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

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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.

Velvet

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

$297

For Love & Lemons

Grace Floral Midi Dress

$771

Saloni

Surveillance Dress

$550

Rachel Comey

Wynne Dress

$695

Veronica Beard

Velvet Pourpoint Dress

$810

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania

Demure Dress

$198

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

$595

Joseph

Brigitte Color-Blocked Faux Fur Jacket

$210

Apparis

Gran Open-Back Silk Satin Gown

$3,390

The Row

Two-Tone Faux Fur Scarf

$40

Zara

90s Silk Slip Dress

$171

Silk Laundry

Kenta Cropped Faux Fur Jacket

$179

House of CB

The 1996 Dress

$250

Réalisation Par

Zalie Faux Fur Pom-Pom Snood

$95

Ted Baker

Athena Dress

$328

Reformation

Stella Faux Fur Scarf

$167

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

$198

Olivia Rose the Label

Tempest Ballet Dress

$1,600

Zimmermann

Wrap-Effect Silk Satin Dress

$1,390

Dion Lee

Square-Neck Maxi Dress

$423

Solace London

V-Neck Cocktail Dress

$1,495

Rosie Assoulin

Ludo Dizzy Dress

$1,031

Da Le Vali

Lace Long Sleeve Dress

$895

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

$380

Misha

Valler Dress

$895

Sachin & Babi

Crystal-Embellished Open-Back Dress

$1,640

Sonia Rykiel

Drkshdw Dress

$420

Rick Owens

Double-Breasted Satin Mini Dress

$425

Halston Heritage

Puff Sleeve Mini Dress

$695

Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

Victorian Lace Midi Dress

$289

byTiMo

Edwinda Dress

$840

Khaite

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

$151

ASOS WHITE

Greta Color-Block Dress

$786

Racil

Ezra Satin Wrap Dress

$598

Nanushka

Grace Mini Dress

$595

Dodo Bar Or

Off-the-Shoulder Gown

$750

Badgley Mischka

Deepa Raw Silk Dress

$495

Rhode Resort

Sleeveless Gown

$285

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

$475

Rixo London

Floral Wrap Dress

$1,050

Attico

Wildflower Pleated Cape Dress

$766

Romance Was Born

Simarra Florence Midi Dress

$329

Ted Baker

Belle Floral Silk Dress

$1,205

The Vampire's Wife

Doria Sateen Floral Dress

$695

Caroline Constas

Jumpsuits

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

$338

Parker

Mel Jumpsuit

$310

Staud

Bow-Detail Jumpsuit

$100

Mango

Betty Jumpsuit

$484

Les Héroïnes

Front-Tie Jumpsut

$598

Diane von Furstenberg

Thea Wrap Velvet Jumpsuit

$499

Whistles

Pleated Jumpsuit

$488

Self-Portrait

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

$770

Marques Almeida

Floral Jacquard Dress

$750

REDValentino

Golde Jacquard Mini Dress

$901

Emilio de la Morena

Puff Sleeve Dress

$766

Attico

Bardot Jacquard Dress

$119

ASOS DESIGN

Dragon Flower Lurex Trapezio Dress

$1,295

La DoubleJ

Suiting

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

$595

Cinq à Sept

Fringe Tash Pant

$365

Cinq à Sept

Velour Blazer

$485

Pinko

Velour Flared Trousers

$290

Pinko

Floral Jacquard Blazer

$100

Zara

Floral Jacquard Pants

$50

Zara

Bonis Blazer

$546

Alexis

Nimma Pants

$583

Alexis

Eunice Silk Lamé Blazer

$1,505

Raquel Diniz

Eunice Silk Lamé Pants

$560

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

$895

Area

Inais Halterneck Gown

$1,966

Maria Lucia Hohan

Ray Dress

$411

Sabina Musayev

Lagarde Silk Wrap Dress

$755

Ganni

Kaleidoscope Dress

$487

Needle & Thread

Grace Sequin Mini Dress

$615

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