It's truly difficult to dress for a wedding, even add up the inconvenience of needing to think about cold temperatures, possible rain, and icy winds. The idea of attending a winter wedding can be stressful for many. However, don't be anxious about it because we're here to help you in picking out the perfect outfit. Whether you're focusing for an on-trend impression or a timeless appearance, here's how you can plan the ideal ensemble for this celebratory wintry occasion.
Keep reading our ultimate guide on what to wear to a winter wedding as a guest.
The very first thing you should do is check the invitation. Why? People getting married have actually indicated a dress code for you and this should be your guide on how you can dress in the big day.
If the invitation advises black tie, which is a dinner suit (AKA a tuxedo) in plain English, a white dress shirt, a black bow tie, black high-shine shoes and black socks. Even if it's 'Black tie optional', it's much the same, though you can go less formal with a plain black necktie.
We know you already know this but we just feel the need to tell you again the obvious that you shouldn't be wearing a cotton or linen suit in winter unless you're well up for shivers in your chair.
We highly recommend you to opt for flannel, tweed, wool, and if you play the game, then go for cashmere. Try to look for a heavy cloth weight (in the middle of 14oz and 19oz) to remain completely insulated. Anyhow, don't try to go half-lined, not only will a complete lining keep cold creeps at bay, but it'll also provide you with a better suit structure.
Location is the key to it all when deciding for a winter wedding outfit's overall style. If the wedding is around the city, go for the smarter side of things such as checks, pinstripes, and a colour palette of black, navy and red for proper accessories. Suits for country winter weddings should draw from a palette of earthy colours (brown, green, rust) although textual fabrics including tweed and wool also lend themselves to deep charcoal.
Grooms- You're the big man here, so you need to be the best dressed, that's it. Remember to ignore any advice about showing off your personality and err on the side of tradition. You can opt for a two or three-piece suit depending on the level of formality that you're pleased and comfortable with. It should be black, navy, or dark grey and not double-breasted or patterned.
As they say, simplicity is the best. So for the rest of your look think similarly simple. Just opt for a black high shine Oxford shoes, a white shirt, and to add some character, opt for a great stripe or polka dot tie and a floral dress pin a dark colour.
Top Table Guest- Any person who makes their way on to the top table is golden to the eyes of the bride and groom. So with their respect, return it by not showing up in anything distressing, because it's not your time to shine. Take note of this one.
We recommend that you wear black, so there is no competition with the main man. Pick navy instead to keep the formality dialled up, don't wear anything that attention-grabbing. Simply just do what you're told.
As a daytime guest, you have the most difficult job dressing for a wedding, even more so than the bride. You need to go formal but not too formal, and there are no firm restrictions on colours, fabrics or shapes. For things to be easier, a suit in a navy, grey or taupe are the best winter-ready options, and you can also put some check, pinstripe or a double-breasted silhouette too. With footwear, brown shoes will work perfectly well with all of the above suits and are less formal than black Classic shirt and tie combinations that are clearly a safe bet still, but for a trendy modern look, you may explore grandad collar shirt and a pocket square to brighten things up a little. However, this is only applicable if the wedding is on the casual end of the spectrum.
If you didn't make it to the main event, don't take that as a slight, instead, hours of small talk luckily veered. Your look needs to go without saying that you've made an effort, but don't need to go in all guns blazing. A trick we suggest is to opt for a grandad collar shirt will do the trick, and you can even try a delicate patterned design, while a black or charcoal roll neck jumper will bang that perfect balance between relaxed and refined.
You might ask what's a good colour to wear to a winter wedding. This actually depends on which season you go in, colour has a significant factor in how well you'll fit in. Prior to everything, you must check the invitation as there is a high chance your invitee will have labelled a colour scheme or at least hinted at what you should be angling for.
Stick to an option to a few colours. With winter weddings, you can be sure that people will stray away from the vivid and bold colours you can anticipate seeing at summer weddings. We suggest that you stick to a colour palette of neutral colours and greys and browns should become your best friends.
If you've decided to wear a grey or brown suit, take note that a wedding is a joyous occasion because it's a celebration above all, so let your accessories save you when it comes to a dull and gloomy vibe. But don't try to go overboard with a bright yellow tie with polka dots on it. If you are wearing a navy suit, you can opt for a burgundy tie in wool so that you have a little colour. With that being said, you could also lay out money into a patterned pocket square, but we like to avoid anything too over-the-top.
We don't have to stress that winter weddings tend to be cold, they take place during the coldest months of the year. But this does not mean you won't be standing outside for long periods of times. An overcoat is the best and perfect winter coat you can wear, which is ideal over any suit at a wedding in winter. We recommend you get one in either brown, black or charcoal.
Author Bio: Ivandrea Ollero is a daytime writer for Northern Menswear, an online streetwear store run from Manchester that provides quality service 24hrs a day and 7 days a week. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica's College, Manila, with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.