Dresses to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Guest

An invite to a winter wedding can leave you looking for options that would work perfectly for the event. And while synonymous with everything elegant, it can be quite the task. You have to choose the right outfit, the accessories, shoes, etc.
Elegance, magic, a mild sun, and a snow-kissed landscape; a winter wedding can be all this and more. While a spring wedding has a lot going for it, there is hardly anything that beats the glamor and wondrous appeal that a wedding held in the winter holds. For a guest though, it can be kind of daunting to choose the right dress to wear. Strapless, slinky dresses are out of the running, and at the same time, being covered from head to toe is not exactly the most fashionable statement to make. So, what do you do? Here are our options that will inspire you to pick just the right dress for a winter, wonderland wedding.
Dress up Right
Does a winter wedding invitation stress you out? Do you feel your hand moving to the no option under RSVP just to avoid making an outfit decision? Say goodbye to all your worries. If you are unsure of how to beat the chill in style, follow these simple dos and don’ts.
You won’t go wrong if …
★ You wear stockings/tights under your dress for warmth. They add to the style quotient and keep you warm. Remember what they say about beating two birds with one stone.
★ You check what colors the bridal party is wearing. This way you will ensure that you don’t look like one of the bridesmaids.
★ You wear pumps, boots, or closed-toe flats. After all, you don’t want the frost to affect your feet.
★ You wear gloves, scarves, or even a becoming winter hat. Just check out the latest trends and pick the one you are most comfortable in. Flaunt your stylish self.
★ You remember that bolero jackets, faux fur shrugs, jackets, etc., are your best friends. If teamed well with the dress, you are sure to stand out in the crowd.
★ You go classic. Pick an elegant, eternally-classic dress in a neutral color that you can style in innumerable ways. During wedding season, such a dress can be your best friend.
You may stand out like a sore thumb if …
★ You wear white. It is the bride’s color and you should never go near that option, even if you do look jaw-droppingly beautiful in it.
★ You do not dress according to the dress code. A gown at a cocktail event or a clingy, strappy, short number at a black tie affair can get you attention for all the wrong reasons.
★ You wear a short, flowy dress to an outdoor wedding where you are at the mercy of the wind. Wear a sheath dress to an outdoor wedding. It is practical, elegant, and leaves no margin for a wardrobe malfunction.
★ You don’t dress according to the time of the day. For an afternoon wedding, you can opt for a pretty dress with a cardigan and for an evening wedding, opt a for glitzy cocktail number or a gown, depending on the dress code.
★ You are not carrying a cover-up to keep yourself warm at an outdoor event. Without a warm shawl, stole, or coat at hand, you are sure to freeze!
Wardrobe Wonders for a Winter Wedding
Your invite is your first guide to picking the right outfit. A black tie affair will need you to wear a formal gown; at a less formal event you can pick a trusted cocktail dress. If the hosts have decided on a theme or a color, then the dress code on the invite would specify this, too.
The Clothes

Formal dresses for winter weddings

A formal winter do is always about the glitz and the glamor. Take it up a notch with full-length gowns in pastel dull colors. Let nothing take away from the elegance of the dress; accessorize minimally and pull your hair into an updo or high pony. Trying to make your own statement? Pick a gown in a vibrant color and color block it with heels in a contrasting color. Ruffles, layers, frills, and embellishments add a playful femininity to the dress that can make it hard not to admire.

Cocktail dresses for winter weddings

For a semi-formal event to which you can wear cocktail dresses, pick a little black number with lace detailing. Pair the dress with some bright shoes and statement accessories that will make you stand out in the crowd. Bling it up with a sequined dress in a shine-enhancing color like a midnight blue, emerald green, sparkling silver, or even a gorgeous gold. Another beautiful option would be a twenties-inspired low-waist dress that highlights your curves in just the right places.

The Colors

For winter weddings, experiment with plum, burgundy, emerald green, and oxblood. These colors are apt for the chilly winters and add just the right touch of color. If you aren’t afraid of making a statement, then opt for bright colors like orange, sunshine yellow, turquoise, bright red, etc. While these colors are not traditionally worn to weddings held in winter, they can definitely be a welcome change. Wear brightly-colored shoes and up the glam quotient with the right jewelry.

The Accessories

A statement piece is always a good option for a winter wedding; a gorgeous neck piece, a chunky ring, or a bold bracelet, one of these could be exactly what you need to take your outfit to the next level. The right accessories can add character and elegance to your outfit.

Always carry a bag that is big enough to carry a scarf, gloves, and your makeup. A small clutch won’t be practical for a winter wedding. At the same time, don’t mar the look of your outfit with an over-sized hobo bag.
Keep in mind some basic dos and don’ts, follow the dress code, unleash the style diva within yourself, and picking the perfect dress for a winter wedding will be a breeze. You never know, you may just have a new favorite season.