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Dress to impress at a winter wedding – our favourite picks from this season

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If any of you have ever been invited to a wedding that was to take place in the winter, your first thought was surely ‘what the heck am I going to wear?!’ Well, you know, after the happiness and joy and all that jazz.

Deciding what to wear to a summer wedding is bad enough, but the chillier months throw up new obstacles in the form of freezing (OK, cold, we’re a bit dramatic) temperatures, frizz-inducing rain and the stiletto’s nemesis, ice.

But, hey, let’s not dwell on the negatives here. Winter weddings actually offer a great opportunity to be a bit more experimental with your outfit (and no, we don’t mean Lady Gaga experimental). That navy blue dress you thought was too dark for the summer nuptials you were invited to will be more than welcome at the winter affair. Oops, I said “affair” in a wedding post.

The point is, whilst pastel colours can still have a place at a winter wedding, it’s a chance for you to mix it up a bit. This season, it’s all about rich purples, vibrant greens, golds and cobalt blue; and if you thought black was exclusively for funerals, think again my friends. With the right accessories, a little black dress can make you the chicest winter wedding guest of them all.

As with all weddings, rule number one is to steer clear of any white, floor length dresses. Back away from the ivory maxi dress. Put the cream gown down. Unless you’re the bride of course, in which case you can wear away!

If you’re wondering when I’ll stop babbling and actually show you some potential winter wedding guest attire, that’d be right about now.

Dress To Impress

 A dress is usually the easiest choice for female winter wedding guests. Be sure to try and get some clues about the bride’s colour scheme and bridesmaid dress choices though, as the last thing you want to do is to turn up looking like you were so bitter about not being asked to be in the wedding party that you did your upmost to dress just like a bridesmaid anyway. Not cool.

This Green Lace Art Deco Shift Dress from The Collection at Debenhams has all the glamour you could need for a wedding and will take you nicely from the daytime ceremony to the evening reception; and the best part? It’s a snip at £36.00, but that’s the sale price so grab it whilst you can.

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If your budget is a bit more generous, head on over to Boden and take a peek at this Silk Belle Dress (£189.00). Fifties styles are well and truly “in” right now and they’ll be staying for a while, so this is the perfect dress for the winter wedding you’ll be gracing with your presence.

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One colour that has arrived with a bang this season is orange, so if you’re brave enough to strut your stuff in this vibrant shade, Dorothy Perkins has a great little number from Little Mistress. This Orange Embellished Dress has a little bit of sparkle and a lot of loveliness. Your only worry in this dress will be trying not to take the attention away from the bride and, whilst her dress was probably into the thousands, this one is only £58.00.

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For the LBD fans out there, this Lauren Ralph Lauren Long Sleeve Sequin Shift Dress from House of Fraser ticks all the boxes, but it is £210.00. Still, every girl needs a bit of designer chic in her wardrobe.

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It’s not compulsory to wear a frock to a wedding. Yep, you heard me right. Jumpsuits or playsuits are a great alternative, like this Black Lace Jumpsuit from BHS (from £36.00). If you haven’t got the confidence to rock up in a power suit (and don’t want to look like something offa Mad Men), this jumpsuit is the perfect alternative.

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If the winter wedding you’ve received an invite for is going to have a church ceremony, or any part of it is outdoors, you’re going to need to invest in a jacket of some sort. Churches are notoriously chilly in the winter. In fact, even if you’re going to be inside for most of the day, you’ll still need something to throw on over your outfit. You’re bound to find yourself out in the cold at some point (don’t worry, we don’t mean in the metaphorical sense)!

A tailored blazer is always a safe bet and you’re bound to get a good few wears out of it after the big day, because they look pretty swanky teamed with skinny jeans or casual day dresses too.

This Whistle & Wolf Leaf Brocade Blazer from House of Fraser is smart and sassy, with a stunning pattern and flashes of satin too. You could team it with pretty much anything and, at only £70.00, it’s not a bad price for such a quality piece.

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If you want something with a bit more colour, try this Plum Kimono Jacket from Dorothy Perkins. It’s only £30.00 and would look great on top of any little black dress; teamed with black or plum heels.

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To heat it up a notch, opt for something warmer, like this Lena Cocoon Coat in powder blue from Missguided, which will set you back £39.99.

Goody Two Shoes

Your shoe choice could make or break your outfit, so take your time over this decision. If you’re one of the select few who has made the cut onto the day AND evening guest list, you’ll need a pair of kicks that won’t leave you walking like a drunken giraffe by 3pm. So, size does matter ladies.

You won’t go far wrong with a pair of court shoes, like these Black T-Bar Platform Court Shoes from Dorothy Perkins (£29.00). If there was ever a time to celebrate something that measured in at less than four inches, it’s now. Your feet will thank you.

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You can team black heels with pretty much any wedding guest outfit, but for an even more ‘one style fits all’ choice, take a look at these Miss KG Annie High Heel Court Shoes (£39.00) in nude. Nude will make your feet a neutral zone, so you won’t have to worry about your shoes clashing with your outfit; perfect if you’ve opted for a navy dress and you don’t want to break the ‘don’t mix black with blue’ rule. Although, FYI, I do that on a regular basis and it’s totally fine most of the time.

If your toes are fit for public display, these Carvela Lara Peep Toe Shoes will frame them nicely, available in black or gold. At the moment, they’re less than half price (£49.00). However, if the thought of high heels has you running for the nearest foot spa, grab a pair of these Dune Manhattan Sequin Fold Up Ballerina Shoes (£25.00). Even if you start the day in heels, you’ll be thankful that you popped these in your handbag when the Macarena comes on and you want to bust some moves on the dance floor.

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Well, there you have it. Dressing for a winter wedding doesn’t have to be a chore. Have some fun with it! Don’t forget to accessorise with a cute clutch bag like this one from Missguided and some costume jewellery. Bangles are always a safe bet, like this set from Dorothy Perkins, but add as much sparkle as your outfit will allow.

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Oh, and if you don’t fancy wrestling with your fake tan mitt a night or two before the wedding, don’t be too worried. Black or nude tights can be your best friend at a winter wedding.  OK, I really am rambling now. Good luck choosing your perfect winter wedding guest outfit. Hopefully, we’ve helped to make your decision that little bit easier!