What To Wear To A Winter Wedding for Women Over 40

As we head into the close of the year, we have officially gotten over the “wedding season” hump. For some, the constant string of weddings that you committed to over the spring and summer months have winded down. Now you can give your weekends and wallets a little bit of a rest. However, just because the wedding season is no longer upon us, that doesn’t mean couples don’t partake in festive nuptials during the winter months. I’ve been thinking about this a lot, as I’m gearing up for my own upcoming winter wedding. And as I’ve been deep in planning mode my loved ones are super excited to get dressed to the nines for the event. Being the trend and fashion enthusiast that I am, I’ve been a big part of their outfit choice discussions, which got me thinking. What are some of the best trends and options to wear as a winter wedding guest? So, I want to dive into that this month! Here’s what to wear to a winter wedding.

What To Wear To A Winter Wedding: The Trends

Though the word “trend” may not apply when considering what to wear to a winter wedding, it’s still fun to play around with the seasonal trends that you’d wear day to day and translate them into your wedding guest outfit. It’s especially fun during the winter and holiday months. You can up the ante with more glitz and glamor that you may not have otherwise during the summer months.

Even though you wouldn’t want to wear a full formal gown as shown by fall 2019 RTW designers like Carolina Herrera or Christian Siriano (it’s a no-no to upstage the bride and groom), you can incorporate some of the details or mimic the fabrics which will translate wonderfully into your guest attire. Fabrics with a high shine finish, feathers, velvet and lots of texture were all shown by these designers, most of which can be pared down into real life.

If I had any weddings I was attending this winter (besides my own!), I would love to wear this black dress with crystal detail hem and bell sleeves by Christian Siriano. It looks comfortable, completely elegant, has a little sparkle and the long sleeves for winter will surely keep me warm.

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Winter Wedding Guest Dresses and Outfits

Now the fun part! What are some good options to wear during the winter weddings you may have coming up? I mentioned that velvet is a perfect option as it looks lush and keeps you warm. I love the deep jewel tone of this forest green Ted Baker London Fit & Flare Dress. It’s an easy choice considering its just one piece. All you have to add are some good dancing shoes and some fabulous jewelry!


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Speaking of dancing shoes, I’ve never been one to take my heels off as I get down on the dance floor, but for those who don’t want the hassle of hurt feet, I came across these Steve Madden Rhinestone Loafers. Honestly, I’d wear these any day of the week, but they would work great as a replacement to heels with a nice pants suit as a wedding guest. They give the perfect punch, will save your feet and scream, “I’m ready to celebrate!”

Finally, you know how I feel about a great jumpsuit and I feel they are ideal for a winter wedding. My mother is far from the traditional “Mother of the Bride,” so when looking for an outfit for my wedding she went non-traditional as expected. She opted for this Adrianna Papell Flutter One Shoulder Jumpsuit. I can tell just from pictures of her trying it on how good she feels in it. It’s fun and absolutely appropriate as a guest for a wedding. If she (or anyone) decides on this option, I doubt there will be any regrets.

Expert Styling Tips

1. Choose warmth and comfort.

There are so many options out there these days, there is no reason to be uncomfortable and cold when attending a winter wedding. Lush fabrics like velvet and even silk are made to keep you covered and warm, yet are chic and stylish. This year’s faux fur jackets and accent pieces are the epitome of fashion meets function. Something like this Noize Faux Fur Long Coat can be worn over your cocktail dress or pant suit. It looks polished and will keep you toasty. The best part is that you can keep this as a mainstay in your wardrobe for the rest of the season.

2. Be mindful of your shoe choices.

Winter weather can be unpredictable and inclement. So don’t be caught off guard wearing your sky high stilettos. Yes, they can be fabulous, but not exactly practical for multiple reasons. I like the idea of these J. Renee Pumps. They are closed toe, so they provide your foot with full coverage. Besides the block heel is low and stable enough that you can walk to any ceremony or venue in rain, snow or ice and once you’re settled in you can dance the night away without having achy feet.

3. What color do you wear to a winter wedding?

Black is perfect for winter weddings! I feel like there a stigma about wearing black to weddings. However, black for a winter wedding when paired with a rich texture looks super luxe and elevated. It ties into the festive feel of the holiday’s (so you can wear your luxe black outfit throughout the season) while still looking elegant for a semi-formal for formal wedding. The key is to add a texture or floral print. I was talking to my mom about her outfit for my wedding (because she needs to have options to make a game day decision!) and we were looking at this Alfani Jacquard Blazer for her. We loved it and it’s the perfect example of black in a basic, yet flattering silhouette that is far from boring.

3. Be unique!

I say this for two reasons. One, going to a wedding is a great excuse to get dolled up, so why not find something that’s different and expresses your personal style? Yes, we have to be mindful of not overdoing it so the focus stays on the happy couple, but how many times a year do most of us really get a chance to get dressed in formal attire? Two, it’s also important to be unique so that you make sure not to pick anything that could be interpreted as a bridesmaid or wedding party dress. If you’re not in the wedding, you surely don’t want to look like you are.

Shop My Winter Wedding Guest Picks

Pictured above from left to right:

Ted Baker London Zadi Long Sleeve Fit & Flare Dress, $349

Adrianna Papell Flutter One Shoulder Jumpsuit, 199.99

Chirstian Siriano Fall 2019 RTW

Banana Republic Faux Fur Long Coat, $269

Noize Estelle Soft Plush Faux-Fur Long Coat, $290

Alfani Jacquard Blazer, Created For Macy’s, $109.50

Badgley Mischka ‘Ginny’ Embellished d’Orsay Pump, $235

J. Renee Cameo Patent Bow Detail Block Heel Pumps, $89

Steve Madden Smile Rhinestone Block Heel Loafers, $99.99

St. John Passementerie Knit Evening Jacket, $2195


– Carmen Turner

You may also like to read How To Do Winter Athleisure When You’re Over 40 and 11 Of The Best Fall Shoe Trends For Women Over 40.

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