buying a homecoming dress online.

Know Your Measurements

Formal wear is known for skewing their dress sizes low so that you’re thrilled to fit into a size four and more likely to buy that dress. This is why you cannot use your normal dress size when buying a homecoming dress. Then there’s the fact that your dimensions might have changed over the past few months, and you don’t want to feel uncomfortable during your homecoming night.

The solution is to know your measurements. The only way to make sure that your measurements are correct is to go to a tailor and have them take your measurements for you. You need to know your bust, waist and hips measurements at a minimum. Know how low you’re willing to let the neckline go and how low you want the skirt to be. Then you can narrow down any store’s selection to what will look good on you.

Settle on a Budget

You should have a budget in mind before you buy the dress and any other accessories. When you set a spending limit, remember that this should include the dress, the shoes if you’re buying new ones, and any other accessories you may get. When you’re shopping online, remember to factor in the shipping costs. Plan on shopping as early as possible, though, or you’ll have to pay extra for expedited shipping to get the homecoming dress in time.

Look for Quality Online Stores

Finding a quality online store ensures that the dress they send you is the one shown in the photos. They’ll be accurate regarding sizes and have good customer service if problems arise. If you want to make sure, just call their customer service and see how responsive and helpful they are. This should not only give you an idea of how well they treat customers but a general idea about what you can expect in terms of quality as well.

Don’t make the mistake of going for a supplier simply for the cost either because the dress may end up being a cheap imitation or not arrive before the dance. Skip the online testimonials and check out reviews for the site online. Another important thing you should look for is their return policy. Make sure that it is clear and isn’t ridden with tons of fine print. Always check what others had to say about them and making returns, to make sure that the process goes smoothly if needs be.

Know Your Style

You should also make sure that you know exactly what you’re looking for and that the store has the style of dress that you want. Are you looking for a backless dress, a plunging neckline, a form-fitting evening gown or slit skirt? Have at least an idea of the look you want. You’ll also save time if you have a list of design elements you don’t want, whether it is strapless gowns, nearly see-through material, or a taffeta skirt.

You can then start looking at various websites and see what they have to offer. Suppliers like JVN, for instance, are known for their wide selection and variety of styles. You’ll find homecoming dresses by JVN that will look great no matter your body type and you’ll be able to search specifically for long or short dresses, off the shoulder, two-piece dresses or more conservative styles. JVN allows you to narrow the selection down further by dress color as well.

Think about the Long Term

When you’re shopping for a homecoming dress, think about the long-term potential for the dress. Can you wear it as a formal party dress later? Would you be able to wear it on fancy date nights? You might be able to justify stretching your budget if you’re going to wear the dress on other occasions. In this case, you could go for an evening gown that you won’t have to toss in the back of the closet once you’re done with it.


Buying a homecoming dress online allows you to find just the right dress for you in terms of style, color, and size. Take the time to make the right decision and you’ll be able to find the perfect dress for you without breaking the bank.


Hi there! I am Emily Evert, the owner of Emily Reviews. I am 25 and live in a small town in Michigan with my boyfriend Ryan and our two pugs. I have a large family and I adore my nieces and nephews. I am a calorie counter who loves soda. I budget to save money so I can spend it on my dogs. I love reading memoirs, and learning about child development and psychology. I love watching The Game of Thrones, Teen Mom, Sister Wives and Veep. I like listening to Jason Isbell, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson and Blue October. I created Emily Reviews as a creative outlet to share my life and the products that I love with others.

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