Pin Money Fashion: How to dress for a winter weddingWritten by Lauren O'Neill | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The phone calls come in like clockwork this time of year — my girlfriends calling me in a panic, saying “I have a winter wedding to go to and I have no clue what to wear!”
We have all been there. I guess the thought of going to a wedding without that summer glow or with more to worry about than just the dress and the shoes can be intimidating. We become so accustomed to being bundled up against the cold it makes sense we can’t imagine ourselves in a little dress in the middle of winter.
Although winter can be dull and tends to make us feel pretty blah, a winter wedding is truly romantic. There is just something different in the air. I love dressing up in the middle of winter and having fun with looks I wouldn’t otherwise wear. Here are some glamorous, fabulous ideas that are sure to be showstoppers at any winter wedding this year.
Little black dress
There is no shame in rocking a black dress to a winter wedding. In fact, I prefer it. Black dresses in the middle of winter are slimming, safe and fun to accessorize. During the summer months, we tend to gravitate toward form-fitting dresses, so why not try a dress that is more playful? Go for one that is fitted at the waist and flares out or maybe a mid-length, off-the-shoulder dress.
Have fun with the look by adding a pair of printed tights. Black tights with polka dots or a pair of sheer black tights with subtle checks are stylish and wedding appropriate. As featured at New York Fashion Week, you can also add color on your nails and lips, such as hot pink or berry. Go glam by adding a rhinestone necklace and earrings. If you have a fun, bright-colored coat, wear it. If you don’t, add a faux fur scarf or detailed belt. Keep your shoes simple, like black patent leather. Too many colors can look like you are trying too hard. Keep the black dress simple and classic with a few pops of color. Big curls or a bun are glamorous styles that will last as you dance the night away.
Find a variety of affordable, fun and flirty black dresses at modcloth.com, asos.com and White House|Black Market. Forever 21 and Express both have a great selection of printed tights. Find great glam jewelry at H&M for $10 or less and check out any drugstore for the 2014 lip and nail colors.
Another option is to go with a fun skirt, while keeping the color neutral, like black or navy. The skirt adds playfulness, but too bright of a color could look loud and inappropriate for a wedding. A neutral color is classic but can still be fun — maybe by incorporating sequins, velvet details or feathers. Just make sure if your skirt has feathers or sequins, you keep the tights sheer or solid black. Too many patterns is never a good thing. Also, make sure the skirt isn’t too short; a pin skirt or a skirt that flares above the knee is ideal. Find a variety of fun skirts at White House|Black Market, piperlime.com and asos.com.
On top, either wear a top that goes off the shoulders, a scoop neck top or a blouse. Layer pearls or gem necklaces and have fun with your shoes! Add a pop of red, hot pink or cobalt blue suede pumps and a fun purse in leopard-print or color.
Last but not least, pants are always an option. A shiny ankle pant in black, silver, deep red or navy with an amazing pair of pumps and a dressy top can look fabulous, especially when paired with great gems and bright red lipstick. The look is chic, dressy, classic — and not to mention warm! Add a faux fur scarf with your coat for the ceremony for a more formal sophisticated look. Find a variety of dressy pants at J.Crew, piperlime.com and Ann Taylor Loft.
Embrace your glamorous side and have fun dressing for winter weddings. Enjoy the moment and try a look that you wouldn’t typically go for. It’s a new year and what better time to start a new style than as you celebrate the start of a new marriage?
Lauren blogs about fashion at www.mypinmoneyfashion.com.