Jun 07

How to wear a formal dress during winter

Winter weddings and formal events are increasingly popular, as winter provides a romantic, elegant and sophisticated setting.Many people are opting for black-tie and ballrooms.

Nobody ever wants to look inappropriately dressed, so what are the rules for dressing for a formal winter event?

We have put together some helpful tips to have you looking elegant but keeping warm.

red-lace-dress11. Research the season’s current styles and trends. Magazines and online blogs can give you great inspiration when it comes to choosing your outfit, or the look you would like to achieve. Knowing what’s currently on trend will also give you an idea of what you will find in stores. You will also be able to get ideas from fashion stylists on how to accessorise a winter formal dress.

purple-dress22. Choose a dress in a dark or richer colour. Think black, navy, mauve or red, like our beautiful Kiara Gown with lace detailing. These colours are very complimentary to most skin tones and work well in many dress designs. A dress like our Mauve Gown looks soft, feminine and elegant.

3. Cover Up! Winter is the perfect occasion for a floor length gown. Floor length gowns usually come in three different skirt designs; A-line, Empire and Sheath. Choose the design that best suits your body shape and personality. A dress which has a beautiful lace or chiffon white-dress2sleeve or overlay, adds sophistication and warmth. A beautiful example is the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown and our White Gown.

4. It is perfectly fine to complete your formal look with a coat or faux fur cover up. Most likely, this will only be worn getting to and from venues, or if the wedding is held in a drafty church. But it is important to ensure the coat, or cover up compliments the dress. A puffer jacket with an evening gown is a no go. Look for materials like wool or cashmere in black, cream or grey.

5. Adding tights to your outfit can add a level of sophistication and helps to keep you warm, but stay clear of bold patterns and colours as they will distract from your beautiful dress. Peep-toe or covered in heels will look more appropriate at a winter wedding or event, than strappy sandals.

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