What to Wear to a Winter Wedding: 13 Looks to Steal
by Emily Tozer
‘Tis the season for winter weddings. While the occasion is not about you, the photos will live forever, so there’s no harm in looking good. What to wear to a winter wedding can vary from daywear to evening attire to black tie. We’ve got you covered with wedding guest outfit ideas from our favorite bloggers. Click through for inspiration for both casual weddings and formal affairs!
Get in the winter wonderland spirit with an embellished or metallic dress. A dress that hits just above or below your knee is a good choice. Finish the outfit with accents in seasonal dark colors like the berry lipstick and burgundy pumps chosen by Liz of Late Afternoon.
Pam of The Girl From Panama has the perfect idea for what to wear to a winter wedding. Look for a long-sleeved mini dress in silky fabric. We love how she cinched it with a cool belt to break up the busy pattern.
Whether the dress code is tricky or unclear or you’re attending your fifth wedding of the season, a little black dress will never fail. Etiquette tip: Stay away from LBDs that are skin-tight or too short! A fluid silhouette or fun tiered dress like Jenny’s of Margo and Me is the sophisticated option. Even the most basic black dress can be made festive with the right accessories, like jewel-tone pumps or a gold clutch.
If vibrant colors are your thing, balance a bright hue with more formal material like lace or satin. This cobalt blue lace dress on Caitlin of A Little Dash of Darling is perfect. We adore the feminine scalloped edges! If you’re worried about how to make bright colors appropriate for the season, try accessorizing with dark shades like black and navy for your bag and shoes.
Even in pastel shades, an abstract or floral print dress like Rachel’s of Pink Peonies will work for a day wedding. Enhance the wintertime appeal of yours by accessorizing with a detachable black collar or necklace and simple black pumps.
Devon of Devon Rachel strikes the right balance between warmth and style by teaming a printed dress with opaque tights. Tip: Wear ankle boots in the same hue as your tights to elongate your legs.
If you have more wedding invites than wedding attire, sophisticated separates are a great choice. Start with a structured top in a hefty material like crepe or satin. Try pairing a cropped top with a high-waisted skirt or a tunic top with a dropped-waist skirt. Wendy of Wendy’s Lookbook rocks this season’s texture trend with her feather skirt, and the dark tones maintain a formal look.
When considering what to wear to a winter wedding, outerwear is almost as important as what you have on underneath. If you haven’t already done so, invest in a classic wool or faux-fur coat to wear for formal occasions. If you’re wearing a simple dress, a statement coat like this red one on Helena of Brooklyn Blonde will amp up your outfit!
A chic jump suit is a contemporary alternative to the LBD and a fresh choice for winter wedding attire. A black jump suit like Jacey’s of Damsel in Dior falls between a short dress and a gown on the formal scale. For a winter wedding, dress up your jump suit with jewelry and pumps.
Julia of Gal Meets Glam uses accessories to dress up her jewel-colored cocktail dress. To take the glamour up a notch, slip a fur stole over a cardigan or collarless coat. A thin stole like hers can be worn over just the dress, too. Look for a black or neutral fur stole that will go with lots of outfits, both formal and casual.
Emily of Ivory Lane is the picture of elegance in this knee-length jacquard dress. A nipped waist and full skirt is one of the most universally flattering silhouettes and totally appropriate for the occasion. A similar shape in a solid color will work too, but add more glamour with sparkling accessories!
Blair of Atlantic Pacific never disappoints when it comes to formal outfit inspiration. Not very experienced in black tie attire? A beautiful black gown is always chic. Don’t be afraid to add accessories to personalize the look.
For those of us who love to dress up, a black tie wedding is an excuse to go all out. If you’re worried about looking too buttoned-up, take your styling cue from Krystal of This Time Tomorrow, and find a gown with a structured peplum or asymmetric hem to give the gown a little edge.