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Short Homecoming Dresses

They can vary by size, length, price, and style. Jovani’s short Homecoming dress collection offers the perfect cocktail party-style look. This selection includes all of the latest fashion trends of 2021 along with a versatile range of types and silhouettes. We are proud to offer outfits that are flattering for every size and body shape. Every girl deserves to feel confident at their school dance. No matter if you're full-busted, slender, petite, or plus size, we have the perfect fit for you. Search through our designs and get quick shipping on our semi formal or casual pieces. Just sort and add to your favorites.

This is the opportunity to stand out at your HoCo and win that crown in a glamorous dress with a flawless fit. Steal the spotlight with an embellished and beaded cocktail style piece for a more casual atmosphere. For a more formal event, we have the best floor-length tulle and chiffon gowns.

Choose from many styles for your HoCo including one-shoulder bodices, long sleeves, spaghetti straps, or even strapless. You can elect to go for a sophisticated and modest look in a flattering LBD with a sweetheart or crew neck. Or, you can flaunt what you got in a form fitting strapless number.

Tips to find your favorite gown

When it comes to finding the perfect HoCo look for your school’s event, it can be difficult to choose. After all, there are so many glamorous formal and semi-formal designs. Are you trying to make a statement, or are you looking for an on-trend form fitting item with a high-low skirt? The first step is to know what look you want to go for.

  Play to Your Body Shape

Remember, any girl or woman will always look beautiful in an outfit that makes her feel confident, However, if you are looking for some inspiration, specific pieces flatter certain body types more than others. Some of the biggest factors to consider with your body type are your bust, waist, and hips. Here is how body types divide up and what dress styles complement each one:


Also known as the inverted triangle shape, apple type bodies boast well-proportioned shoulders that are wider than your hips. Your waistline is not as defined as, for example, an hourglass figure. Also, you are not necessarily curvy in your hips.

Swing, empire, and flowy outfits are perfect for this body type. Any of our designs that have fabric flowing over your midsection are great. Short outfits also will give you the opportunity to showcase your legs.


If you describe yourself as curvy, you are most likely the hourglass body type. Your waist is well defined. Your bust and hip measurements are similar. You may have fuller hips, thighs, and bust.

With this body type, you can highlight your neckline and celebrate your waist with form-fittings. You have a lot of flexibility as far as styles go. For this body type, V necks look amazing as well as varying sleeve lengths. If you would like to draw the eyes to your defined waist, you can try a dress with elbow-length sleeves. While any Jovani dress is sure to look stunning and is a sign of elegance, flowy styles will not do your body type any favors.


The pear body type is where the waist is broader than the bust. Women with fuller hips and narrower shoulders have a pear body shape. This means that you can work on all kinds of dress options. Your dainty neckline makes them look even more elegant.

Dramatic sleeves, open backs, belted styles, and embellished necklines are all marvelous options to consider. A-line skirt styles are fantastic as well. Also, consider any kind of hemline that hits right below your knees. This will make your body appear more slender and elongated.


Also known as a straight or rectangular shape, this body type is not especially curvy. Women with athletic builds have hip and shoulder measurements that are relatively similar. Another way of describing this body type is that your weight is evenly distributed around your entire body.

This body type looks great in nearly anything. An athletic build means you have the freedom to flaunt or dress as modestly as you feel comfortable with. Since most dress styles work on you, the key is all in deciding which feature it is that you would like to emphasize. If you love your legs, consider a midi dress. If you’d like to play up the bust region, try a dress with a plunging neckline. To minimize a certain area, stick with vertical stripes, A-line styles, or darker colors. Sort through our full range and when you pick a flattering option, avail of quick shipping.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best websites for buying a homecoming dress?

You can buy homecoming dresses by Jovani directly through our website or via our official online retailer stores. Jovani Authenticated retailers will have your order ready for quick shipping and will help work with you in case you want to exchange or return. 

Can the homecoming dress be long?

Homecoming dresses are typically short, however, if you do feel like wearing a floaty casual style maxi-dress, this can also make for a great look that is ideal for your homecoming dance. 

What is appropriate to wear for homecoming?

A homecoming dance is generally a semi-formal event. This requires girls to wear a short party dress is any style they like. Popular options include the fit and flare silhouette which has a fitted bodice but flared skater style flippy skirt. 

Are homecoming dresses supposed to be short?

Yes! They are usually short, perfect for your homecoming dance, however, you could opt for a midi or long maxi style, or even a jumpsuit. 

What should you not wear to homecoming?

You shouldn't wear a very formal prom ballgown for homecoming unless the dress code is formal. It's better to wear a more casual style of dress in a shorter length. 

What does hoco mean?

Hoco is a shortened version of homecoming. It refers to an event often held by schools and universities at the beginning of the academic year to welcome back their students. 

Do freshmen attend homecoming?

Homecoming is a very inclusive event and every student including past alumni is often invited to attend homecoming each year. 

What is the point of homecoming?

Homecoming is a way to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year and begins the term on a positive and fun note.

Where can I try on a homecoming Dress?

Customers can visit one of Jovani authenticated retailers close to your area. Retailers carry a lot of designs in stock. If you can't find your size available in store, the retailer can order the dress from Jovani. Your order will be shipped the next day.