If you’re still in school, odds are you’re going to have a formal dance at some point this winter. Part of the fun is dressing up in formal attire! Whether you have a date or are going stag, featuring a corsage and boutonniere as part of your outfit will be just what you need to tie the outfit together. If you live in a colder climate, you’re going to want to bundle up as you make your way to and from the big dance. That said, it’s probably easier to wear a wrist corsage as opposed to a pin-on one. The last thing you want is for that gorgeous pin-on corsage to get ripped off of your jacket or dress as you remove heavy coats.

There are plenty of ways to make your corsages and boutonnieres unique. Consider adding a little something to your floral accessory that shows off your school spirit. It can be something as simple as a ribbon in your school colors or a small school logo attached your corsages and boutonnieres. If you’re part of an after-school activity like band or a sport, think about adding a charm representative of it. Remember: The most important part of a corsage or boutonniere is that it matches your outfit. Pick colors that are the same as or complement your formal attire.

Here are some flowers that work best in the winter months:

These are perhaps the most traditional flower to feature in a corsage or boutonniere, regardless of the season. Giving someone a rose is often a sign for romance, so giving one to your date is definitely appropriate for the formal. Roses come in all colors, so pick one that goes with whatever you (and your date) are wearing.

Violets are the flower of the month in February. If you’re really looking to feature a winter flower as an accessory, this might be the choice for you. Moreover, violets are signs of watchfulness, loyalty and faithfulness, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. If you’re looking for a plant other than a rose to give your date, violets can help say what you think of him or her. If you want someone to know you’ll be there no matter what, give a violet.

Although January is coming to a close, it doesn’t mean its flower is going out of style. Carnations are an excellent choice for all types of winter formals. Even if the rest of your outfit isn’t the traditional red color of a carnation, it can add the splash of color your outfit is missing.

King's Red Rose Boutonniere

King’s Red Rose Boutonniere

Beloved Blooms Corsage

Beloved Blooms Corsage