It can be hard to decide what to wear to a wedding, especially when it’s a winter do and you’ve got to balance warmth with style.
And choosing your dress is just the start.
Accessorising those winter wedding outfits can be tricky too. Too little and your outfit doesn’t feel special enough. Too much and you risk looking like the fairy on top of the Christmas tree!
Don’t worry – whether you go for lovely lace, sparkly sequins, pretty patterns or a simple shift, we’ve got some amazing accessory ideas to ensure you’re one winter wedding belle who looks wonderful.
There’s a handbag for every occasion, but for a wedding, keep it small – there’ll be limited table space during the meal and bottomless bags will get in the way on the dancefloor.
Go for contrast with your dress when it comes to colour and pattern, and choose one with a chain to save yourself from clutch-bag cramp and keep your hands free for a glass of bubbly.
Less is more when it comes to jewellery, so choose to focus on two items, not the full jewellery box of earrings, necklace, bracelets and rings. Snow-white pearls are perfect for a winter wedding, and the good news is that they’re having a fashion moment right now.
If you feel your dress needs livening up a bit more, a statement necklace or even a brooch will do the job – whether you go flowery or bejewelled is up to you!
Get style and comfort all wrapped up with a soft, pretty scarf. Choose a wide pashmina style and you’ve got a great alternative to a jacket that you’ll be glad of when it comes to hanging around for photos. Or why not go for a super snuggly faux-fur stole, ideal for an elegant winter wedding look.
Hat or Fascinator
Top off your winter wedding outfit with a statement hat that also keeps your head warm and cosy – fur is a choice that will stand out among the classic wide-brim straw hats, plus you can wear it again. Feathers also go great with a winter look, so swap a floral fascinator for a feathered one instead. Alternatively, look cool and cute in a jewelled headband – just take it easy on the bling elsewhere.
Bare legs with a dress can be too much to bear, so why not make a pair of warm tights a part of your look? Patterned tights make a great style statement when worn with a plain dress. A romantic heart print pair would be appropriate! Or consider a jumpsuit or trouser suit as a modern outfit alternative.
A belt will add instant interest to a simple dress, and can help to create a trimmer waist too. A metallic belt will look lovely against black, navy or jewel-toned dresses, or why not go high fashion and try one of the wide obi belts that are taking the catwalks by storm? Wrap one around a stylish shirt dress or bodycon for an instant outfit update.
Jacket or Shrug
Unless it’s an all-in-one-venue type of wedding, you’re going to want a little jacket or shrug to keep out the chill. A cropped jacket or cardigan shrug won’t dominate your dress. Or maybe a super smart blazer is more your style?
They go great with jumpsuits for a fresh wedding look. Choose something you can wear again with everything from dresses to jeans to really get your money’s worth.
And last, but far from least, shoes can make or break an outfit. A closed-toe shoe like a court will stop your toes from freezing (and allow you to wear tights). Kitten heels are a wedding classic and aren’t so high as to stop you from hitting the dancefloor. Or if you fancy a more modern look, a chunky heel or even a bootie will look cool, and you won’t be the one worrying about getting across an icy car park at the end of the night.
Hopefully these ideas will make deciding what to wear to a winter wedding a little easier. Treat yourself to some accessories to make all the difference to any evening dress or outfit – new or not. Just remember the golden rule of less is more and leave the overload of baubles and beads for the Christmas tree.