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Winter Weddings Edit: Best Dressed Guest

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Weddings are most popular in the warmer months. This year, however, you probably haven’t exhausted all your options for dressing up. This summer was different than any other, with many outdoor weddings and intimate ones at home. Even though there is likely to be more social events this year, it can be difficult to dress for events in the cold. Layers, sleeves, longer lengths and richer fabrics are all good options for styling winter wedding guests from head to toe.

You can embrace jewel tones, velvets and heavily embroidered looks, from slinky dresses to elegant cocktail dresses. These 12 stylish looks will make you feel like the most fashionable guest at a winter wedding.

#1 Black Tie

Asymmetrical silhouettes can elevate a black dress. Add some shine to your look by adding unique touches. This look will be modern and sleek with geometric accents.

Shop the outfit idea:

  • Alexandre Vauthier gown, $4,625
  • Mindy Mond earrings, $13,600
  • Roger Vivier clutch, $1,395
  • Prada sandals, $991

#2 Think Pink

White is not recommended unless the bride requests it. However, a blush or light pink look can be chic for formal events. Wear a springtime color from head to foot and combine it with soft textures to create a look that is similar to winter white without the bridal vibes. We are confident that this look is elegant and understated, but with a lot of edge.

Shop the outfit idea:

  • 16ARLINGTON gown, $1,755
  • Balenciaga earrings, $895
  • Paco Rabanne bag, $684
  • Aquazzura sandals, $995

#3 Winter Garden

Although it may be cold outside, florals can still be used in winter events. To bring the summery look into winter, choose a black or navy floral motif. It can be paired with luxurious accessories that are sexy and just the right amount of additional.

Shop the outfit idea:

  • Brock Collection dress, $3,090
  • Selim Mouzannar earrings $5,810
  • Judith Leiber Couture Bag, $3,495
  • Shoes by Brother Vellies, $685

#4 Posh Prairie

Accessorize with chic accessories to bring life back to vintage pieces and a peasant-style dress. You can create a modern look with textured elements such as cameo earrings, a crushed velvet clutch and square-toed slides that feel like a tribute to decades past.

Shop the outfit idea:

  • Etro dress, $3,120
  • Earrings by Grainne Morton, $340
  • Rosantica clutch, $470
  • Malone Souliers mules, $575

#5 Party Girl

Dress up for parties on important holidays and dates, such as New Year’s Eve. Unique accessories in every color of metallic make parties feel festive and glamorous. They are perfect for toasting happy couples and the holidays.

Shop the outfit idea:

  • Retrofete dress, $775
  • Balenciaga earrings, $895
  • Galvan pouch, $495
  • Valentino sandals, $1,945

#6 Ruffled Romance

An LBD is timeless, but you can be creative with holiday party dressing. For example, a red look that feels festive and ultra-feminine, or borderline boho, might work. For a more formal look, choose a higher-strung fabric and silhouette than a slip. However, a floor-length red dress is glamorous. Mix it up. Look for unusual accessories.

Shop the outfit idea:

  • Erdem gown, $4,095
  • Earrings by Mateo New York, $3,875
  • Simone Rocha bag, $830
  • Rochas sandals, $975

#7 Metallic Moment

Shiny metallics, glittering prints and playful pops dazzling color will get you in a festive mood. Even without a hemline, lamé, brocade and crystal-encrusted footwear feel elegant and sophisticated.

Shop the outfit idea:

  • Balmain dress, $5,450
  • Earrings by Chloe, $670
  • Paco Rabanne clutch, $1,190
  • Rene Caovilla sandal, $1,800

#8 Gala Girl

Black tie events traditionally mean floor-length gowns with luxurious accessories. A midi or shorter dress is a better choice than the traditional. Mix and match textures, colors, and embellishments to create a dynamic approach to dressing up.

Shop the outfit idea:

  • Rasario gown, $1,905
  • Bottega Veneta earrings, $580
  • Judith Leiber Couture Clut, 3,495
  • Amina Muaddi sandals, $850

#9 Starry Night

Winter months call out for jewel tones. So choose your favorite shade and a beaded version. For a rehearsal dinner or dance party, a shimmery sapphire dress with asymmetrical neckline is a great choice. This look is even more romantic when paired with celestial-inspired accessories.

Shop the outfit idea:

  • Dundas dress, $1,780
  • Colette Jewelry earrings, $2,235
  • Shrimps clutch, $550
  • Aquazzura sandals, $995

#10 Mod Moment

A mod sequin minidress is more festive than one that says “cocktail attire.” A puff-sleeved, psychedelic print and a glittery mule will give your event the perfect amount of artistic edge without making it costume-like.

Shop the outfit idea:

  • Gucci dress, $12,000
  • 14 / Quatorze earrings, $190
  • Rosantica bag, $800
  • Cult Gaia mules, $325

#11 Jumpsuit Nation

Even formal wear doesn’t need a gown. If you know how to dress up a jumpsuit for evening, it is possible to mix and match cocktail and formal attire. To enhance the look, add accessories that make you feel special. Don’t forget the sparkle!

Shop the outfit idea:

  • Galvan jumpsuit, $1,595
  • Fallon earrings, $175
  • Paco Rabanne clutch, $1,090
  • Alaia heels, $1.370

#12 Elegant Edge

Flawless frocks look great for daytime and classic black tie gowns work well for evening. But a guest who is more adventurous with her style needs to dress outside the box. For a touch of 1980s inspiration, consider adding puff sleeves or shoulder pads, velvet, and built in jewelry. A little bit of metallic embellishment, studded details and an animal print (a la the snakeskin clutch), can transform a basic cocktail look into something truly special.

Shop the outfit idea:

  • Prada dress, $8,220
  • Tullia ring, $564
  • Alexander McQueen clutch, $1,790
  • Jimmy Choo mules, $995
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