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Dress to Impress: Homecoming

The key to making magical homecoming memories is to pick a dress that accentuates your best features and makes you feel beautiful. Focus on flaunting one asset at a time, such as your décolletage or your legs, but not both. Have fun with accessories but don't go overboard. Wear shoes that are cute yet comfy enough for dancing. And above all, don't forget to leave a little something up to the imagination.

Here's where to score a fab homecoming frock without breaking the bank:

  • Nordstrom has by far the most impressive collection of any department store we checked out for fun, flirty and tasteful homecoming frocks, many under $100. Check out their outlet, Nordstrom Rack, for great shoe finds.

  • T.J. Maxx and Marshall's carry designer names for less. Scouring the racks is for the adventurous fashionista who has a clear vision. The reward for the hunt: No one else will have your dress.

  • has dresses for every occasion and every budget. Huge selection to choose from.

  • has a great selection of designer dresses including BCBG, A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz and Nicole Miller at 40-70% off the regular price.

  • has a fantastic sale section. BJ's girly frocks are young, playful and perfectly over the top.

  • Turn heads without dropping a lot of cash at our favorite big-box boutique, Tar-zhay. Head straight to the "party dress" section for many online exclusives. Best part: you'll have money left over to accessorize.

  • Vintage pieces are a perennial favorite for celebs looking to find something special and unique to wear on the red carpet. Get your retro-glam on by perusing's high-quality inventory of vintage dresses and gowns.

  • JCPenney surprised us again with the cute sequinned frock shown above. Dazzling and very of-the-moment. On sale for $99.