Dressing for a wedding is bound to cause a style dilemma or two. The golden rule I try to live by, is that if I come across the perfect dress, but at the time of finding it I don’t have an event in the diary to wear it, I buy it. There’s nothing remotely enjoyable about trying to find something last minute to wear to a special occasion.
I’d argue that you’re less likely to find something you truly love while under pressure to make a purchase, and so less likely to feel confident on the day and to re-wear said purchase to other events. Having something you’re excited to wear already hanging in your wardrobe makes dressing for an event infinitely less painless. Trust me.
If preemptive purchasing is one rule to shop by, dressing for yourself is another. A winter wedding dress code doesn’t have to mean forgoing your usual go-to items or totally transforming your sartorial personality. If florals make your heart sing, find a way to put a wintry spin on these.
Here are four winter wedding guest dresses to help guide you…
An embellished dress
Model Iman Hammam makes an excellent case for it in this heavily adorned Miu Miu dress, which is crying out for a black tie winter wedding dress code to nail.
Follow Hammam’s lead and opt for minimal hair and makeup (a slicked back ponytail and dewey skin will do the trick), while letting the dress do the talking. The same goes for jewellery; less is more. A few rings should suffice.
Pair with ruched silky grey socks and pointed toe kitten heels, as was seen on the Miu Miu runway, if you dare, or alternatively ballet flats or Mary Jane mid-heels would also work brilliantly.
Can you wear black to a wedding? I’d say absolutely yes, particularly if it’s a winter one. Use Hailey Bieber, who regularly offers up a dose of gorgeous minimalist style inspiration, in this strapless Saint Laurent design as your point of reference.
A subtle crystal embellishment on the dress and accompanying jewellery is a nice touch, as is paired back peachy-hued makeup. Top with an oversize black blazer (it is a winter wedding after all) and pair with pointed-toe stilettos if your stamina allows.
A pair of sunglasses, à la Beiber, might be just the final flourish your look requires. Alternatively, add an embellished headband or pearl slides.
Actor Barbie Ferreira (you will likely know her as Kat from Euphoria) is no newcomer to making a bold style statement. Her Instagram is brimming with fabulous fashion inspiration and this floral maxi dress, which is both dramatic and romantic (ergo, perfect for a winter wedding) in equal parts, is no exception.
Loose, mermaid-esque waves and a bold lip will be the perfect partner for your winter florals, as will some pearl jewellery. Top with a faux-fur coat and add a pair of long gloves for maximum impact.
An evening-appropriate co-ord
Ok, it’s not exactly a dress, but a co-ord is a fabulous alternative to a dress for a winter wedding. Not only do they have the capacity to be more interesting, but they are also often more comfortable and can easily be incorporated into your everyday wardrobe by wearing each component on its own.
Take your style cue from model Paloma Elsesser, who wore a dramatic skirt and blouse combo by London label 16Arlington, perfect for a winter wedding, to excellent effect.
Some subtle embellishment and a matching eyeshadow will bolster your look, as will strappy 90s-esque sandals (the high street is awash with options) and an embellished pouch.