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      Tadashi Shoji Blog

      Finding the Perfect Dress for a Winter Wedding with Celebrity Stylist Karen Raphael

      If you are anticipating being a guest at an upcoming Winter wedding and find yourself asking what to wear, let the fear subside! Instead get excited, as weddings in the Winter can be significantly more fun, versatile, and experimental when it comes to wedding style.  Winter weddings are the perfect opportunity to opt for a festive statement and overall adventurous choice with your wedding attire, such as long sleeves to brave the cold, thicker fabrics to keep you warm, and rich, exciting textures in fun, deep and often vibrant colors and patterns that can easily set you apart from other wedding guests.  

      Another major plus with a Winter wedding is the opportunity to wear a wider variety of undergarments. Summer and spring weddings call for thin, sometimes sheer fabrics that make it difficult to wear anything under. But for a Winter wedding? The heavier fabrics and textures in deeper colors hide undergarments and shapewear perfectly and you worry less often about maneuvering funny cut shapewear to get away with hiding it under slinky summer cut outfits. You can wear those spanx proudly and confidently!

      Finding the perfect dress for a Winter wedding starts with taking a look at the event itself, beginning with location and venue. Will the reception be indoors or outdoors, and will it be pretty chilly? Next, consider the dress code. Is it a black-tie occasion, cocktail, or more casual? Once you have all these questions down, you can start exploring the exciting options, and Tadashi Shoji has you well equipped to play with plenty of gorgeous, season appropriate dresses for any kind of Winter wedding you plan to attend.

       

      COLOR

      A Winter wedding is a great excuse to don beautiful, deep jewel tones such as emerald, ruby, sapphire, topaz, or even amethyst, as well as some deep, lush colors such as forrest green or mauve. The vibrant and deep colors are both seasonal, and keep within the spirit of the celebratory occasion. If you’re attending a more casual wedding, opt for a flirty mini in a forest green. If you’re feeling bold, you can go a step further by combining a strong color with a fun texture, such as a royal blue velvet dress. Tadashi offers a variety of gorgeous Winter tones: 

       

      COLOR - BLACK TIE

       

       

      COLOR - COCKTAIL to CASUAL


      FUN TEXTURES

      A beautiful texture such as lace, velvet, or satin can elevate a dress significantly, giving it both a more lush and sometimes sexy feel and look. During the Winter, these textures and fabrics are not only accepted, they're encouraged, to provide extra style and warmth. Furthermore, you can combine the texture with the appropriate length and color to find an exciting, standout gown. 

       

      LACE - BLACK TIE EVENT

       

      LACE - COCKTAIL


      VELVET - BLACK TIE EVENT


      VELVET - COCKTAIL


      PATTERNS

      Who doesn’t love a fun pattern? Winter florals are a definite favorite trend of mine, considering the Winter version of the trend extends you the ability to rock the beautiful pattern all-year round. The darker color combination feels a bit edgier, and more wintry, but still pretty and ethereal. Add in some gorgeous flowy sleeves, and you have the perfect dress for a cocktail-attire Winter wedding.

       

      PATTERN - BLACK TIE

       

      IF YOU STILL WANT TO WEAR BLACK

      Black at a wedding can sometimes be a safe choice, but it doesn't have to be. If you're going to go with black, you can still be playful and standout. Choose black textures and details in a dress, like a romantic gown with added character such as a subtle floral pattern, classy embellishments, or flirty ruffles to make it everything but an ordinary black dress. A nude lining can add contrast and sheer detail, giving the dress a lighter and more appropriate feel for a wedding.

       

      BLACK - BLACK TIE


      BLACK - COCKTAIL

       


       

      SHOP WEDDING GUEST DRESSES

       


       

      Karen Raphael has quickly built a reputation in the world of fashion for being more than just a stylist. The Los Angeles native has solidified a name as a creative and innovative artist, strategist, and collaborator among well respected colleagues in the industry. Raphael specializes in red carpet, celebrity, editorial, commercial, and advertisement styling, in addition to image consulting for both men and women. Her client list includes much of young Hollywood, ranging from Emmy award winners to Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy nominated artists.