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.
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
Selita Long Sleeve Maxi Dress, $620 at SIR
A timeless silk cut that skims the silhouette, this maxi dress is given an on-trend twist in its deep chocolate colourway and subtle cutout detailing.
Olive Crepe Satin Mori Mini Dress, $695 at Bianca Spender
The asymmetrical neckline and soft draping of this mini dress is the epitome of understated elegance. For extra cold climates, pair with stockings or long boots and a coat.
Amber Tie Front Dress, $300 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.
If a dress isn’t for you, this deep green velvet set is utter perfection for a winter wedding.
Blossom Long Sleeve Gown, $999 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.
Baret Sleeved Mini Dress, $525 at 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.
The Vampire’s Wife The Night Flight Crystal-Embellished Velvet Maxi, $1,589 at Net-A-Porter
A favourite of Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, The Vampire’s Wife’s classic silhouette gets a winter wedding appropriate spin with crystal-embellished velvet.
Flora Berry Fringe Shirt Dress, $795 at Sunset Lover
From the warm floral print to the soft flowing fit and the exaggerated tassel sleeves, there’s so much to love about this stunning piece.
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.