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What is Homecoming Event?

The tradition of welcoming back the former students, alumni and residents of an institution is known as Homecoming Event which usually takes place in the month of September/ October. Particularly celebrated in North America, the occasion is one of the most awaited celebration events in school, colleges and university life. It is the celebration when number of sports and cultural activities and social gatherings are held where students get an opportunity to show off their skills and styles as well as enjoy the lively moments of their early life.

Usually ‘American Football’ is the central sport in homecoming event but other sports like Ice Hockey, Basketball are also popular ones. Also a banquet is organized to make a social gathering at homecoming followed by coronation of ‘Homecoming King’ or ‘Homecoming Queen’ chosen from among the students by voting.

History and Origin

The tradition of homecoming is believed to be evolved from the annual alumni football games held at universities and colleges since late 1800. However origin of homecoming event is little controversial topic as different universities hold firm claims of being the founder of the event. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Missouri and Baylor University are the frontrunners in this race.

According to the history, Baylor University held their first homecoming event in 1909 but didn’t organize the same for next six years. Meanwhile in 1910 and 1911, University of Illinois and University of Missouri held their homecomings respectively. The event soon became popular and widely accepted by people and by 1920 it became the widely celebrated event across the nation.

Traditional Events

Homecoming Court: A representative group of students from a coeducational institution consisting of Homecoming Queen and Homecoming King (in some cases Homecoming Princess or Homecoming Prince) is known as homecoming court. Queen and King are selected by the election method where students of an institution vote for the court members nominated for the election of Homecoming Queen and Homecoming King. Other court members who are not selected as Queen or King are known as royalty or escorts. They participate in the weekly activities and events.

Homecoming Queen and Homecoming King:

A much awaited event of the ceremony is the coronation of Homecoming Queen and Homecoming King. Usually the selection is done by the method of voting by student body of an institution where they vote for a boy or girl who has given his/ her active contribution for the welfare of college or school and is excellent in studies and other cultural activities, sports, etc. It is a measure of ones popularity in schools and colleges. In some institutes the announcement of Queen and Kings names takes place a couple of days before football match or before banquet or at pep rally. For the coronation of elected Queen and King, former years King and Queen are invited to crown their successors. Usually Homecoming Queen is coroneted first followed by the coronation of the Homecoming King as a tradition in most of the universities.

For Homecoming Queen Girl, it is very important to have an appearance and a dress with something special than others and which makes her stand out of crowd and look like a Homecoming Queen. She wears Homecoming Gown and Homecoming Dresses tailored especially for this occasion. Girls make shopping for this sole reason even before the celebration begins and markets are filled with fresh stocks of Homecoming Gowns, Short Homecoming Dresses, Homecoming ball gowns, Beaded Homecoming Gowns, etc.


Parade is a part of many homecoming celebrations where students of an institution make a march on the streets of town or city with their marching band. A grand marshal is selected for the parade from among the students. Students participating in parade prepare a float usually based on a homecoming theme suggested by the administrators. Parades can be a part of scheduled activities for a particular day where other activities include pep rally, bone fire, snake dance, etc.


Tailgate parties are the most cheerfully celebrated events held at the weekend during homecoming celebrations. It is attended by the alumni who come back from different parts of country or world to participate in this festival where get together of old friends and classmates happens. The meaning can be understood by the name itself that the tailgates of vehicles are kept open and parties are enjoyed with beer, food, music and games. Students set up tents in parks, grounds and fields to stay and accommodate the friends coming from far distant places. People cook, play games, enjoy music and cherish the memories of their school times with their old friends.


Students may occasionally go for an outing or picnic which may occur at the school week or during the schools lunch period. It can be similar to tailgate party though people celebrate it with their own way.

Dress-up days

This is the most colorful thing that student long for. What could be more appealing for the students than the freedom to flaunt off in various colors other than mandatory school uniforms? Students- especially girls – make the most of it and wear colorful and modern dresses according to the decided theme of their respective schools. The theme could be anything like Toga Day, Nerd Day, Pirate Day, Rat Pack Day, etc. There may be themes like Red Dresses Day, Pink Dresses Day, Black Dresses Day, etc.

Homecoming Dance

It’s Romantic. It’s lovely. It’s alluring and it’s fantastic. Yes. It’s a Homecoming Dance. It is the party dance and usually a culminating event of the festival. It may be a formal or informal event usually organized in or out of school campus. The venue is decorated finely and music is played. It is a kind of social gathering where young students dance formally and cheer the moments. As far as football and other alumni events are the central point of homecoming event, the homecoming dance is held usually during weeks when the schedules are less tight and more permitting. Whatsoever, homecoming dances are the most thrilling events during the homecoming celebration for young students.


Fashion is for everyone, whether it’s plus size or any body type. Almost every plus size women want to hide few things in her body rather accentuates her best features. With a little careful planning, you can create an illusion and can look fabulous whatever the occasion – regardless of your dress size. Learning to embrace your curves and accentuating your best features should be relatively easy. Depending on what you like about yourself will let you know what you should show off. Here are some basic clothing tips for helping dressing your best…

Plus size long evening gown

Plus size long evening gown

  • Without loosing weight, proper dressing will make you look slimmer. Keep one thing in mind the fitting of dress. Wear clothes that fit. From underwear to accessories, the rule is to wear what fits.
  • Don’t wear extra loose or baggy clothes. They might be comfortable, but they make you look like you’re hiding something, which you are.
  • Pick the right cut of clothing for your body type. Some cuts are made for different frames so make sure you try it on and see how it looks before purchasing it and wearing it out on the town.
  • Patterns can make you appear larger, choose solids as they will help you to look slimmer. If you do like patterns, avoid big, bold, bright patterns small prints, plaids, checks go well. Horizontal stripes also make you appear larger and it is true, so try to avoid them.
  • When choosing a skirt, always keep the length in your mind. Choose a skirt with a comfortable waist that gradually widens as the skirt gets longer. This will minimize your curves. Monochromatic skirts and tops of subtly different textures make you look taller and thinner.
  • Minimize your largest feature. Tops under a proper supportive bra will minimize large breasts,  designs with some nice detailing will draw attention,longer-length tops will minimize large hips, high heels for shorter women and many more.
Plan Your Wardrobe

Plan Your Wardrobe : image curtsey -getty images

Probably every woman love shopping and desire for getting new dress when she needs to attend some special parties or functions. But if your wardrobe is packed with lots of dresses, dozen of trousers, jeans, you will get confused and unable to decide what to wear.

It happens with most of the women. Having a wardrobe that works for you is something that so many women need. To plan a wardrobe we must ask some questions to ourselves

  • What sort of lifestyle do we have?
  • Do we wear more formals than casuals?
  • Do we have many occasions to wear evening dresses?
  • Do we have the dresses according to our body types?
  • How many dresses we want for daily work?
  • Do we have such outfit which we can mix n match?

Answers of these questions will help you to decorate your wardrobe according to your choice and importance. First of all identify basic garments for your lifestyle from among the items you keep. A black skirt, a black dress and white blouse are always good to have in your wardrobe.

Decide what types of woman’s  clothes you need and how many hours a day or week you spend in them. Careful planning of our wardrobe gives us lots of new ideas to dress up such as mix and match of different garment will make our appearance more interesting and new. Basic garments such as skirts, tops, trousers, tunics, jackets can be changed round to give totally different look. If you had to wear dark suits to work most of your life, try some dresses in light colors.

Accessories can be worn with basic garments to introduce other ideas .Style is an important factor which enables us to make the most of our figure type. In considering style, fabric plays a vital role. See to it you have dresses with few different fabrics which suits to your body type. Large figure types must avoid bulky fabric which will add to size. Color palate is also taken in account as it this will be noticed first.

Remember that being stylish or fashionable doesn’t mean blindly following all the latest fashion trends even if it may not necessarily suit you or not required.

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If your height is less than 5’4”, you come in petite category. There is one misconception that petite means small but petite term refers to height, neither weight nor your body shape – be it a pear, apple, slender or plus. For a petite lady, it’s difficult to buy a perfect dress that shows off her curves. Here FloraDress is mentioning some tips and tricks to guide you while you go for shopping.

  • Choose a dress that elongates your body type. If you have large bust and a small waist, go for delicate strap dress or strapless dress with proper fitting, but before wearing strapless dress see to it has proper bra cup support otherwise go for spaghetti dresses. Don’t choose halter neckline dresses as they will enhance upper body.
  • Always try to accentuate your curves,Pick the dress which flaunt off your biggest assets and not draw the attention to your height. Choose the dress that lengthens your torso. Look for an A-line dress, spaghetti straps, scooped or off the shoulder necklines. Avoid a gown that is too straight or too full as you will disappear in it. A V neck that draws the eye in a vertical line will lengthen the torso.
  • If you have a short waistline, empire style dresses and dresses with belts in different colors make you look short. If you have long waistline, a fluid short dress with empire style will look great on you. You can also show off your long legs and you will look tall.
  • Sometimes petite ladies pick the dresses which show off lots of skin like legs and bust. They feel that it will make them look taller. In fact, it doesn’t! If experts opinion is to be trusted, a dress that flaunts off too much legs and bust at the same time should be avoided in such case. Give them a big NO-NO.
  • Avoid wearing drop waist dress, it won’t elongate your body and make you look short. Try to avoid too many gathers and too many layers dresses while shopping.
  • Don’t go for the dresses with multiple vertical lines or mixing two garments with lines pattern.
  • Shirt length should not be longer than mid thigh and don’t choose drastic color combination for trousers and shirts as colors matter a lot.
  • Probably every petite woman knows that wearing dark colors can make them look taller and if they have plus size frame also it’s a good option. But apart from this, wearing separates in same family such as beige, brown can make petite women look sleek.
  • Last but not the least – Whenever you go for shopping always keep in mind that more fitted the look, the more flattering it will be and any figure flaws can be covered by using the right piece of clothing. So dear petites whatever you wear, wear with confidence and smile.

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Dressing Tips for different body types

Finding the perfect dress does not have to be a struggle if you know how to work with your body. The first and the most important step in finding an ideal dress is looking for the one that flatters your body shape and suites to your body type. Here, at FloraDress you will be able to figure out exactly what suits your body shape. So you can buy a dress that makes you look and feel fabulous on your memorable occasion. .

Look at some fashion tips and dos and don’ts for following body types, try to identify your body shape and find the most flattering fit for your prom night or any occasion.

If your shoulders and hips are pretty evenly balanced and your waist is defined, you are one of the luckiest girls who can wear anything.

Flaunt off your curvy figure with a form-fitting sheath dress. Be it plain or embellished, this type of dress will accentuate your body in all the right places. Wrap dresses with fitted waist will enhance the feminine look and you will look stunning in your prom. If you are little heavier on bottom and want to cover, go for A-line or ball gowns and you can achieve the look you desire for.

Shaped jackets or cropped styles are also a good option as they will keep the eye on middle. Add Fashionable belts, season’s colors in your look and go completely glam in your prom night.

Concentrate on what flatters, what are the latest styles of dresses. Need not worry about being trendy. Add up-to-date shoes, handbags and accessories for your special day.

Apple-shaped or inverted triangle bodies are larger on top and smaller below. Weight is carried around the middle, no defined waist or an undesired tummy but you can show case great legs and attractive prom dress by creating balance between a large bust and shoulders and thinner legs.

Girls with this shape often have a short neck and it is important to make the neck look longer by wearing tops with a v-neckline dressesEmpire gowns look best on this type of figure.  The high waist de-emphasizes your mid-section and lengthens your overall silhouette. A soft princess seamed dress, a strapless dress with corseted top will always work for your event

Empire lines and babydolls prom dresses take the attention away from the middle and give the looser fit. Try to create hourglass illusion by wearing full skirt or A-line dresses.

Dark and solid colors for tops look great for apple shapes because they create a more balanced look with their slimmer legs.  Play up nice cleavage with a peek.  Avoid full sleeves or puffy sleeves.