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Dressing up for a winter wedding tends to be a bit more challenging than summer nuptials. In summer-time you can step out in a floaty frock or shift dress with your arms bare and not necessarily worry about adding a jacket or dress coat (unless the dress code requires it). But winter temperatures call for outer layers, which can sometimes play havoc with one’s style! If dresses are sleeveless they need a matching dress coat; or a dress with sleeves is an easier option.
Left: dress coat with frogging fastening in graphite silk – Michaela. (£739).
Right: graphite grey dress with ¾ sleeves – Freya. (£739).
Winter colours are usually richer and darker and fabrics plainer and thicker, so adding the right accessories is key to creating a stylish look. Dressing for a winter wedding is a great opportunity to go to town on the accessories and add a bit of seasonal sparkle – jewelled brooches and luxurious velvet or satin accessories, for example. I’ve styled some looks below with some of my favourite pieces from the new Autumn/Winter Collection at Lalage Beaumont.
Clockwise from bottom left: “Angela” graphite silver geometric jacquard dress, Lalage Beaumont; hat by William Chambers Millinery; vintage crystal brooch and earrings, Susan Caplan; “Michaela” dress coat with frogging fastening in graphite silk, Lalage Beaumont; silver shoes, Emmy London; grey suede clutch, Emmy London.
The two-tone silver of the Angela dress (bottom left) adds a bit of shimmer to the simple shift style – this would look great with a wide-brimmed hat like the one I’ve picked out by William Chambers. Winter hats don’t have to be felt or velour – something light like this is fine for lighter colour palettes – it complements the shimmery fabrics of the Angela dress pictured here. Metallics are a great neutral to wear for autumn/winter if bolder colours aren’t your thing.
Add a bit of bling to these “ice queen” ensembles, with vintage crystal jewellery, and matching clutch and courts. These suede shoes have a decent sized heel – high enough to look elegant and low enough to keep on all day without torturing your feet!
Clockwise from bottom left: Graphite Grey “Freya” dress, Lalage Beaumont; silver hat, Juliette Millinery; brooch: The Antique Jewellery Company; clutch: Lalage Beaumont; earrings: The Antique Jewellery Company, graphite silk “Angie” dress, Lalage Beaumont; silver shoes, Dune London, “Hettie” cashmere and wool coat, Lalage Beaumont.
Left: Navy and silver ‘ladder’ tweed dress – Angela. (£739).
Right: Navy and silver ‘ladder’ tweed coat with fringed edges – Claire. (£1.150).
Clockwise from top right: “Angela” navy and silver ‘ladder’ tweed dress, Lalage Beaumont; navy satin clutch, Wilbur & Gussie; navy and silver ‘ladder’ tweed coat with fringed edges, Lalage Beaumont; blue patent heels, L.K. Bennett; sapphire earrings, The Antique Jewellery Company; navy silk pillbox percher hat, Juliette Millinery, diamond and sapphire bow brooch, The Antique Jewellery Company.
Tweed is such a versatile fabric for autumn/winter – both the navy and turquoise dresses pictured here could be worn alone for smart winter functions – add a hat and some statement jewellery and you have a wedding ready look. The dress coats, too, are perfect pairings for their complimentary dresses but would work equally well with separates – trousers and skirts for a more smart/casual look – a great investment piece to see you through all manner of winter events.
Left: Turquoise tweed dress with ¾ sleeves – Angela. (£599).
Right: Turquoise tweed ‘Chanelesque’ coat with fringed edges – Claire. (£999).
Clockwise from bottom left: “Angela” turquoise tweed dress with ¾ sleeves. Lalage Beaumont; hat: Philip Treacy; turquoise earrings, The Antique Jewellery Company; clutch: Aspinal of London, peacock brooch, John Lewis; shoes, Boden; “Claire” turquoise tweed coat with fringed edges, Lalage Beaumont.
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