One of the best parts about attending a winter wedding? An increased level of merriment surrounding nuptials courtesy of the holiday season! As a wedding guest, we can’t think of a better reason to deck yourself out in a shiny number whether you’re attending a wedding on an actual holiday or something that’s closely timed.
Festive dresses abound to fit all scenarios and one of our favorite ways to wear a high-shine number is with glittery sequins and metallic fabrics. Or, for a New Year’s Eve wedding, something moody in noir will dazzle with rhinestone detailing or fanciful feather trim.
Prime for standing out no matter where you fall on the style spectrum, glimmering gowns and dresses are fail-safe in modern hues like pewter, copper, or rose gold whether you’re shining bright at a black-tie wedding or observing ‘I do’s’ before the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Around the holidays, the shinier the better, right?
If you’re not keen on mega-watt sparkle and prefer something more understated, it’s no problem. Shimmer goes far beyond sequins and glitter—fabrics with a subtle sheen or frocks flecked with glitter put a demure spin on shine, especially so if you opt for a sophisticated silhouette like a timeless sheath, simple slip dress, or figure-flattering wrap. If you’re somewhere in the middle, a Jacquard, lamé, or velvet fabric is stunning in a rich jewel tone or you can tone it down further with something neutral that has just a flash of metallic detailing—a subdued yet still-spirited take on seasonal shine.
For the most impact sans sparkle, voluminous silhouettes á la the ‘80s and wintery floral prints will make a statement whether you go for an asymmetrical silhouette or luxurious velvet number. Of course, ravishing shades of red and gorgeous greens are beautiful this time of year from floaty chiffon gowns to frilled mini dresses.
Whether you’re ready to embrace a glitter-and-be-gay vibe or plan to prefer a low-key luxe approach, ahead, scroll through our edit of holiday wedding-guest dresses for every budget and style. Shine on!
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