What to Wear to a Winter Wedding: 65 Gorgeous Dresses for Guests

If you're a guest at a winter wedding this year, we've got good news for you. There are dozens of great winter wedding guest dresses to choose from this season. Here, our favorite winter wedding outfits to make your own.
by Karen Biton-Cohen & Elena Donovan Mauer
Winter wedding guest dresses and jumpsuit


With so many seasonal dress options in stores and online, it can be overwhelming to choose what to wear to a winter wedding. Winter wedding attire often includes dark hues, rich fabrics and longer sleeves. But there are other things to consider when choosing a winter wedding guest dress, including the formality of the affair (the invite should provide a dress code), your budget and your taste. You may want to rock the trendiest number on the market or go with a timeless cocktail dress. No matter your personal style or that of the wedding—from black tie to dressy casual—you'll find something to love in our comprehensive guide of dresses to wear to a winter wedding.

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Formal Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

Not sure what to wear to a wedding with this particular dress code? We've taken the guesswork out of it with our favorite formal winter wedding guest dresses, which range in style, silhouette, length and color. The only thing you have to do is choose the winter wedding outfit that feels totally you (and of course, you'll have to buy or rent it too). A budget-savvy idea for getting an upscale formal gown is renting one from Rent the Runway. It's seriously genius—you can score a designer dress in the most formal styles for a fraction of the price. Plus, you don't have to worry about dry-cleaning.

  1. Navy sequin winter wedding guest dress

    The easiest way to dazzle at a winter wedding? A shimmering one-shoulder dress dripping in sequins. Pair it with bold metallic accessories to make it shine even more.

    Badgley Mischka navy Constellation gown, $100 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

  2. Green plus-size winter wedding guest dress with cape

    For formal winter wedding affairs, a rich gown with a trendy cape will feel fancy, chic and warm.

    ELOQUII cape dress, $120, ELOQUII.com

  3. Black and purple plus-size winter wedding guest dress

    Winter wedding guest dresses come in all different colors. This gown's vampy purple skirt adds some serious drama to your winter wedding guest outfit.

    City Chic Passion ombre gown maxi dress, $149, CoEdition.com

  4. Red velvet winter wedding guest dress

    You'll get tons of mileage out of a cozy-chic velvet frock, but especially during winter wedding season. Dress it up with drop earrings and metallic heels.
     
    Chelsea28 velvet faux wrap midi dress, $129, Nordstrom.com

  5. Red sequin winter wedding guest dress

    Red sequins are stunning for winter weddings held near the holidays. Bonus points: The puff sleeves on this one are totally on-trend.
     
    ASOS EDITION plunge asymmetrical maxi dress in Oxblood Sequin, $190, ASOS.com

  6. Sequin long-sleeve winter wedding guest dress

    This sexy, slim, sequined number is perfect for formal winter weddings.
     
    Dress the Population Emery midi dress, $253, Nordstrom.com

  7. Long green velvet winter wedding guest dress

    Stunning emerald velvet and a sultry skirt slit make this the perfect party dress—and a wonderful choice for your next winter wedding guest dress. 

    Club L London Plus velvet square neck maxi dress with thigh split in Green, $64, ASOS.com

  8. Black plus-size winter wedding guest dress

    The pleated skirt on this black kimono gown will make this your new favorite thing to dance in. 
     
    ASOS DESIGN Curve kimono pleated maxi dress, $64, ASOS.com

  9. Red strapless winter wedding guest dress

    How about this strapless fit-and-flare gown? For winter weddings, pair it with a faux fur shawl or coat and you'll be all set.

    After Six strapless chiffon trumpet gown, $239, Nordstrom.com 

  10. Red plus-size winter wedding guest jumpsuit

    Oh, yes. Jumpsuits are a comfortable, chic option for winter weddings, and this plus-size one is glam enough for formal affairs.
     
    Eliza J long sleeve wrap front jumpsuit, $178, Nordstrom.com

  11. Red ruffle winter wedding guest dress

    Want a flirty look for the upcoming winter wedding? This ruffled long-sleeve dress should fit the bill.

    Rachel Parcell ruffle long sleeve ponte dress, $115, Nordstrom.com 

  12. Black ruffle winter wedding guest dress

    With black lace and a ruffled skirt, this gorgeous gown is perfectly festive for winter weddings.
     
    Adrianna Papell black scallop gown, $80 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

  13. Green sparkle plus-size winter wedding guest dress

    This glittering plus-size number gives us major retro vibes. For winter weddings, pair it with stunning accessories that are just as glam.
     
    ELOQUII sparkle maxi dress with wrap skirt, $170, ELOQUII.com

  14. Navy lace winter wedding guest dress

    Navy embroidery and a fun flare skirt make this gown a good fit for a winter wedding. 

    Alex Evenings illusion fit and flare embroidered midi dress, $190, DavidsBridal.com 

  15. Black sequin plus-size winter wedding guest dress

    Radiate on the dance floor in a shimmery short-sleeve cocktail dress—a foolproof pick for a formal winter wedding guest dress.

    Adrianna Papell Plus sequin cocktail dress, $239, Bloomingdales.com

  16. Green off-the-shoulder winter wedding guest dress

    Even though this dress isn't floor length, it's still fancy enough for a winter wedding with its structured look, elegant off-the-shoulder neckline and rich teal color.
     
    Cinq à Sept teal Jolie dress, from $45 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

  17. Navy velvet winter wedding guest dress

    Velvet? Check. Flattering ruching? Check. Long sleeves? Check. Winter wedding ready? Definitely.
     
    Vince Camuto long sleeve velvet gown $228, Nordstrom.com 

  18. Beaded navy plus-size winter wedding guest dress

    A sweeping gown with cap sleeves and navy and silver sequins makes for an exceptional formal winter wedding guest dress.

    Xscape cap sleeve plus size long dress with beading in Navy, $250, DavidsBridal.com

  19. Black velvet winter wedding guest jumpsuit

    This velvet jumpsuit will be comfortable, chic and easy for when you want to get down on the dance floor at your next winter wedding.

    J. Crew V-neck wide-leg velvet jumpsuit, $148, JCrew.com

  20. Gold sequin winter wedding guest gown

    If you have any holiday-themed evening affairs or winter weddings coming up, you'd be remiss not to wear this floor-length golden gown with a cowl back.
     
    Badgley Mischka gold Dara gown, $100 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

  21. Black floral winter wedding guest dress

    We love the lace bodice and colorful skirt on this knee-length winter wedding guest dress. To complete your winter wedding look, pair it with velvet heels and dark, luxe tights.
     
    Tadashi Shoji women's floral lace bell sleeve dress, $408, Amazon.com 

  22. Green winter wedding guest dress with back bow

    You can't go wrong with an emerald green dress for a formal winter wedding. This one has a subtle sheen, a ruffled hem and a cool cutout back complete with a festive bow.

    J. Crew ruffle hem sheath dress in Academic Green, $148, JCrew.com

  23. Gray off-the-shoulder winter wedding guest dress

    A vintage-inspired, soft gray belted dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline will turn heads. The scuba-style fabric is on-trend and perfectly suited for a formal winter wedding guest. Add opaque black tights to stay warm.
     
    ASOS DESIGN sweetheart neck bardot midi dress with belt in Soft Grey, $64, ASOS.com

  24. Purple velvet winter wedding guest jumpsuit

    For a conversation starter during cocktail hour, wear this stylish velvet  jumpsuit. You can totally pull off this edgy look at a modern winter wedding.
     
    Parisian velvet jumpsuit with belt, $57, ASOS.com

  25. Black winter wedding guest dress with lace sleeves

    Dance the night away at an upcoming winter wedding wearing a sheath with a stunning mix of lace, sequins and sheer sleeves.
     
    Sequin Hearts sequin lace long sleeve cocktail dress, $69, Nordstrom.com

  26. Black sleeveless winter wedding guest dress

    A sophisticated look for a formal winter wedding is this shimmering, curve-hugging black cocktail dress with embroidered mesh at the shoulders.
     
    Dress the Population Skylar embellished sheath dress in Black, $216, DressthePopulation.com

  27. Purple long-sleeve winter wedding guest dress

    Make an unforgettable statement in electric purple and uniquely gathered sleeves.

    ROTATE Number 57 dress in Prism Violet, $260, Shopbop.com

  28. Floral sleeveless winter wedding guest dress

    An asymmetrical skirt makes this floral brocade gown feel ultra-special for a night out. (Bonus: It's perfect for twirling on the dance floor in!)

    Kay Unger Carmella Dijon asymmetrical cocktail dress, $298, Nordstrom.com

  29. Red pleated winter wedding guest dress

    This dress features gorgeous pleats and a wintery high neckline.

    1.STATE halter neck handkerchief hem pleated dress, $139, Nordstrom.com 

  30. Black strapless plus-size winter wedding guest dress

    Va-va voom! Pair this strapless column gown with glam accessories and you've found what to wear to your upcoming winter wedding.

    City Chic Motown strapless lace & chiffon maxi dress, $169 Nordstrom.com

  31. Blue satin winter wedding guest dress

    Satin is always an elegant option—and especially if the gown comes in a gorgeous hue and has a draped back.

    ASOS DESIGN paneled satin maxi dress with cowl back in Bluebird, $72, ASOS.com 

  32. Short floral plus-size winter wedding guest dress

    Having a winter wedding outfit meltdown? We've got you covered: This metallic jacquard plus-size dress is a showstopper.
     
    Tahari by ASL plus size tea-length floral metallic jacquard dress, $178, Zappos.com

  33. Long burgundy plus-size winter wedding guest dress

    An illusion neckline makes this plus-size winter wedding guest dress a total standout for a formal event.

    Morgan & Co. Power mesh illusion knit dress, $119, Nordstrom.com 

    Daytime Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

    Figuring out what to wear to a daytime winter wedding can be tricky. Have no fear—with this extensive list of winter wedding guest dresses, you'll find the perfect winter wedding outfit for your afternoon affair.

  34. Yellow velvet winter wedding guest dress

    Go for the gold in this high-low number rendered in luxe velvet. It's the perfect addition to your winter wedding wardrobe.
     
    Lulus Amour golden yellow velvet high-low wrap dress, $60, Lulus.com 

  35. Blush lace winter wedding guest dress

    A fitted lace look is a stunning fashion statement you'll go back to again and again for winter weddings. Pair with a black leather moto jacket to keep warm. 

    Paper Dolls high neck lace midi dress in Taupe, $92, ASOS.com

  36. Blue lace winter wedding guest dress

    Go for a trendy, bold look at your next daytime winter wedding. We're so into this built-in choker situation.

    Sam Edelman keyhole lace choker dress, $138, Zappos.com 

  37. Magenta cape winter wedding guest dress

    The bright jewel tone options and short skirt make this dress a flirty look for a daytime winter wedding.
     
    MILLY women's stretch silk flutter sleeve butterfly mini dress, from $42, Amazon.com 

  38. Teal twist plus-size winter wedding guest dress

    This plus-size twist dress makes for a go-to winter wedding guest outfit.

    City Chic Twist Love dress, $89, Nordstrom.com

  39. Green pleated winter wedding guest dress

    Dolman sleeves give this pleated V-neck number a more casual vibe perfect for a daytime winter wedding guest dress.

    French Connection Regi dolman sleeve plisse dress, $168, Nordstrom.com  

  40. Floral velvet winter wedding guest dress

    This short velvet dress can definitely be worn to a daytime winter wedding. We love the  whimsical tie at the neckline. 

    ModCloth Fete to Be Tied velvet dress, $79, ModCloth.com

  41. Black off-the-shoulder winter wedding guest dress

    Want something sassy yet sweet to wear to your next daytime winter wedding? Go for this sexy, sheer off-the-shoulder look.
     
    BB Dakota women's Desperado off the shoulder dress, from $52, Amazon.com

  42. Short-sleeve lace winter wedding guest dress

    For daytime winter weddings, you really can't go wrong with a little black dress rendered in lace. And that stylish mock neck? Yes, please.

    Chelsea28 lace bodice mock neck fit & flare dress in Black, $139, Nordstrom.com

  43. Long-sleeve burgundy winter wedding guest dress

    When in doubt, keep things simple in a solid-colored dress. This one has a classy boat neck and subtly sheer sleeves that gather at the wrist for a little extra flare. 

    Lauren Ralph Lauren georgette-sleeve jersey dress, $145, Bloomingdales.com

  44. Red lace plus-size winter wedding guest dress

    You'll be red hot—even during the coldest months. Pair this winter wedding guest dress with a black leather moto jacket for an edgy-yet-classy sartorial statement.
     
    City Chic Lust After dress in Red, $129, CoEdition.com

  45. Green patterned winter wedding guest dress

    The satin fabric, tied collar and belt elevate this shirtdress enough for a casual winter wedding. Since this emerald green dress does all the talking, stick to pared-back accessories.
     
    Chelsea28 floral long sleeve satin shirtdress in Green Floral, $149, Nordstrom.com

  46. Black floral winter wedding guest dress

    More florals? For a winter wedding? Groundbreaking, indeed.
     
    Reformation Susanna dress, $248, Reformation.com

  47. Teal velvet winter wedding guest dress

    This comfy, stretchy velvet dress is fun without being too formal for a daytime winter wedding. 

    & Other Stories velvet keyhole back midi dress, $89, Stories.com

  48. Black short one-shoulder winter wedding guest dress

    Having trouble deciding what to wear to a daytime winter wedding? Consider a playful look, like this one-shoulder dress. You can show a little more skin at a casual winter wedding! 
     
    H&M one-shoulder dress, $35, H&M.com 

  49. Bright blue plus-size winter wedding guest dress

    A bright, bold dress like this is exactly what to wear to a winter wedding.

    Buxom Couture angel sleeve dress, $93, CoEdition.com

  50. Plaid short-sleeve winter wedding guest dress

    What about seasonal plaid?  Dress this winter wedding guest outfit up with heels and simple gold hoops.
     
    Wednesday's Girl midi wrap dress in Check, $42, ASOS.com

  51. Green lace winter wedding guest dress

    Dress to impress in this lace winter wedding guest outfit. Just don't forget to pair it with warm outerwear!
     
    Astr the Label lace midi dress, $89, Nordstrom.com

  52. Colorblock casual winter wedding guest dress

    For a daytime winter wedding guest outfit, rock this shift dress with a bold color block motif.
     
    BCBG Max Azria colorblock shift dress, $268, BCBG.com

  53. Simple navy winter wedding guest dress

    Leave a sweet impression with this simple, flowy frock. Daytime winter wedding outfit? Check!  
     
    Halogen sleeveless ponte chiffon hem dress, $69, Nordstrom.com 

  54. Red animal print winter wedding guest dress

    Yes, you can rock an animal print to a winter wedding! This plus-size winter wedding guest dress comes in a seasonal shade of red. It also has shimmer stripes!

    London Times Yolanda maxi in Red Black, $120, CoEdition.com

  55. Green winter wedding guest jumpsuit with tie waist

    When a dress won't do for a daytime winter wedding outfit, opt for a fashionable long-sleeve jumpsuit with a tied waistline instead.
     
    Adelyn Rae Charis faux wrap jumpsuit, $125, Nordstrom.com

  56. Green chevron winter wedding guest dress

    Have fun with a pattern, like chevron, for casual winter wedding attire.

    ASOS DESIGN high neck pleated chevron Dobby midi dress with puff sleeve, $80, ASOS.com 

  57. Black cold-shoulder winter wedding guest dress

    Feel pretty and confident in a black sheath dress with cold shoulder cutouts. This dress belongs at a daytime winter wedding. 

    RACHEL Rachel Roy Simone long sleeve twist neck cold shoulder jersey dress in Black, $109, Nordstrom.com 

  58. Black off-the-shoulder winter wedding guest dress

    Not sure what to wear to your next daytime winter wedding? This off-the-shoulder, velvet bodice number is stunning.
     
    Alex Evenings women's plus size short off the shoulder velvet dress in Black/Taffeta, from $159, Amazon.com

  59. Green floral winter wedding guest dress

    Cherry blossoms usually make us think of spring, but against a deep green background, they're a pretty perfect answer to what to wear to a winter wedding.

    Taylor womens bell sleeve cherry blossom sheath dress, $118, Amazon.com

  60. Lace long-sleeve winter wedding guest dress

    A black lace sheath with a choker neckline is a stylish day-to-night look for a daytime wedding that's followed by an evening reception.
     
    Trina Turk women's Central choker neck long sleeve dress, $368, Amazon.com 

  61. Green lace winter wedding guest dress

    You can't go wrong with a short, teal-colored lace dress with a flattering silhouette for a daytime winter wedding guest outfit. Dress it up with patent nude pumps and a clutch to match.
     
    ML Monique Lhuillier
    Ella dress, $30 for a 4-day rental, RenttheRunway.com

  62. Short purple plus-size winter wedding guest dress

    Turn heads in this sparkly striped dress. To tie your winter wedding guest outfit together, pair it with high boots.

    ModCloth Your Time to Shine mini dress, $89, Modcloth.com

  63. Red faux leather winter wedding guest dress

    This short, faux leather, plus-size dress is also perfect for daytime winter weddings. Pair it with black slingback heels.
     
    ELOQUII faux leather tie neck dress, $140, ELOQUII.com

  64. Short green winter wedding guest dress

    Give your LBD the night off and go for something different. Look picture-perfect in this short and sweet ivy green mini for your winter wedding guest dress. Pair it with black pointed pumps and a coordinating bag.
     
    ML Monique Lhuillier ivy green lace dress, from $70 to rent, RenttheRunway.com

  65. Black starry plus-size winter wedding guest dress

    This plus-size winter wedding guest dress will leave everyone starry-eyed.

    Torrid black swiss dot star maxi dress, $89, Torrid.com

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    Updated November 2019

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