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Style SOS: What do I wear to a winter wedding?

Style SOS: What do I wear to a winter wedding?

I have my first winter wedding in a few weeks, and my summer suit isn’t going to cut it. What type of suit should I buy? - Luke, via Facebook

Firstly, Luke, we must say you’ve got cool friends. Winter weddings, despite the chill, are awesome. Not only because you get to celebrate love and all that jazz, but also because they give you a chance to put on your finest threads and get down on the dancefloor during a season that is inherently festive. Of course, when the day comes around, it’s not fun to stress about what to wear. There are bigger things to worry about – like who your plus one is going to be, how much to spend on a gift, and whether or not you should whip out your moves to ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’. Dressing for a winter wedding is easier than you think, my friend, and we’re here to make sure you’re proud to be tagged in those wedding snaps. 

It sounds like a no-brainer, but rule number one is to adhere to the dress code (unless you’re looking for a bout of bridezilla wrath). More often than not, the answer is there. If the wedding calls for black tie, that means it’s time to throw on a super-slick tuxedo. When the dress code says something like ‘Black tie optional’, you’re granted some creative leeway, but this often requires a balancing act of sorts. You don’t want to look like you’re trying to steal the show in a bright red number, nor do you want to look like you’ve just rolled out of bed. Not everyone can get away with that as well as Hugh Grant in “Four Weddings and A Funeral”. 

Winter is actually a great time of year for formal dressing, simply because you’ve got more fabric and layering options than you would in summer. Our top recommendation is going for a three-piece suit. Not only will you have that extra bit of insulation with the waistcoat (very handy if some or all of the wedding is outdoors), you’ll also look impeccably smart by default. Don’t own a three-piece suit? No problem, as you can get away with finding a waistcoat to match a two-piece suit you’ve already got. If you’d feel more comfortable wearing a two-piece, try a check pattern suit in a neutral tone like charcoal to lend a point of difference. Embrace the season fully by choosing a suit in a winter fabric like tweed to channel an English gent vibe while also staying nice and toasty. 

Finally, you’re going to want to invest in a good, full-length overcoat to finish off your dapper wedding look. Ensure it’s of good quality, crafted from a wool or wool blend, and in a versatile shade like black, navy, or charcoal – something that won’t clash with the colour of your suit but also contrasts it. A proper overcoat will complement your suit due to its naturally formal structure, and will see you through your winter wedding and beyond. Consider it a style to say “I do” to.

Words: Ashiana Pradhan
Illustration: Ryan Gillett