Experts say this year’s homecoming looks will be chic, sophisticated

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 16, 2015

 High necklines and more modest cutouts will be on trend this season for formal dances, according to the owner of Stars Fashion.

High necklines and more modest cutouts will be on trend this season for formal dances, according to the owner of Stars Fashion.

Photo by Donna Agusti


METRO DETROIT — Now that class is back in session, there’s a good chance your student has already switched their mindset from back-to-school clothes to formal attire. That’s right — homecoming season is upon us once again.

While styles change from year to year, parents can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that this season’s homecoming fashion trends seem to be heading toward a more modest kind of flair.

At least that’s what Susan Abouna said. The owner of Stars Fashion in Sterling Heights has dressed countless girls over the last decade for dances, weddings and other fancy occasions. And while tastes have ranged from plain Jane to sexy and sleek, Abouna said most teens will be looking for an old Hollywood glamour this fall.

“Modesty does seem to be in right now — high necklines and lace are really big,” she said. “It’s because that’s what designers are putting on the runways and how they’re dressing (stars) at award shows. It’s really very elegant.”

After years of short styles dominating the homecoming dress scene, Abouna said the gals are opting for full-length gowns. There’s still a place for short dresses, of course, but many teens are looking for a fit-and-flare style that offers more modesty than short fitted garments.


“Even the two-piece gowns are more modest. Like, instead of huge cutouts, they’re just a slight crop showing the tiniest bit of skin,” she explained.

As far as color goes, Abouna said this year’s homecoming crowd has tossed the rulebook out the window. Pastels are expected to be huge this season, she said, despite the old adage that fall favors darker shades.

“Navy (blue) and olive green are huge right now. Red too, but we’re seeing a lot of pastels,” she said. “And I was selling long-sleeved black dresses for proms this past spring. So you just never know what they’re going to want.”

Lighter colors seem to be on trend for the gents as well, according to Randy Norman, of Eli of Troy Menswear. The store owner said that while black suits for formal dances are still the most in demand, some brave young men are asking for shades of gray to brighten things up a bit.

And that’s not all. After years of being forced to get dressed up for dances, this generation’s teen boys seem to love getting spruced up. Clean, well-cut suits with all the trimmings are a must for homecoming 2015.

“All the young guys are looking for slim fits, or modern fits if you will,” said Norman. “Bow ties are more popular than they were in the past, though most guys will probably get the traditional neck tie. I think it goes back to these (teens) who grew up with their fathers not having to get very dressed up for work each day. Lately, men have kind of been able to wear what they want to work, so they go for jeans. So the young guys want to dress up; they want to look different.”

One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is the idea that gentlemen should select their shirt and tie color based on what their date is wearing.

“It’s always a good idea to match whatever the girl’s dress is; it always looks good in pictures. It’s all about the pictures,” said Norman.

To find out more about Eli of Troy Menswear and its homecoming suit promotions, call (248) 689-2010 or visit the store at 5067 Rochester Road in Troy.

To learn more about Stars Fashion and its homecoming dress registry — which ensures that no two girls at the same school attend a dance in the same dress — call (586) 977-9530 or visit the store at 2063 Metropolitan Parkway in Sterling Heights.