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What to wear to a winter wedding

Be the best-dressed guest with these five chic styling ideas for a cold-weather ceremony

Erdem pre-fall ’21

Touchy feely

Dark months call for rich, tactile textures; velvet is our preferred choice, especially in louche, languid silhouettes and jewel shades. Layer Norma Kamali’s mannish blazer over delicate silk evening dresses for a contemporary take on art deco dressing; Erdem’s exquisitely embroidered gown is just the ticket. Add a simple pair of sandals – the dress will make enough of a statement on its own – and crystal earrings that will scintillate under the lights.

The perfect suit

Subvert sartorial tradition by switching to a suit this FW21 season – a suit’s dress-up-or-down versatility gives it increased wardrobe mileage, which is a fundamental factor in how we dress today. Opt for a statement yet earthy shade that will last season after season; Saint Laurent’s tan 1970s-style two-piece is a failsafe choice. With a nipped waist offset by slim tailored pants, this suit can be paired with skyscraper stilettos and an understated clutch for an elegant, modern look.

Cool colors

Because we’ve all been spending a lot more time outside this past year, green has landed front and center of designers’ color spectrum this season; and zingy iterations are a modern take on winter’s classic darker palette. Opt for elongated hemlines in desirable fabrics that feel both refined yet effortless; Christopher Esber’s shirt dress mimics the ease of a two-piece without the need for styling. Add ’90s-inspired barely-there sandals and gold-tone jewelry to dial up the glamour.

Sparkle and shine

Sequins and satin are synonymous with parties, and there’s no reason a wedding should be the exception. Dial them down a notch (you don’t want to outshine the bride) by opting for separates: a glittering top in unexpected shades – think sorbet-inspired pastels that feel icy fresh – can be paired with simple pants and neutral accessories.

Day to night

This is how to transition from an afternoon ceremony to a dance-all-night reception. Belt yourself into a chic camel coat for the first part of the day, displaying a subtle flash of femininity with a sleek sandal, then slip off your coat to reveal a silky dress in a deep-chocolate shade that says demure by day and dance-floor queen by night.


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