So What Outerwear Do You Wear to a Wedding?


Beyond wondering what to wear, where to stay, or whether we would rather fish or steak as an entree, the biggest frustration we face when attending a wedding is what to put on over our outfits should the temperatures turn chilly. A lot of the time we turn to our dates when a cool breeze hits, asking them to drape their jackets over our bare shoulders the way we might a blanket around a campfire. And while this option works, it’s not exactly the most stylish choice of outerwear. Plus it pretty much rules out the opportunity to dance since a draped jacket, no matter how snuggly fit around our shoulders, never seems to stay in place.

The issue is that no outerwear is ideal when it comes to wedding attire. Even in the dead of winter we are more inclined to choose a strapless silk dress over something that covers our limbs entirely because that’s just how weddings are; they’re our chance to wear something we don’t normally get to. That said, there are a number of outerwear options beyond your date’s jacket that won’t totally overshadow your outfit should your goose bumps start to arise.

The Bolero

To begin, there is the bolero; a short, open jacket once favored by Jackie Kennedy and Olivia Palermo. This is perhaps the most sophisticated style of jacket to wear over your outfit. The key is to find one that doesn’t steal the spotlight, but doesn’t look like a last resort either.  



Left to right: Derek Lam bolero cardigan, Proenza Schouler long sleeve crop top, Michael Kors Collection half-sleeve bolero, Thalia Sodi chiffon-trim bolero cardigan, Neiman Marcus 3/4-sleeve lace bolero cardigan.


The Leather Jacket

Another option is the leather jacket. Though it may seem like a piece that should be reserved for laid back looks, a leather jacket is a great layering option to wear with those formal dresses you wish had a little more edge to them. Plus, from biker to quilted to seamless, there are so many styles of leather jackets these days that you can really pick and choose how rough and tough you want to go with your look.

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Left to right: Faith Connexion boxy leather jacket, AllSaints Papin leather jacket, Sandy Liang floral Delancey leather jacket, cupcakes and cashmere Lari draped leather jacket, VEDA Dali classic moto jacket.


The Blazer

Blazers have a tendency to make pretty much anything from sweatpants to a prom dress look corporate, but if you choose a long-line blazer — aka one that has a longer collar and hits below your hips — you’ll look sleek as opposed to well, cubicle chic. Take a cue from Glamhiver @fancynancista and try a colorful long-line blazer to offset an all black ensemble.

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Left to right: SMYTHE long shawl blazer, Rag & Bone Archer blazer, ASOS longline pajama blazer, Forever 21 open-front longline blazer, Baukjen Adina long line blazer.


The Eccentric Choice

Lastly, there’s something to be said for going for it; and by going for it we mean opting for something loud and eccentric. Why not wear an ornately beaded jacket or something with a jacquard print? It may be the bride’s day but no one said anything about you not being able to shine.

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Left to right: ASOS jacket with mirror work and bead detail, Ava Adore beaded smiley jacket, Topshop embroidered jacquard jacket, Alice + Olivia Mikayla embellished moto jacket, Bazar Deluxe fringed beaded jacquard cropped jacket.


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