Summer is the high season for weddings, but receiving a save the date for New Year's Eve is more common than you might first expect. While your initial reaction might be resistance, the notion of a holiday wedding is actually genius. You'll be celebrating no matter what, so why not have it be in honor of your friends' nuptials. And rather than fussing with pricey cover charges, long lines, and over-crowded bars, a catered party complete with a DJ and dancing makes the whole affair easy — all you have to worry about what you'll wear to said holiday wedding.
If you happen to have such an occasion coming up, take the opportunity to ring in the new year by moving away from your usual wedding-guest ensembles for something a bit more festive. There are a number of stylish options that are likely similar to what you'd already be wearing — sparkly accessories included. Bold colors or prints that might feel a bit flashy for nuptials other times of year actually fit squarely into the holiday aesthetic. Ahead, digest five festive and wedding-appropriate outfits to wear this holiday season that all involve some sort of unique element, including velvet, glitter, and even a few feathers.
The Holiday Wedding Look: Floor-Length Sparkle
If your wedding invitation indicates a black tie dress code, take it as an opportunity to dress up in a floor-length look that feels especially glamorous. Reach for something metallic or sequinned, like a long silver gown or a maxi skirt and blouse in a shimmery finish. Accessorize the ensemble with a pair of oh-so-festive heels in a similar metallic palette and swipe on a red lip or high-shine eyeshadow.
The Holiday Wedding Look: Fun In Feathers
Feathers always equate to fun — no matter the occasion. If you're heading to a holiday wedding and want to take it up a notch from your regular cocktail dress, try a feather-trim frock teamed with your favorite jewelry and 90s-inspired platform heels. Consider it your homage to Cher Horowitz.
The Holiday Wedding Look: Little Sequin Dress
Little black dresses are always a sensible choice, but a little sequin dress is far more fun for a holiday wedding. Because the glimmer of the texture feels especially festive, all you need to finish off the look is a swipe of lipstick and pair of comfortable heels (ideal for dancing).
The Holiday Wedding Look: Celebratory Suit
You probably don't need to be told this, but a festive suit is just as much fun as a festive dress. Skip the gown this time around and look for a blazer and trouser in a festive texture like satin or velvet. Slip into some playful heels and add on architectural jewelry for a look you'll say 'I do' too all night long.
The Holiday Wedding Look: Velvet Crush
Want to feel elegant and festive all at once? Go with a velvet gown. The ultra-luxurious texture catches the light in a subtle but elegant way, ideal if you want to avoid anything overly flashy. Once you've secured your velvety frock, finish it off with a pretty pearl earring and a cool clutch.