Is it just us, or does “wedding season” feel like a year-round thing? Yes, weddings may be more frequent in the warmer months, but the invites don’t stop just because the temperature starts to dip. As wedding guests, winter nuptials are some of the most fun to dress for because you have the freedom to experiment with thicker fabrics, cool and dark tones, styles with sleeves, and longer lengths.

As always, before you plan your wedding guest look, you’ll need to consider the formality, dress code, and venue location. Then, you can start renting your new and exciting evening wear looks. There are a ton of great winter wedding guest trends to choose from this season, but we’re breaking down our top five below so that you can RSVP in style.

1. Metallic Touches

Punch up a classic silhouette with fun, eye-catching embellishments. Whether you rent a  sequined long-sleeved sheath, or a mini-dress with metallic embroidery, these festive accents make a seasonal statement. Style yours with your favorite neutral pumps and sleek accessories (like thin gold hoops or a monochromatic clutch).

2. Luxe Fabrics

A formal winter wedding is a perfect opportunity to break out velvet, satin, and jacquard. These fabrics instantly elevate any look, and are the pinnacle of sophistication and elegance. Opt for a chic jumpsuit or a style in a graphic print (we’re loving moody florals right now) for an unexpected look. Finish it off by tying your hair into a low bun or pull it back into a half up-half down style for added glamor.

3. Reveal & Conceal Details

Looking for a style that doesn’t completely cover you up but still keeps you warm? Subtle cutouts, open backs, and plunging necklines are a great way to show some skin while still being cold-weather appropriate. Add some impact to your look with your accessories: drop earrings, a faux fur capelet, and an embellished clutch. 

4. Jewel Tones 

When colder weather hits, it’s easy to get stuck rewearing the same neutral shades. Brighten up your next RSVP with a saturated jewel tone shade. Whether ruby, emerald, or amethyst–you can’t go wrong. For a modern look, pair your dress with accessories in a contrasting tone. For example, choose if you’re wearing a citrine yellow sheath, opt for sapphire blue earrings.

5. Pearl Accents

It can be said that pearl accessories are always in style, but this season brings a fresh, edgy take. Think: architectural details, mixed metals, and fun new shapes. We love how they can be dressed up or down, depending on the rest of your outfit.