23 Petite Wedding Guest Dresses Perfect for Winter Ceremonies and Receptions

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When you're on the shorter side, it can be tough to find a formal dress that fits perfectly. While the issue is usually that the dress is too long—think maxi dresses flowing down to a puddle around your feet—the torso might also fit awkwardly or the sleeves may extend past your wrists. A petite sized dress can usually be the answer to these problems, as they're meant to fit shorter heights more precisely.

While there may not be racks and racks of petite wedding guest dresses to choose from, it's not impossible to find a style that works. More brands than ever have introduced these extended sizes, which means there are options available to you. If you've been invited to a winter wedding, you'll want to find a dress that fits right and works for the colder weather. Looking for dresses made from seasonally appropriate fabrics like velvet, satin, wool, and cotton is a great place to start; in general, avoid lighter options like linen. You don't need to feel locked into any color in particular, but darker hues usually lend themselves nicely to winter events. Deep reds, greens, and blues are all great choices, and if you're heading to a festive celebration, you can't go wrong with metallics.

Our top tip for choosing petite wedding guest dresses? Check the measurements to ensure your gown won't be too long (the right dress shouldn't need to be hemmed) and that the sleeves will hit at the wrist. If you're reading to start shopping, this is the perfect place to start. Ahead, we're sharing some of our favorite petite wedding guest dresses you can buy for winter events.

Best Sequins

By Anthropologie Twist Front Sequin Dress

sequin dress


Size: 00-16P (and more) | Length: Knee length | Care: Hand wash

If you're attending a wedding around Christmas or New Year's Eve, you can't do better than a sequin dress. This one works for the holidays and beyond, and the front slit and twist make it feel more mature.

Best Custom

Fame & Partners The Shay

Fame & Partners The Shay

Fame & Partners

Size: Made to order | Length: Mid length | Care: Dry clean only

The matte satin and emerald green color of this dress work well for winter festivities. With a tulip skirt and pretty draping, this is a versatile option that works beyond the colder months. Fame and Partners creates dresses based on your measurements, so your dress should be the perfect fit. The price point is an added bonus.

Best Winter Maxi

Reformation Petites Nya Velvet Dress

tie sleeve velvet dress


Size: XSP-XLP | Length: Ankle length | Care: Dry clean only

Made of a soft velvet, this maxi dress is a beautiful option for a winter wedding. A cowl neck and dramatic side slit elevate the look.

Best Pleated

ASOS Design Pleated Midi Dress

pleated midi dress


Size: 00-12 | Length: Mid length | Care: Machine wash

The pleats in this midi dress make it more unique, as does the fabric's pretty oxblood color. Puff sleeves add some drama and, thanks to the lighter fabric, this could even work for autumn or spring.

Most Versatile

Jessica Howard Petite Ruffled High-Low Dress

green dress


Size:4P-14P | Length: Mid length | Care: Machine washable

Easy to care for with a classic silhouette, this high-low dress is a versatile pick that can be worn to slightly more casual weddings but also work or other parties. It's made of a comfortable scuba crepe that is both stretchy and supportive.

Best Asymmetrical Detail

Abercrombie & Fitch Asymmetrical Velvet Mini Dress

asymmetrical mini dress

Abercrombie & Fitch

Size: XXS-XL | Length: Mini | Care: Machine wash cold separately, inside out, tumble dry low

The asymmetrical neckline of this velvet mini dress makes it unique and stylish without being too attention grabbing. Available in three colors, this pick is easy to dress up or down.

Best Midi Dress

White House Black Market Petite Long Sleeve Midi Dress

midi dress

White House Black Market

Size: 00-16 | Length: Mid length | Care: Machine wash cold

This black high-low midi dress is versatile and would work for a range of different events. The touches of silver throughout make it feel perfect for a winter wedding, as do the long sleeves.

Best Bold Color

Fame and Partners Maquino Dress

red dress

Fame and Partners

Size: Made to order | Length: Floor length | Care: Dry clean only

The wide sleeve cuffs and high slit of this wrap maxi dress make it a little more dramatic and elevated. In a bold red color, this stylish pick is a standout option for a winter celebration.

Best Turtleneck

Reformation Petites Aude Dress

turtleneck dress


Size: 0P-8P | Length: Mid length | Care: Dry clean only

This dress is proof that a cozy turtleneck style can definitely be appropriate for a formal wedding. The front slit, loose sleeves, and midi length make this look elegant and ideal for a snowy reception.

Best Gown

Xscape Petite Sequined Long-Sleeve Boat-Neck Gown

silver gown


Size: 2P - 14P | Length: Floor length | Care: Spot clean

If you're looking for a petite gown that makes a statement, you can't beat this one, which is made with a mix of smooth velvet and sparkling sequins. It's thick, heavy, and warm, and the sequins offer a nice contrast to lush velvet.

Best Sleeveless

Ann Taylor Petite Sequin Mock Neck Midi Dress

gold sleeveless dress

Ann Taylor

Size: 00-16 | Length: Mid length | Care: Machine washable

The gold sequins and mock neckline make this dress feel festive and fun for a winter celebration. This is a great sleeveless option that definitely doesn't feel too summery.

Best Velvet

Banana Republic Petite Rita Dress

velvet maxi dress

Banana Republic

Size: XXS-L | Length: Floor length | Care: Dry clean only

Velvet dresses can sometimes feel a bit too girlish, but this one, with its knee length slit, skinny straps, and relaxed fit, feels sophisticated and chic. We love the dark green color for a winter celebration.

Best Sleeves

Fame and Partners Larissa Dress

statement sleeves green maxi

Fame and Partners

Size: Made to order | Length: Floor length | Care: Dry clean only

Few things make a dress more fun than statement sleeves. This pleated maxi dress features wide and loose sleeves that are going to make you feel a little bit like a butterfly—in a good way.

Best Blazer Dress

Maeve Sequin Blazer Dress

blazer dress


Size: 00P-16P | Length: Mini length | Care: Hand wash

Red sequins were basically made for winter weddings, especially if you're talking about an event that's taking place around Christmas. This blazer dress is a unique and elegant style, but the bright glittery sequins make it feel a lot more fun.

Best Sweater Dress

Ann Taylor Petite Sequin Wrap Sweater Dress

sweater dress

Ann Taylor

Size: XXS-XL | Length: Mid length | Care: Machine washable

Sweater dresses tend to be on the more casual side, and but the sparkling silver fabric on this option elevates it a bit. With the right accessories, this works nicely for a winter wedding.

Best Halter

Banana Republic Petite Volta Halter Dress

halter dress

Banana Republic

Size: XXS-L | Length: Mid length | Care: Machine wash

Another more sophisticated sweater dress, this one features a halter neck and keyhole cut-out. The deep burgundy shade and the longer length also makes it feel more formal.

Best Winter Florals

Maeve Deep-V Printed Maxi Dress

winter florals


Size: 00-16P | Length: Ankle length | Care: Hand wash

A floral print might sound better for a spring or summer wedding, but this dress is proof that the pattern works for winter, too. The darker shades and long sleeves make this feel just right in chilly weather.

Best Casual

Boden Easy Fixed Wrap Jersey Dress

casual dress


Size: 2-12 | Length: Mini length | Care: Machine washable

This printed mini dress definitely has a more casual feel to it, so it would be ideal for a more relaxed or daytime wedding. It's also a versatile pick that can be used for work or other events as well.

Most Simple

Ann Taylor The Petite Crew Neck Midi Dress

simple blue dress

Ann Taylor

Size: 00-10 | Length: Mid length | Care: Machine washable

The teal color of this dress is beautiful and different. It's made of a light and airy wool blend, and the clean lines and classic feel make it super versatile.

Best One Shoulder

ASOS Design Petite One Shoulder Dress

one shoulder brown dress


Size: 00-12 | Length: Mid length | Care: Machine wash

The chocolate brown of this dress is a surprisingly great shade. The one shoulder and slit details keep it trendy and more formal.

Best Formal

Reformation Petites Frankie Silk Dress

Size: 0-12 | Length: Ankle length | Care: Dry clean only

Going to a formal wedding that requires a long dress? This Reformation option is petite-friendly, affordable, and beautiful. Made of silk charmeuse, this sleek dress doesn't need much to stand out.

Best Mini

Anthropologie Textured Sequin Mini Dress

By Anthropologie Textured Sequin Mini Dress


Size: 00-16 | Length: Mini length | Care: Hand wash

Winter wedding guest dresses don't need to be long. The shorter length of this dress is balanced out nicely by the long sleeves and higher neck, and the colorful sequin designs are so unique and pretty.

Best Off-the-Shoulder

Betsy & Adam Petite Off-The-Shoulder Mermaid Gown

off the shoulder dress


Size: 2-14 | Length: Floor length | Care: Dry clean

This off-the-shoulder gown features a gorgeous mermaid silhouette and a ruffle up the front. It's a great black-tie pick and it comes in two different beautiful colors.

What to Look for in a Petite Winter Wedding Guest Dress

A great petite wedding guest dress for winter should be found in a store or brand's dedicated petite section of a brand—these are made with shorter heights in mind, so that they don't have to be altered as much (or maybe not at all). For a winter wedding, look for warmer fabrics, like velvet, wool, or silk and avoid lighter options like linen. You can certainly wear light colors if you want, but darker hues may look more seasonally appropriate. Maxi or midi dresses and long sleeves may be more comfortable in chilly weather, and if you choose to do something shorter or sleeveless, pair it with tights and something you can throw on if needed, like a pretty scarf or throw.

  • What is a petite wedding guest dress?

    Petite clothing is usually made for women who are 5'4 and under. Petite dresses are meant to fit shorter women better. That said, it may still need to be altered, especially if it's a maxi dress.

  • What should petite women wear to a winter wedding?

    While the answer really depends on the dress code of the wedding you're going to, petite women can generally wear anything they feel comfortable in to a winter wedding. This might mean something warmer, like a dress with long sleeves or something made of a thicker material.

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Contributing writer Jessica Booth is a freelance writer and formerly served as an editor for seven years. Her work has been featured in Bustle, Romper, Insider, Forbes, Redbook, and Refinery29.

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