Winter Event Wear: How to Look Chic and Stay Warm

Winter Event Dressing: How to look chic and stay warm

If you’ve ever stood in front of your wardrobe wondering what on earth to wear to a dressy winter event, you’re not alone. Event dressing for the cooler weather can cause a bonafide closet crisis because it can be very tricky to strike the perfect balance between style and practicality. The good news? With a few key pieces and silhouettes to hand, you can nail cool-weather event wear every time.

(Spoiler: it’s all about learning to layer with the right fabrications in a way that keeps you warm while maintaining a chic, minimal look.) 

Read on for our tips on event dressing in winter. Sacrificing warmth for a fashion moment? Never again.

Invest in: knit dresses

On the hunt for an effortless style solution that’ll keep you cosy and chic all season long? Look no further. Knit dresses are not only versatile, they're simple to wear. Whether you're attending a formal party or a casual brunch, these wardrobe staples can be dressed up or down to suit – it’s as easy as swapping out your accessories. (More on those later.) Incredibly comfortable, they also don’t require you to sacrifice style for warmth. And with many different styles and cuts to choose from, you're sure to find one that flatters your figure. If you're in the market for elevated knitwear this winter, Anna Quan offers options that are perfect for winter events. Opt for a figure-hugging style that can be paired with a chic heel or boot to elevate your look.

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Invest in: tailored pieces

Tailoring is always a sophisticated choice when it comes to event dressing, and wool-based pieces are perfect for keeping you warm. Brands like St. Agni and Matteau offer a range of suiting that can be worn together or as separates, making them versatile additions to any wardrobe. Whether you're looking for a classic blazer and trouser combo or a more modern take on the suit, these brands have got you covered. Mix and match to create endless outfit options that will take you from the office to after-hours events with ease.

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Invest in: long-sleeved tops

Winter is the perfect season for investing in elevated long-sleeved tops. With so many options on the market right now, it's easy to find a style that suits your personal vibe. When looking for your perfect long-sleeved top, consider fabrics that’ll keep you cosy, like wool and heavier-weight cottons. Long-sleeved tops are actually a great way to add personality to your winter wardrobe. Look for unique necklines and silhouettes for maximum style points and ensure they’re versatile enough to work with pants or skirts. Brands like Marle, Christopher Esber, Arnsdorf and Esse offer a range of long-sleeved tops that can boost any winter outfit.

Winter event wear: how to look chic and stay warm

Invest in: timeless outerwear

Outerwear is a great way to elevate your winter event wardrobe because the right piece can boost even the most basic of fits. Outerwear is often thought of as functional, but there are so many styles that can add an extra element to your outfit. Consider classic styles with timeless appeal like blazers and trench coats – these are all options that can be worn year after year and are perfect for layering over dresses or tailored pieces. Investing in outerwear is a smart move if you’re looking to dial up style and functionality in your winter event wardrobe. 

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Invest in: statement accessories

Statement accessories are a great way to take winter event outfits to the next level, and they’re an easy way to add personality to your outfit. Oversized earrings and bracelets add drama, and unique shapes or textures always make a chic statement. Shoes-wise, ankle boots or closed-toe shoes will keep your feet warm while still looking stylish. 

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