The Best Winter Wedding Guest Dresses for 2021 & 2022

Not sure what to wear to a winter wedding? These weather-appropriate picks are seasonal and stylish.
Winter wedding guest dresses
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
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 Nov 11, 2021
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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. As the temperature cools down, it's important to look for an outfit that's both stylish and weather-appropriate. Given the time of year, 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. 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 mingling 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.

Lulus Maxi Dress

Emerald green formal V-neck maxi dress with slit

If you're searching for a winter wedding guest dress that can be repurposed in your closet, look no further. This versatile maxi boasts a plunging neckline that meets a flattering banded waistline, which cascades into a loose A-line skirt with a sultry slit. We love this deep green hue for a winter wedding, but it comes in 13 other wedding-worthy shades too. Trust us, you'll want to snag this stunner before it sells out.

Reformation Symphony Velvet Dress

Black velvet maxi winter wedding guest dress

Velvet is a no-fail fabric for winter weddings. This chic formal winter wedding guest dress has an intricate floral pattern and a statement-making open back.

ASOS DESIGN Curve Feather Midi Dress

Red winter wedding guest dress with feathered cape

Go bold in this oxblood midi dress, which has an unforgettable beaded cape with feathers hanging from the hem. This Insta-worthy wedding guest dress will have everyone asking for your shopping recommendations.

Badgely Mischka High Neck Gown

Black high neck column winter wedding guest dress

When you're not sure what to wear to a winter wedding, a slinky long dress will never let you down. This sleek column design has a regal high neck that cascades into a slim-fitting bodice, making it a lovely choice for any formal or black-tie weddings on your calendar.

Guberry Long Sleeve Velvet Bodycon Party Dress

Maroon velvet long sleeve winter wedding guest dress

Don't worry if you've procrastinated on deciding what to wear to a winter wedding. (We've all been there!) This super-flattering velvet bodycon dress comes in seven winter-worthy colors, and it has thousands of rave reviews—and if you're an Amazon Prime member, it'll be on your doorstep in two days.

Dress the Population Faye Cutout Dress

Red winter wedding guest dress with cutout sleeves

Heading to a holiday wedding? This vibrant red dress is a festive choice. Cutout shoulders add an eye-popping touch this midi, which has a fun ruffled hemline.

Banana Republic Cowl-Neck Satin Slip Dress

Blue silk cowl neck winter wedding guest dress

A slip dress is always a great choice for a semi-formal or formal wedding. Pair this chic number with a faux fur wrap to transform it into a stunning winter wedding guest outfit.

Ronny Kobo Lilly One-Sleeve Dress

Fuchsia winter wedding guest dress with one long sleeve

Meet your new favorite party dress. ICYMI, fuchsia is all the rage this winter season—and in a sea of black and maroon winter wedding guest dresses, this hot pink one-sleeve number will stand out for all the right reasons. We particularly love the unique slouched high neckline, which is complemented by an asymmetric hemline.

Lulus Cutout Maxi Dress

Emerald green cutout maxi winter wedding guest dress

A winter wedding doesn't mean you have to completely cover up. We love the subtle side cutouts on this size-inclusive maxi dress, making it one of our favorite winter wedding guest dresses this season.

Abercrombie Twist-Front Cutout Jumpsuit

Red twist-front jumpsuit

This fiery jumpsuit is part of our exclusive wedding guest outfit collection with Abercrombie—so you know it's a fool-proof choice for a winter wedding. Pair it with heels and a classic leather jacket to look effortlessly cool.

Sachin & Babi Lily Dress

Black off-the-shoulder evening winter wedding guest dress

Even with colder temperatures, you can still rock an off-the-shoulder dress to a winter wedding. We're partial to this moody design, which has an asymmetric hem and ruching at the hip.

City Chic Tuxe Long Sleeve Dress

Black tuxedo-inspired winter wedding guest dress

Business chic, but make it wedding-appropriate. This blazer-inspired winter wedding dress will earn you the "Best Dressed Guest" title. The long sheer sleeves pair perfectly with silver buttons and silk lapel details.

ASOS DESIGN Petite Pleated Mini Dress

Voluminous blue long sleeve winter wedding guest mini dress

This textured blue frock is what winter wedding guest dreams are made of. With full sleeves and a voluminous mini skirt, we have a feeling you'll never want to take this pretty V-neck dress off.

Reformation Nikita Dress

Black and floral print winter wedding guest dress

Florals for winter? We're all about it. This whimsical floral-print dress is begging to be worn to a formal January wedding. Pait it with a cozy wrap to stay warm throughout the festivities.

ELOQUII Sequin Top and Wide Leg Trouser Set

Sequin gold shirt and trouser set

Fact: Every closet needs a power set. This top-and-trouser combo makes for an unforgettable winter wedding guest outfit, especially if dresses aren't your thing. Start by shopping the sparkly bell sleeve top, and don't forget to buy the matching pants too.

Michael Costello Jake Gown

Neutral strapless winter wedding guest maxi dress

We have a feeling this neutral winter wedding outfit will become your instant favorite. We can't get enough of the strapless plunging neckline, while its high-low skirt shows off the right amount of leg.

MISA Los Angeles Rashida Maxi Dress

Off-the-shoulder blue and green floral print winter wedding guest dress

This romantic chiffon dress is perfect for dancing the night away. A flattering smocked bodice leads into a loose skirt, but our favorite detail has to be the tiered ruffle sleeves.

Maeve Fringed Sequined Midi Skirt

Silver sequin midi skirt

You'll be fully dressed to impress in a sparkly fringe skirt like this. Perfect for those who love to spend all night on the dance floor, this glittery design is perfect for weddings, holiday parties and everything in between. We recommend pairing it with a simple black top or bodysuit.

Lulus Long Sleeve Tulip Mini Dress

Gold long sleeve mini dress

Shopping for a New Year's Eve winter wedding guest dress? This sparkly mini certainly fits the bill. You'll be appropriately dressed to ring in the new year in this gold sequin design, which has long sleeves and a fun layered skirt.

Chi Chi London Paulina Lace Cocktail Dress

Red lace midi cocktail dress

Those shopping for a cocktail winter wedding guest dress may fall for this elegant lace midi. This scarlet sheath is styled with ladder-stitched insets at the mock neck, raglan seams and a zigzag hem. Pair it with black tights and black booties or heels to make this cold-weather appropriate.

ASOS DESIGN Satin High Drape Neck Maxi Dress

Long sleeve satin maxi winter wedding guest dress

Complete your wedding season capsule wardrobe with this stunning navy winter wedding guest dress. With long sleeves and an ankle-length skirt (perfect for showing off your shoes!), you'll look cute and stay warm for any winter wedding.

Norma Kamali V-Neck Rectangle Gown

Teal velvet fit-and-flare winter wedding guest dress

How about teal for a formal winter wedding guest dress? This bright blue velvet fit-and-flare boasts cap sleeves and a waist-cinching effect, making it a great choice for black tie nuptials.

Jonathan Simkhai Satin Puff Sleeve Midi Dress

Rust stain long sleeve winter wedding guest dress

Rust may often be associated with fall sleeves, but we're here to make the argument that it works for winter weddings too. Consider splurging on this elegant satin midi, which features a flattering draped detail at the waist and tailored pleating along the neckline and shoulders.

Elle Zeitoune Turner Ruched Dress

Black midi dress with v-neck and elongated cuff sleeves

The LBD, upgraded. This long sleeve black dress is a total knockout thanks to the plunging neckline and of-the-moment elongated cuff sleeves. Pair it with a sparkly clutch or glitter heels for the ultimate glam winter wedding guest outfit.

Lulus Asymmetrical Midi Dress

Maroon one-shoulder midi dress with cutout

You'll receive plenty of compliments in this wine-colored midi dress. The one-shoulder neckline is accented with a simple cutout, making this winter wedding dress equal parts formal and flirty. If you're using this as a December wedding guest dress, cover up with a warm neutral coat to keep warm.

Standards & Practices Georgette Wrap Dress

Slate gray mini wrap dress

You'll feel like a million bucks in this size-inclusive wrap dress. We recommend opting for the off-gray slate color as an alternative to a traditional black, maroon or green hue.

H&M Long Chiffon Dress

Black floral print chiffon maxi dress

Winter wedding attire is all about small details that make it seasonally appropriate, and this chiffon maxi is proof. We're obsessed with the ruffled high neck and moody floral print.

Hello Molly Party It Up Dress

Emerald green one-sleeve mini dress

The name of this green winter wedding guest dress is particularly apropos because you'll definitely want to party it up in this look. You'll love dancing in this form-fitting one-sleeve formal mini.

ELOQUII Sheer Sequin Column Maxi

Black sheer column maxi dress

Consider this one of our favorite winter wedding guest dresses of all time. Sequin embellishments cover the entire gown, ensuring you'll shine from all angles. What more could you want in a formal outfit?

ASOS LUXE Jacquard Mini Dress

Printed long sleeve jacquard mini dress with puff sleeves

This trendy winter wedding guest dress isn't for the faint of heart. Show off your impeccable sense of style in this printed mini dress. The statement puffed sleeves and full bubble skirt will prove that you're always one step ahead of the trends.

Casual Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

Figuring out what to wear to a semi-formal or casual winter wedding can be tricky, especially because traditionally casual fabrics like cotton and linen are too cool for the season. (But we've got plenty of those in our summer wedding guest dress roundup!) Have no fear—with our extensive list of casual winter wedding guest dresses, you'll find the perfect winter wedding outfit for your laidback affair.

Lulus Backless Midi Dress

Black long sleeve backless knit dress

Show some skin in this backless long sleeve stretchy knit dress. We recommend adding a belt to accentuate your waistline.

Closet London Plus Tie Waist Velvet Mini Dress

Emerald green velvet mini dress

Christmas, but make it chic. If you're shopping for a casual dress for a December winter wedding around the holidays, this one is a gift that'll keep on giving. We're simply obsessed with the luxe velvet fabric and rich emerald green hue.

Reformation Sigmund Dress

Black long sleeve maxi dress with square neckline

If you're looking for an investment piece, you just found it. This timeless long-sleeve wedding guest dress is available in five colors, and you'll be able to wear it long beyond winter—this could also work for fall or spring weddings too.

Free People Beautiful Blooms Mini Dress

Black cap sleeve mini dress with red floral print

Mark our words: You'll regret not purchasing this cute winter wedding guest dress. With a babydoll silhouette and puffed cap sleeves, it's a beautiful choice for chilly soirées. Wear this mini with black tights to ensure your legs don't get cold.

VICI Collection Polka Dot Ruched Mini Dress

Black and white polka dot winter wedding guest dress

We're smitten with this playful polka dot print. If you're looking for affordable dresses to wear to a winter wedding, this is a budget-friendly pick.

Hello Molly Vision of You Midi Dress

Red long sleeve sweater dress

If you need outdoor winter wedding guest attire ideas, you can't go wrong with a cozy sweater dress. This warm-toned midi has a flattering V-neckline and sleeves that gather at the cuff, and the thick knit material will definitely keep you cozy.

ELOQUII Cutout Turtleneck Sweater Dress

Black long sleeve turtleneck sweater dress

Who said turtleneck dresses weren't trendy? This design has a chic cutout at the top to balance out the high neckline. Formalize this winter wedding guest dress with a pair of sky-high heels to finish off the look.

J.Crew Smocked Puff-Sleeve Dress

Blue plaid long sleeve winter wedding guest dress

It's no secret that plaid fashion is synonymous with the holiday season. We love this polished blue midi, which has a full skirt and a square neckline.

ASOS DESIGN Embroidered Square Neck Mini Dress

Black lace long sleeve mini dress

Subtle lace and ruffled details enhance this trendy square-neck midi dress, which has a unique criss-cross back.

Who What Wear Collection Vanessa Midi Dress

Black floral print midi dress

This black midi dress is a great example of winter wedding guest attire: with three-quarter-length sleeves and a simple print, you'll want to keep wearing this piece for all of the weddings on your radar.

Hello Molly Don't Take It Personal Beige Dress

Neutral and black polka dot long sleeve mini dress

We're all about fun prints for a winter wedding attire. This black and neutral mini has bold flared sleeves and a tiered ruffle skirt that's fit for twirling.

Alice & Olivia Vernita Lace Mini Dress

Black lace mini dress with bows and puff sleeves

With a mock neck, puff sleeves and lace detail, this mini dress is flirty and bold—in other words, a must for the wedding you're about to attend.

WAYF Elan Lace Metallic Puff Sleeve Mini Dress

Ice blue long sleeve mini dress with allover sequins

This icy blue mini is particularly pretty as a January wedding guest dress. Structured puff sleeves and glittery metallic sparkles elevate this number.

ASOS DESIGN High Neck Twist Front Midi Dress

Emerald green long sleeve midi dress

There's no denying this winter wedding outfit is the epitome of elegance. A cool twist-front detail serves as the perfect complement to the high-neckline and structured shoulder detail.

H&M Flounce-Trimmed Dress

Black long sleeve maxi dress with ruffled neckline

Embody all the cottagecore vibes with this maxi winter wedding dress that's full of movement. The small floral print adds a romantic touch to the black palette.

Textured black long sleeve mini dress

Black winter wedding guest dresses don't have to be boring. This option has a barely-there textured pattern and padded shoulders to enhance your wedding look.

Who What Wear Collection Bari Ribbed Midi Dress

Rust colored ribbed long sleeve midi dress

A warm-toned ribbed midi dress will carry you from Sunday brunch to a work holiday party and, yes, even a winter wedding. This pick is a closet must-have.

J.Crew Satin Tie-Neck Dress

Red long sleeve midi dress with tie neck

You'll look as chic as can be in this ruby red satin winter wedding guest dress. The tie neckline effortlessly elevates this otherwise casual gown.

ELOQUII Off-The-Shoulder Maxi Flare Sweater Dress

Camel off-the-shoulder midi sweater dress

Perfect as a February winter wedding guest dress, this cozy camel knit will keep you as warm as can be whether you're celebrating indoors or outdoors. Pair it with chic knee-high heeled boots to formalize the look.

MISHA Josette Dress

Shimmery brown midi dress

This shimmery golden slip dress is a gorgeous choice for a wedding. Pair it with a black leather or blazer jacket to style it for the season.

Express Satin Cross Back One Shoulder Slip Dress

Navy satin one-shoulder midi dress

A sleek navy slip dress will never go out of style. To get the most for your purchase, consider a winter wedding guest dress like this, which you'll be able to repurpose plenty of times.

Petal & Pup Triumph Dress

Olive green and pink floral long sleeve maxi dress

Both functional and romantic, this maxi dress is an easy wedding guest piece—just dress it up with a pair of heels, your favorite jewelry and a camel coat.

Charles Henry Sequin Shift Dress

Maroon sequin shift dress

Fans of glitter will adore this sparkly sequin shift dress, which has simple sleeves and an easy-to-wear silhouette.

Coldesina Jenny Sleeve Dress

Long sleeve midi cape dress

We're big believers in the power of a statement sleeve, and this size-inclusive winter wedding guest dress is no exception. And, as a bonus, there are multiple ways to style this deep red gown, making it easy to create a totally custom outfit that makes you feel your best.

French Connection Simona Long Sleeve Rib Sweater Dress

Neutral ribbed midi sweater dress

Two-toned rib details illustrate your hourglass shape in this curve-skimming dress, which will wow from every angle.

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