Here's How to Dress for a Winter Wedding and Not Get Frostbite

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

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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 ladylike shoes.

Added details like ruffles make LBDs feel extra special. 

#2: Long-sleeve dresses are your friend

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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 black boots when you're not showing it off at a wedding. 

#3: A classic jumpsuit

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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. 

#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 chic and classic, you'll wear this year-round. 

#4: Velvet is a winner

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Style Notes: A velvet dress, blazer, coat or even a bag will give your winter wedding outfit some festive feels. 

#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 mules look seriously festive.

#7: A suit can be chic

Style Notes: Avoid the corporate look by wearing a suit in a bold hue or metallic finish. For maximum impact, add a contrasting blouse underneath.

These trousers will look just as good paired with a cable knit jumper post-nuptials. 

#8: Find a statement coat

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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.

We can always count on Zara's sister brand Uterqüe to bring statement outerwear to the table. 

#9: A little bit of sequin goes a long way

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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.

Just add a black blazer, boots and a white tee and you've got the ideal evening guest outfit. 

What's a wedding guest outfit without a gorgeous bag to go with? Shop our edit of the fanciest arm candy around... 

This piece was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.