Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links.
Winter is a distinctly unique time of year to say 'I do.' Unlike spring or summer when temperatures are high and the sun is out, winter’s icy months are punctuated by a cozy sensibility that feels equal parts romantic and dramatic. While you’ve likely attended a wedding during the warmer months of the year, if this is your first time going to a winter ceremony, rest assured there are plenty of options to choose from.
Alexandra O’Neill, the founder of Markarian, points toward seasonal design details when choosing a cold-weather wedding guest dress. “Heavier fabrics in rich, deep-hued prints or brocades and velvets are always perfect for winter weddings,” O'Neill says. And while the designer suggests investing in pieces with longevity, there’s a small handful of pieces she recommends saving for later. “Summer florals and wispy, lightweight chiffon dresses are better left to the warmer months,” she notes.
Read on for the best winter wedding guest dresses you’ll wear now and well into the future.
For A Minimalistic Event: Fame & Partners Draped Off-Shoulder Dress
Fame & Partners is a great choice if you tend to get your dresses altered; the brand custom makes each piece based on your measurements and preferred length, style, fabric, and color. This deep shade of blue and silky texture combo gives this minimalist dress the perfect dose of formal. The sleek asymmetrical neckline doesn’t hurt, either.
Most Unique Wedding Guest Dress: Rixo Dani
This mock-neck asymmetrical hemline dress from Rixo is perfectly suited for a winter wedding. The yellow florals look especially charming set against a noir backdrop. Rixo is famous for its bold floral prints, so check out the label's other designs if you're wanting a different palette.
Classiest Cocktail Frock: Markarian Turner Floral Brocade Dress
Brocade is one of those design details that always makes a piece feel more refined, and this elegant number by Markarian is what dreams are made of. Test out this fabric for your next winter wedding attendance.
Most Versatile Style: Self-Portrait Jersey Waterfall Frill Midi Dress
The dramatic ruching details on this ankle-length dress from Self-Portrait take the aesthetic to a new level. It's a perfectly romantic complement to a frosty wedding setting. Try a pair of velvet heels to cement the look as wonderfully wintry.
Best Winter Florals: Reformation Lecce Dress
There's a reason why Reformation dresses are the unofficial wedding guest staple. And florals aren’t just for spring and summer, as illustrated by this bold gown from the brand. Swap out your straw bag for a silky pouch to make it work for cold weather.
Boldest Black Tie: Mie Ostuni Dress
Just when we thought we had seen all the takes on the off-the-shoulder trend, this ruffled masterpiece enters our orbit. Crafted from mid-weight linen, it's the epitome of comfort—just add some thermal shorts underneath for added warmth. Behold the most perfect winter wedding guest dress.
Best Sheen Evening Attire: 11 Honore Nia Dress
You can’t go wrong with a thigh-slit dress in an icy blue hue. The bra-friendly wide straps, reinforced zip closure, and slightly stretchy polyester material ensure support through the day and into the evening. Complement this chic dress with silver jewelry and lace-up heels.
Splashiest Winter Florals: Autumn Adeigbo Poppy Dress
If your personal style is the opposite of minimalism, embrace your taste and wear this splashy floral dress for a winter wedding. Pair with bright lipstick and statement earrings. The best thing? You can easily re-wear and restyle for a spring wedding, too.
How Do Winter Wedding Guest Dresses Differ from Other Seasons?
Since winter’s months are the coldest, you’ll want to ensure your outfit reflects the season. Go for details like long sleeves and fabrics such as velvet and silk that will help keep you warm.
Are There Certain Colors I Should Wear to A Winter Wedding?
Embrace a warm palette of cold-weather colors such as olive green, midnight blue, or burgundy for a seasonally appropriate outfit. But don’t feel limited to traditionally winter hues, either! A minty green or dark floral pattern can also work well for a ceremony held in the colder months of the year, too.
Are There Any Accessories to Keep in Mind for Attending A Winter Wedding?
If you’re baring your shoulders, you can look into a wrap or cool boxy blazer to complement your look if the ceremony is cold. Also, jewelry, bags, and shoes are all great ways to infuse your outfit with a splash of personality so don’t be shy when it comes to accessories.
Why Trust Brides?
Nicole Kleist is a freelance fashion writer with more than nine years of experience in the digital publishing industry. Her work has appeared in Who What Wear, The Zoe Report, Popsugar, and more.