Are you finding it tricky to figure out what to wear to a winter wedding?

No wonder! Not only do you have to look chic and stylish, but you also have to think about staying warm. Here are some of the best winter wedding guest dresses and Christmas wedding outfits to give you some inspiration.

Winter weddings can actually give you some stunning options. You could opt for richer hues than you would do for a summer wedding, and you can add luxe detailing such as velvet and fur.

You will want to consider how formal the event is (your host should provide you with a dress code on your invite), as well as your own budget and personal style.

Talking about budget, however, I would say it’s always worth splashing out a bit more on a wedding guest outfit, particularly as you’re likely to be able to wear a winter wedding outfit again for other events, such as black-tie dinners and festive parties.

What to wear to a winter wedding?

Here are a few quick tips when thinking about what to wear to a winter wedding:

  1. Wear rich hues. While pale pastels may be great for spring and summer, they could look out of place for winter. Think about rich jewel tones such as sapphire, emerald and garnet. I’d avoid black, unless you also have another color in your palette or you have a different hue close to your face as it can wash you out as well as looking funereal.
  2. Wear sumptuous fabrics such as velvet, brocades, satin, lace and fur. Texture looks fabulous in winter.
  3. Wear sleeves. Not only will sleeves cover your upper arms if you aren’t keen on this part of your body, but they will also stop you from getting goosebumps in colder weather.
  4. Add a wrap. Just as a scarf is great for tying together casual outfits, a more formal wrap can keep you warm and bring the colors of your outfit together.

Now, all you need to do is add some heels, and perhaps take a dressy coat with you to keep warm. Here are some of the best wedding guest outfits, whether the occasion is formal, cocktail or casual…

Formal winter wedding guest dresses

If your invite says formal dress, then here are some stunning options for you. You can go full length and play around with deep hues. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with navy and silver as a combination.

How to wear a wrap at a wedding - What to wear to a winter wedding |

Vince Camuto mermaid gown – Nordstrom Metallic Silver wrap – Jaylee silver sandals – Nordstrom silver handbag – Kate Spade drop earrings

If you are the mother of the bride or groom, you’re likely to want a more formal option. There are some great ideas here on how to dress if you are the mother of the bride or groom.

Dresses to wear to a winter wedding |

Alex Evenings draped gown with boleroBadgley Mischka crystal sandalBaubleBar drop earringsNordstrom navy clutch

Cocktail dresses

If the invite calls for cocktail attire, then you can opt for a dress length which falls to the knee, or just below the knee. A versatile option which will also stand you in good stead for any festive party invites.

Cocktail dress for weddings - What to wear to a winter wedding |

Maggy London midi dressTed baker evening bagJ. Renee nude sandalsMarchesa gold necklace

If you look for an option with a bolero jacket, you can cover your arms, and keep yourself warm and stylish. You could then team the bolero jacket with wide-legged pants to get more wear out of it.

What to wear to a winter wedding |

Alex Evenings midi dress and jacket
Anna Beck drop earrings
Something Blue blue sandals
Nina navy clutch bag

Casual winter weddings

Floral dresses - What to wear to a winter wedding |

Eliza J faux fur crop jacketVince Camuto floral dressJack Rogers block heel sandalBaublebar tassel earrings

If the event you’re attending is a more casual affair, then you could consider wearing a dress with a more relaxed feel, florals, or a pattern, or perhaps wearing a jumpsuit or pants instead.

Chic outfits - What to wear to a winter wedding |

Harlyn lace jumpsuitNordstrom burgundy wristletChinese Laundry black sandalsKarin Sultan cuff braceletSorreli drop earrings

You can also go for more trend-led elements and accessories as you will likely not be spending as much on your outfit.

For more inspiration, you may want to check out what stylish 40+ women wore as wedding guests. You may also love our article on how to dress as the mother of the bride.

Would you know what to wear to a winter wedding? Which is your favorite outfit?

Author bio: Liz Hands is a fashion journalist and stylist who has styled fashion shoots for newspapers, magazines and high-end clients including 5* hotels and BMW. She’s now happiest either blogging about style, or donning her favorite Barbour jacket and Brogini boots.



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