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Going to a winter wedding? Wear this…

30 January 2019


There’s a certain inevitability when you receive news of a friend’s recent engagement that you’re going to have to block out yet another weekend in the summer, somehow construct one more weather-appropriate outfit that no other guests have seen before and prep for your bank balance to suddenly look even bleaker than expected. You might be lucky, though, and said friend might have taken to the more recent trend of couples opting to go against the grain and take their nuptials outside of peak wedding season and into the deepest depths of winter. The trouble with this, though, is that it sends the majority of guests into disarray, confused about what to wear and wondering whether the rules of a wedding change just because the seasons differ.


The answer, in short, is no. Of course, different weather patterns require your attention in different ways but the general rule of thumb when it comes to being a guest at a wedding will always stay the same: don’t go too far against the grain, always make sure your shirt is ironed and never upstage the bride, groom or any of the wedding party. Keep reading for three fail-safe, perfectly balanced outfits that are guaranteed to tick all the right boxes.


The black tie wedding


If you’ve been asked to wear black tie, do not fear. Winter is actually the perfect time to whip out a tuxedo – it’s warm, there’s nothing quite as sharp as a man in a tux, and there are less limitations on a dinner jacket than there are on a standard suit. Because it’s winter, a velvet iteration in deep blue, green or red could be the perfect solution the the dress code – but it’s key to make sure you’re not going over the top. Stick to muted accessories and pair a coloured suit jacket with black trousers for optimum style points and the perfect cold-weather wedding outfit.


The traditional wedding


For a traditional wedding taking place in a church, it’s likely that you’re going to be asked to wear a suit. If this is the case, it’s important to not instantly go for your everyday black suit, but instead think about how you can mix things up and wear something different from the norm. Right now, checked suits and coloured three-pieces are perfect on-trend options that’ll help you stand out from the crowd. It’s a smart occasion, so make sure you’ve got a fresh shirt, a neutral tie and sturdy leather shoes. And because it’s going to be cold, don’t be afraid to add a classic flat cap or a dark scarf to top the whole thing off.


The dressed-down wedding


With more and more people going against the grain and opting to do something a little different to hosting traditional nuptials, the pool of what’s acceptable to wear only gets bigger and bigger. You’ll unlikely be asked to wear a full three-piece, but there will still be a certain level of expectation when it comes to smartening up. Whether you’re attending a service in a registry office or heading to an evening of debauchery, a deconstructed suit is a failsafe that you can’t go wrong with. Pair it with a slick roll neck and a sharp overcoat and add a pair of thick soled Derby shoes or brogue boots for a look that’s hard to beat.


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