So, you’re invited to a winter wedding! And…now you have to find something to wear. If your current closet is leaving you uninspired, you’ve come to the right place. We collected the best winter wedding guest dresses all in one place to help you pull together an effortlessly chic (and cozy) look that’s perfect for the cold weather season!
But first, a little style advice from your favorite winter wedding fashion obsessive…
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What should a guest wear for a winter wedding?
What you wear to a winter wedding will mostly depend on the dress code, venue, and weather of the “I do’s.”
That’s why it’s always best to double check the dress code on the invite and look up the venue (and the forecast, if it’s a destination wedding) before saying yes to a col weather dress.
When in doubt, we suggest sticking to classic winter silhouettes, textures, and colors, with a few modern trends thrown in. For our fave cold weather fashion, keep scrolling!
What makes for a great winter wedding guest dress?
While there’s no one-size-fits-all winter wedding guest dress, there are a few qualities that we love to see in cold weather gowns!
Winter is notorious for velvet, as it’s luxe and warm — and pairs beautifully with opaque tights! We’re also suckers for a bit of shimmer during the holiday season, from shiny satin to sparkly sequins (a HUGE trend this year!).
And just because the days are shorter and the nights are colder, that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up on florals. Dark and moody blossoms are absolutely stunning when paired with the jewel tones that always pop up this time of year.
Finally, long sleeves are a no brainer for winter guest dresses, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only option! There are tons of great ways to style shorter sleeves (and hemlines) so you can stay cozy and chic all night long. Which brings us to our next FAQ…
How to Style Winter Wedding Guest Dresses
When we think about winter fashion, we picture glitz, glamour, and a whole lot of layering. Which makes styling winter wedding guest dresses SO fun!
First and foremost, outerwear is a MUST for the season — so you might as well make it cute! This year, the leather look is trending big time, and we can’t get enough of these vegan leather blazers.
But for something more glam to pair with winter wedding guest dresses, faux fur jackets bring the style and the warmth (and they won’t ruin a formal ‘fit!).
If the wedding is in a colder climate, we also love styling shorter winter dresses with tights — these TikTok famous ones look sheer but are actually fleece lined! — and boots. Knee-highs and over-the-knee boots are having their moment right now, and it’s safe to say we’re obsessed!
Where to Buy Winter Wedding Guest Dresses
With so many different winter fashion options to choose from, we thought we’d help you out. Here are our top 3 fave places to buy winter wedding guest dresses perfect for cold weather!
- Reformation: For sustainability and style, Reformation reigns supreme (hey, if their dresses are good enough for Taylor Swift, they’re good enough for us!). These are the winter dresses that you rewear and love forever — from the ultimate LBD to the statement piece you wear every chance you get. As a bonus, all of their dresses are made with sustainable practices and materials!
- Lulus: Lulus is our go-to for a reason: they have the widest range of dresses, from formal gowns to casual winter dresses, and they’re all SO affordable. Plus, this is also the place to go for all things accessories (especially swoon-worthy shoes)!
- Anthropologie: It should come as no surprise that we’re big fans of Anthropologie (and their winter wedding guest dresses!). With their wedding-centric BHLDN collection and their rad statement dresses, Anthro dominates our winter fashion wishlists every. single. year.
Now, what you’ve all been waiting for…the cold weather ‘fits!!
Formal Winter Wedding Guest Dresses
Formal nuptials are, without a doubt, peak winter wedding vibes. This is where the glitz and the glam, the shimmer and the sparkle, can really shine. And the same goes for formal winter wedding guest dresses!
When picking formal gowns for a winter wedding, we’re all about luxe textures. Think: yummy velvet, shimmering satin, and glittering metallics. Formal dress codes also typically call for floor-sweeping hemlines — and stand-out accessories.
To help you get your glam on, we’ve rounded up all of the above, and more!
We’re suckers for emerald green — it’s the color that steals the show this winter and every winter to come. Pair it with lush velvet and a plunging neckline and you’ve got a gown that withstands the test of time (aka: you’ll definitely wear this one again!).
Burgundy, berry, maroon — whatever you call it, there’s not denying that this deep shade is a MUST for the winter season. It’s romantic, it’s powerful, and it’s perfect for a formal winter wedding dress to rock during the cold weather. Say less!
Bow ties are a trend that are not going anywhere anytime soon, especially when it comes to weddings! We love the subtle bow tie straps of this velvet formal winter wedding guest dress…so classy. A lovely reminder that you ARE the gift.
This tiered bronze dress was absolutely made for dancing — and making an entrance! Flowy, floral, and unforgettable, this is one of our favorite formal winter wedding guest dresses to stun in cold weather. Just peep that little twinkle of metallic sparkle in the fabric! Utter perfection.
So your wedding invitation says “semi formal” — but what does that actually mean?! We’re here to break it all down with our complete guide to the semi formal dress code!
If you haven’t noticed by now, we really love velvet formal winter wedding guest dresses, especially for cold weather! This classic midi from our one true love Reformation comes in four delicious colors, including this glittering gold (perfect for a NYE wedding!).
And don’t even get us started on that off-the-shoulder asymmetrical neckline!
Because all that glitters is gold!! When it comes to formal winter wedding guest dresses, metallics and sparkles will have you shining all the way to the new year. And this gold strapless jumpsuit is just the look for the job!
The perfect mix of disco and winter vibes, the groovy ‘fit screams “it’s time to celebrate!” All it’s missing is an equally glam faux fur coat for those colder winter days.
No matter the season, black is always in vogue. Mix it up with a corset bodice and some tiered tulle, and you’ve got a timeless look that still feels super on trend!
Oh, and did we mention that this black formal gown is made to order with sustainable fabrics? We love a zero waste, eco-friendly fashion moment!
Silky satin? Emerald green? Sultry open back? This formal winter wedding guest dress really has it all. Proof that sometimes less really is more!
With romantic roses, tiered ruffles, and an asymmetrical neckline, this formal winter wedding guest dress has just the right amount of ~extra~.
And, made with a light and airy organza fabric, this flirty gown won’t weight you down, even after the reception turns into the after party!
Complete the look with a dark berry lip and your most dance-ready pair of heels.
Black tie has never looked better! A super fun and unique formal guest gown, this pleated shift dress is still classic enough to rewear again and again.
And, not only is the flowy silhouette of this gorgeous gown made for twirling to Harry Styles on the dance floor, it also comes in clutch after that second (or third) slice of cake!
Long Sleeve Winter Wedding Guest Dresses
Just like sequins and velvet, long sleeves are a staple for winter wedding guest dresses. While they’re essential for adding some warmth to your ‘fit, long sleeve gowns also scream cute cold weather vibes!
Plus, with sleeves having a real moment lately (from balloon sleeves to embellished sleeves), these dresses are anything but boring. They’re guaranteed to turn the drama factor up a notch, whether you’re attending a casual reception or black tie event!
Keep scrolling for a few of our fave eye-catching long sleeve winter wedding guest dresses.
Before you scroll further, please have a look at the back of this black floral gown. You’re definitely going to want to wear your hair up with this one!
One of our favorite Reformation picks on this list, this long sleeve winter wedding guest dress is such a stunning investment piece. Your closet with be thanking you for YEARS to come.
A wrap dress is a classic for a reason — give it a velvet makeover and you’ve got a winter wedding guest dress for the ages!
With such a glam look, this blue velvet dress would also be perfect wedding attire for a cocktail dress code. It’s just begging to be styled with a fabulous dainty necklace and the cocktail of your choice!
All your other dresses will be jealous once they see this metallic floral winter guest gown! The perfect long sleeve winter wedding guest dress for romantic outdoor nuptials or a glitzy holiday affair, this stunning pick will earn you style points every time.
All those 5-star reviews say it all — this is the cutest and most versatile long sleeve winter wedding guest dress!
Silky and flowy with a high leg slit, this midi dress is flirty and classy at the same time. What more could you ask for?
Plus, this dress comes in TONS of colors, from this warm, rich orange to a stunning winter-ready mint blue.
Light florals for winter? Absolutely.
This silky blue winter guest dress is breaking traditions to make sure you stand out this season! In other words, it’s the perfect long sleeve winter wedding guest dress for when there’s someone you want to impress on the guest list.
Let’s break down what makes this long sleeve guest gown so swoon-worthy: That sexy open back. The flirty ruffle detail. That wintry jewel tone and mini hemline. Do we need to go on?
Free-spirited, bright, and totally stand-out. If we’re describing you right now, then you can stop scrolling, because we’ve found your perfect long sleeve winter wedding guest dress!
With a colorful floral print and easygoing silhouette, this maxi dress can easily be dressed up or down. Go casual with a trendy pair of western boots, or make it formal with some statement earrings — we’re loving these beaded tassel ones!
Complete your ‘fit with the perfect pair of tassel earrings! We’ve rounded up 29 of our favorite pairs here.
Casual Winter Wedding Guest Dresses
It’s time to get cozy! With laid back weddings, you have a little more room to dress for the weather and play with your winter fashion. Think: toasty sweater dresses, fun prints, and your everyday winter accessories.
Our go-to casual winter wedding guest dresses are also super easy to dress up or down in cold weather, which comes in handy for different venues, weather forecasts, and specific dress codes. This is also when we love to break out the winter florals!
As an added bonus, we have a feeling you’ll wear all of these casual winter dresses again!
Our favorite warm weather fashion trend (cottagecore) gets a winter update with this casual winter wedding guest dress for cold weather!
This comfy frock features everything we love about the cottagecore vibe — a smocked bodice, flowy skirt, and whimsical balloon sleeves — plus the perfect moody winter floral print! We’d style it with a boho wide brim hat and suede black boots for a casual cold weather wedding.
We see a best dressed guest award in your future! With a flattering corset detail and that luxurious velvet fabric perfect for cold weather, this casual winter wedding guest dress will earn you MAJOR style points.
When everyone else is dressed in cold weather blues and blacks, add a pop of pink with this casual winter wedding guest dress!
The definition of dopamine dressing, this rosy wrap dress will bring some warmth into even the chilliest cold weather winter days.
So pretty and cheery, we have a feeling you’ll be rewearing this one all year long!
Sequins are having a serious moment this winter, and it’s easy to see why! This casual winter wedding guest dress features just a touch of the trend with glimmering sequin embellishments along its eye-catching neckline. Such a head-turner — especially with that pretty open back!
P.S. We also found that skinny sequin scarf for a little more shimmer!
With the relaxed silhouette and light as a feather fabric, you’ll feel as good as you look in this casual winter dress! We love this one for winter weddings in warmer climates or laid back daytime nuptials. Cute, casual, and SO comfy!
As a bonus, you can totally rewear this burgundy mini dress for your next winter dinner party (Thanksgiving, perhaps?).
There’s just something so cool about styling a flowy midi dress with knee-high boots (especially during the colder months!). Case in point: this casual winter look!
Like golden hour in dress form, this look shimmers and shines, with a glowing orange fabric and gilded velvet flowers. Paired with ’70s-inspired knee-high boots, it’ll ensure you’re the most dazzling, fashionable guest in the room.
Up the fashion (and warmth) factor with a stylish pair of wedding-approved boots! Here are a few of our faves — perfect for brides and guests alike!
For a casual winter ‘fit that feels like wrapping yourself up in a cashmere blanket, look no further than this chic sweater dress…serious magic for cold weather. Soft AND sustainable, this Reformation pick was made with a 90% recycled + 10% virgin cashmere blend. We love to see it!
For rustic weddings, barn venues, and woodland ceremonies, this casual winter wedding guest dress is IT. A wrap style gives this relaxed rustic dress an eye-catching plunging neckline — but it’s the earthy brown floral print that’s really the star of the show!
Plus, this is another sustainable pick that also features inclusive sizing. As if you needed more reasons to add this dress to your cart!!
Meet: the only plus one you’ll ever need. This classic + casual winter dress always has your back, whether you’re attending an outdoor wedding, hosting a holiday party, or just running out for a Sunday coffee date. It’s called range!
Style this black midi dress any and every way — there are no wrong answers here.
Outdoor Winter Wedding Guest Dresses
While an outdoor ceremony may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of winter weddings, there’s something seriously magical about staying out in the cold. But, that means you have to dress the part!
Whether you’re attending an outdoor winter wedding in the hot desert or the snowy mountains, it’s always a good idea to find outerwear that matches your ‘fit, as well as comfortable shoes for walking on grass, pebbles, etc.
To help you stay comfy in the cold weather, we’ve rounded up some super cute outdoor winter wedding guest dresses, plus the accessories that’ll help you withstand the elements!
Did you think we forgot about winter red? Think again! This ruby red satin dress will absolutely dazzle for an outdoor wedding around the holidays.
Just picture this velvet winter dress under the twinkle lights of an outdoor dance floor — pure magic! Made with a shimmering velvet fabric, this enchanting gown is thick enough to give you some warmth in the cold weather, without sacrificing on style.
Plus, you may be needing shorter sleeves once you break a sweat on that dance floor!
Ready to go regal? Purple is an often overlooked color that absolutely SHINES come winter. Give us all the plum tones!
Dress this plum purple knit dress up for a formal outdoor winter wedding with a fun sequin blazer, or tone it down for a laid back bash with an oversized leather shacket. Chic, cozy, and so versatile, it’s the perfect outdoor winter wedding guest sweater dress!
The best part about flowy dresses? They’re perfect for layering!
Stay warm and look cool by rocking thick fleece tights and trendy over-the-knee boots under this floaty brown floral dress. Perfect for a cold weather garden wedding — you’ll even match the winter blooms!
Is this THE perfect sweater dress for a cold weather wedding?! We think yes!
With a snuggly turtleneck and a chic tie waist, this outdoor winter dress will keep you nice and toasty for a rustic mountaintop ceremony or modern city celebration. We wouldn’t blame you for never wanting to take it off!
Put on your party dress! This sparkly golden gown is destined to be the life (and light) of the party — especially at a glamorous NYE wedding!
Keep the jewel tones going by accessorizing this gorgeous winter dress with a chic birthstone necklace and glittering eye shadow. Even the disco ball will be jealous of your shine!
Want to add a personal touch to your look? Don’t miss our round-up of the best birthstone necklaces for every month!
Ladies and gentlemen…her. We’ve included a lot of floral winter wedding guest dresses on this list of cold weather beauties, but this blue and purple stunner may just take the (wedding) cake! From those cool winter blossoms to the statement strappy back, this dress is the whole moment.
Prepare to give the bouquets some SERIOUS competition with this one!
Okay, okay, so this may not be the most weather-appropriate outdoor winter dress on its own — unless you’re attending a wedding somewhere sunny and warm (jealous!). But, if you’re NOT headed to a destination beach wedding, you can still rock this sexy gown outdoors with some strategic outerwear!
Add a dose of whimsy to your look with this bohemian outdoor winter wedding guest dress! Featuring a cute woodland print, this flowy gown was practically MADE for a folksy forest wedding.
Classy Winter Wedding Guest Dresses
Look like a class act with the help of these classy winter wedding guest dresses! Whether you’re hoping to impress someone in the wedding party or are just excited to dress up again, these dresses are IT.
From sophisticated silhouettes to elegant details, these classy winter wedding guest dresses could teach the class on sophisticated style in cold weather. You could say we saved the best for last!
This classy winter wedding guest dress features THE neckline of the year. We’re seeing that asymmetrical one-shoulder style everywhere right now, and we’re not mad about it! It’s modern, unexpected, and SO flattering.
Another winter trend we can’t get enough of? Suiting!
This rosy gown channels that sophisticated style with a pointed collar and tailored satin, while a cute tie and cut-out in the front also keep it feeling fresh and fun! Truly the best of both worlds.
A classy winter wedding guest dress that’ll take you from drinks to the dance floor? Introducing this cute black mini!
Pink. Tulle. Gown. Okay, we’re paying attention.
This gorgeous feminine gown takes the Barbiecore trend and makes it classy, with delicate ruffles and whimsical balloon sleeves. If your style is anything but moody + dark winter colors, this classy pink dress is a no brainer!
We like our lacy details with a side of lace, and this classy winter wedding guest dress has delivered! Plus, how cool is that juxtaposition of the floral pattern with the structured tailoring?!
This statement LBD needs no introduction — but we’re going to give it one anyway!
With puffy sleeves that defy gravity and the cutest ruffle details, this classy winter gown is just as reliable as your go-to LBD, but WAY more interesting. We have a feeling it’ll become a mainstay in your holiday wardrobe!
Gatsby could never! Channel the Roaring (20)20s with this classy winter wedding guest dress. From the vintage-inspired design to the hand beading, this glamorous gown was definitely love at first sight.
Whether you’re attending a vintage themed wedding, a NYE bash, or a black tie affair, this gown screams party time!!
Oh yes, we saved the best for last! If you’ve yet to fall in love with over-the-top mini pouf dresses, now is the time. And now the it-dress comes in the dreamiest winter pattern — aka polka dots!
This dramatic off-the-shoulder number checks off all the boxes for a classy winter wedding guest dress, from that dreamy tulle to the flirty ruffles. And if you’re not pairing it with sky high platforms, what are you even doing?!
Attending a Winter Wedding? Our Guides Have Your Back.
‘Tis the season to celebrate, and we’re here to help you do it in style!
In addition to these gorgeous winter wedding guest dresses, we’ve also rounded up some stunning cocktail gowns for when the invite calls for cocktail attire.
And speaking of dress codes, you’ll also want to check out our complete guide to semi-formal wedding attire. It’s a super popular, but also super confusing, dress code, and we want to make sure you look your best!
And the finishing touch: choosing a gift that celebrates the newlywed’s unique love story. We’ve got you covered with this list of the best wedding gifts for every style!
What’s next on your winter wedding to-do list? Let us know in the comments below!