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28 Nov

Best Dressed Guest: The Winter Weddings Edit


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.


Black Magic

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,; Oscar de la Renta earrings, $425,; Jeffrey Levinson clutch, $1,550,; Aquazzura “Purist” sandals, $695,


Lady in Red

Trade in your LBD for a little red number that speaks volumes without the need to over-accessorize.

Marchesa dress, $2,995,; Of Rare Origin earrings, $1,075,; Saint Laurent sandals, $795,


Winter Garden

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.

Naeem Khan floral gown, $4,795,; Tabitha Simmons sandal, $695,; Bliss Lau ring, $8,225,


Go For the Gold

There’s nothing more festive than a shimmering metallic–and an easy fit makes dancing all night that much easier.

Adam Lippes dress, $2,490,; Giuseppe Zanotti booties, $845,; Mahnaz Collection Vintage, $18,000,


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.

Delpozo top, $2,350,; Monique Lhuillier trousers, $1,095,; Sergio Rossi sandals, $895,; Ranjana Khan earrings, $340,


Pink Lady

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.

Self Portrait dress, $561,; Victoria Beckham clutch, $1,365,; Oscar Tiye sandal, $725,


Satin Slip

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.

Galvan gown, $1,490,; Hueb earrings, $8,850,; Nirav Modi bangle, $23,000,; Tabitha Simmons sandals, $845,


Into the Blue

Typical holiday tones not your thing? Keep the other jewel tones in mind–sapphire, amythest and citrine are just as celebratory as emerald and garnet.

Hellessy dress, $1,850,; Gianvito Rossi pump, $795,; Yeprem ring, $13,600,


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.

Prada top, $1,560,; Alexis pant, $990,; Stuart Weitzman sandals, $400,; & Other Stories velvet clutch, $85,


Gala Girl

Black tie affairs (traditionally) mean floor length looks with luxe accessories. In styling, pair classic looks like these with sleek extras.

Jason Wu gown, $2,997,; Yves Salomon fur scarf, $682,; Gianvito Rossi sandal, $815,; Loraida necklace, $1,380,


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.

Rejina Pyo dress, $949,; Anya Hindmarch bag, $1,250,; Olgana pumps, $880,


Green Goddess

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.

Esme Vie skirt, $1,335, and flower top, $3,810,; Prada shoes, $790,; Lele Sadoughi cuff, $210,


Elegant Edge

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.

Jonathan Simkhai dress, $795,; Clergerie x Self Portrait boots, $525,; Alexander McQueen $2,995,; Rosantica headband, $305,

Hannah Kim
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