Finding an outfit for a wedding of any season can be difficult, but winter nuptials, in particular, prove to be the trickiest season of them all. While the warmer months allow for skin-baring styles and breezy fabrics, the low temperatures can definitely throw a wrench in the outfit planing department. So when it comes to figuring out what to wear to a winter wedding, the key is opting for more seasonal fabrics (think, crushed velvet and duchess satin) and accessorizing with sparkling statement pieces. Not to mention, it's the perfect time to put your layering skills to the test as well as comb through your collection of luxury hosiery — as you'll want to keep covered to fight off the inevitable cold.
With save the dates and invitations starting to land in your mailbox, now is the perfect time to secure a few new pieces to keep on hand, taking the guesswork out of getting through the wedding season. As you begin your search, keep in mind that the same color etiquette comes into play for winter weddings — stay away from white, ivory, and cream (unless instructed from the bride otherwise). And while mostly all other colors are okay, it's not your day, so if you do go for a vibrant hue or a little sparkle, make sure to keep it subtle to not outshine the happy couple.
When it comes to winter weddings, jewel tones and rich fabrics are your friends, making this $139 lustrous emerald green dress (pro tip: add a cozy stole over your shoulders) and this velvet, puff-sleeve Reformation frock, $278, both excellent options for the season. Of course, if you're looking to show a little less skin to beat the chill, take a peek at this elegant $225 long-sleeve satin maxi dress from The Line By K. Or, you can opt for this floor-grazing, velvet dress from The Vampire's Wife, $1,300, in an eye-catching purple hue.
As for prints? There are stunning dresses available in winter-ready dark florals, such as this off-the-shoulder floral brocade dress from Markarian, $1,895, and this refined, flowery style from Veronica Beard, $595. And, if you want to bring in a little shimmer, you can slip into this floral-jacquard silk-blend maxi dress from Saloni for $825.
Continue on for 14 styles that'll have you ready for the winter weddings to come.