Even if your daughter isn’t old enough to be attending her high school’s prom, you may still find yourself in the market for formal dresses. Many schools sponsor another formal dance for all of the students, from freshmen to seniors. Before you know it, you could be searching for the perfect winter formal dress.
There are several factors that figure into selecting a winter formal dress. You may place different levels of importance on each factor, but each must be given some weight. As you examine the options, you and your daughter will be able decide what dress is right for her.
For many people price is the most important decision you will make as you select a winter formal dress. Every family has a budget; you simply need to determine how much of your budget you are willing to devote to this dress. Depending upon where you shop, you may be able to find a dress for less than $50. In more upscale shops, however, you may find that you will spend over $100. Decide how much you can spend and direct your shopping expeditions accordingly.
Any school dress codes must also be considered when selecting a winter formal dress for your daughter. Some private schools will not allow students to wear strapless dresses. Other schools may have specific length requirements. Imagine how disappointed your daughter will be on the big night if she is turned away from the school because her dress is inappropriate. Any dress code issues can be avoided by familiarizing yourself with any rules and keeping them in mind as you shop.
One other practical consideration in choosing a winter formal dress is the location and climate of the dance venue. Will the dance be held in a drafty gym? You may wish, then, to select a dress that has a coordinating wrap or jacket. On the other hand, if the dance is being held in a hotel ballroom, your daughter may simply wear a coat over her dress until she arrives at the dance. If you live in a warm-weather climate, you may be able to skip this concern altogether.
Now that you’ve gotten the functional considerations out of the way, you and your daughter are ready to delve into the more subjective attributes of her dress for her winter formal. Color is always a huge factor. What’s your daughter’s favorite color? Perhaps you can find a dress in that hue. Is your daughter coordinating the color of her dress with a friend’s dress? What is her date wearing? All of these issues can impact the color of your daughter’s dress.
Finally, the dress’s style or shape can greatly impact the appearance of your daughter’s winter formal dress. What styles best suit her body type? A simple a-line shape looks good on virtually anyone. In addition, certain embellishments, such as ruching or gathering, can help your daughter look her best on the big night. Remember that finding a dress style that she loves will also go a long way towards making her feel special.