The Best Fashion and Style Tips for Winter Formals


Winter formals, otherwise referred to as the Sadie Hawkins Dance or the Snowball dance, often occur in Mid-December. These dances take place after Homecoming and several months before Prom, giving you another chance to wear formal dresses and dance the night away with good friends.

Do you know what kind of dress to wear to a winter formal? Traditionally, teen girls wear shorter and flared dresses in white or black, though darker or metallic shades work well too. Check out some of the new hot and trendy winter formal dresses this season to give you some ideas of what you’ll need.

  • Wear a long sleeved short dress, especially if it’s made of lace. The extra material will keep your arms warmer and this style looks both fashionable and fun. Try one like the Alyce Short Sleeved Dress 5825, which comes in classic winter shades like basic black, burgundy and teal. The form-fitting dress will hug your curves perfectly and land between your thighs and knees, and the all-over lace makes it even more feminine.



  • Select a sweet fit and flare dress in a shimmery Christmas or wintry shade. The Blush Short High Low Dress 11167 features a sweetheart neckline and lace bodice with a flirty high-low taffeta skirt. It’s available in teal green, valentine red, and silver.


  • Opt for a long dress with a sweetheart neckline. The Sherri Hill A Line Velvet Dress 50735 is perfect for a winter formal or Snowball dance because the velvet material is warmer, and the high-low hemline is trendy. Again, the darker shades like wine, navy, or purple work really well for that type of formal dance.


  • Choose a long dress in white and black in a comfortable jersey material so you can dance the night away. With the B’Dazzle Dress 35841, you’ll feel like an elegant ice princess in the white dress detailed in black beads. The cap-sleeves and the partially open back complete the look.


  • Embrace the little black dress. You can never go wrong with one of those, such as Alyce Short A Line Dress 4456, which includes a high-cut neckline and A-line skirt. The beaded detail around the neckline and the waistband adds to the dress.


You can find these dresses or other elegant Peaches Boutique clothing on their website or at their Chicago storefront.

Since many winter formals occur in December or January when temperatures are frigid, consider supplementing your look with some warmer fashionable accessories. About style recommends ideas such as tailored blazer or warm wrap, as well as adding some textured tights instead of regular nylons. In addition, consider, wearing closed toe shoes to the winter formal so your feet stay warm. Choose shoes carefully as you want them to be comfortable enough to dance in, as well as look stylish with your dress. I’d suggest an ankle or low-heeled bootie as they still have a fairly wide toe box and many feature bows or jewels appliquéd on the shoes.

Complete your look with some fun accessories and hairstyles. Add some glittery jewelry, remembering to compliment your dress with your jewelry. If your dress has rhinestones on it, stick with rhinestones, silver, or diamonds, as gold will clash. Style your hair in a stylish up-do for the winter formal, such as a sock bun, French twist, or a tousled braid, which can be accessorized with jeweled pins, decorative headbands, or even flowers.

Choosing a formal dress for yet another dance can be tiring but it doesn’t need to be. Just have fun and embrace your inner ice princess.