It’s the most wonderful tiiiiiime of the year. When the presents need wrapping, the cards still need writing and you’ve got the feeeear! And just when you think you’ve got all your festive tasks ticked off and you can finally relax with a mince pie and Home Alone, you remember you’ve been invited to a winter wedding and have nothing to wear.
The good news is that winter wedding guest outfits are, in my opinion, much more exciting than summer options. Rich jewel tones; sleeves; velvet and satin; sophisticated jumpsuits; perhaps a touch of festive sparkle.
I’ve seen people (k, fine, Mumsnet users) debate over whether or not you can wear black to a wedding, and in my opinion you absolutely can, especially at a winter wedding when most couples will opt for richer, darker colour schemes anyway.
Here’s my pick of some of the best winter wedding guest outfits on the high street.
WHAT TO WEAR TO A WINTER WEDDING: THE WEDDING GUEST EDIT
I’m sorry, but how dare this Coast dress be the best dress I’ve ever seen? It’s pricey, but it’s the kind of gown that’ll be hanging elegantly in your wardrobe for years to come, ready to be whipped out for any black-tie occasion.
Coming in at the much more budget-friendly end of the spectrum is this gorge red number from good old M&S. The high neckline and fluted sleeves make it look much more high-end than it is.
Lavish Alice is always great for dresses with cool design quirks and modern silhouettes. I love the forest green colour of this dress, which would flatter absolutely everyone.
Feeling inspired by Cara Delevingne’s royal wedding tux, but not bold enough to go for the full suited-and-heeled look? This tux dress offers the perfect compromise.
This colour is an instant mood-lifter and perfectly does the whole covered-up-but-sexy thing. It’s available in up to a size 30, too.
Florals are not just for spring/summer weddings. This dress would look amazing teamed with dark accessories (and opaque tights if it’s properly freezing) for a winter celebration, then when the weather brightens up you can pair it with strappy sandals.
BUY | Carnation dress
I find myself perving the dresses on Three Floor all the time, even though most are wildly out of my budget. Keep an eye out for their sales though, as the discounts usually bring the dresses down to a less eye-watering price point.
BUY | Strappy slip dress (£35)
Metallics look extra amazing at this time of year beside the twinkling lights of a tree. To avoid looking like a strip of tinsel that belongs on said tree, stick to a simple silhouette like this Topshop dress.
I don’t think anywhere on the high street can rival the jumpsuits you’ll find in Reiss, which are always classy AF.
Oasis have loads of partywear at reduced prices now that most people’s Christmas parties have been and gone. This dress was £85 previously and is the perfect wedding guest dress. Just add a metallic fascinator and you’re good to go.
A perennial favourite at SWD Towers, Chi Chi London has a huge selection of potential wedding guest dresses. For a festive celebration, I love this bardot dip-hem style.
BUY | Velvet shift dress (£70)
For me, velvet only really makes sense in winter. This is one of my fave velvet dresses for a winter wedding: I love the asymmetric neckline, deep berry colour and flattering ruched seam detail.
Has anyone else been obsessed with polka dots this year? This offers a fun take on the trend; the multi-coloured spots remind me of Christmas tree baubles, and give an array of colours to pick out for your accessories.
This dress is currently half price at Debenhams (barg) and could be paired with tights if you don’t fancy braving the cold in your bare legs.
BUY | Rosaleen dress (£145)
Ghost have had some seriously gorgeous dresses this year and though they aren’t exactly budget-friendly, they’re not as expensive as some of the more formal occasionwear gowns you might associate with the brand,
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