2012 Homecoming Dress Trends

September is right around the corner and for millions of girls that means its time to start looking for homecoming dresses. 2012 will be the chance for many girls to try out the bold and dynamic new trends in homecoming 2012 style. Homecoming is a particularly exciting event as dress codes are usually looser than prom, allowing girls to wear their favorite dresses, long or short, in a variety of styles. Here are a few of the biggest trends in homecoming 2012 style:

Sequins are an exceptionally popular trend this year. A sequined dress in bright colors will always make a statement but this trend is surprisingly versatile. A sequined bodice in whites or pastels creates a romantic look and sequins in black will always be classic and elegant.

Prints are another big trend for homecoming. Many people mistakenly assume that prints and formal wear can’t mix. This year will prove them wrong as top designers continue to prove that with the right cut, abstract and brightly colored prints can be both artistic and elegant.

Open back dresses have been hugely popular this summer and homecoming will be no exception. Open back dresses have the benefit of being sexy without being overdone and can reflect a variety of styles and personalities.

Strapless dresses continue to attract modern girls for homecoming. A strapless dress with a “sweetheart neckline” is particularly on trend. Reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe, this vintage bombshell look has returned proving that a dress can be both old-fashioned and sexy.

Short dresses are another favorite for this year’s homecoming. A formal event doesn’t always call for a floor-length gown. Cute and flirty cocktail dresses are easy to wear and a great addition to any wardrobe. Body-hugging dresses are especially on trend but girls looking for a shorter homecoming dress will have lots of choice in 2012.

Pleated skirts are also a favorite for homecoming dresses. Long pleats are a new designer trend that is both feminine and modern. Pleated dresses are often worn in understated colors like pink, cream and light blue. The pleats create a skirt with the perfect amount of volume for any homecoming dress.

A homecoming outfit is never complete without the right accessories. Sparkles and sequins are a trend that carries over into homecoming accessories. Peep-toe and platform heels with a little bit of sparkle are perfectly on trend for homecoming 2012 style. Jewelry in color also makes a great statement for homecoming especially colored cuff bracelets and collared necklaces. Lots of girls are playing with different and complementary colors for their jewelry rather than simply having it match their dress.

For perfect homecoming hair, casual styles such as braids and half-up-half-down hairstyles are both great choices. Another hairstyle trend is side swept hair. This style can be worn in a bun, a ponytail or as loose curls. Bright red lips are a fun makeup trend to try as well as romantic smoky eyes.

With so many upcoming trends, stylish teens will be overwhelmed with how many great homecoming dresses they have to choose from.