HoCo, Prom, Semi-Formals, and Formals – Oh My!

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It’s hard enough just figuring out which is which, let alone finding the perfect dress for prom, another for Homecoming (HoCo), and another one for Winter or Spring Formal or Semi-Formal. No one owns that many gorgeous gowns or sharp suits! To give those folks who are newer to the scene a cheat-sheet they can use to understand what each event is, who usually attends, and what is generally needed for each, we put together a super-quick guide to all of these types of school dances and have shared it below for your information. i Homecoming (HoCo) Homecoming dances are held as part of a fall tradition that usually includes a football game, a semi-formal or formal dance, and sometimes other alumni spirit activities. Though the dances are usually reserved for high school, most colleges also have weekends called Homecoming with multiple events. The homecoming dance, like many proms, may have a court where students vote for a “king” and “queen”. Unlike prom, they are usually crowned at the associated football game. HoCo is usually open to more grade levels than proms, which are frequently the domain of upperclassmen (or women) and their dates). Men generally wear tuxes or dark […]

Hurricane Florence Impacts Homecoming Season

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Our hearts go out to the millions of people impacted by the potentially disastrous beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. Most notably, the millions of residents of North and South Carolina, as well as portions of Georgia and Florida, who are sitting directly in the path of a hurricane that has been a consistent Category 4 for the last few days and has approached Category 5 status. The whole southeastern and mid-Atlantic seaboard have been at heightened alert this September 2018 week. This is traditionally the time of year when high schools and colleges are celebrating their homecoming seasons, welcoming back alumni, hosting high-profile football games and holding their first semi-formal dances of the year. Now, young men and women who had been focused on finding the perfect semiformal homecoming dress or the ideal suit are worried about far more serious and unnerving issues as they await landfall and the ultimate path of what promises to be only the first of numerous powerful and destructive hurricanes this season. It’s hard to underestimate the emotional and practical toll that this takes on our youth as well as our educational institutions. Forbes acknowledged the latter in its article about the financial impact […]

Flower Meanings and Homecoming Dances

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A formal event tradition, the giving of corsages and boutonnieres never goes out of style. Homecoming dances may be semi-formal, as compared to their more formal cousin, prom, but many dates still give the gift of a personal flower to be worn on the wrist, or attached with a pin either at the shoulder of a homecoming dress or to the lapel of a suit or tux. As with all flower gifts, the blooms in a boutonniere or corsage have traditional meanings. While fewer people are familiar with the language of flowers these days, it would still be nice to have an idea of what you might be saying to your date, right? Historic Context of Corsages and Boutonnieres (‘Cause you know you’re curious) According to FTD, one of the world’s largest providers of personal flowers, in the Victorian era men and women wore flowers attached to their formalwear to ward evil spirits way. Blooms also helped mask the odors that could be associated with dancing folks in stuffy costumes who didn’t yet make bathing a regular activity! Trust that no corsage or boutonniere will adequately mask body odor these days, so great personal hygiene is a most for homecoming […]

LoveProm Shares Best Cosmetic and Self-Care Tips for Prom

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Over time we have put together quite a bit of great information to help you get ready for prom. From skin care suggestions to makeup tips, to advice about choosing the right hairstyle to complement your perfect prom dress, we have all of the details you need to look and feel your best on prom night. We wanted to ping the following articles which represent some of our best and most popular topics in case you missed any of them the first time around! Find our best tips on how to make your makeup last longer, here. We shared some basic prom makeup tips here and focused specifically on lashes, here. Learn all the ins and outs of prom manicures, here. Get the real scoop on whether or not teeth whitening is for you, here. Explore your hairstyle options here and here. You can even find out our top recommendations for getting the softest hands for prom, here. Of course, there is much, much more here. This list will get you started. Look for more soon!

Homecoming Season Is Near

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High school homecoming season is quickly approaching. Most schools host a homecoming football game in the fall, inviting alumni to join the current student body, faculty, and staff in a celebration of school tradition. Often there is a student dance associated with homecoming – the iconic Homecoming Dance. You might be thinking, “It’s summer break still! I don’t have to think about fall.” Back-to-school time is just around the corner. Whether you’ve already gone back to school or still have weeks left before you return, it’s not too early to start thinking about what you’ll wear to homecoming. If you plan to order your dress online, you’ll want some extra time built in for shipping and for any adjustments you might need to make. To start the Homecoming season, we’ve pulled some dresses that would be perfect for Homecoming, an event that is usually less formal than prom. While there are sometimes Homecoming kings and queens, overall the event is a smaller production than most proms. A short prom dress with cute heels is a perfectly acceptable combination, like this grey racerback A-line two-piece dress with lace accents on the bodice and a bold floral print skirt. Two-piece dresses continue to […]

Prom vs. Formal: What’s the Difference?

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Middle and high school are the prime years for dressy dances, outlandish invitations and questions about etiquette, fashion and about a million unwritten rules. To make everything more fun, there are different “levels” of events that require teens to find their way in an often confusing system. One of the most common questions parents (and many teens) ask is, “what is the difference between proms and formals?” The simplest answer is that proms are usually reserved for high school, many times just for juniors and seniors, while formal events can reach all the way down to the middle school level. A “formal” is usually associated with a season (Winter Formal, Spring Formal), an event (Homecoming) or an end of grade celebration (8th Grade Formal). There are, just to confuse the issue, semi-formal dances as well! Proms tend to be the fanciest, most official and yes – most expensive – of all of the dances. Prom dresses are suitable for the most official of evening gatherings and black tie (or, in the case of teen fashion today some variation on a theme) is usually expected. Court or No Court? The crowning of “royalty” at an event is mostly the discretion of […]