Style Inspiration: What to Wear to a Fall or Winter Wedding (On A Budget)

Sade writes, “I’ve been invited to a wedding this November in New York City. The rehearsal dinner is being hosted at Brasserie Les Halles, and the wedding and reception will be held at Ramscale. I’ve gone through past style inspirations for weddings (winter, evening in Austin, etc.) but I’m not sure any of those would work for these events. Also, and most importantly, I’m a college student so anything I find has to be affordable! Can you please help me?”

We love a fall wedding!

Allow us to preface this by saying Rent The Runway is a great place to get gowns for rent at a reasonable price, and can be returned once the night is over (join here). At any rate, take a peep at some of the looks we cooked up.

For our grown and sexy readers, we have a $165 Orchid Print Dress by Phase Eight.

Sure, winter can be dark, but you can incorporate fun pops of color with this wine colored coat and $18 Robert Rose Multi-Shape Cluster Earrings. Complete with black pumps and a black velvet clutch.

A simple purple gown exudes minimal chic, but receives a boost of funk from a leopard print coat. Add a pair of silver pumps for a spicy kick. Finish the ensemble with a pair of earrings and a tasty fragrance.

Long dresses not your thing? Set it off with this $20 Crepe Shift from Old Navy (it comes in different colors and patterns, and goes up to an XXL), and add a bit of interest with an Ombre Faux Mongolian coat from Topshop. Complete with Opaque tights, gray booties, a knit turban, and a look-at-me bib necklace:



This look is ideal for the rehearsal dinner.

I’ve been loving burgundy this season, and at $50, this knit dress from Mango is hard to resist. Since November brings cooler weather in NY, be sure to add a pair of black opaque tights with black booties to keep warm.  To bring it all together, incorporate some edge with these $20 Engraved Point Drop Earrings from Topshop.

Last but not least, when all else fails, bet on black (yes, it’s ok, especially for evening occasions).


Slip on a black lace dress with black ankle strap pumps. Spruce things up with emerald drop earrings, or these Sepia Mohawk Drops. Add a vivid manicure, a gold clutch, and you’re set for the evening.

Dance, eat, and drink it up, Sade! Hope this helped!