You’ve just been invited to a winter wedding and visions of picturesque snowcapped mountains, fluffy flurries falling from the sky, and warm, cozy fires begin filling your dreams. That is until reality sets in and you realize that winter also means with slush, unexpected snow, and subzero temperatures. Suddenly you’re left stressing over a million unknowns. Will it be warm in the venue? Will I be walking through snow to get to the reception? Will there be heat lamps and blankets outside for the ceremony? Will my outfit keep me warm, still look fabulous, but not overheat me when the party turns up and the dancefloor gets hot? How the heck do I decide what to wear to a winter wedding?
Looking fabulous in the dead of winter can be a challenge, and it’s no secret that choosing what to wear to a winter wedding can be a struggle. Our handy guide will help you choose an outfit that leaves you feeling amazing and wedding-ready, no matter what kind of winter weather comes your way.
This post contains affiliate links which means that we may earn from any purchase you make through these links at no added cost to you. Thank you for your support!
Winter is the season for bold colors and deep earthy tones. Navy, gunmetal, wine, and dark purples are just a few hues on a winter color palette that we just can’t get enough of. Choose any seasonal color then find a style of dress in that shade that you feel most comfortable wearing.
We won’t turn down any excuse to shimmer and shine. Metallics, especially gemstone colors, get a lot of attention in the winter. Rock a sparkly number as part or all of your winter wedding look. If maximum sparkle isn’t what you’re going for, opt for a glittery accent or metallic pop whether it be in the pattern or in the form of an added accessory.
Little Black Dress
There’s a reason the LBD has been a wardrobe staple for decades. It really is perfect for all occasions! Dress it up, dress it down. Pair it with a coat or with no jacket at all. Accessorize it with a brooch or keep it simple. No matter the season, no matter the celebration, the little black dress is the ultimate choice if you find yourself struggling with what to wear to a winter wedding.
If the weather forecast is predicting a chill, stay warm with a jumpsuit. Seriously, does it get any better than dressing up and getting to wear pants? The pants will keep you warm and the jumpsuit will keep you looking hot!
Do you tend to run cold? Are you worried about the venue not having the heat on as much as you’d like? Be prepared for icy winter temps by covering your arms with sleeves. Winter is the perfect time to break out all those dresses that you love but it always seems too hot to wear.
If sleeves aren’t your speed (hello sweat stains on the dance floor) stick with something sleeveless and find a shawl or other accessories to keep yourself comfortable.
Accessories Stay Warm
Sometimes, the outfit we’ve set our hearts on wearing isn’t always the most practical one for the weather. Pair these life hacks with your outfit for some additional insulation that will only enhance your look.
Rock booties or knee-high boots on your feet with a pair of thick, warm socks tucked in them. Your feet will thank you.
Shapewear isn’t just for creating curves. For the record, we’re not advocating for shapewear, everyone looks flawless just the way they are. What we are saying though, is that if you need another layer of warmth, shapewear pairs better with wedding fashion than a layer of long underwear.
Tights. Wear them, store them in your bag in case it’s colder than you think, just have them with you. They may be thin, but they can keep those legs warm and look super cute with your dress or as an added layer of heat under your jumpsuit.
And once you’ve made yourself comfy and warm, don’t forget to accessorize with jewels!
What have you worn to winter weddings you’ve attended? Tell us below or tag us in your winter wedding photos on Instagram @happilyeverborrowed