Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

The very idea of a winter wedding immediately inspires images of frosty trees, glittering walkways, and cheeks that are rosy with a winter chill.

Finding the right outfit for a winter wedding as a guest means choosing something elegant and stylish, which will also keep you warm – matching the setting and venue with your outfit and thinking about everything from your footwear to added layers for warmth. It also means considering your colour palette and how you will move from inside spaces to outside spaces as part of the wedding day.

Here are some of the top styling tips on selecting a dress to attend a winter wedding.

Layered navy dress
Scarlett & Jo Victor Mesh Midi Dress

While many are drawn to darker colours for a winter wedding, like the floaty navy blue wrap dress from Scarlett & Jo, winter can also be a great time to play with patterns and juxtaposing fabrics.

V-neck skater dress with bold floral print
Phase Eight Jacquard Floral Dress

The Jacquard Floral dress from Phase Eight combines a navy blue structure with metallic silver detail, adding both texture and aesthetic detail which taps into that frosty winter colour palette

Floral lace jacquard shift dress with bolero jacket
Gina Bacconi Shift Dress with Bolero
Green velvet midi dress front
Jigsaw Velvet Midi Dress

Considering the ideal fit and structure for a winter wedding, dresses which combine a basic shape with a top layer are particularly popular – and ensure that you can stay comfortable without impacting the overall aesthetic.

Options like the Gina Bacconi Shift Dress with Bolero form full outfits..Or why not embrace winter style completely with a thicker fabric – choosing the Jigsaw Velvet Midi Dress in a rich green

Considering the ideal fit and structure for a winter wedding, dresses which combine a basic shape with a top layer are particularly popular – and ensure that you can stay comfortable without impacting the overall aesthetic.

Sleeves are another factor to consider, especially as you look for a dress which will work both inside and outside throughout the wedding day. A dress with long sleeves can be an elegant way to acknowledge the colder weather without reaching for an all-in-one dress with jacket.

Knee-length floral lace embroidered dress
Gina Bacconi Savoy Embroidered Knee Length Dress

These sleeves could be made from a transparent lace layer like on the Gina Bacconi Savoy Embroidered Knee Length Dress, or opaque like the sleeves fixed to the Ghost Meryl Satin Dress

Navy satin Empire line dress
Ghost Meryl Satin Midi Dress

Finally, if you decide to reach for a block colour dress with sleeves and a comfortable fabric, remember that you can always elevate your look with accessories!

If a winter wedding invite has you thinking festive vibes, again this is something that you can inject into your look without throwing your all into Christmas.

Sequins are a popular feature on dresses that match a winter aesthetic, while lace taps into the beauty of delicate detailing.

Similarly, sparkly heels or statement jewellery can both add personality to a winter wedding guest outfit effortlessly, so explore the impact of different accessories and added extras to make your outfit unique.