Spring and Summer are the most popular times of year to tie the knot, but there’s something magical about a winter wedding.
What do you wear when you are invited to a wedding that takes place at the coldest time of the year when there might even be snow? Here are a few cozy, elegant ideas for winter wedding guest attire.
1. Wear Deep, Rich Colors
Pink, peach and light blue are natural choices in spring/summer, but during the winter months dark, rich hues are more appropriate.
Jewel tones like ruby red, emerald green, royal purple, sapphire blue, and fuschia look fabulous in the winter, especially leading up to Christmas.
Navy is also a very popular choice and is the perfect transitional color when the wedding is at the very start of winter or the very end of it leading into spring.
Prints are popular for weddings too. If you want to wear a floral in winter, choose a dress that has florals set against a dark background such as black or navy, purple or burgundy. Keep your accessories dark to ground your dress and make the pattern pop.
An all black dress is acceptable for semi-formal and formal weddings, so long as it does not look funereal. Add a dash of color or gold or silver accents and some jewelry so your black dress looks celebratory. Think elegant. Leave sexy for another time.
2. Wear Rich, Heavier Fabrics
It’s winter after all, so go ahead and dive into some sumptuous fabrics. Velvets look wonderful when temperatures drop. Jacquards are lovely, so are heavy brocades and satin. Lace is perfect too for a winter wedding guest attire (so long as it isn’t white).
As for sparkle and shine, some is fine during this festive season, particularly around Christmas time. Just be sure to keep it subtle, so you don’t detract from the bride.
3. Try Sleeves
When it’s cold outside a sleeveless dress can leave you feeling chilly all night. Long, opaque sleeves can look and feel heavy, so other options include long, sheer sleeves, 3/4 length sleeves, or short sleeves. Of course, a pretty wrap with a sleeveless dress can also be elegant too.
4. Pay Attention to your Shoes
Strappy Sandals are acceptable year round, although they’re not the best shoe to wear from November through February. Closed-toe pumps or peep- toe pumps are the more logical choice. Even a pair of fine, elegant evening booties can work in some cases.
5. Don’t Forget A Dressy Coat
Here’s something that can get you in trouble if you don’t plan it out ahead of time. What do you wear over your dress on the way to the church, and later when you step into the reception hall? If you think you can get away with your everyday puffy parka or casual car coat, think again. A cocktail dress calls for a classy coat, a cape or at least some kind of elegant winter wrap.
Need a few more ideas? Check out these pretty winter wedding guest dresses:
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