Winter nuptials pose many a problem for the wedding guest—just what does one wear to a winter wedding? While the setting seem all kinds of romantic, with the thought of white swans and ice sculptures (obviously), it's hardly like you can pull out your trusty wedding-guest dress that you've worn for all those summer nuptials. No, a winter wedding is a different affair altogether.
But don't panic. Try one of our box-fresh ensembles that tread the line between not upstaging the bride and being striking enough so you unanimously win the votes for best dressed guest. Not only that, but we've compiled nine fail-safe rules for dressing for winter weddings. Even better is that you probably already own plenty of these pieces, so you don't need to go buy a whole new outfit.
Keep scrolling for our nine rules for winter wedding outfits and to shop the key pieces you need.
#1: All-black outfits are acceptable
Style Notes: While all-black outfits look a little sombre for a summer wedding, come the cooler months, it looks super chic for winter nuptials. Make it as fashion as possible by keeping it simple with great tailoring, lace and great shoes.
That high neck will keep you from getting cold (okay, we'll stop sounding like your mum now).
#2: Long-sleeve dresses are your friend
Style Notes: Rejoice! You can wear that summer dress you bought again—so long as it's long-sleeve. If it's not too cold by this point, you might even be able to get away with not wearing a coat.
The beauty of this piece is that you can wear with your favourite pair of sneakers when you're not showing it off at a wedding.
#3: A classic jumpsuit
Style Notes: A jumpsuit is such a great piece to have stashed in your wardrobe. Not only will it always look flattering, but it'll serve you for many an event. Keep it long sleeved so you're not cold.
There's just the right amout of print clashing going on with this jumpsuit.
#4: It's all in the details
Style Notes: Worried that your winter coat will mean the stunning outfit you carefully selected won't get shown off? In that case, ensure you've got an oversized blazer on instead, and make sure you've got your accessories game down by wearing your favourite bag and sunnies.
So fabulous and classic.
#4: Velvet is a winner
Style Notes: A velvet dress, blazer, coat or even a bag will give your winter wedding outfit some festive feels.
Zara gives us another great kimono.
#6: Always go for closed-toe shoes
Style Notes: Open-toe shoes are kind of asking for trouble when it gets cold. Closed-toe flats or heels are ideal (although we'll forgive you if you need to wear those fabulous platform velvet sandals).
The gemstones make these seriously festive.
#7: A suit can be chic
Style Notes: Avoid the corporate look by wearing a suit in a bolder hue. Try deep berry shades, greens and bright blues for a chic wedding-guest outfit. For maximum impact, add a contrasting blouse underneath.
#8: Find a statement coat
Style Notes: If you know you'll be wearing your outerwear all day, invest in a statement coat that'll mean you look good from a.m. to p.m. without freezing.
#9: A little bit of sequin goes a long way
Style Notes: Sequins don't have to make you recoil in horror. Pair a sparkly top with black trousers or a sequin skirt with a plain white tee, plus pumps, and you'll be ready for a party.