Calling all high school girls! If your worst nightmare involves showing up to your school's homecoming dance only to find out you wore the same dress as your classmate, this one's for you. To avoid such a cringe-worthy situation, we put ourselves in your shoes to scour the (virtual) racks for the cocktail dresses of your homecoming dreams. Your friends and classmates know you as one of the most stylish people, and now is the best moment to show off your sterling knowledge of what's cool by wearing a trend no one else has tried yet or that up-and-coming label everyone is talking about.
If we had to go back to our high school days, we totally would have picked out these dresses to wear to school dances and beyond. Cocktail dresses are so versatile for all kinds of occasions, so you might as well make it worth your while and buy a piece that will last.
Keep reading to shop the cocktail dresses that feel so fresh for your homecoming dance (and all your other occasions).
Don't overlook a long-sleeve dress—this option is so pretty.
The cold shoulder done right.
Perfectly placed cutouts.
For the '90s-obsessed girl.
Dress up this slip dress with dainty gold jewelry.
The back of this dress is so unexpected.
The It color of the season.
Not your average slip dress.
For the fan of the off-the-shoulder trend.
Simple and cool.
Such a fun one-shoulder option.
This would be adorable with black platforms.
The slip dress's older cousin.
A flowy dress for maximum movement.
Crushed velvet feels so luxe.
Meet your next pretty LBD.
For the homecoming dance and beyond.