The best black homecoming dress

Megan Oster

Also called the silhouette, the fit of a homecoming dress refers to the way it lays on your body and the shape it creates.

Black is an elegant, classic color choice in a homecoming dress. It’s timeless — you don’t have to worry about black dresses going out of style. Since black is a dark color, it creates a slimming effect, making your body appear more streamlined. Black also pairs beautifully with many different colors in shoes and purses. 

The Emerald Sundae Juniors' High-Slit Gown is a floor-length gown that perfectly blends a sexy and sophisticated vibe. The starburst effect on the side adds interest and makes the style of this dress unique. 

What to know before you buy a black homecoming dress


Some women get caught up in numbers when shopping for clothes and size down because they’re fixated on fitting into a certain size they desire. Resist the urge to fall into this trap; otherwise, you could end up feeling uncomfortable all night, especially when dancing or sitting. 

The best way to determine your accurate dress size is to take your measurements and use them as a guide. Measure your bust, waist and hips. You should encircle these areas with flexible measuring tape.

  • Bust: focus on the fullest part 
  • Waist: target the most narrow portion
  • Hips: make the widest stretch the focal point


You may assume that all homecoming dresses are long, but this isn’t the case. There are multiple length options: floor-length, ankle-length, midi-length, tea-length, knee-length and mini-length. If you want a more formal look, a long dress is likely to meet your needs, but short dresses shouldn’t be discounted, as they make fresh and fun picks for homecoming. It’s also easier to dance in them. 

A long dress might require hemming or shoes with a significantly high heel. The choice is up to you. Have your dance shoes on hand for tailoring sessions, if you decide to go with a long dress. Wearing them while the dress is hemmed is essential for ensuring the hemline hits correctly. 


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Black homecoming dress features


If you live in a cold climate, you might want to choose long sleeves or three-quarter length sleeves. However, it’s important to consider that you’ll likely be dancing and you’ll be indoors for the duration of the dance. For these reasons, short sleeves or a sleeveless homecoming dress are safe bets. Sleeve styles include the following:

  • Tulip 
  • Cold-shoulder
  • Off-the-shoulder 
  • Puff 
  • Bell 
  • Cap 
  • Dolman 
  • Tapered 
  • Flutter
  • Batwing
  • Ruched 
  • Cape 


The neckline of a homecoming dress greatly influences the overall aesthetic. Fortunately, there are a wealth of neckline styles from which to choose, including: 

  • Keyhole 
  • Bateau 
  • Square 
  • Illusion 
  • Queen Anne 
  • Low halter 
  • High halter 
  • Scoop 
  • Plunge 
  • Sweetheart 
  • Asymmetrical 
  • Mock 
  • V-neck


Also called the silhouette, the fit of a homecoming dress refers to the way it lays on your body and the shape it creates. Fits range from figure-hugging to loose and boxy. You can select from a large variety of options including apron, drop-waist, bubble, slip, A-line, body-conscious, mermaid, wrap, bouffant, trumpet, swing, empire and mermaid silhouettes. 

Black homecoming dress cost 

A full-price black homecoming dress can run you about $75-$250. If this price range is out of your budget, consider shopping for sale items. 

Black homecoming dress FAQ

Is it OK to wear a black homecoming dress with navy shoes?

A. While many traditional fashion rules no longer apply, wearing black with navy is still considered a no-no. It just doesn’t look good from an aesthetic perspective. The two colors don’t work as balancing contrasts because they’re too similar. At the same time, they’re not alike enough to look like the same color. As a result, they don’t complement each other. 

What color purse should you carry with a black homecoming dress?

A. Adding a pop of bright or pastel color to a black homecoming dress is encouraged. Doing so infuses your look with a fresh, distinctly modern flair. Consider carrying a purse in cobalt blue, fuschia, golden yellow, aquamarine, turquoise or shell pink. 

Which black homecoming dress should I get?

Best of the best black homecoming dress

Emerald Sundae Juniors' High-Slit Gown: available at Macy’s

Our take: Designed in a sleek silhouette with a starburst detail at the side and a surplice V-neckline, this gown is the epitome of sexy sophistication. 

What we like: A starburst detail gives this streamlined gown stylish flair. The fabric drapes beautifully across the surplice V-neck. Adjustable straps allow you to get the perfect fit, whether you prefer a high, moderate or low neckline. A flirty dramatic cutaway slit shows off your legs while in motion or sitting. 

What we dislike: The most consistent complaint was the slit, which wearers reported was placed toward the center rather than to one side. 

Best bang for your buck black homecoming dress

MSLG Women’s Floral Lace V-Back Dress: available at Amazon 

Our take: If you’re seeking an ultra-feminine, ladylike homecoming dress, this lovely lace one fits the bill. 

What we like: This pretty dress is perfect if you prefer a modest look. Delicate eyelash lace, flutter sleeves and a V-neck back create a romantic, timeless effect. Since the hem hits just above the knee, you won’t have to tailor this dress. You can wear any style bra, thanks to the round neckline. 

What we dislike: Some buyers felt the dress looked different in person than it did online, while others said the sizing wasn’t accurate. 

Honorable mention black homecoming dress

City Studios Juniors' Velvet Tuxedo Blazer Dress: available at Macy’s

Our take: This chic take on the tuxedo proves that a dress doesn’t have to be frilly to be sexy and feminine. 

What we like: You’ll stand out from the crowd when you enter the dance in this chic menswear-inspired tuxedo blazer dress. All-over velvet trimmed in satin lends a soft touch. Four pairs of buttons run down the double-breasted blazer-style front. A notched collar creates a crisp touch. Two pockets further enhance the tuxedo style. 

What we dislike: At least one buyer reported the dress ran extremely small in the waist. 

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