Whatever the weather: How to dress for a winter wedding and still look amazing
From velvet dresses to tailoring, stylist Corina Gaffey on what to wear to your next winter wedding and beyond...
Christmas is beginning to draw in but wedding bells are still ringing.
While dressing for an easy, breezy summer wedding might seem like a cinch at this stage, your floral maxi just won't cut in the depths of winter. As if silly season wasn't tricky enough working out what to wear to all the seasonal events coming your way, you now have to throw a festive wedding into mix!
Winter nuptials require a more practiced hand since you want to look polished but still seasonal-appropriate. But with winter brings a whole host of magic and charm that means you can add a little sparkle to your friends special day.
All that Shimmer
And yes, that does mean you can wear sequins so you may even be able to get double duty out of your Christmas party ensemble, it might just require some tweaking.
Think less disco ball and more subtle shimmer and embellishment. Hints of champagne, midnight metallics and frosty glitter will add a little festive flavour without going OTT. Just always remember to make it an accent rather than full-on part of your look so go for a sparkly top with a black trouser or a sequin skirt with a sleek top.
1. Sequin polo neck, €59, & Other Stories | 2. Sequin pleated skirt, €55, V by Very, Littlewoods
Black to Black
Another advantage of a winter wedding is that you can totally break the black outfit rule. While the dark shade might seem a little sombre for summer months, it can totally transform come the cooler months. It looks super chic for winter nuptials and Christmas parties but just remember to add some drama and texture to avoid it looking too corporate or boring - lace, embellishment, and fringing all will help amp up a black ensemble while adding accents in snowy shades and soft textures with make your look even more wedding or party appropriate.
1. Embellished dress, €59.95, H&M | 2. Devore dress, €129, Warehouse | 3. Lace dress, €65, V by Very, Littlewoods Ireland
The fastest way to give your winter wedding outfit some festive feels? Velvet.
Winter's key fabric comes into its own for weddings as it looks and feels so luxurious, even if it's only from the high-street (no-one needs to know). The plush fabric is best worn in modern and romantic shapes and in deep hues of vintage pink, navy, emerald, and burgundy. Other fabrics that are a fast route to festive are lace, brocade and jacquard and will evoke winter wedding glamour in an instant.
1. Velvet dress, €16, Penneys | 2. Lace dress, €69.95, Mango | 3. Jacquard dress, €108, Monsoon | 4. Pleated velvet dress, €98, Oasis
The best thing about tailored suits and jumpsuits for winter weddings is - one, they're a stylish break from the sea of dresses, and two they keep your limbs covered, meaning they are way warmer than a dress or skirt will ever be.
Opt for metallic or an of-the-moment velvet suit and you'll be able to re-cycle it for any festive bash. For more bang for your buck, do as the street stylers do and wear your velvet blazer dressed-down with jeans and t-shirt for day.
1. Jacket, €25, trousers, €17, belt, €5, heels, €25, earrings, €3, all Penneys | 2. Jumpsuit, €280, Reiss | 3. Velvet blazer, €103, velvet trousers, €57, both Topshop
The weather outside might be frightful but when you're cosy in a stylish and warm cover-up a winter wedding will be oh-so delightful. A coat is always key for a winter wedding and can make or break your outfit so it's worth investing in a cover-up you love and that will add to your ensemble. A trench coat,, crombie, pea or faux fur cropped jacket are all solid and stylish options that will work all throughout the festive period.
1. Trench, €167, River Island Studio | 2. Faux fur coat, €125, Warehouse | 3. Pea coat, €230, Millie Mackintosh, Arnotts
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