Winter weddings are festive and romantic, but as a guest, the chilly weather can make for a super stressful shopping experience. You want to look your absolute best without risking frostbite, plus, the holiday season is a spendy time of year, so even better if you can find a gorgeous wedding guest dress that doesn’t cost a fortune.
Fanciful options abound when it comes to finding a show-stopping wedding guest dress this time of year, from sequins to velvet and elegant lace. To stay warm — especially for a breathtaking but frigid outdoor ceremony (brrrr!) — sleeves are generally a go-to. And no, this doesn’t equate to a dowdy look! In fact, sleeves are incredibly flattering whether you go for a flutter sleeve in sumptuous velvet, a flouncy three-quarter sleeve in silk, or a body-skimming long sleeve in satin, sequins, or shimmering jacquard. For more of a fashion-forward look, shorter, puffed sleeves or longer, voluminous shapes are statement-making. If a long-sleeve dress with a modest neckline sounds too covered up, look for a dress silhouette with a scalloped V-neck, feminine sweetheart style, or an asymmetrical shape.
For a refreshing take on winter wedding guest style, punchy colors and prints are an unexpected approach. We absolutely adore holiday shades, jewel tones, and metallic fabrics, but if you’re in the mood for something different, wintry floral prints or bold colors like yellow and magenta or a soft shade of blush is stunning in a cold-weather setting.
Whether you’re craving something ultra-festive, totally timeless, or a little bit trendy, ahead we’ve culled 50 winter wedding guest dresses that are all under $100 — we even found a few for less than $25! Get shopping.
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