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What To Wear To A Winter Wedding: 10 Key Styles From Velvet To Sequins


Spring and summer weddings are easy. Throw on a floral dress with some sandals and you’re done. A wedding in December though? Not so simple. On top of deciphering the cryptogram that is the wedding dress code, you now have to factor in weather — so trying to navigate what to wear to a winter wedding digs up some deep questions: Will I be too cold in this? Will this look okay with closed-toe shoes? Do I wear tights? A coat? Ugh, coats.

Finding the balance between looking chic and staying warm may seem like mission impossible — especially if the wedding happens to fall on the same day as a winter storm. But nowadays there are virtually no rules when it comes to wedding guest attire (except for don't wear white, that one still holds), so you can feel free to get creative in your sartorial defense against hypothermia.

As you plan your outfits for this winter's wedding circuit, embrace the fashion trademarks of the season: long sleeves, luxe velvet and brocade, jewel tones, cozy fur (faux, of course), maybe a bit of festive sparkle. The options are endless, and, you can argue, even more fun to style than their warm-weather counterparts. Here, 10 fail-proof wedding guest looks that are stylish — and won't leave you shivering through to the bouquet toss.


Sure, you have to actively resist wearing velvet in the summer months — flocked fabrics and 100 percent humidity just don't mix well. But now, as temperatures start to drop, it's the perfect time to go all-in with velvet everything.

Nadine Velvet Bustier Dress


For Love & Lemons

Grace Floral Midi Dress



Surveillance Dress


Rachel Comey

Wynne Dress


Veronica Beard

Velvet Pourpoint Dress


Vivienne Westwood Anglomania

Demure Dress


Amanda Uprichard

Slip Dresses & Fur

A slinky slip dress may not sound like the best option to beat the chill, but add a cozy stole and suddenly it becomes season-appropriate.

Clea Silk Satin Dress



Brigitte Color-Blocked Faux Fur Jacket



Gran Open-Back Silk Satin Gown


The Row

Two-Tone Faux Fur Scarf



90s Silk Slip Dress


Silk Laundry

Kenta Cropped Faux Fur Jacket


House of CB

The 1996 Dress


Réalisation Par

Zalie Faux Fur Pom-Pom Snood


Ted Baker

Athena Dress



Stella Faux Fur Scarf


La Seine & Moi

Long Sleeves

When you're looking for a little extra coverage, long sleeves are the obvious choice. Use it as an opportunity to play with proportions and opt for a mini dress with voluminous arms. Or, double down with a long-sleeved floor-length silhouette.

Ophelia Dress


Olivia Rose the Label

Tempest Ballet Dress



Wrap-Effect Silk Satin Dress


Dion Lee

Square-Neck Maxi Dress


Solace London

V-Neck Cocktail Dress


Rosie Assoulin

Ludo Dizzy Dress


Da Le Vali

Lace Long Sleeve Dress


Jonathan Simkhai

The New Black

If your wardrobe consists of black, ebony, onyx, and ink, you're in luck: Winter soirées were made for the LBD. With so many updated versions and modern takes on the time-tested look, wearing all black is anything but boring.

Frances Pearl-Embellished Midi Dress



Valler Dress


Sachin & Babi

Crystal-Embellished Open-Back Dress


Sonia Rykiel

Drkshdw Dress


Rick Owens

Double-Breasted Satin Mini Dress


Halston Heritage

Puff Sleeve Mini Dress


Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

Victorian Lace Midi Dress



Edwinda Dress



Jewel Tones

Replace summer's splashy palette with shades of emerald, ruby, sapphire, royal purple, and goldenrod. Bold, gem-inspired hues have a natural richness and warmth.

Crossover Midi Dress



Greta Color-Block Dress



Ezra Satin Wrap Dress



Grace Mini Dress


Dodo Bar Or

Off-the-Shoulder Gown


Badgley Mischka

Deepa Raw Silk Dress


Rhode Resort

Sleeveless Gown


Ralph Lauren

Winter Florals

The moody cousin to those floaty, garden-print dress you lived in all spring and summer, winter florals ground their roots in darker colors and heavier fabrics to better face a frosty climate.

Gabriele Floral Silk Dress


Rixo London

Floral Wrap Dress



Wildflower Pleated Cape Dress


Romance Was Born

Simarra Florence Midi Dress


Ted Baker

Belle Floral Silk Dress


The Vampire's Wife

Doria Sateen Floral Dress


Caroline Constas


A fancy jumpsuit is every lazy girl's dream. It combines the elegance of a dress with the ease and comfort of your favorite pajama pants. Honestly, what could be better than that?

Tommi Jumpsuit



Mel Jumpsuit



Bow-Detail Jumpsuit



Betty Jumpsuit


Les Héroïnes

Front-Tie Jumpsut


Diane von Furstenberg

Thea Wrap Velvet Jumpsuit



Pleated Jumpsuit



Brocade & Jacquard

The heavyweight champions of winter evening-wear, brocade and jacquard textiles are sturdy and thick (read: no wind chill) without sacrificing an ounce of luxury. It's common to have metallic threads woven throughout the fabric, which only adds to the cocktail party appeal.

Leaf Jacquard Dress


Marques Almeida

Floral Jacquard Dress



Golde Jacquard Mini Dress


Emilio de la Morena

Puff Sleeve Dress



Bardot Jacquard Dress



Dragon Flower Lurex Trapezio Dress


La DoubleJ


For an elegant, unfussy ensemble, turn to tailored separates. You can add intrigue with elements of fringe, lace, velvet or jacquard, but just be sure to focus on fit first and foremost. An ill-fitting suit can take you from sophisticated to uncomfortable, which is no way to spend such a joyous event.

Fringe Violetta Blazer


Cinq à Sept

Fringe Tash Pant


Cinq à Sept

Velour Blazer



Velour Flared Trousers



Floral Jacquard Blazer



Floral Jacquard Pants



Bonis Blazer



Nimma Pants



Eunice Silk Lamé Blazer


Raquel Diniz

Eunice Silk Lamé Pants


Raquel Diniz

Sparkle & Shine

Winter wedding season is also holiday party season. That means it's time to get festive. Don't be afraid to embrace a little glitz and glamour. Tip: If you're nervous about going overboard, stick to shimmery metallic fabrics and beaded embellishments instead of fully sequined dresses.

Clara Lamé Midi Dress



Inais Halterneck Gown


Maria Lucia Hohan

Ray Dress


Sabina Musayev

Lagarde Silk Wrap Dress



Kaleidoscope Dress


Needle & Thread

Grace Sequin Mini Dress