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, dressing for a winter wedding 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 dresses are never ending. So, what to do?
The main thing to remember about winter wedding guest dressing 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 10 of our favourite wedding guest dress outfits, so you can ensure you look your best this winter wedding season.
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.