We get you, winter weddings are tough events to tackle. The warm weather months get the most play when it comes to weddings, and by the colder months, you’ve exhausted your favorite options for dress-up and would rather spend weekends curled up in front of a fireplace or a Netflix binge. But, we’d argue that layers, sleeves, longer lengths and richer fabrics make it that much easier to add interest to wedding guest attire. From slinky gowns to shimmery cocktail dresses, take this opportunity to embrace the jewel tones, velvets and heavily embroidered looks for the pre, mid and post-holiday events you have on the docket. Here, 12 chic looks to suit every woman’s style–and make you the best dressed guest on the winter wedding circuit–aside from the bride of course.
Amp up a slip dress with a rich texture like velvet; punctuate the look with accessories that bring a little shine and interest to the mix.
Michael Lo Sordo velvet slip dress, $955, net-a-porter.com; Oscar de la Renta earrings, $425, neimanmarcus.com; Jeffrey Levinson clutch, $1,550, neimanmarcus.com; Aquazzura “Purist” sandals, $695, shopbop.com.
It may be cold outside–but florals aren’t strictly for summer affairs. Opt for a blooming motif on black rather than a light-colored backdrop to bring this seemingly summer style into the winter months.
Wear The Pants
Cocktail and formal attire does not always require a gown. Pair a sleek cropped or palazzo pant with a top that feels as chic and sophisticated as any dress bodice for a look that’s appropriate yet unexpected.
Wearing white is out of the question–unless the bride specifically requests it. If you’re after a look that feels light and airy, without walking that fine line between bridal and best dressed.
Amp up a simple slip dress with jewelry that dazzles, but doesn’t overpower. An easy satin sheath is far too easy in feel for accessories that feel overdone. Anchor the look with a shoe in the same fabric that feels more substantial than a sexy, strappy sandal.
New Year Nuptials
For parties on key dates–like New Year’s Eve–dress the part. Glitz, glamour and plush textures are just right for toasting the happy couple and the holidays.
Black tie affairs (traditionally) mean floor length looks with luxe accessories. In styling, pair classic looks like these with sleek extras.
Party by Day
Daytime affairs require a ladylike touch rather than a sultry sensibility. Add on whimsical notes, like a cheeky bag or shoe, for conversation-starting styling that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Body types that don’t benefit from a flowy, A-line or body-con dress will likely look that much better in separates that give the feel of a complete ensemble, but allow you to decide which size you need up top and on the bottom.
Flirty frocks are sweet for daytime and classic gowns work wonders for black tie, but for the guest with a bit of edge requires something with a dark side. Opt for Victorian touches like mock necklines and romantic laces to take a classic cocktail dress from basic to badass.