What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Guest

It's safe to say that the outdoors aren't the only thing that is easier in summer. Wedding fashion goes on that list, too. Dressing for a winter wedding can be a bit of a challenge depending on where you live and where the wedding will be. It's one of the few moments you realize those who have a masculine style have it a bit easier! Because a three-piece suit isn't everyone's style go-to, here are our top tips on how to dress for a winter wedding. From velvet to sparkly details to warm accessories, you can still be stylish and comfortable in those chilly temperatures.

Velvet Is Your Best Friend

Any color looks tenfold better when it’s in velvet, don’t you agree? Since winter is the main season for velvet clothing, we’d recommend a fitted dress in a jewel-toned color, like pine green or deep burgundy. And since you’re going for velvet, you can get away with showing some skin. Go for a short velvet dress or a long dress with short sleeves or one shoulder.

Bardot Velvet Puff-Sleeve Mini Dress from Anthropologie

Wear Seasonal Colors

Baby blue, dusty rose, and champagne are often the obvious color choices for weddings. However, the winter could use a change. Go for pine green, sapphire blue, black, burgundy, deep orange, or even mustard yellow. Regardless of the material, the dress's cut, or accessory's style, the color will scream ‘winter.’ And if you’re lucky enough, you’ll even complement the wedding's theme or decor.

Faux Fur Shawl Coat from Natori

Go for Floor Length

As convenient as short dresses are, floor-length dresses are the most ideal for the winter and probably the most popular wardrobe option for winter weddings. Perfect for all shapes, elegant, yet attractive, they check all the boxes! The obvious choice would be to wear long sleeves, but if the temperature isn't too low, you can always get away with a Bardot neckline or a short-sleeved dress.

Hutch Floral Wrap Dress from Anthropologie

A High Slit Won’t Hurt

Well, as far as we know, a high slit never hurt anyone! If it's an indoors wedding or the weather isn’t too cold, consider wearing a dress with a high slit that shows off your legs, especially if you are of a shorter height. Unless you plan on sitting for the whole wedding, the high slit is what you need to give the dress a great shape and movability as you dance the night away.

Antonia Georgette Dress from BHLDN

Try Faux Fur

If you’re going with a bold sleeveless dress, faux fur is what you need to seal the look and keep you warm. Go for a bold, unique color or in the same color palette of your outfit, and drape it over your shoulders elegantly to give off a cool vibe for a December or January wedding.

Unreal Faux Fur Pink Glow Jacket from Anthropologie

Go Bold With a Print

While trendy motifs and prints can be hit or miss for wedding attire, darker patterns are especially beautiful for winter weddings. Depending on the wedding's theme and your personal style, you can pull off an African print or a floral motif. Paired with statement earrings or an elegant updo, you'll get crowned best-dressed wedding guest!

Farm Rio Fringed One-Shoulder Dress from Anthropologie

Winter weddings have their own charm, and while they’re a bit tricky to dress for, fashion has something for everyone. Whether you decide to go for velvet, a bold print, or a floor-length dress, we’re sure you'll glow with inner confidence when you choose the perfect style for you. Look out for holiday and Black Friday sales, too, as that's a great way to save some money off of your outfit!

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