Daily Archives: January 15, 2014

What to Wear to a Winter Wedding: Dos and Don’ts

You Pick Wednesday

What to wear to a winter wedding

Dress 1 | Dress 2 | Dress 3 | Dress 4

Has this happened to you? You live in the Midwest. It’s cold. It’s snowy. It’s miserable outside. And you’ve been invited to a wedding. What do you wear?? Thankfully I’ve only faced the what to wear to a winter wedding question once or twice in my life and even still it strikes fear into my heart. My spring and summer dressed are too cold. Layering them can make me look like I’m just going to work instead of to what might end up being a fun party. Any long-sleeved dresses I have might be too matronly.

What’s the solution? The four dresses above are great choices for a winter wedding. Why? Because they follow some of what I consider to be the dos and don’ts of picking out a winter wedding guest dress.

Do: Wear something with some texture or visual interest. Colors this time of year are pretty subdued so go for texture or pattern instead of a bright color.

Don’t: Wear white. Alright, some people are okay with this but basically the rule of thumb is that only the bride should wear white.

Don’t: Wear animal print, sequins, or anything too glittery. This is a wedding, not a dance club.

Do: Wear long sleeves, even if they are lace or sheer. Leave the sleeveless for those summer weddings.

Don’t: If you MUST wear sleeveless, bring a shawl to wear over your shoulders. Leave the cardigans at home.

Do: Wear something in a nice fabric. Lace, crepe, or a heavier high quality polyester are all excellent choices.

Don’t: Wear jersey knit, lightweight polyester, or cotton. Those are either too casual or too summery.

Do: Make sure your dress fits appropriately.

Don’t: Wear anything that is considered body-con, shorter than your finger tips when your arms are straight by your sides, shows all your cleavage or your entire back.

Don’t have anything your closet that fits these criteria and don’t want to go shopping? Perhaps Rent the Runway has something for you!  Admittedly, I’ve never used them although I spent a large amount of time at a recent shindig talking to an acquaintance who had and I think I’ll be using their services next time I need a dress. For under $70 you can rent any of these dresses below that fit all the criteria above and would look amazing at a Midwest winter wedding.

Winter wedding guest dresses from Rent the Runway

Dress 1 | Dress 2 | Dress 3 | Dress 4