Let’s be honest, figuring out what to wear to a winter wedding can be challenging. After all, putting together an outfit that’s stylish and practical is no easy feat. While nuptials in the summer call for easy-breezy dresses sans jackets, winter weddings require warmer fabrics, long-sleeve gowns, and, most importantly, chic and winter-appropriate coats.
"If you’re attending a wedding in the chilly fall or winter months, having a coat to keep you cozy yet complement your wedding attire is crucial," says Katie Englund, an expert stylist at Stitch Fix. "When choosing outerwear to pair with your wedding look, I suggest finding something that won’t downplay your dress."
Luckily, there are plenty of options to elevate your outfit and keep you warm. Ankle-length styles crafted from wool and cashmere blends in versatile colors like camel and soft pink pair beautifully with virtually any type of dress. Faux fur cropped jackets in midnight blue or rich chocolate brown look utterly chic when draped across the shoulders—and they're a smart pick for wedding guests attending a black-tie event.
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Katie Englund is a stylist at Stitch Fix, a personalized clothing subscription service that delivers curated finds based on your style and lifestyle.
To help, we've researched the best options with these features in mind. For something trendy and chic, we love the Mango Leather Effect Trench Coat. Looking for a fabulous faux fur coat? The BCBGMAXAZRIA Faux Fur Shrug and the Lulus A Classic Black Faux Fur Coat are our top picks.
Read on for the best winter coats for every style and budget.
Zara Long Wool Blend Coat Premium
If you're looking for a versatile coat that can be worn daily and on special occasions–this camel coat is a smart pick. Plus, at an affordable price point, this style also won't break the bank...win, win!
Price at time of publish: $239
Size Range: XS-XXL | Shipping: $4.95 standard shipping or free over $50 | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days
For Chilly Weddings
Kut From The Kloth Quinn Faux Suede Moto Jacket
For winter weddings in warmer temperatures, try this lightweight faux suede moto jacket. There is a bit of stretch in the material, so there's an extra element of comfort.
Price at time of publish: $118
Size Range: XS-XXL | Shipping: $3.99 standard shipping or free over $25 | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days
Best Faux Fur Accents
Nasty Gal Mongolian Fur Trim Faux Leather Jacket
Leather jackets with faux fur collars and cuffs are having a major moment. Join in on the trend with this budget-friendly option from Nasty Gal that's sure to stand out, and stand up against the cold, at any winter wedding.
Price at time of publish: $202
Size Range: 0-14 | Shipping: $11.99 standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 45 days
BCBGMAXAZRIA Faux Fur Shrug
This blush-colored shrug is the epitome of a timeless evening coat. It's the perfect addition to any black-tie winter wedding and adds a fun pop of color and romantic touch to any look.
Price at time of publish: $198
Size Range: XS-XL | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 90 days
Most Fashionable Parka
Everlane The ReNew Long Puffer
Temps could dip down to single digits in the evening at winter weddings, and sometimes a wool coat won't cut it. Instead of breaking out a bulky ski coat, consider this fashionable parka that will keep you warm and stylish.
Price at time of publish: $248
Size Range: XXS-XL | Shipping: Free Shipping | Return policy: Return within 30 days
Reformation Downing Coat
A classic black coat goes with everything and is a foolproof choice for a winter wedding. This Reformation style has an oversized fit for a look that feels cool and modern.
Price at time of publish: $368
Size Range: XS-XL | Shipping: Free Shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days
BHLDN Maxime Faux Fur Wrap
For the guest who doesn't need a full-on winter coat, a simple faux fur wrap makes an elegant statement. This particular style comes in four different shades to suit an array of ensembles.
Price at time of publish: $98
Size Range: XS-XL | Shipping: $4.95-$10.95 standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days
Max Mara Double-Breasted Wool and Cashmere-Blend Coat
We can't stop picturing this stunning camel coat at a formal wedding set against a snowy backdrop. Wear yours with a metallic slip dress or black sheath dress along with gold accessories.
Price at time of publish: $4,090
Size Range: 2-16 | Shipping: $10 flat rate standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 28 days
Best Animal Print
Stand Studio Camille Cocoon Leopard-Print Faux Fur Coat
Add a wild twist to your look with this leopard-print faux fur jacket from Stand Studio. The jacket makes for a bold statement piece, so we suggest pairing it with a subtle black slip dress and neutral makeup.
Price at time of publish: $348
Size Range: 32-44 | Shipping: Free Shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days
Best Belted Coat
Vince Belted Drape Neck Coat
We love the sophisticated and structured look of a classic belted coat. It can easily be worn to any occasion, from a formal wedding to a laid-back reception.
Price at time of publish: $995
Size Range: XXS-XL | Shipping: Free Shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days
Allsaints Luna 4-in-1 Shearling Biker Jacket
While this leather jacket may seem like a splurge, you're actually getting four coats for the price of one. The fur on the inside of the jacket is actually a removable and reversible gilet. Wear the two together, or opt for an edgy leather jacket or shearling vest as a standalone piece for the occasion.
Price at time of publish: $1,675
Size Range: 2-10 | Shipping: $9.95 standard shipping or free over $250 | Return policy: Full refund within 28 days
American Vintage Belted Wool-Blend Felt Coat
Heading to a holiday-themed wedding? You'll be a hit in this striking red wool-blend felt coat. We suggest pairing it with a sparkly dress for the ultimate festive look.
Price at time of publish: $340
Size Range: OS | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 28 days
Alice Walk The Cape
This relaxed-fit cape is ideal for a fashionable yet low-key winter wedding outfit. You'll look oh-so chic with this number styled over your gown. Just make sure you're covered up for warmth underneath!
Price at time of publish: $450
Size Range: XS-XL | Shipping: $5 standard shipping or free over $150 | Return policy: Full refund within 14 days
Best All-Over Faux Fur
Lulus Live for Luxe Black Cropped Faux Fur Jacket
This classic faux fur cropped jacket is sure to make any formal or casual look effortlessly chic. The jacket is fully lined and sure to keep you warm from the ceremony to the reception.
Price at time of publish: $78
Size Range: XS-XL | Shipping: Free shipping on orders $50+ | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days
For Warmer Winter Weather
LAMARQUE Donna 21 Leather Moto Jacket
For winter weddings in climates that don't experience freezing temperatures or snow, a light blue moto jacket is an appropriate choice. This icy blue jacket takes the edge off chilly breezes and pairs beautifully with a simple sundress.
Price at time of publish: $655
Size Range: XS-XL | Shipping: Free 2 business day shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days
What to Look for in a Winter Wedding Guest Coat
Stylish Investment Pieces
When choosing a wedding guest coat, Englund recommends, "a sleek belted wool coat if attending a more classic wedding or an edgy leather jacket for a more non-traditional setting. Investing in these closet staples will allow you to wear them well beyond the wedding day, as they offer you multiple opportunities to incorporate them into your daily wardrobe."
When searching for a coat to wear to a winter wedding, it's important to check just how cold it will actually be. If light snow is in the forecast, you will likely need a trendy parka or a classic wool coat. If the weather happens to be more temperate, you might want to go for a lightweight suede jacket or a cape.
"I always tell my clients that comfort is key! If guests are attending a wedding that has outdoor activities, I'd recommend opting for something that will be long and warm so you can celebrate all night. If the wedding is indoors and you know there will be a coat check, then you can get away with wearing a less formal jacket, and perhaps even one that is already in your closet," Englund says.
Do I need to match my outerwear to my outfit?
Perhaps you want to work with what you have in your closet instead of purchasing a whole new coat that pairs perfectly with your dress. In that case, consider how much time you'll be in your jacket. If you are able to go straight to the coat check to drop your coat off, then pay no mind to your jacket. On the other hand, if you plan on taking photos or mingling outside, you might want to choose a jacket that pairs well with your dress for a complete, polished look.
What kind of coat should I wear to a black-tie wedding?
"It can be difficult to dress for a formal gathering during the colder months, and it’s important to select an option that offers not only warmth but also style," Englund says. For formal occasions, she recommends long wool coats or peacoats. For guests looking to level up their formal look, she says that a faux fur coat is a perfect addition to a formal winter wedding. "Just a reminder: wedding etiquette states that guests should avoid wearing white, which applies to outerwear as well," Englund advises.
What materials are best for a winter coat?
"I recommend looking for styles made from materials that offer warmth and weather-proofing features, such as insulating fabrics like wool, cashmere blends, fleece, and faux fur. Coats made from wool or wool blend in classic silhouettes, like this Scotch & Soda option, will offer warmth while ensuring your outerwear remains elevated enough for a wedding," Englund says. If attending an evening ceremony this winter, I suggest reaching for a trend-forward option like this cropped faux fur coat from Free People. Not only will it keep you warm, but the cropped silhouette allows you to show off more of your stylish wedding guest look."
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