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Off to a winter wedding and unsure what to wear? Let us help you out!

Attending a wedding during off-season doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for warmth! Winter weddings can be just as stylish as those in spring and summer and call for dresses in thick fabrics such as velvet and long sleeves. Now is the perfect time to buy your outfit as shops are filed with sequins, metallics, fun party dresses and stylish jumpsuits ahead of the festive season! 

Dresses

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L-R, Valeria Off-The-Shoulder Velvet Bodycon Dress, £165, Reiss, Ruby Red Velvet Cross Over Bardot Dress, £79, Sosandar, Satin Wrap Dress, £39, H&M

You simply can’t go wrong with a pretty dress! At winter weddings, you can get away with dark colours so pick between rich hues such as navy blue, emerald and red and plush fabrics such as velvet, silk and chiffon We love this navy velvet off-the-shoulder dress from Reiss and ruby red velvet cross over bardot dress from Sosandar, as well as this chic green satin wrap dress from H&M.

Jumpsuits & Playsuits

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L-R Black Double Strap V Jumpsuit, £65, Topshop, Lorelai Sequin Jumpsuit, £200, Monsoon, Berry Sequin Lace Halterneck Palazzo Jumpsuit, £40,Quiz.

Jumpsuits are a stylish alternative to dresses and suit a range of different figures which makes them super versatile. We love this understated black jumpsuit from Topshop and this berry hued lace jumpsuit from Quiz. As an other option, if you’re feeling extra special, why not get into the festive vibe with this sequin jumpsuit from Monsoon.

READ MORE: Budget bride – What To Wear To A Wedding As A Guest

Skirts

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L-R Velvet Pleated Midi Skirt. £45, M&S, Plumetis Tulle Skirt, £29.99, Zara, Gold Pleated Skirt, £26.25*, Dorothy Perkins,

Skirts are another great item to wear to a winter wedding, especially when paired with a simple black roll neck top or pretty embellished top. On the high street at the moment there is a fabulous range of maxi and midi skirts that we are totally crushing on such as this blue velvet skirt from Marks and Spencer and this gold pleated skirt from Dorothy Perkins. For something a little more fashion forward, check out this gorgeous tulle skirt from Zara.

Closed-Toe Shoes

 

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L-R Ilari Fuschia Suede, £129.95, Moda in Pelle, Black Sparkle Trim Backless Heels, £28.80*, Evans, Black Gem 2 Part Pointed Stilettos, £29.99, New Look

With a drop in temperatures and the unfortunate likelihood of wet weather, when attending a winter wedding, it’s best to opt for closed-toe shoes to save your feet from being wet instead of  heeled sandals that will openly expose your feet. Keep them nice and snug in shoes such as these lovely suede fuchsia heels from Moda in Pelle and New Look’s black sparkly stilettos. For something with a smaller, thicker heel, these black backless heels with a sparkle trim from Evans are another fabulous choice!

A Stylish Coat

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L-R, Belted Faux Fur Coat, £169.99, Mango, Vintage Swing Coat in  Garden Rose, £79.208, Boden, Blue Longline Single Breasted Coat, £80, River Island

Unlike spring and summer nuptials, depending on the weather on the day, you may need to wrap up warm in a winter coat that will look good from a.m to p.m. When deciding on what coat to wear, make sure it is well colour coordinated with your outfit and avoid any clashing or mismatched materials. For an easy, versatile look, a black coat is a naturally safe choice such as this faux fur coat from Mango. If you’re wearing an outfit that can be matched with a bright single coloured coat, consider this vintage pink swing coat from Boden and powder blue single breasted coat from River Island.

Bags

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L-R, Margot Velvet Frame Bag, £29, Topshop, Pearl Detail Box Clutch Bag, £15.75, JD Williams, Rosie Embellished Clutch Bag, £22.50, Accessorize,

An outfit is never complete without a stylish bag! When choosing a bag to go with your overall look, not only think about whether it will compliment everything else you’re wearing, but also consider practicalities too. You’ll want a bag that is big enough to house your essentials such as your mobile phone, purse and make-up but one that isn’t too large.This green velvet chained bag from Topshop would look look great alongside a black dress, as well as the gold embellished clutch bag from Accessorize. We also love the on-trend pearl detailing on the box clutch bag from JD Williams.

READ MORE: Be An A-List Wedding Guest With Our 7 Hottest Looks

Headwear 

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L-R,  Ruby Statement Flower Veil Fascinator, Navy, £70, John Lewis & Partners, Blanc Headband, £249, Hostie Hats, Candice Sequin Pillbox Fascinator, £34, Phase Eight

Whether you decide to wear a hat, fascinator or head band, it’s important that you don’t overdo it. While some may argue the bigger the better, we believe it’s best to go with something that won’t leave you sticking out like a sore thumb in pictures! That’s why we love this navy blue flower veil fascinator by John Lewis that is perfectly balanced between making a statement without being too over the top. Likewise, the sequin pillbox fascinator from Phase Eight is pretty and subtle. If hats or fascinators aren’t quite your thing, why not go for something different such as a chic headband like this chic black number from Hostie Hats.

Jewellery 

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L-R, Palace Emerald Necklace, Rhodium Plating, £99, Swarvoski, Royalty White Bracelet, £119, Thomas Sabo, Sidra Long Drop Earrings, £29.50, Oliver Bonas

When attending any wedding, you should avoid statement pieces that could divert attention away from the bride. To play things safe, opt for items such as this elegant green palace necklace by Swarvoski and this delicate bracelet by Thomas Sabo. For earrings, steer clear of loud, colourful designs and go for classic white instead, just like these stunning long drop earrings by Oliver Bonas.

Cover Ups 

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L-R, Izabel London Gold Shiny Occasion Cape, £19.20*, Debenhams, Navy Floral Lace Border Jacket, £30, Roman

Like coats, wearing a cover up or shawl at a winter wedding is a good idea if you want to avoid feeling chilly. A good cover up can really add an extra layer of style to an outfit so it’s definitely something you should consider! This Izabel London cropped sequin cape from Debenhams is simply stunning, as well as this subtle black lightweight lace embroidered jacket from Roman.

READ MORE: Guest Outfit Inspo: How To Dress Like A Royal

Shine in Sequins 

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L-R, John Zack Sequin Plunge Front Wrap Dress, £55, Asos, Sequin T-Shirt, £20, Next, Silver Sequin Midi Skirt, £56.25*, Miss Selfridge

Lastly, don’t forget to add a touch of festive chic with a sequin dress, jumpsuit, top or skirt! Winter weddings, especially those close to Christmas, is the only time it is socially acceptable to wear something sparkly and is a trend we unashamedly love! Stand out in this figure hugging navy sequin plunge front wrap dress from Asos and silver sequin midi skirt from Miss Selfridge. Sequin tops such as this black top from Next can be paired with a blazer and killer heels for a look away from dresses and skirts. For more wedding guest outfit inspiration, why not check out how to be an A-list wedding guest with our 7 hottest looks!

Main Image Credit: Reiss

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