Sunday, September 23, 2018
Home and Garden

Dress the part: Finding homecoming dresses to fit the theme

Though we don't quite get why, themes for homecoming have persisted through the ages. Or at least the decades.

On tb-two*'s radar this year are '80s Neon Vibe (Largo High) and '50s Rock Around the Clock (St. Petersburg High), both respectable motifs in which to plan a dance.

For kicks, we decided to take a couple of real high school students (Lyndsay Graves, Canterbury School of Florida junior, and Jirah Melvin, Lakewood High sophomore) shopping to match some themes. In addition to the two actual ones, we also chose the well-worn Under the Sea and, for a real Florida twist, Chillin' in the Arctic, these two from a highly entertaining list on ee far right.)

We descended on Plato's Closet, 3993 Tyrone Blvd. N in St. Petersburg. Owner Karen Ragsdale was more than gracious to let us invade her dressing rooms. The resale shop is a treasure trove of homecoming possibilities, all at crazy affordable prices.

If you're planning to match your school's dance theme, check out these cool homecoming outfits (and their cool prices).

Caroline Dunning, Lakewood High, and Amelia Goldstein, Canterbury School of Florida

Photos by Sydney Robinson, Clearwater Central Catholic

Neon pink stretch sheath with black straps

Forever 21, $9

Worn with: biscuit heels, Brash, $11

Ruched cheetah print sheath

Forever 21, $8

Worn with: black buckled heels, Qupid, $9

Black sequin-topped, blue chiffon skirted hi-lo dress (also on cover)

Windsor, $6

Worn with: Silver and blue snakeskin wedges, Shoe Republic LA, $11

Strapless jean top and tie dye bottom long dress

Mini Chica, $8

ON THE COVER: Red dress with black and silver beads, City Triangles, $6

Black flapper dress with sequins

jayny, $8

Worn with: black strappy heels, Charlotte Russe, $13

Black leather- top short dress

Charlotte Russe, $8

Worn with: zebra-stripe red-bottom heels, Bertinni, $15 (not shown); red cube dangle earrings, $2; gold studded bracelet, $3

Pink champaign sequined dress with midriff cutouts

Forever 21, $10

Worn with: strappy heels, Charlotte Russe, $13

White lace dress, $18

Brown leather aviator jacket with fleece lining, Hollister, $45. (Not shown: Brown suede booties, $8)

Neon yellow strapless dress

Trixie, $10


. . .To Plato's Closet, 3993 Tyrone Blvd. N, St. Petersburg