The winter wedding season is upon us, which means many of us are now hitting the shops looking for outfits that are a triple threat—keep you warm, look stylish and meet the dress code.
The best place to start is with the dress code. We often think this makes it harder to dress for an occasion, but they can make it easier. If you know how to translate the code.
A formal/black tie wedding usually indicates full-length gowns, while cocktail, smart casual or lounge suit dress code usually indicate a shorter style, two pieces or jumpsuit is appropriate.
When it comes to warmth, look for thicker fabrics like ponte or boucle, but you should also try velvet or jacquard for a super luxe look—cool and dark tones, statement sleeves and longer hemlines.
A floral midi or maxi dress will cover all bases; it will keep you warm and can easily be worn again—making it the holy grail of wedding outfits. Plus you can pair it with a blazer for work and a faux fur vest and ankle boots for a play.
If you’d like to show a little skin, embrace sheer fabrics with textured detail. They’re subtle, wedding-appropriate and another way to add an extra layer to your look.
Other great options include tailored trousers with a delicate long-sleeved knit or silky blouse or a jumpsuit. And, with the right accessories, you can’t go wrong with a tailored suit; opt for a silky texture if you want to add a bit more glam and enjoy the fact that you can mix and match this two-set with your existing wardrobe.
Finally, the main challenge at a winter wedding is to look stylish and to feel warm at the same time, especially if part of the ceremony or reception is outdoors. Make your outerwear part of your outfit by choosing a bold colour or patterned piece.
Alternatively, if you’d rather show off what’s underneath, but still want a top layer for the journey home, look for an oversized blazer or cape to drape over your shoulders.
U on Sunday Fashion Editor Brooke Falvey knows what it means to dress for the occasion. After living in London for just over a year, Brooke Falvey returned home to Brisbane to share her style storytelling talents on her blog, Blonde Ambition. With a background in journalism, Brooke shares thoughtful lifestyle and fashion pieces through her Instagram account, What Brooke Wore, and her blog, Blonde Ambition, inspiring her readers to start doing what they’ve always dreamed of doing—and giving them tips on how to look good at the same time!. Ready to dress like you mean it? Get to know the girl behind What Brooke Wore.