45 Winter Wedding Guest Dresses That Are Stylish and Seasonally Appropriate

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Updated Dec 13, 2023
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'Tis the season for winter wedding guest dresses! With so many seasonal dresses in stores and online, it can be overwhelming to choose what to wear to a wedding—especially for winter. As temps cool down, it's important to look for an outfit that's both stylish and weather-appropriate. Given the time of year, guest attire often includes dark hues, rich fabrics and longer sleeves. But there are other things to consider when choosing a winter wedding guest dress, like the wedding dress code, your budget and your taste.

No matter your personal style or the formality you're given, we've taken all the guesswork out of deciding what to wear to a winter wedding. Below, we've rounded up the best winter wedding guest dresses on the market, as well as our top tips for narrowing down your outfit search.

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What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Before you add to cart, it's essential to know the vibes behind what to wear to a winter wedding. Winter wedding outfits should be fit for the occasion—the weather and the dress code of the event should both help dictate what you wear. For example, an upscale evening winter wedding will require a formal outfit, while a casual look is acceptable for a less formal daytime event.

When browsing winter wedding guest dresses, remember to shop practically. While we love a mini dress moment for a summer wedding, consider how the cooler weather might affect your fashion choices. A cozy wrap or shawl can easily winterize a look while keeping you warm, so consider investing in a coverup for all of your winter events.

Who can forget about fabric and color when picking their winter wedding guest outfit? Deep jewel tones and rich fabrics, like velvet and satin, are fab choices for winter weddings. And when it comes to length, more fabric, like a long-sleeve wedding guest dress, may help you stay warm but don't count out sleeveless outfits altogether. If you love to spend time on the dance floor or mingling with other guests, you might be more comfortable in a short-sleeve or sleeveless silhouette.

To help you find a great winter wedding guest outfit, we've rounded up the trendiest styles on the market from brands like Lulus, Reformation, Anthropologie, Nordstrom and Petal & Pup. Keep reading to find our favorite winter wedding guest dresses, from formal maxi gowns to casual short frocks.

Black-Tie Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

When it comes to dressing in black-tie wedding attire, the key is to strike the perfect balance between glamour and cool weather appropriate with luxe fabrics like velvets and satins. Winter may be cold, but your fashion game will be hotter than ever with these picks below.

Lulus I'm Enchanted Navy Blue Velvet Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress

Lulus velvet navy off-the-shoulder winter wedding guest dress
Photo: Lulus

Get ready to turn heads in this off-the-shoulder velvet maxi from Lulus. With its deep navy hue and front slit, it's a gorgeously elegant option for a black-tie wedding.

BHLDN Ruby Twist Halter Satin Gown in Midnight

Satin halter neck winter wedding guest dress from BHLDN
Photo: Anthropologie Weddings

The BHLDN Ruby Twist Halter Satin Gown is a stunning dress that gives off winter wedding vibes. Its sleek satin charmeuse material and captivating satin maxi dress silhouette are available in standard and plus sizes and are sure to catch everyone's attention, while the twist halter neckline adds an edgy touch to the dress. Plus, the low-back design makes it strapless bra-friendly, too.

Petal and Pup Shania Pleated Maxi Dress in Bronze

Bronze pleated winter wedding guest maxi dress from Petal and Pup
Photo: Petal and Pup

Can't you just imagine wearing this Petal and Pup Shania Pleated Maxi Dress to a black-tie New Year's Eve wedding? This dress is a surefire standout thanks to its radiant metallic bronze material and an abstract floral pattern Not only will its v-neckline and cut-outs flatter your figure, but the fine pleats add flowy movement as you strut your stuff on the dance floor. Plus, let's not forget the functional pockets, because who doesn't love a dress that also helps you keep your essentials close at hand?

Lulus Marvelous Moi Navy Blue Burnout Velvet One-Shoulder Maxi Dress in Navy Blue

Navy velvet maxi wedding guest dress with leg slit from Lulus
Photo: Lulus

'Tis the season for velvet wedding guest dresses, and this one from Lulus absolutely dazzles with its unique burnout floral velvet design—it's like wearing a piece of art. The one-shoulder neckline adds stylish asymmetry, while the fitted bodice gives your figure an alluring outline. And let's not forget the sultry thigh-high slit for a daring touch to the elegant column maxi skirt. Just add a chic shawl or jacket, and you're ready to go.

Norma Kamali Off the Shoulder Fishtail Gown in Black

Black off-shoulder fishtail winter wedding gown from Norma Kamali
Photo: Revolve

Need a classic black dress for a winter wedding? Say no more. The Norma Kamali Off-the-Shoulder Fishtail Gown is the go-to choice for any winter wedding guest. Made from a comforting blend of 95% poly and 5% spandex, its jersey fabric not only provides warmth but also exudes a classy touch. An elasticized off-the-shoulder neckline gives it an elegant and contemporary edge, beautifully balancing the drama of the fishtail silhouette.

BHLDN Leila Deep-V Flutter-Sleeve Satin A-Line Gown in Dusty Blue

Dusty blue flutter sleeve winter wedding guest dress from BHLDN
Photo: Anthropologie

Just because it's a winter wedding doesn't mean you have to wear muted colors. This icy blue dress is the perfect choice, for example, bringing together timeless charm and the effortless grace of fluttery sleeves. With a silky satin finish, this gown drapes beautifully, hugging your curves in all the right places. The A-line silhouette adds a touch of ethereal romance, allowing you to twirl and dance the night away with ease. Combined with the short flutter sleeves, this gown strikes the perfect balance between femininity and sophistication. Think Grace Kelly with a modern twist.

Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Crepe Tuxedo Jumpsuit with Pearl Trim in Black

Crepe tuxedo winter wedding guest jumpsuit from Adrianna Papell
Photo: Adrianna Papell

Yes, you can wear a jumpsuit to a winter wedding. Case in point, this stunner from Adrianna Papell. With its sleeveless bodice and wide legs, it exudes sophistication while allowing you to move freely on the dance floor. The gorgeous pearl trim adds an extra dash of glamour, making you the center of attention. It's also crafted from a solid crepe knit fabric; it not only provides a cozy feel but also keeps you warm. (Bonus: Save $25 off your order with the code THEKNOT25.)

Azazie Luxedo Arlington Dark Emerald One-Shoulder Maxi Dress in Emerald

Emerald one-shoulder maxi dress from Azazie
Photo: Azazie

This Azazie dress is next level glamour. First things first, can we talk about that gorgeous dark emerald color? It's rich, elegant, and oh-so-perfect for a winter affair.

But it's not just the color that sets this dress apart. The one-shoulder design adds a touch of sultry sophistication, revealing just the right amount of skin to leave a lasting impression. The maxi length adds an extra dose of glamour, allowing you to make a grand entrance and feel like a true goddess.

Xscape Off the Shoulder Long Sleeve Gown in Maroon

Maroon off shoulder maxi wedding guest winter dress from Xscape
Photo: Nordstrom

If you're on the hunt for warm wedding guest dresses, look no further than the Xscape Off the Shoulder Long Sleeve Gown. This stunning velvet gown is a fantastic option thanks to its elegant off-the-shoulder design and long sleeves, ensuring you stay both stylish and warm during the chilly season. The figure-flattering silhouette will have you feeling your absolute best all day (and night) long. Plus, it's available in a gorgeous maroon color, perfect for a December or January wedding.

Formal Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

We've handpicked the best formal winter wedding guest dresses for elegant affairs, which range in style, silhouette, length and color. For formal wedding attire, all you have to do is choose a winter wedding outfit that feels elevated, comfortable and most like you—so let's get started.

Petal and Pup Josephine Long Sleeve Pleated Maxi Dress in Black

Black long sleeve pleated winter wedding guest dress from Petal & Pup
Photo: Petal and Pup

This pleated black frock is what winter wedding guest dreams are made of. With a chic round neckline and a pleated satin skirt accented with a tie-close belt, we have a feeling you'll never want to take it off. Also, the classic black hue means that you can wear this dress again and again.

Lulus Feeling Sweet Purple Floral Print Long Sleeve Wrap Maxi Dress in Purple Floral Print

Floral wrap winter wedding guest dress from Lulus
Photo: Lulus

Even more florals for winter? Now that's groundbreaking. This floral guest dress is begging to be worn to a formal December, January or February wedding. Pair your winter wedding ensemble with dangly earrings, heeled sandals and a dazzling clutch.

Adrianna Papell Scoop Back Sequin Gown in Lead

Sequin floor-length winter wedding guest dress from Adrianna Papell
Photo: Adrianna Papell

In need of a holiday wedding guest dress? This festive, sparkly floor-length gown is a total showstopper. From the all-over handsewn beading to the classy short sleeves, there are too many elegant features to count. Style your winter wedding guest outfit with neutral-colored accessories to complement the glittering embellishments. Psst: Don't forget to take $25 off your order with the code THEKNOT25.

Reformation Jeany Silk Dress in Raisin

Purple silk maxi winter wedding guest dress from Reformation
Photo: Reformation

Feel formal and chic with this silk wedding guest dress for winter weddings, which features a jewel-toned purple fabric and a halter neckline. Trust us: This Insta-worthy wedding guest dress will have everyone asking for your shopping recommendations.

Kiyonna Screen Siren Lace Evening Gown in Nocturnal Navy

Navy plus-size winter wedding guest dress from Kiyonna
Photo: Kiyonna

This plus-size winter wedding guest dress, covered in romantic navy lace, is a timeless choice for formal affairs. It features a fit-and-flare silhouette with a scalloped V-neckline, three-quarter sleeves, and a full skirt. As another plus, it's made with all-over stretch fabric that will make dancing a breeze.

Sachin & Babi Jessica Gown in Deep Cobalt

Cobalt strapless winter wedding guest from Sachin & Babi
Photo: Sachin & Babi

Even with colder temperatures, you could still rock a sleeveless dress for winter wedding guest attire (just make sure to have a cozy shawl on hand). We're partial to this gorgeous cobalt gown from Sachin & Babi, which has a classic V-neckline and a tasteful empire waistline for formal functions.

ML Monique Lhuillier Sleeveless Crepe Gown

Pink sleeveless crepe gown from ML Monique Lhuillier
Photo: Rent the Runway

Meet your new favorite party dress. ICYMI, Barbiecore is all the rage this year—and in a sea of black and burgundy winter wedding guest dresses, this hot pink frock will stand out for all the right reasons. We particularly love the unique V-neckline, subtle stomach cutouts and floor-skimming maxi skirt.

Lulus True Love Lasts Long Sleeve Backless Maxi Dress in Black

Black long sleeve Lulus winter wedding guest dress
Photo: Lulus

Available in sizes XS to 3X, this black maxi dress for winter weddings is a simple-yet-sophisticated option. With graceful long sleeves, a notched scoop neckline, and a figure-hugging maxi skirt, all you need are statement accessories to spruce up your outfit for formal or black-tie optional attire.

Showpo Dangerous Woman Maxi Dress with Plunge Thigh Split Dress in Black

Black maxi winter wedding guest dress from Showpo
Photo: Showpo

You'll float all night long in this ethereal wedding guest dress for winter weddings, thanks to the airy skirt and long sheer waterfall sleeves with ruffles. It comes in sizes ranging from 0 to 16, as well as four different color options. Get ready to stun from every angle.

Cocktail Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

Below, browse the best winter cocktail dresses for weddings and snag your favorite right on the spot. From frocks with glittering embellishments to bold statement details, these cocktail-approved pieces will be a hit at your upcoming wintry soirée.

Hutch Bow-Tie Maxi Dress

Bow detail black winter wedding guest dress from Hutch
Photo: Anthropologie

This might be one of the most romantic silhouettes we've ever seen. We can't get enough of the oversized bow detail on the bodice, and the tiered maxi skirt is downright whimsical. Another plus is that it has functional pockets that are seamlessly integrated into the silhouette. What's not to love?

Dress the Population Tiffany One-Shoulder Midi Dress in Navy

Dress the Population navy lace winter wedding guest dress
Photo: Nordstrom

Prepare to dazzle in this stunning lace cocktail dress from Dress the Population. Available in three colors, it has a figure-hugging silhouette and a gorgeous bow detail on one shoulder.

Petal and Pup Kiki One-Shoulder Midi Dress in Midnight

Sparkly one-shoulder midnight winter wedding guest dress from Petal and Pup
Photo: Petal and Pup

You'll be dressed to impress in this sparkly dress for winter weddings with a flirty midnight blue dress. Great for those who love to spend all night on the dance floor, the sparkly sequin design is perfect for weddings, holiday parties and everything in between.

Significant Other Demi Backless Long-Sleeve Column Gown in Caramel

Caramel column winter wedding guest dress from Significant Other
Photo: Anthropologie

This tan hue may often be associated with fall, but we're here to argue that it works for winter weddings, too. We have major heart eyes when it comes to this captivating midi gold dress, which has puffed long sleeves, a keyhole front and a sexy-yet-tasteful open back.

Lulus Show Stopper Cream Embroidered Sequin Bodycon Midi Dress in Cream

Embroidered bodycon midi winter wedding guest dress from Lulus
Photo: Lulus

Complete your wedding guest outfit with this lovely floral midi that can be worn no matter the season. With beaded and ruffled shoulder straps, a sweetheart neckline and a sexy bodycon silhouette, you'll look and feel well-dressed for your upcoming event.

Norma Kamali Halter Turtleneck Side Slit Gown

Red turtleneck side slit winter wedding guest dress from Norma Kamali
Photo: Revolve

Against a backdrop of decorated pine trees and glittering garlands, this red winter wedding guest dress will look wonderful for a holiday party. From the figure-hugging soft fabric to the chic halter neckline and sexy side slit, it's one of our go-to styles to ring in the season. Put on some red lipstick to match this gorgeous hue.

City Chic Rare Beauty Dress in Navy

Lace navy winter wedding guest dress from City Chic
Photo: Avenue

This navy winter wedding guest dress is covered in elegant lace for another cocktail-worthy option. The fit-and-flare silhouette features refined lace sleeves, a scalloped V-neckline and an ethereal tulle skirt. Pair it with black or neutral tights and black booties or heels to make it cold-weather appropriate.

ASTR The Label Edita Rhinestone Embellished Long Sleeve Mini Dress in Fuchsia

Fuchsia embellished long sleeve winter wedding guest dress from ASTR The Label
Photo: ASTR The Label

We have two words for this winter cocktail dress: sweet and sultry. It's covered in so many romantic details, including long sleeves with cuffs, a cinched waistline and allover rhinestone embellishments. Throw in gold jewelry, silver or black heels and a matching clutch, and you're all set.

ASOS Design Floral Embroidered Maxi Dress with Tiered Skirt and Embellishment in Black

Embroidered floral tiered maxi winter wedding guest dress
Photo: ASOS

I have a feeling this floral winter wedding dress will become an instant favorite. With voluminous long sleeves, a crew neckline and a keyhole back, the fun details make it an ideal cocktail staple. Better yet, you'll love the feel of the lightweight, flowy chiffon fabric while you're dancing and moving around all night.

Semi-Formal Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

For all of your semi-formal wedding attire needs, we've rounded up a number of beautiful options for you to look through. These elevated picks will have you showing up to your next winter wedding appropriately dressed and certainly not lacking in the style department.

Lulus How Much I Care Dark Green Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress in Dark Green

Green off-shoulder midi dress from Lulus
Photo: Lulus

Keep things classy with this dark green wedding guest dress for semi-formal winter events. Standout details include the sweetheart neckline, fitted high-low ruffle skirt, and off-the-shoulder short sleeves. Don't forget to show off a glittering pair of stilettos to get the party started.

Ivy City Co. Andie Dress in Wine Velvet

Ivy City Co. wine velvet winter wedding guest dress
Photo: Ivy City Co.

You'll feel like a million bucks in this size-inclusive velvet dress for winter wedding guests. It comes in some of our favorite enchanting hues for winter events, including Wine and Emerald. The red shade is especially enchanting if you're attending a December wedding.

Abercrombie & Fitch The A&F Camille Maxi Dress in Black

Black winter wedding guest midi dress from Abercrombie & Fitch
Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch

Keep things classy with this black wedding guest dress for semi-formal winter events. Standout details include the strapless bodice, full midi skirt, and magical mesh overlay. Don't forget to show off a glittering pair of stilettos to get the party started.

Ivy City Co. Athena Dress in Black

Floral embroidered maxi wedding guest dress from Ivy City Co.
Photo: Ivy City Co.

Looking for a number that would make an excellent maternity wedding guest option for winter weddings? We've found the perfect pick for you. This gorgeous maxi features a light and airy silhouette (great for a growing bump) with flutter sleeves, floral embroidery and an adorable sweetheart neckline.

ELOQUII Velvet Midi Dress With Cowl in True Blue

Blue velvet midi winter wedding guest dress from ELOQUII
Photo: ELOQUII

You'll feel elevated and oh-so-fabulous in this velvet midi dress for semi-formal winter weddings. The velvet fabric is warm and cozy, while the tall slit will make dancing a blast. Have your pick from three guest-approved colors, including True Blue, Cress Green and Black Onyx.

City Chic Off-the-Shoulder Floral Lace Midi Dress

Off-shoulder black floral lace midi dress from City Chic
Photo: City Chic

If you're looking for an investment piece, you just found it. This off-the-shoulder plus-size wedding guest dress for winter weddings is a showstopper. Most importantly, you'll be able to wear it long beyond winter, thanks to its bold black shade and stylish midi skirt.

FARM Rio Crazy Mix Velvet Dress in Red and Black

Floral velvet mini winter wedding guest dress from FARM
Photo: Rent the Runway

Winter wedding guest dresses don't have to be boring. This velvet floral option has a velvet-textured pattern, long sleeves and a v-neckline to enhance your wedding look. Best of all, you can rent this piece starting at just $40 for a four-day rental or buy the dress at a discounted rate.

Ivy City Co. Cosette Dress in Green

Green winter wedding guest dress from Ivy City Co.
Photo: Ivy City Co.

The name of this winter wedding guest dress is particularly perfect because you'll definitely want to look whimsical at your next function. Available in sizes XXS to 5X, you'll fall in love with the knit sweater material, balloon sleeves and layers of tulle. Yep, we're obsessed.

Selkie The Puff Dress in Fte Des Fleurs

Floral tulle winter wedding guest dress from Selkie
Photo: Revolve

We're big fans of this playful long-sleeve wedding guest dress for semi-formal winter wedding attire. Aside from the dark and moody print, it boasts voluminous puffed sleeves, a bustier-inspired bodice and an exaggerated skirt that brings all the drama. Oh, and that artistic floral print looks like it came straight out of a painting.

Casual Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

Figuring out what to wear to a casual winter wedding can be tricky, especially because traditionally, casual fabrics like cotton and linen are too cool for the season. Have no fear—with our extensive list of casual winter wedding guest dresses, you'll find your dream winter wedding outfit for the casual dress code.

Petal and Pup Hyatt Dress in Black

Black midi winter wedding guest dress from Petal and Pup
Photo: Petal and Pup

Black wedding guest dresses are a staple for winter weddings. The figure-hugging midi skirt serves as the perfect complement to the one-shoulder neckline on this gorgeous number. It's a sexy and celebratory option for casual affairs.

Lulus Charmed and Classy Black Polka Dot Long Sleeve Midi Dress in Black Polka Dot

Polka dot long sleeve midi winter wedding guest dress from Lulus
Photo: Lulus

You can put together a fabulous winter wedding outfit using this polka-dot dress. The dress is accentuated with long sleeves, a waist-defining silhouette and a square neckline. Dress it up or down with accessories, depending on the vibe of the casual winter wedding.

Banana Republic Aicha Maxi Sweater Dress in Malbec Red

Wine maxi sweater winter wedding guest dress from Banana Republic
Photo: Banana Republic

Perfect as a January or February dress for winter weddings, this sweater maxi dress will keep you warm, whether you're celebrating indoors or outdoors. Pair it with statement earrings and knee-high heeled boots to formalize the frock, which is available in standard and petite sizes.

Lulus Change the Season Emerald Green Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater Dress

Lulus green turtleneck winter wedding guest sweater dress
Photo: Lulus

Be cozy and chic in this green turtleneck sweater dress from Lulus. This stylish pick with ribbed knit fabric and a figure-hugging silhouette is a closet must-have.

Free People Colette Maxi Dress in Wine Combo

Floral maxi winter wedding guest dress from Free People
Photo: Free People

Calling all Boho lovers: This winter wedding guest dress can be dressed up or down, depending on the formality of your event. It's covered in a dark floral print and features a classic A-line skirt and slightly puffed sleeves for movement. Style this fit with heeled boots or booties.

Lane Bryant Ruffled Button-Down Chiffon Dress in Purple Floral

Purple floral chiffon winter wedding guest dress from Lane Bryant
Photo: Lane Bryant

Here's a chic and affordable winter wedding guest dress that's perfect for colder weather. Aside from the purple floral print design, it also has a crew neckline, long sleeves and a flowy skirt. The chiffon material even contains a bit of stretch, which will allow you to hit the dance floor with ease.

Reformation Brisbane Velvet Dress in Lavender Mist

Lavender mini winter wedding guest dress from Reformation
Photo: Reformation

If you're in need of outdoor winter wedding guest attire ideas, you can't go wrong with a comfy velvet dress. This sleek, petite lavender midi dress has a boat neckline and classic fitted silhouette. Another plus? The soft velvet fabric will have you feeling both cozy and sophisticated in the winter.

Cinq à Sept Kourt Pleated Dress in Brown

Pleated brown winter wedding guest dress from Cinq à Sept
Photo: Rent the Runway

Who said turtleneck dresses weren't trendy? The dark floral design can work for fall or winter functions. We have to acknowledge the trendy fitted mesh bodice and the tiered skirt. Dress up your winter wedding outfit with gold accessories, black tights and heeled booties or pumps.

Ivy City Co. Madeline Dress in Holiday Plaid

Plaid winter wedding guest dress from Ivy City Co.
Photo: Ivy City Co.

A festive plaid dress for casual winter wedding attire will carry you from Sunday brunch to a work holiday party and, yes, even a winter wedding. This stylish pick with a smocked bodice and puff sleeves is a closet must-have.

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