Winter Wedding Wear
by Amy Newson
Dress to impress at seasonal weddings this autumn and winter – think rich dark shades, accents of jewel, luxe fabrics, trouser suits and lace for a chic and fabulous look.
Have you been invited to a wedding this autumn or winter? Not sure what to wear? First things first, don’t panic! Whether you are the mother of the bride – or groom, a bridesmaid or a guest, the cooler months offer just as many outfit options as a classic summer wedding, if not more.
If you want to be the chicest guest at this season’s nuptials, the trick is to opt for darker shades, luxe fabrics and accessorise accordingly. Read on for some ideas and inspiration to make sure you stay warm and look amazing on the big day.
A neutral coloured dress is always an elegant and refined choice for the mother of the bride or groom. Taupes, beiges, golds and other neutral shades have developed into a popular choice for mother of the bride/groom dresses because these colours usually complement the colours of the rest of the bridal party.
The mothers of the bride and groom deserve stand-out-gowns for their special role in the wedding, so beading and lace details with lovely necklines and bodices elevate these neutral coloured dresses into a fitting outfit for such an occasion. A nipped in waist suits most body shapes but if you feel more comfortable wearing straight lined dresses, these keep your silhouette simple, allowing for more accessories.
Gold, especially rose gold accessories add a subtle touch of colour to any elegant ensemble. An equally glam clutch with shoes in the same colour scheme will add to this well put together look.
If you would prefer to steer clear of neutral colours, that’s not a problem either – start by choosing a dress style that you like and take note of the colours of the bridal party. Don’t go for exactly the same but find one that complements these colours. Take a look at the recommended colours for bridesmaids below to find out what’s on trend this season.
Bright jewel tones are a great choice for this time of year. Rich, warm shades of plum and vibrant, burnt orange are some of the more traditional colours for the autumn and winter seasons. For something a little different, why not consider navy blue, burgundy or sapphire to really stand out against the seasonal backdrop?
Grey bridesmaid dresses have been a huge trend this year and it looks set to continue into the autumn and winter seasons as well. This colour is a definite step away from the traditional palette, but silvery grey looks gorgeous all year round while darker, charcoal greys will look fantastic in the colder months.
For these looks, keep your make-up simple and elegant with a subtle smoky eye and nude lip combination.
Now, for the guests’ outfits; this can be a bit trickier. The bridal party will have pre-coordinated their outfits with the bride, so you may feel like you have been thrown in the deep end and have no idea what to wear! The good thing about colder month weddings is that thick, luxurious fabrics and richer colours come into their own. The season allows for some of the prettiest colours, such as deep jewel tones of burgundy, ruby red, midnight blue, plum and emerald and cool prints that echo the changes of the season. Berry hues were all over the catwalk this season and they look great against every skin tone.
By no means do you have to wear a traditional dress. This year has been all about androgyny, so why not try a trouser suit? You’ll feel toasty warm and protected from the elements in a soft wool suit. Pair with heels for a more feminine, elegant touch.
Long-sleeved dresses can look really individual and help to avoid the ‘workwear’ feel of a blazer. They also solve the chilly arm conundrum. Opt for a shorter hemline with opaque tights and a pair of Mary Janes to really keep on trend with the Autumn/Winter 2015 look.
Jumpsuits are a brilliant day-to-evening wear solution. Choose a long-sleeved jumpsuit if you don’t want to worry about layers, or a sleeveless one paired with a blazer so you can avoid overheating on the dance floor.
If you want to opt for something more traditional, a navy lace dress with burgundy accessories is a really good look this season. Lace overlays have a winter wonderland vibe about them, while a burgundy clutch and matching shoes will offer the perfect balance of colours.
Remember floral prints are not only for summer! Intricate colourful patterns or simple monochrome prints will never be out of place at a cold weather wedding. Use your accessories to simplify your outfit, and choose delicate and simple jewellery rather than chunky pieces. Think about keeping your bag and shoes pastel or black depending on if you went for flowers or monochrome.
For those that love a seriously glam look, you will rejoice at the news that faux fur is back again! Forget packing a ‘just-in-case’ cardigan and give your outfit a real cold-weather look with furry accents. These faux accessories are reaching an all time high in shops, so you won’t have trouble finding the one that’s right for you.
Headwear is another popular accessory at weddings: headpieces and fascinators are almost a wedding ‘must-have’. Summer styles tend to be pretty, delicate blooms while the colder months call for a stronger look. Try a headpiece decorated with black roses or a simple headband embellished with pearls or sparkly crystals.
Nobody wants to be inappropriately dressed at a wedding, so just remember the don’t-wear-white rule and stand out in rich autumn and winter hues or gorgeous prints at every wedding this season – you can’t go wrong!