Styling Winter Bridesmaid Dresses

by Danielle Salazar November 24, 2014

For those who choose to have a winter wedding, my hat goes off to you for enduring the cold to take those gorgeous outdoor photos that I am so in love with. For men, it's easy! They get to be delightfully bundled in layers, while us women have to suck up our pain in pretty little dresses and smile big for the camera. It really isn't fair, is it? But because we are supporting and standing beside one of our best friends, we're more than willing to put up with the pain. So to keep your ladies warm during picture-time, consider pairing their winter bridesmaid dresses with some cozy attire that's perfect for the chilly weather and adorable in photos! Need some inspiration? Look no further--we have some fun and stylish ideas below that also make great bridesmaid gift ideas!

Sweatshirts for the bride and bridesmaids are great for a winter wedding! | Styling Winter Bridesmaid Dresses

4 ways to keep warm with winter bridesmaid dresses.

1. Cover up with a cardigan. Have the girls bring their own or buy them cardi's that perfectly coordinate with your wedding colors. The look is sophisticated, fun, and it's a piece that your 'maids will gladly wear again! Cardigans not your style? Cover up with a soft flannel. You can even glam up the look by rolling up the sleeves, knotting at the waist, and pairing with a feminine strand of pearls.

Cover up with a warm cardigan for your winter wedding! | Styling Winter Bridesmaid DressesShalls and cardigans are a cute and practical way to stay warm at a winter wedding. | Styling Winter Bridesmaid Dresses

2. Dress in vintage fur coats. Whether you scour thrift stores, your grandma's closet, or hit the racks at Forever 21 (they might not be vintage, but at least they're cheap!), style your 'maids in fancy fur coats that will look extremely elegant and vintage-chic!

Scour thrift stores or a forever 21 for affordable fur jackets to keep your 'maids warm and stylish! | Styling Winter Bridesmaid Dresses

3. Add cute accessories to the winter bridesmaid's look. Chunky knit scarves or gloves are a simple way to add some warmth and fun flair to their dresses. Keep the pieces neutral or add in bright pops of color that can act as a statement piece.

4. Wear boots and leggings under a floor-length bridesmaid dress. This isn't necessarily the cutest way to style your 'maids for the cold, but if no one can see it, who cares! Plus, you can capture some fun moments of the girls showing off their fancy boots!

Wear leggings and boots underneath floor-length dresses to stay warm during a winter wedding! | Styling Winter Bridesmaid Dresses

How would you style your bridesmaid's for winter?

Keep in mind that your ladies won't be wearing their cardigans and gloves the entire wedding. The accessories could even just be worn in-between photos, but providing them with something warm is a nice gesture that I guarantee will be appreciated. So the question is:

How would you style your bridesmaids for a winter look? Leave a comment below and let us know your accessory/garment of choice!

Danielle Salazar
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Measurement Guide - How to Measure for Your Size

Taking Your Measurements

For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor. 

**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring dress alterations.


Hollow-to-Hem: Hold the measuring tape vertically starting at the indent in your neck area between your collarbones and below your throat. Then, keeping the tape taught, bring the tape to the floor to meet your toes. This is your hollow-to-hem, or hollow-to-floor, measurement. The motion is similar to taking your height measurement. 

Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).

Waist size:  While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button. Stand up straight and do not suck in when taking this measurement.

Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.

Choosing your correct size

Compare  these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Depending on the fabric, a dress can be altered down up to 2 full sizes, but can be very difficult to let out as there is only about .5 inch of fabric to do so at the seams. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.