What to Wear to a Winter Wedding: The Frigid Edition

Normal winter weather makes us reach for wool sweaters. The extreme lows the country’s experienced these past couple of weeks call for something more serious. Josh and I have been wearing layer upon layer topped off in down — and the baby? Forget it. She hardly ever leaves the house, but when she has to, she looks like a marshmallow. So, what happens when you have to get fancy? We have a wedding coming up this weekend and I’m still torn on my ensemble of choice. Here are some ideas for keeping warm and looking hot.

This blogger is a strong believer in black tights. Or, fun-colored tights — why not? The idea is to be chic and comfortable. If even a single portion of the evening takes place outdoors or in a drafty event hall, you can bet I’ll be wearing opaque tights. My mom, more hesitant, had planned to wear sheer stockings on Sunday, but she’s now thinking of braving it in a bare leg. I imagine we’ll have to do some dancing to keep her warm.


It’s a little daring, but black tights and a velvet dress like this one would work perfectly, as long as the wedding’s not black tie. Image via LookBook.nu

Ellen Tracy and DKNY make my top two opaque tights. Affordable, comfortable, and with just the right amount of control, these will stand up (and not roll down!) — plus, they’re not too wimpy to throw in the washing machine at the end of the night. Both are available on Amazon.


Consider a sweeping length that’s neither a summery maxi nor a stiff and typical formal gown. I’m totally crushing on this elegant, vaguely Grecian number. The keyhole opening and side slit show a hint of skin, but the coverage keeps out the chill. Pair this with a faux fur or velvet stole, or even a cashmere cardi. Gorgeous! AQUA Sweetheart Neck Metallic Gown, now on sale for $119, Bloomingdales.


Or, be surprising in a menswear-inspired frock. The thicker fabric of a blazer-dress will keep you warm, while the lovely tailoring still shows your figure. This is a great look to pair with my beloved black tights — just dress things up with fun and sparkly jewelry, adding a bold clutch for a pop of color. BCBGMAXAZRIA Waleska dress, $298, ShopBop.

Other trends to try include velvet, brocade, and bodycon frocks. Reach for fabrics that are not flimsy and remember that bringing a coverup is not only okay, but recommended. And of course the best cure for being chilly at a wedding is to get up and dance. So, make sure your dress allows plenty of that. Stay tuned for my still-pending fashion decisions for the upcoming nuptials of my friend. Post coming next week!


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