Spring may be peak wedding season, but don’t expect the invitations to stop coming just because it’s winter. Cooler weather (don't worry, there's still plenty of sunshine to go around) and off-peak prices are just two of the reasons more and more brides are opting to wed in winter.
But as their wedding guest, you may find yourself in some unfamiliar fashion territory. If you’re wondering what to wear to a winter wedding in Australia, we’ve got you.
What to wear to a winter wedding
Given the cool change in weather, the more covered-up you are, the warmer you’ll be. Obviously. However, the trick is to not get weighed down under heavy coats. You still need to look the part.
Layers are a good idea because while the outdoor ceremony may be brisk, once you start carving it up on the dance floor at the reception, things are going to get toasty pretty fast.
Colour is your friend: Don’t fall into the trap of going dreary with shades of black and grey. Plus, you can’t go wrong with romantic fabrics like lace, silk, tulle and anything sparkly or metallic (just don’t overshadow the bride, ok?).
Florals are always a good idea for a wedding, but this season expect to also see bold block colours worn from top to bottom.
Ready to frock up? Take your cues from these celebrity-inspired winter wedding outfits.
1. A summer dress + winter jacket combo
Yes, you can wear the same kind of dresses you’d wear to a summer or spring wedding, all you have to do is add a smart jacket.
2. A winter frock
Long sleeves and longer hemlines are the way to go when it comes to winter wedding guest dresses. Keep your look fresh with florals, lace or a vibrant pop of colour.
3. A pant suit
The power suit is having a major fashion moment right now, and the wedding scene is getting in on the action, too. Avoid looking too corporate by playing with colour and prints. Wearing matching pants and blazer is fuss-free but striking.
4. A jumpsuit
An all-in-one outfit, dressing for a winter wedding doesn’t get much easier than throwing on a jumpsuit. The best jumpsuit styles are ones that are tailored with structure (perfect for a formal wedding) or something more romantic like a flowing feminine silhouette for an outdoor wedding (70s-inspired bell sleeves and flared pants are big right now). Just remember: If you’d consider wearing it to the beach or brunch, it’s not wedding-appropriate.
In winter, your jacket is what will make or break your outfit. And let’s not forget - it needs to do more than just look good, it has to keep you warm! These are the latest jacket styles perfect for every winter wedding dress code.
When the dress code is white tie
If you’re wondering what to wear over a formal dress in the winter, this is it. A faux fur wrap takes away the chill, but doesn’t cover up your glamorous evening gown.
When the dress code is black tie
Sequins are a surefire way to up the glamour on any outfit.
When the dress code is lounge suit
A ‘lounge suit’ winter wedding dress code is on the formal side, but there’s room to unleash your fashion creativity. Step up a cocktail dress with a statement coat.
When the dress code is cocktail
This tailored blazer is a far cry from boring boardroom attire. Bring on the bling with a metallic finishing touch.
When the dress code is smart casual
For instant elegance, a cape is your go-to coat. Brighten up your winter wedding attire with an unexpected colour choice - this season, combat the cool in powder blue.
What not to wear
Every wedding dress code is different, but remember - it’s a special occasion so don’t you dare show up in any kind of denim. Leather is also best avoided, as are boots, as both comes across as too casual. Closed-toes shoes are your best option if it’s too cold for strappy stilettos.
It may be winter’s go-to colour, but black is still a no-no for a winter wedding. And white should always be off limits out of respect for the bride - it’s her day and she has dibs on the colour. End of story.
Winter mother of the bride inspiration
Your daughter (or daughter-in-law) may be the one getting married, but you’ll be receiving a lot of attention too, which means you need to nail your outfit. As the mother of the bride, you should err on the more formal side so you don’t get mistaken for one of the wedding guests.