Just because we are not in what is known as wedding season, that doesn’t mean couples don’t partake in festive nuptials during the winter months. I have a lot of fond memories this time of year, as my own wedding was in the winter. I recall when I was in deep in wedding planning mode, my loved ones were super excited to get dressed to the nines for the event. Being the trend and fashion enthusiast that I am, I was a big part of their outfit choice discussions and they turned to me for advice. So what are some of the best trends and options to wear as a winter wedding guest? 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 months. You can up the ante with more glitz and glamor that you may not have otherwise during the summer months.
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Even though you wouldn’t want to wear a full formal gown as shown by fall 2023 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, tulle, tuxedo looks and lots of texture were all shown by designers, most of which can be pared down into real life.
If I had any weddings I was attending this winter, 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.
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 Mac Duggal Long Sleeve Fit & Flare Velvet Embellished Cocktail Dress. It’s an easy choice considering its just one piece. All you have to add are some good dancing shoes and minimal jewelry!
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 J. Renee Cameo Patent Bow Detail Block Heel flats. 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!”
Mother of The Bride Fashion
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 could tell even from pictures of her first trying it on how good she felt in it. My wedding was in 2019 and this jumpsuit is still available in red, coral or black. It’s fun and absolutely appropriate as a guest for a wedding. If you decide on this jumpsuit, I doubt there will be any regrets.
Winter Wedding Guest 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 Apparis Imani Faux Fur 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 Cameo Patent Bow Detail 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 winter holidays (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. My mom needed to have options to make a game day decision for her outfit for my wedding, and we were looking at jackets like this L’Agence Chamberlain Sequined Tweed Blazer for her. 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. If you’re not part if the ceremony, you surely don’t want to look like you are in the wedding party.
Shop My Winter Wedding Guest Picks
Pictured above from left to right:
Mac Duggal Long Sleeve Fit & Flare Velvet Embellished Cocktail Dress, $498
Adrianna Papell Flutter One Shoulder Jumpsuit, 199.99
Chirstian Siriano Fall 2019 RTW
Apparis Imani Faux Fur Coat, $540
L’Agence Chamberlain Sequined Tweed Blazer, $795
Badgley Mischka ‘Ginny’ Embellished d’Orsay Pump, $235
Linea Paolo Melrose Glitter Loafer, $129.95
J. Renee Cameo Patent Bow Detail Block Heel Pumps, $89
Badgley Mischka Collection Fabia Embellished Pointed Toe Pump, $235
Are you attending a winter wedding? What would you like to wear?
– Carmen Turner
You may also like to read more of Carmen’s styling posts like Romantic Floral Print Dresses, Tops and Sets to Wear Now and Later and Closet Staples Update For Women Over 50 For The New Year.
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