8 Winter Wedding Outfits Guaranteed to Earn You Best Dressed Status

Building a winter wedding outfit is a process rife with problems. You want to be warm, but you don't want to feel so bundled up that you can't show off your outfit. Then there's the issue of accidentally wearing all black and looking rather sombre for a lovely occasion. Indeed, it's a sartorial minefield. 

But fear not, as there is no shortage of solutions to the cold-weather outfit dilemma. I’ve worked tirelessly to hunt down a few looks that are super easy to copy and will work for not only someone's chilly nuptials but also any other occasion you might have coming up that you want to dress up for. And yes, they just might help you get some use out of pieces you already own. What can I say? I’ve always been partial to a bit of multitasking.

Keep scrolling to unlock the winter wedding outfits guaranteed to earn you best dressed guest status and that will keep you from getting frostbite. 

1. LOOSE SILHOUETTES WILL HIDE SECRET LAYERS

Style Notes: As someone who is always cold, I know the antidote lies in layering—this is what makes this outfit idea so genius. Take one of the many beautiful oversized dresses out there. The fluid silhouette will mean you can wear a thermal vest or bodysuit underneath and no one will be any wiser. In my opinion, you can’t fault this Uniqlo Heattech top

2. LONG-SLEEVE DRESSES ARE YOUR FRIEND

Winter Wedding Outfits: Long-Sleeve Midi Dresses Are Essential

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@monikh

Style Notes: Winter doesn't mean you have to hide behind chunky outerwear. Instead, make long-sleeve dresses your go-to for any occasion, weddings included. Chances are you won't have to spend much time outside anyway, but the long sleeves will give you that little extra defence from the elements. Applying that same logic, we also recommend opting for a style that falls below the knee. 

3. TRY A PAIR OF FANCY TROUSERS

Style Notes: Trousers present a chic alternative to typical wedding guest dresses. For a winter service, we suggest choosing a wide-leg pair in a pretty satin fabric for a chic look that's also season-appropriate. 

4. WEIGHTY FABRICS WILL KEEP YOU COSY

Style Notes: In winter, make use of the gorgeous weighty textures on offer—velvet is my favourite for wearing for special occasions.

5. HAVE A MAXI MOMENT

Winter Wedding Outfits: Maxi dresses not only look fabulous, but will keep the freeze at bay

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@abimarvel

Style Notes: Few occasions call for a formal maxi-length dress, so when they present themselves, I advise embracing it. Again, the longer length will prove crucial when the temperatures plummet. 

6. STAY SHARP IN SUITING

Winter Wedding Outfits: Suiting looks chic and will keep you toasty

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@handinfire

Style Notes: Brides aren't the only ones optioning for suits at weddings these days—in fact, they're fast becoming more popular amongst guests, too. In winter, they're a no-brainer, as they'll inevitably keep you warmer than any floaty dress ever could.

7. KNITWEAR FOR NUPTIALS IS A THING

Winter Wedding Outfits: Knitted textures can work for weddings when chosen correctly

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@naomielizee

Style Notes: Knitwear might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to styling a wedding guest outfit, but there are so many dresses in knitted fabrications right now that are legitimately polished it’s now perfectly acceptable to wear them to weddings. If you’re still on the fence, use fabulous accessories to elevate them further. 

8. IF IN DOUBT, JUMPSUIT

Winter Wedding Outfits: A jumpsuit looks chic and will keep you warm as can be

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@styleidealist

Style Notes: Take a piece from each of the aforementioned sections—long sleeves, trousers, satin—and what do you get? Karina's chic jumpsuit look. Simply round off your ensemble with an on-trend beaded bag, and you're good to go. 

Next Up, Spring/Summer 2022 Trends: The Only 17 Looks You Need to Know About

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

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