By: Erica Statly
Winter formal season means sparkly eyelids, elegant dresses, wobbly heels and…stress?! For girls, formal season is fun and an event most of us very much look forward to. But how do we handle it all? I mean, we’re expected to find the perfect date, dress, have flawless hair, makeup and keep it all together for the entire night. Plus make an appearance at an after party. It can be really stressful. But it shouldn’t be! Use this guide to help make your winter formal season a complete success.
This is the part most girls stress the most about. You have one person in mind that you would really like to ask you. The key here is to either a) make it known you want to go with this person (because he’s probably second guessing himself) or b) relax and stop freaking out! Going with friends is just as fun, I promise.
First, take in account how dressy the occasion is. Then think about your skin tone and body shape. Do you have a straight, ruler shaped body? Try a peplum dress. Short? A long, simple, solid colored gown will elongate and lean you out. Use this dress guide to help you pick out the perfect gown.
The Hair and Makeup
First rule is: don’t match your makeup to your dress! My go-to look was always a shimmery smokey eye, a subtle cat eye, HUGE eyelashes, a little blush and no lipstick. You could totally get away with lipstick, though. A tip for not overdoing it is to choose two zones of your face to make pop. Eyes and lips, eyes and cheeks, or cheeks and lips. Pick one option.
You will probably only wear these one time, so don’t go dropping a ridiculous amount of money on shoes! BUT. You also want to make sure that you are comfortable and can walk in them, so Payless probably isn’t the greatest idea. Try Macy’s shoes department.
Being a Good Date
Almost every date I had to a dance was a complete blindside. I mean, when they asked me, it wasn’t the typical situation. Most girls knew way ahead of time who was asking them, and usually their friends gave them a heads up if it was happening that day. All of my dates were great dates and I had so much fun with all of them! But I was completely blindsided when they asked me. Be sure to smile, accept the invitation and any gifts/candy/balloons with grace. Be kind about it and remember how scared these boys are! If you don’t want to go with him, be honest, but try to let him down easy. The night of the dance, you’re expected to take pictures with your date, be by his side, dance and talk to him, etc.
So the dance is over and everyone is talking party plans. You do not have any contract binding you to go party with your date afterwards, but to be honest – most people do stick with their date afterwards. Make sure if you’re planning to drink you have a plan for either a DD or somewhere to crash. Let your parents know! You’re still in high school, and no matter how old you think you are – your parents are still in charge of you. Let them know your plan, and they will appreciate it.
Most importantly, have fun! Once you’re in college there aren’t chances to dress up like this anymore. Enjoy it while it lasts. Stop putting unnecessary pressure on an event meant to be social and fun. Relax and enjoy yourself.