B101 made the switch to holiday music, which means it’s almost time for winter formal! Keep in mind, though, not every dress is suitable for every girl. Before choosing your winter formal dress, review these tips to finding the right dress to ensure you look your very best:

Consider the Skirt

The key to finding the most flattering winter formal dress is silhouette for your body shape. Pear-shaped girls who are smaller on top and fuller down below, should shop dresses with fitted waistlines and A-line skirts. Thin girls can create the appearance of curves by choosing dresses that cinch at the waist and bell out, like this La Femme dress . Petite girls must avoid fuller silhouettes, like ball gowns, as full silhouettes shapes overwhelm girls with small frames. Make sure you shine through the dress.

Consider the Neckline

Just as the silhouette of your dress should flatter your figure, so must the neckline. Girls with small frames should choose dresses with necklines that will create wider shapes, like halter tops and crew necks. Girls with larger frames can appear taller by choosing dresses with v-necks, scoop-necks or even sweetheart necklines.

If you have an average build, you may want to highlight or hide a particular body part. For example, if you are uncomfortable with your chest – be it too big or too small – draw attention away from it with a Sabrina neckline, which softly curves from one shoulder to the other.

Consider the Length

Winter formal dances usually have a set dress code. This may depend on the other events your school hosts, or even the type of school you attend. Most winter formals in our region are semi-formal, which suggests dressy cocktail attire. Students who attend more conservative schools should choose cocktail dresses that come to the knee, or floor-length gowns.

Consider the Color

You’ll find a lot of black dresses at winter formals. Stand out from the crowd by debuting a winter white dress, like this La Femme formal dress. Rock this cocktail dress with solid black stockings to create a dramatic contrast and suit the season. Unsure if you can pull off white in the pale winter months? Choose a dress in a bold color. Don’t forget to clue your date in on what you’re wearing so he can coordinate his look to complement yours.

Not sure which categories you fall into? You never know what dress will flatter your figure until y ou try it on. Visit our Bensalem Prom Store today and browse a variety of formal and prom dresses.