How to choose the perfect color for your prom or homecoming dress!

oscar-color-wheel-1Choosing prom or homecoming dresses is understandably overwhelming. There are so many styles to pick from and on top of that they come in a vast variety of colors! The selection out there is exponentially great, so no wonder you are looking for a way to narrow down the color options! I would like to help you with that. I was lucky enough to sit in on one of Faviana’s design meetings and I was floored by how many separate shades of pink there are! So here is a simple guide to helping you pick the best color for your prom or homecoming dress!

Think About Atmosphere!


Choose a dress color that will stand out, while still complementing your atmosphere.

Does your prom or homecoming have a theme? Let’s go with under the sea as an example; predictably, this theme’s color scheme will feature blue.

You could go with blue, it is certainly evocative of water and there is an array of different shades you can find. Bahama blue, deep sea blue, navy blue, and the list goes on but this makes it easy to ignore the other color options of the palette. Let’s get a little more creative; sea foam green, pearly pink, sandy yellow, seashell purple, sea salt white, and coral red are all versions of colors on the spectrum that inspire thoughts of undersea life. There are specific tones of every color of the rainbow that exist that will go with every theme imaginable (trust me).

Research your event’s theme, ask your school’s prom committee what color palette they plan to go with and work from there.

Consider the Location!

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Maybe your prom or homecoming doesn’t have a particular theme but its location could set the mood for a color palette. A prom on the water would have the color scheme of an undersea theme but a big city prom could inspire bright flashy colors; traffic light red, skyscraper silver, neon light orange, or tar black. A garden venue like the NYC Botanical Garden calls for more romantic colors; rosy pink, lavender, earthy green, sunset orange, or twilight blue.

It’s worth considering location because it’s going to be the backdrop of your prom photos! Choose a dress color that will fit with the mood of the prom venue to get that Instagram worthy aesthetic.

Coordinate with your Date!

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Whether your date is a special someone or a special friend, you two could have fun coordinating colors!

You two could wear the same color and match. If you can find the same shade of a color then you and your date could be twinsies! However, don’t get hung up on wearing the exact same shade if it’s not available. Both of you should wear the shade that flatters you individually, besides, uniformity is bland while variation is intriguing!

Not interested in matching? You two could also accent each other with analogous colors. These colors are next to each other on the color wheel. Pairings like Indigo and blue, violet and wine, dandelion and amber, or aquamarine and cerulean are similar yet separate so you and your date can rock your own colors but still look like you go together!

Want to stand out? You two could highlight each other by wearing opposite complementary colors. These colors are opposite on the color wheel and create the strongest contrast when placed next one another. Now you don’t have to go with colors like red and green and end up looking too Christmas-y but consider magenta and green or blood orange red and turquoise. In this way, when you and your date are beside one another, you will contrast each other brilliantly!

Ask your date what their color preferences are and see what you both like. If you two can agree then it is a fun thing to do, but if it doesn’t work out it’s not big deal!

Wondering which color is best for you specifically? Check out our blog post “What Prom Dress Color is Right for You?

I hope you found these tips on picking the best color for prom dresses or homecoming dress helpful! If there are any specific topics you’d like me to write a blog on, comment on the Faviana Facebook page or tweet us!



P.S. don’t for get to browse our latest Prom Collection!


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