You probably know one or two crazy-in-love couples who are getting hitched. Some of them may even have chosen a winter date instead of waiting until spring or summer — those months that have earned the title of "wedding season" — to tie the knot. You're not in the bridal party, but you still want to look your very best for the occasion, because, well, who wouldn't?
We admit dressing for these events is easier when it's not freezing outside: You put on a dress, slip on some sandals, and go. Winter nuptials require a more practiced hand. In this slideshow, we put together five perfect wedding-guest outfits that are stylish, appropriate, and — maybe most importantly — warm. The wedding couple will, of course, earn the best dressed award. Still, a modest second place isn't too shabby.
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Why not take the wedding adage to heart and wear something blue? Rosie Assoulin's high-necked dress is prim in the front, but its cutout back detail is sexy. To complement it, try the socks-with-heels approach for an unexpected touch.
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If you're somewhere that's not too cold, suit up in a matching blazer-and-pants set — and have fun with your accessories (or lack thereof). Instead of a blouse, we swapped in a lace longline bra. We've rounded the look out with a fun, tasseled crossbody, silver oxfords, and ear-cuff-like studs.
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Need something floor-length that's not too fussy? Go for a black dress with a not-so-obvious silhouette. Use your accessories to add color and texture. If it's chilly where you live, add a printed bomber jacket instead of your wool coat for the ultimate fashion-girl finish.
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We appreciate outfits that get color coordination. Often, it's the seemingly oddball combination — here, mint and deep red — that ends up striking a perfect balance.
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This mismatched look is not for the faint of heart. The key to mixing prints — besides a shared color palette — is confidence.