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Q: What do I wear to a winter wedding? The wedding is in Maryland in January (cold!) in the evening, so I imagine it's relatively formal. — Lauren, New York, NY
Formal dressing in the winter is super annoying. In lieu of a simple dress and heels, you've got a number of layers to consider -- and frankly, you'd rather be wearing sweatpants. To help, we've put together three standout -- and practical -- looks for your next winter wedding. Pro tip: Do your best to steer clear of sleet and snow by quickly jumping into cars or wear boots that you can change out of when you arrive to the venue. And finally, never underestimate the power of alcohol to make unbearable weather and long ceremonies much more tolerable.
1. PROPER LADY
A black dress is always a good idea, and this one has a velvet lining on the neck and arms that makes it perfect for winter events. A structured coat adds another layer of elegance, and its baby pink color is an easy way to bright up the black dress and heels (and presumably, tights). Finish it off with sparkly accessories and pearl earrings for an easy wedding outfit win.
1. Issa Sophie Compact-Jersey Dress, $425, available at Matches Fashion; 2. Cedric Charlier Light Pink Long Coat, $1,790, available at Avenue 32; 3. Sutra Crystal Minaudière, $498, available at DVF; 4. Pearl 360 Studs, $28, available at Baublebar; 5. Lissie Heels, $350, available at Kate Spade.
2. CLASSIC COOL
A long dress is an easy way to stay warm (even if you don't decide to wear tights underneath) and this pleated style from Topshop is a glamorous statement for an evening wedding. I realize this fur jacket's is outrageously expensive, but it's so beautiful and really any cropped fuzzy topper would be the perfect complement for the dress. Opt for vintage-inspired black and gold accessories for a polished touch.
1. Strappy Pleated Maxi Dress, $105, available at Topshop; 2. Balmain Fur Biker Jacket, $12,546, available at Mytheresa; 3. Ted Baker Cierra Round Tassel Zip Clutch Bag, $244.46, available at Asos; 4. Charlotte Olympia Debbie Patent-Leather Pumps, $845, available at Net-a-Porter; 5. Serefina Chain Lariat Necklace, $75, available at Shopbop.
3. BORROWED FROM THE BOYS
If the men can be warm in their suits, why can't we? This black and navy style is a fresh take on wedding dressing. You can wear any simple black blouse or shirt underneath and accessorize with a touch of bling on the wrist and festooned ankle boots. Finish it off with a light grey cocoon coat and you'll be reception ready, come rain or snow.
1. Two-Tone Tuxedo Jacket, $248, available at J.Crew; 2. Valentino Rockstud Ankle Booties, $1,375, available at Barneys New York; 3. Two-Tone Tuxedo Pant, $148, available at J.Crew; 4. Masculine Wool Coat, $104 (on sale), available at Zara; 5. Claire V. Haircalf Flat Clutch, $198, available at Shopbop; 6. Two-Tone Gold Bracelet, $1,495, available at The Real Real.