What I Wore to a Winter Wedding #iwillwearwhatilike

What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Wedding Guest - floral wide leg jumpsuit \ longline pink coatigan \ white pointed mules \ white clutch \ tassel earrings | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

On Friday Keith and I went to a wedding (the first winter wedding since our own 12 years ago) and this is the outfit I wore.

The difficulty of dressing for a winter wedding is in the warmth aspect. Wear a floaty dress and you’ll run the risk of hypothermia during the photo shoot (how brides and bridesmaids cope during winter photo shoots with bare shoulders and arms I’ll never know). Pile on the layers and a thick coat for the outside bit and you’ll probably melt inside at the reception (and look anything but wedding-y).

Getting the balance right is something of an artform, but I think I cracked the formula (once I’d tried on MANY different outfits and considered MANY different combinations)! One outfit I thought of was this pleated maxi skirt with this cashmere sweater – dressing them up with a statement necklace and heels – but I thought that I’d run the risk of being too hot at the reception in a cashmere sweater. Thank GOD I decided against it, not only because the outfit was overall very similar to the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses, but also because the reception was warm after all. 

 

The difficulty of dressing for a winter wedding is in the warmth aspect. Wear a floaty dress and you’ll run the risk of hypothermia. Pile on the layers, boots and a thick coat and you’ll probably melt inside at the reception.

 

In the end I decided to go with my recently-acquired wide leg floral jumpsuit from JD Williams (UK link) – I’d seen my gorgeous friend Lizzy wearing hers with a cropped fur coat recently and I commented that it would make a great winter wedding outfit. (I last wore the jumpsuit in December as part of a post about new SS18 pieces.)

So I was looking in my wardrobe for a suitable cropped coat… nothing. However, what I did clap eyes on was my trusty Winser London pink coatigan (I love it with this outfit) – it’s the perfect smart, longline knit that’s not too warm indoors but also cosy enough for a chilly February photo shoot. Temperature-wise I was perfect: the coatigan was thick enough to stop me from freezing to death during the photos, and the jumpsuit (it has short sleeves) was just right for indoors and a warm reception.

The colour was spot-on for the pinky-red roses in the jumpsuit, so all the outfit needed was some heels and a clutch (I went with white so as to keep the overall look light) and some statement tassel earrings from Asos which I LOVE.

What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Wedding Guest - floral wide leg jumpsuit \ longline pink coatigan \ white pointed mules \ white clutch \ tassel earrings | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

SHOP THE LOOK:

I was actually deciding what to wear on the morning of the wedding, can you believe (luckily it was local so we didn’t have far to go) – I had thought about staying home after our sad news about Riley last week. I didn’t want to leave him on his own if he was still unwell, but by Friday he was much, much better and my parents were more than happy to look after him. In the end we thought it would be good for both of us to get out the house and attend something that would be a happy event, and we’re so glad we did as we had a lovely time and a giggle with friends.

We couldn’t wait to get back to him though… we left before we got to the stage of drunken dancing with the bride’s uncle (not that I’m the type for that, lol) – our boy was very happy to see us, as we were to see him. And he was fine, though he got a LOT of cuddles when we got back.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who left a comment on Friday’s post about him from the bottom of my heart (Keith’s too) – I’ve replied to as many as I’ve had time for so far, I’ll reply to the rest as soon as possible. Rest assured they were all read, a lot of tears were shed over everyone’s stories of gorgeous doggies. Riley is SO much better and seems pretty much back to his normal (lazy!) self, but of course we’re fully aware of what he’s up against.

Hopefully with all the love and good vibes you lovely lot have sent our way he’ll be around for a while yet.

THANK YOU ❤

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Catherine

What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Wedding Guest - floral wide leg jumpsuit \ longline pink coatigan \ white pointed mules \ white clutch \ tassel earrings | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Wedding Guest - floral wide leg jumpsuit \ longline pink coatigan \ white pointed mules \ white clutch \ tassel earrings | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Wedding Guest - floral wide leg jumpsuit \ longline pink coatigan \ white pointed mules \ white clutch \ tassel earrings | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Wedding Guest - floral wide leg jumpsuit \ longline pink coatigan \ white pointed mules \ white clutch \ tassel earrings | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Wedding Guest - floral wide leg jumpsuit \ longline pink coatigan \ white pointed mules \ white clutch \ tassel earrings | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Wedding Guest - floral wide leg jumpsuit \ longline pink coatigan \ white pointed mules \ white clutch \ tassel earrings | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Wedding Guest - floral wide leg jumpsuit \ longline pink coatigan \ white pointed mules \ white clutch \ tassel earrings | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

P.S. A lot of people ask how I curl my hair… my secret is this Babyliss curling wand!

Jumpsuit: JD Williams c/o (UK link)
Coatigan: Winser c/o (similar soft trench, similar duster coat)
Shoes: Topshop (similar)
Clutch: New Look (similar)
Earrings: Asos
Bracelet: John Lewis
Watch: Henry London c/o

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What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Wedding Guest - floral wide leg jumpsuit \ longline pink coatigan \ white pointed mules \ white clutch \ tassel earrings | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style

35 Comments

  1. February 19, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    Such a pretty outfit! Those shoes are fabulous.

    • catherine
      February 19, 2018 / 11:05 pm

      Thank you Susan! x

  2. February 19, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    Gosh, I haven’t been to a winter wedding in ages, but this outfit is perfect for one! I much prefer a dark floral to a summery one, and the jacket is amazing with that dark floral print. The earrings and shoes are show stoppers as well… I love it all!

    • catherine
      February 19, 2018 / 11:11 pm

      I can imagine you wanting these earrings since you seem to be into pink at the moment, Lisa..!! 😉 Thank you hon – the jumpsuit / coatigan combo was such a last minute decision, but Winser has saved me on many occasions! x

  3. February 19, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    I love your outfit choice for a winter wedding, Catherine. Here in Portugal, the women tend to get dressed to the nines at weddings – I mean full on cocktail dresses and evening gowns! So it’s difficult to choose the right thing to wear.
    I’m delighted to hear that Riley is doing so well since last week. It must be all the cuddles he’s getting <3
    Thanks so much for featuring me. I'm absolutely delighted!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • catherine
      February 19, 2018 / 11:13 pm

      Oh wow I didn’t know that about Portuguese women at weddings, Suzy! How fabulous!!

      And thank you re. Riley… he’s so much better this week xx

  4. February 19, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    I’ve been to one winter wedding, and it’s just been their anniversary. I wore a beautiful cobalt blue dress with little bolero jacket. Unfortunately had to wear tights which I hate, but they kept me warm. Love this idea of a jumpsuit I bet you were plenty warm enough. Jacqui
    mummabstylish

    • catherine
      February 19, 2018 / 11:17 pm

      Hehe my mum was a bit horrified I wasn’t wearing tights, Jacqui… I can cope with no socks/tights all the time I’m walking around, it was my hands that eventually got cold while the photos were being taken! Thank you my lovely x

  5. February 19, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    The soft pink is so pretty paired with the navy ground dress. Pink is your friend!

    • anne the spygirl
      February 19, 2018 / 5:41 pm

      By the way, I use this color combo ALL THE TIME when I design the UK Costco panty six-packs!
      The UK buyer loves her Navy/Pink assortments.

      • catherine
        February 19, 2018 / 11:17 pm

        Anne thank you!! Pink and navy are a fab combo 😀

  6. jodie filogomo
    February 19, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    The last winter wedding I was at was truly cold…I’m talking a couple of layers and 2 pairs of tights cold!!
    But it’s fun no matter what, and I love that you brought in light colors with the shoes and coatigan!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • catherine
      February 19, 2018 / 11:20 pm

      Thanks Jodie! Luckily we had sunshine and no wind so the cold temperatures were fine… it was a lovely day for February!

  7. February 19, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Blimey I haven’t been to any kind of wedding in such a long time, can’t even remember! A winter wedding sounds utterly divine if you ask me & you look beautiful may I say. I think pink & navy are such a great marriage (see what I did there?) absolutely adore this outfit Catherine xx

    • catherine
      February 19, 2018 / 11:25 pm

      Thanks MT – we actually had beautiful but chilly weather so my outfit (warmth-wise) was perfect for both indoors and out! x

  8. February 19, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    You look wonderful. Lovely colours for this time of year when Spring is hopefully around the corner. I was so sorry to hear about Riley’s health. Give him an extra cwtch (Welsh cuddle) from me xx

    • catherine
      February 19, 2018 / 11:29 pm

      Thanks Porcelina… we’ve had lots of cwtches this week 🙂

  9. February 19, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    Love your choices , although I’m a massive fan of the chiffon skirt too. I’ve been hunting for some white shoes and boots for ages now and seeing how great they look on you here has spurred me on to look harder.
    Good news too that Riley is feeling a bit more chipper x

    • catherine
      February 19, 2018 / 11:33 pm

      Thanks Kerry – I’d been searching for white boots too and finally found the perfect pair… they should be on the blog soon!

  10. February 19, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    I love your floral jumpsuit. You can definitely wear this after the wedding.

    xo,
    Janise

  11. February 19, 2018 / 11:05 pm

    It’s a beautiful winter wedding look! Love the pink coat!

  12. February 20, 2018 / 4:03 am

    Oooh…your jumpsuit and coatigan combo is winter wedding perfection, dearest Catherine!! I don’t think you can ever go wrong with florals for an occasion like this, but wearing a “onesie” is a really unique take on a go-to pattern; and totally befitting the fearless fashionista you are. Love those shapely white mules, too; and those pink and navy tassel earrings are stunners!! P.S. I’m thrilled to hear that Riley is feeling better…please give him a big hug from me!! XOXO

    http://www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

  13. February 20, 2018 / 4:11 am

    Fantastic winter wedding outfit. The coatigan is the perfect solution for the too-hot, too-cold conundrum. And the jumpsuit is fun without being fusty. Thanks for hosting your linkup. And I’m glad to hear that Riley is improved over last week.

  14. February 20, 2018 / 6:39 am

    You did a very good job. I am amazed you had to go through MANY outfits to find the right one. I thought you mastered the art of styling so well, you just pull it from your closet.
    The result is very good. As for bare shoulders in winter and photos and such.. do I detect bare legs? That phenomenon keeps me puzzled.
    Greetje

  15. February 20, 2018 / 11:19 am

    I think you made a great choice!

  16. February 20, 2018 / 11:21 am

    Oh Catherine you look perfect for a winter wedding. The jumpsuit is gorgeous and I love the light accessories. You hair looks beautiful too. Thank you so much for the mention too. I’m so glad you went despite feeling sad because of Riley. It’s good to take your mind off things for a few hours. Lots of love xxxx

  17. February 20, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Aww, thank you for the outfit love, Catherine. It’s always an honor to be featured here! As for your wedding look, I’m glad you stayed warm in such a stylish way. I nearly froze to death at a tented wedding last year in the Sheffield countryside!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  18. February 21, 2018 / 10:50 am

    Such a lovely Winter wedding outfit Catherine! The jumpsuit is fabulous and I love your earrings and shoes too! I have a wedding at the end of March and I’m wondering what the weather has in store – I have a couple of options so will decide nearer the time. So glad to hear Riley has perked up 🙂

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

  19. February 21, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    Always a pleasure to join you, dear Catherine

  20. February 22, 2018 / 7:43 am

    Yaaay, happy to hear that the doge is feeling better, my heart broke when I read your post about it.

    I gotta say winter weddings are beautiful, I don’t know why so many people prefer summer, you can make something magical when it’s cold and snowy out! Your idea of the wedding outfit is super cozy and of course beautiful, you look dashing!

  21. February 23, 2018 / 8:16 am

    Oh how I love a jumpsuit, and a floral one is even better! I’m glad you hit upon the right combination for style and warmth – it’s not easy to achieve especially for such a posh do. I’ve been keeping track of your recovery from your recent op Catherine and am really pleased that you’re well on the mend now. Thanks for the link up party x
    Anna

  22. February 25, 2018 / 11:19 pm

    So chic and cheery, the perfect wedding look! Thanks for linking up, Catherine and stay fabulous, xo

    -Patti

  23. March 2, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    You amazing! I like you pink jacket, very nice. 🙂

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