Six Wedding Guest Dresses Made For Winter Weddings

Cool-season ceremonies call for these.
What to wear to a winter wedding.@parysatis

Picking out what to wear to a wedding is hard at the best of times, but throw in some howling wind or freezing cold rain and you’ve got yourself a dilemma.

Whether you’re a mother of the bride, the best friend, a plus one or just a regular guest, finding a winter wedding guest outfit is harder than dressing for a summer wedding. A slip dress isn’t going to cut it this time!

And while your standard breed of party dresses might be fine in spring, moving into winter it’s harder to find the perfect pick. Whether you’re after a sequin dress, something with jewel tones or something floral print, the options for wedding guest dresses are never ending. So, what to do?

The main thing to remember about winter wedding guest dresses is that anything goes — so long as you’re warm. Mini dress? Go for it, just pair it with stockings. Floral print? No worries, but choose a version with sleeves. And while your standard spring dresses might not be winter wedding season-ready, throwing over a faux fur jacket might be the simple answer. 

What Should A Guest Wear To A Winter Wedding? 

It’s perfect acceptable to wear a coat to a winter wedding — you have to be warm, of course. Make sure you choose a streamlined or tailored version, and avoid fabrics like denim. It is a wedding, after all. And, as always, avoid wearing white and make sure you’re in comfortable shoes.

Boots are fine, but pretty them up with some elevated florals or a feminine pattern. Otherwise, closed toe mules or heels will get you where you need to be. Use your accessories! While coats might obscure your dress, accessories will take pride of place and shouldn’t be overlooked. 

Below, we’ve rounded up our favourite winter wedding guest dresses, so you can ensure you look your best this winter wedding season.

Winter Wedding Guest Dresses To Buy In 2024

Winter wedding guest dress.

Shona Joy Rubi Long Sleeve Gathered Midi Dress

From $295 at The Iconic

With its fitted style, long sleeves and statement print, this Shona Joy gown both a chic and warm winter wedding choice.

Sizes: XS – XL size range | Colours: Tangerine & Multi | Materials: Polyester and Elastane

Key Features:

  •  Double layer sheer mesh
  • Round neckline
  • Long sleeves

Solace London Winter Wedding guest dress.

Solace London Louisa Cape-Effect Crepe Gown

From $1,384 at Net-A-Porter

This elegant gown from Solace London is cut from a stylish crepe material to skim the figure and create a luxurious draped overlay that moves elegantly with you.

Sizes: UK 4–16 size range | Colours: Burgundy | Materials: Crepe

Key Features:

  • Plum crepe
  • Concealed hook and zip fastening at back
  • 100% polyester

Christopher Esber Triquetra Cutout Silk-Satin Maxi Dress

Christopher Esber Triquetra Cutout Silk Satin Maxi

From $895 at Net-A-Porter

Made from silk satin with subtle cut-outs, this dress brings a hint of sensuality to the winter weather dress code. 

Sizes: UK 6–14 size range | Colours: Claret, Purple and Gray | Materials: Silk Satin

Key features: 

  • Claret silk-satin
  • Ties at front
  • 100% silk


Amber Tie Front Dress

From $140 at THE ICONIC

With cut out and tie-neck detailing this silky, sleek number shows just enough skin that you don’t feel completely covered up nor completely bare.

Sizes: 6–16 size range | Colours: Black/Blaise Print | Materials: Acetate & Polyester

Key features:

  • Bias cut
  • Off shoulder
  • Long sleeves



Blossom Long Sleeve Gown

From $699 at Rebecca Vallance

If you love a bright print, but can’t find anything both winter and wedding appropriate, this stunning ‘70s-esque style with subtle metallic plisse and dramatic plunging neckline will stand out from the wedding guest crowd

Sizes: 4–16 size range | Colours: Purple Print| Materials: Metallic Plisse

Key features:

  • Plunging fitted bodice
  • Open back with self fabric ties
  • Elasticated blouson sleeves


Baret Sleeved Mini Dress

From $263 from Aje

Forget dreary winter hues and make a statement in this Barbie pink mini with dramatic sleeves that can be worn on or off the shoulder.

Sizes: 4–16 size range | Colours: Hot Pink | Materials: Linen and Viscose

Key features:

  • Mini dress
  • Strapless lined style
  • Straight neckline

What To Wear To A Winter Wedding 

1. Florals are possible

With a little help from metallics undertones and boots.

2. Velvet always works

The ultimate winter fabric, a draped velvet dress is an easy way to do a mini dress without getting chilly.

3. Suit up

Perfect for a black tie or cocktail dress code, a simple tailored suit can make the perfect winter wedding outfit. Paired with a simple pump and statement bag — voila! 

4. All knitted up

A long sleeve knit dress made from fine wool or complete with a high neck is a surefire way to stay on the dress code. 

5. Faux fur is a winner

Faux fur jackets are a must this winter, so layer a statement version on top of a casual dress for an instantly sophisticated look. 

6. Play with lengths

Texture and length are a must for winter weddings. Opt for a cocktail dress shape with sleeves in a floral print for an unexpected take on winter wedding guest dressing. 

7. Cover up

Stockings can work — just be sure to go sheer or light rather than totally opaque.

8. Pop of colour

It’s a suit, but make it pastel. Apart from being warm, it’ll inject a little colour into the ceremony. 

9. Colour block

Colour blocking in vibrant hues will ensure your outfits maintains fresh. Add in layers of similar shades — for example, a maxi dress over a top with knee high boots — to complete the look. 

10. Heavier fabrics

Heavier fabrics in metallic or deep shades are a failsafe. Layer on a coat over the top and you’re good to go. 

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