There is a lot that goes into making homecoming the perfect night: the hair, the dress, the tux, the makeup, the cute photos and to make the dance sprightly among friends and dates.
The color trend for the 2013 Raider homecoming was very apparent amongst the sea of black dresses alongside the common black tuxes.
"I think this year's dress has to be my favorite,” said Morgan Clark (’14), who went against the identical crowd. “I loved how the front and back were navy and the sides were green- those are my two favorite colors.
"Also I like simple dresses, and I really liked the back of my dress, how it laid and how it wasn't tight. The back had a nice detail, almost like a scoop-neck which made it cute, yet simple."
As for accessories, which every girl needs, Clark snagged her nude, cork platform, 4-inched wedges for a steal at the J. Crew warehouse sale for $50 a few months ago. She also wore tortoiseshell hoop earrings, which she describes as a fun accessory to go with a two-tone dress that she found at a boutique in Charlottesville.
"I really liked Meg Evett's dress," said Clark, referring to her favorite dress at the dance. "It was so cute with the bow in the front, and I also really liked the colors- gold and black. I thought she looked so good in it!"
Styling up her shimmery gold and black dress from lulus.com, Meg Evett ('15) wore a pair of three inch black heels from the Cobler's Wife and her grandmother's ring.
"I was nervous how the dress would look," Evett said, "because I ordered it online and wasn't able to try it on before hand, but I ended up loving it!"
When many ideate homecoming, they think about all the fuss it goes into tracking down the perfect dress, but what about the girls' hair and makeup. Of course, for some girls, like Hope Pollock ('15), a little straightening of the hair and a dash of makeup does the trick. For others though, the task may be a little more time consuming.
"I like curly hair because it's fun and bouncy," said Jane Ward ('16), who took one and a half hours to curl her hair when getting ready with friends.
Madison Macher (’14) used a curling iron, a straightener, a blow dryer and of course a brush to complete her homecoming hair.
"It took me about 45 minutes [to get ready],” Macher said, but I was with my friends so we were easily distracted.”
Macher also completed her look with a fresh face of makeup. She learned the arts of applying makeup from her good friend Thomas Dunn, who owns Thomas Dunn Studios.
Cris Sanllehi ('16), who joined the sophomore class this year, enjoyed her first homecoming dance in her black, opened back dress. Sanllehi bought her dress at the store Brandy in Barcelona, Spain. The silky, comfortably fit dress was paired with black two and three quarter inch heels with fringe in the front, which she borrowed from Campbell Lake ('16). Sanllehi's earrings, she found at La De Da in downtown Roanoke, highlighted the dress perfectly with a touch of silver.
"My first homecoming was good,” Sanllehi said. “I liked how people celebrate it before the dance by having the dinner and giving the flower to the boys, and they give the girls the bracelet with the flower.”