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The Best Winter Wedding Guest Dresses That Are Seasonal and Stylish

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Winter wedding guest dresses
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by Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
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  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Oct 16, 2020
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With so many seasonal dresses in stores and online, it can be overwhelming to choose what to wear to a winter wedding. Winter wedding 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 formality of the affair, 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 —we've taken the guesswork out of deciding what to wear to a winter wedding. Here, 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. 

What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Before you start shopping, it's important to know the etiquette 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. 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, don't forget to shop practically. While you might want to wear a slinky mini dress or an off-the-shoulder gown, consider how the 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. Fabric and color are also two important components of your winter wedding guest outfit. Deep jewel tones and rich fabrics like velvet and satin are great choices for weddings in cooler months. And when it comes to length, more fabric may help you stay warm, but don't count out sleeveless outfits altogether. If you love to spend time on the dance floor or chatting it up with other guests, you might be more comfortable in a short-sleeve or sleeveless option. 

To help you find a great winter wedding guest outfit, we've rounded up our favorite styles on the market. Keep reading to find our favorite winter wedding guest dresses, from formal gowns to casual frocks and trendy jumpsuits. 

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Formal Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

Not sure what to wear to a wedding with this particular dress code? Below, find 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. A budget-savvy idea for getting an upscale formal gown is renting one from Rent the Runway. Or, check out affordable retailers like ASOS, Lulus or Nordstrom. Browse the best formal winter wedding guest dresses, and snag yours right on the spot.  

Navy sequin one-shoulder evening gown

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 Constellation gown in Navy, $100 for a 4-day rental,

Maroon long sleeve dress with tiered skirt

Winter wedding guest dresses come in all different colors. This gown's deep sangria shade is seasonally appropriate, as are the long sleeves and tiered skirt, making it a great winter wedding guest outfit. 

City Chic Pretty Tier maxi dress in Sangria, $99, 

Black high neck evening gown with ruffle shoulder

It doesn't get more chic than this. A high neckline adds a glam touch to this fitted maxi dress—and the ruffled one-shoulder detail brings a hint of drama to the winter wedding guest look. 

Lulus Margaux one-shoulder maxi dress in Black, $84, 

Burgundy velvet long sleeve wrap dress

Want a flirty outfit for upcoming winter nuptials? This velvet long-sleeve faux wrap dress should fit the bill.

Bardot Morgan long sleeve velvet faux wrap dress in Burgundy, $119,

Navy short sleeve wrap dress

You'll get tons of mileage out of a classic wrap dress, especially during winter wedding season. Dress it up with drop earrings and metallic heels.

Lulus Evolve wrap maxi dress in Navy, $68, 

Khaki green midi dress with kimono cape sleeves and sequins

Shimmering sequins are stunning for winter weddings held near the holidays. Bonus points: The cape-like sleeves on this one are totally on-trend.

ASOS DESIGN midi dress with cape kimono sleeve in Scatter Sequin Khaki, $119, 

Satin green midi dress with long puff sleeves and high neckline

Make an unforgettable statement in an electric peacock dress, which has a ruched bodice and puff long sleeves. 

A.L.C. Isabella dress in Peacock, $750, 

Golden yellow midi wrap dress with bishop sleeves

This satin size inclusive number gives us major retro vibes thanks to the trendy bishop sleeves. For winter weddings, pair this midi with stunning accessories that are just as glam.

ELOQUII bishop sleeve wrap dress in Caramel, $120, 

Black long sleeve lace midi dress

This sultry black lace number is perfect for formal winter weddings. Just add a pair of black heels, and your winter wedding guest outfit is complete.

Dress the Population Emery long sleeve lace cocktail dress, $228,

Chocolate fitted midi dress with belted waist

This chocolate-colored fitted maxi makes the perfect party dress—and a wonderful choice for your next winter wedding guest dress. 

Vesper Plus square neck belted midaxi dress in Chocolate, $92, 

Burgundy off the shoulder gown

For a conversation starter during cocktail hour, wear this stylish off-the-shoulder maxi. You can totally pull off this stunning look at a modern winter wedding. If the burgundy shade isn't your fave, there are a variety of others to choose from. 

Lulus Aveline off-the-shoulder maxi dress in Burgundy, $94, 

Embroidered colorful long sleeve mesh mini dress

For a vibrant winter wedding guest outfit, rent this embroidered long sleeve mini dress with a bold color palette.

Badgley Mischka embroidered mesh dress, from $75 for a 4-day rental, 

Kimono-inspired black wrap dress with pleated skirt

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 in Black, $64,

Black strapless tux-inspired evening gown

Get in on menswear-inspired trends and opt for a tuxedo dress. For winter weddings, pair it with a faux fur shawl or coat and you'll be set. 

Jay Godfrey Sylvia strapless tux gown in Black, $375, 

Black long sleeve plus size jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are a comfortable, chic option for winter weddings, and this size inclusive design is glam enough for formal affairs. Add a pair of sparkly earrings and sky-high heels to dress it up. 

Apiece Apart Meru jumpsuit in Black, $395, 

Black scalloped evening gown with ruffled skirt

With black lace and a ruffled skirt, this gorgeous maxi gown is perfectly festive for winter weddings.

Adrianna Papell black scallop gown, $80 for a 4-day rental,

Embroidered navy midi dress with fit-and-flare skirt

Navy embroidery and a fun flare skirt make this gown a boho-glam guest outfit for a winter wedding. 

Alex Evenings illusion fit and flare embroidered midi dress in Navy, $190, 

Black and silver sequin long sleeve mini dress

Shine on the dance floor in a shimmery long sleeve cocktail dress—a foolproof pick for a formal winter wedding guest dress. 

City Chic Bright Lights dress in Gunmetal, $109,

Teal off-the-shoulder midi 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 for a 4-day rental,

Black star ruffle mini dress

Go for a bold pattern if you have a fun sense of style. This long sleeve black frock has silver stars and ruffles all over, making it an exceptional winter wedding guest dress. 

Fame and Partners Kye dress in Star Print, $249, 

Green velvet sleeveless jumpsuit

This sleeveless velvet jumpsuit is comfortable and chic. And for guests who love to get down on the dance floor, it's an easy option for showing off your best moves. Another reason to love it? The rich color is stunning for any winter wedding. 

Vince Caputo surplice sleeveless velvet jumpsuit in Hunter, $168, 

Gold long sleeve sequin evening 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 in Gold, $100 for a 4-day rental,

Black embroidered mini dress with sheer cap sleeve neckline

We love the sheer neckline and embroidery on this knee-length winter wedding guest dress. To complete your winter wedding look, pair it with dark heels and gold accessories to complement the metallic details. 

Tadashi Shoji Cardea embroidered tulle dress in Starry Night/Black, $288, 

Black long sleeve floral fit-and-flare dress

You can't go wrong with a dark floral print for a formal winter wedding. This one has sheer cuffed blouson sleeves, an open back and twirl-worthy fit-and-flare skirt. 

Reformation Milena dress in Arcadia, $388, 

Black and white polka dot ruched midi dress with off-the-shoulder neckline

A ruched polka dot midi will turn heads. The off-the-shoulder neckline is on-trend and perfectly suited for a formal winter wedding guest. 

ASOS DESIGN Curve mesh ruched bardot midi dress in Polka Dot, $51, 

Black lace midi dress with long sleeves and high neckline

Dance the night away at an upcoming winter wedding in a mini with a stunning high neck, long puff sleeves and mixed lace pattern.

Bardot Taylah long sleeve lace cocktail dress in Black, $159, 

Rose gold glitter jumpsuit with long sheer organza sleeves

A show stopping look for a formal winter wedding is this shimmering jumpsuit with structured organza sleeves. You'll never want to take this glittery number off. 

ELOQUII organza sleeve sequin jumpsuit in Rose Gold, $170,

Navy midi evening dress with one-shoulder

A bold one-shoulder neckline makes this cocktail dress feel ultra-special for a night out. The deep navy hue is perfectly suited for a winter wedding guest outfit.

Eliza J off-the-shoulder scuba crepe cocktail dress in Navy, $128, 

Pleated black plus size dress with cape sleeve back

You don't have to spend a fortune on a formal winter wedding guest dress. This design includes gorgeous pleats and a wintery cape detail that makes it stand out. 

Buxom Couture pleated cape dress in Black, $75, 

Black portrait-neckline evening gown

Can you say, va-va voom? Pair this sweeping off-the-shoulder trumpet gown with minimal accessories and you've found what to wear to your upcoming winter wedding. 

La Femme off-the-shoulder gown in Red, $358, 

Navy satin gown with flutter sleeves

Satin is always an elegant option—especially if the gown comes in a jewel-tone hue and has flutter sleeves like this one. 

Flounce London exclusive plunge satin maxi tea dress with flutter sleeve in Navy, $103, 

Fuchsia plus size caftan

Having a winter wedding outfit meltdown? We've got you covered. A caftan is an easy choice—not only is it super comfortable, it can easily be dressed up. Pair this fuchsia style with glam accents and heels to make it winter wedding-worthy. 

Baacal midi caftan in Fucshia, $498, 

Black plus size gown with white embroidered neckline

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

Alex Evenings embroidered side ruched gown in Black White, $185,

Green lace mini dress with full skirt and embroidered bodice

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.

ML Monique Lhuillier lace dress in Ivy Green, $85 for a 4-day rental,

Casual Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

Figuring out what to wear to a casual 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 laidback affair.

Navy floral nigh neck maxi dress with tiered skirt

A high neck midi dress is the perfect addition to your winter wedding wardrobe. Pair this romantic number with dark heels and a structured jacket to stay warm. 

Lulus Evalina mock neck midi dress in Navy Blue Floral, $72, 

Emerald green puff sleeve dress with belted tie waist

Jewel tones are perfect for winter weddings. And when paired with rich puff sleeves like this style, your outfit will feel fancy, chic and warm.

ELOQUII puff sleeve dress in Green Lake, $130, 

Blush pink lace sleeveless mini 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 for an edgy touch. 

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

Gray midi dress with ruffle sleeves

Go for a muted look at your next daytime winter wedding. We're so into this ruffled midi, which has a mock neckline and belted waist. 

Anthropologie Madeleine midi dress in Iris Blue, $168, 

Black long sleeve dress with Swiss dots

Swiss dots add subtle texture to any design—and when paired with sheer fabric and ruffles, it creates a look that's simply unforgettable. We love this black midi for a winter wedding. 

Torrid mesh midi dress in Black Dot Diamond, $80, 

Gray plus size wrap dress

Wear an unexpected winter wedding guest outfit by choosing a rare color like this hue. Loose kimono-inspired sleeves give this an effortlessly elegant vibe.

Standards & Practices Candice georgette wrap dress in Smoke Grey, $88, 

Green shirred midi dress with V-neck and 3/4 length sleeves

The sheer puff sleeves on this shirred V-neck number offer a more casual vibe that's ideal for a daytime winter wedding guest dress. 

ASOS DESIGN shirred dobby midi dress in Forest Green, $60, 

Black velvet leopard print mini dress

This short velvet dress can definitely be worn to a daytime winter wedding—pair it with black tights for added warmth. Plus, we can't get enough of the subtle leopard print.

ModCloth Dramatic Depths velvet dress in Black, $119,

A-line black glitter swing mini dress

Want something sassy yet sweet to wear to your next daytime winter wedding? Go for this flared skater dress. It comes in 19 colors, but we love glitter black or burgundy for a wedding wedding guest look. Pair it with tights to winterize the ensemble. 

ROMWE A-line swing flared skater cocktail party dress, from $29, 

Navy lace and chiffon belted mini dress

For daytime winter weddings, you really can't go wrong with a lace mini dress. Chiffon ruffles lend a feminine touch to this sheath that's trimmed at the waist with a velvet band. 

Chelsea28 Velveteen belt lace sheath dress in Navy Sapphire, $149, 

Green wrap sweater dress

Consider wearing an elevated sweater dress for a super casual winter wedding. This one has an adjustable waist sash and surplice bodice. 

Lulus Literary Lover wrap sweater dress in Dark Green, $54, 

Burgundy lace off-the-shoulder midi dress

You'll be red hot—even during the coldest months. Pair this wine-colored winter wedding guest dress with a black leather moto jacket for an edgy-yet-classy sartorial statement. 

City Chic Lace Love dress in Bordeaux, $169, 

Black smocked poplin tiered mini dress

Tiered ruffles elevate this shirtdress enough for a casual winter wedding. Wear it with a pair of high heeled boots if you're feeling bold. 

Topshop smocked poplin dress in Black, $55, 

Black floral long sleeve dress with ruffles on neckline

More florals? For a winter wedding? Groundbreaking, indeed. This long sleeve mini dress has delicate details, like a center front tie and a ruffle edged neckline, that make it a pretty choice for your casual soirée. 

Reformation Remi dress in Vittoria, $218,

Blue printed midi dress with belted waist

This comfy velvet dress is fun without being too formal for a daytime winter wedding. Style it with black booties for an easy winter wedding guest outfit. 

& Other Stories belted midi dress in Blue Print, $129, 

Black back laced dress with open back and puff sleeves

Having trouble deciding what to wear to a daytime winter wedding? Consider a playful look, like this mini dress that has a lace-up back. Bold statement sleeves elevate the minimal design and make it formal enough for a wedding. 

H&M back-laced dress in Black, $30, 

Black and gold leaf-printed midi dress

A bright, bold dress like this is exactly what to wear to a winter wedding. The gold leaf print is great for a guest who isn't totally sold on a traditional print like floral or polka dots. 

London Times Rhea fit-and-flare dress in Black Gold, $100,

Plaid mini dress with long puff sleeves and high neck

Don't forget about seasonal plaid. Dress this winter wedding guest outfit up with heels and simple gold hoops. 

ASOS DESIGN high neck tuck sleeve mini dress in Check, $72,

Long sleeve leopard bodycon dress

Dress to impress in this lace winter wedding guest outfit. A long sleeve bodycon dress is always a reliable option—and if you're willing to break the mold, go for a memorable print like leopard. Just don't forget to pair it with warm outerwear!

Leith brushed long sleeve mini dress in Beige Layered Leopard, $49, 

Dark plum jersey long sleeve jumpsuit

Even a comfortable jersey material can be winter wedding outfit-appropriate. Pair this moody jumpsuit with strappy heels and gold accessories for a casual party.  

ASOS DESIGN jersey x front wrap long sleeve jumpsuit in Dark Plum, $51, 

Black long sleeve dress with pearl cuffs

The LBD, upgraded. It's all about the details with this winter wedding guest dress, which has chic pearl cuffs on the long sleeves.

ELOQUII pearl cuff dress in Black, $110, 

Purple jumpsuit with side cutouts

When a dress won't do for a daytime winter wedding outfit, opt for a fashionable jumpsuit instead. This pretty purple option has side cutouts and airy flutter sleeves. 

Lulus Toast to You flutter sleeve cutout jumpsuit in Dusty Purple, $85, 

Long sleeve ribbed mini dress

If warmth is an important component of your winter wedding guest attire, consider this affordable long sleeve ribbed jersey mini. The bustier-style bodice adds a sultry vibe to the simple style. 

ASOS DESIGN Curve off shoulder rib panelled long sleeve midi dress in Caramel, $45, 

A-line chiffon printed mini dress with high neckline

Feel pretty and confident in a high-neck chiffon dress at your next winter wedding. We recommend pairing this with a dark jacket, tights and booties to complete the look.

H&M A-line chiffon dress in Dark Gray/Patterned, $50, 

Black blazer-inspired dress

Want a winter wedding outfit that no other guest will have? Select an unexpected option like this structured blazer dress. With a belted waist and lapel details, your sophisticated style will stand out for good reason. 

Zara belted blazer dress in Black, $90, 

Animal printed relaxed midi dress

This subtle animal print looks as chic as can be against a dark green background. If you're not sure what to wear to a winter wedding, this look could be it. 

& Other Stories relaxed belted midi wrap dress in Animal Print, $149, 

Maroon lace plus-size swing dress

A burgundy lace skater dress is a stylish day-to-night look for a daytime winter wedding that's followed by an evening reception. 

Torrid brushed floral lace skater dress in Winetasting, $76, 

Green lace 3/4 length sleeve mini 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,

Green velvet t-shirt dress

Keep things simple in this minimal green velvet mini dress. To tie your winter wedding guest outfit together, wear it with black tights, heels and a few jewelry pieces to elevate the look. 

ModCloth It's a Swing Thing mini dress in Green, $59, 

Lace long sleeve black jumpsuit

This jumpsuit is a great choice for nuptials that err on the side of casual. With a lace bodice and long sleeves, this chic look also has pockets—a major win in our book. 

ELOQUII lace wide leg jumpsuit in Black, $150, 

Light pink wrap plus size dress

This romantic winter wedding guest dress will leave everyone starry-eyed. The dusty rose hue is a great winter-appropriate alternative if you're not into moody hues traditionally associated with the season. 

ASOS DESIGN Curve kimono sleeve pleated wrap midi dress with tie waist in rose, $60, 

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