What to wear to a winter wedding: the best dresses to buy now

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Winter wedding throwing off your wardrobe? Don’t worry, we have got you covered. 

If you thought wedding season ended in September, you were wrong. While we may be used to wedding invitations tailing off at the end of summer, Princess Eugenie’s nuptials proved the allure of a winter wedding: the fairy-light draped twilight hours, the romantic gusts of wind, the natural backdrop of autumnal leaves and the promise of vodka-based ice sculptures. What’s not to love?

But while the venue may be easy to dress, picking a winter wedding wardrobe is a whole other battle. The dress needs to be chic but warm, and hold up against the elements while still maintaining a sense of occasion. That’s a lot of boxes to tick, right?

So it’s lucky for you and your what-to wear woes that we’ve rounded up all the coolest wedding guest outfit options right here. From countryside weddings to church nuptials and everything in between, these are the stylish frocks that have lower hemlines, longer sleeves and higher necklines to beat the chill during autumn/winter weddings. Best part? There’s one to suit all budgets and styles, too. 

  • Best winter wedding guest dresses

    Ghost Annabelle satin dress

    This fluted sleeve dress has been so popular, it has now been brought out in new prints and colour ways. 

    We’re imagining this one with a rich berry lipstick and red colour-pop heels.

    Printed dress, £165, Ghost at John Lewis & Partners

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    Topshop tie smock dress

    Emerald green with a ditsy star print will see you through autumn, winter and full-on festive weddings. Team with gold accessories for a fail-safe ensemble that’ll instantly look luxe. 

    Smock dress, £39, Topshop

  • Co dress

    Co satin and crepe maxi dress

    Puff sleeves have been key throughout 2019, and they aren’t going anywhere. Make them the centre of attention with this Co contrasting satin sleeve beauty. 

    The tie-neck drapes down the back of the dress to create the most elegant silhouette. You won’t upstage the bride, but you’ll come close second!

    Maxi dress, £925, Co at net-a-porter

  • De la vali dress

    De La Vali floral print dress

    The bright floral print, floaty fabric and puff sleeve detail is what makes this dress a must-have for a winter wedding.

    From countryside nuptials to a church affair, you’ll get the wear out of this one. 

    Floral dress, £550, De La Vali at net-a-porter.com

  • Isabelle Fox dress

    Isabelle Fox long-sleeved dress

    If you want a dress that’ll guarantee everyone asking where you got it from, head to Isabelle Fox. 

    Dreamy, swoon-worthy dresses that have all the details of high-end designer without the four-figure price tag. We’re picking this frosty blue long-sleeve number as the winning style this winter. 

    Long-sleeved dress, £285, Isabelle Fox

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    Zara satin midi dress

    If there is one thing we’ve spotted from the latest ‘new in’ section at Zara, it’s a whole host of satin frocks. Ideal for wedding guest looks, they need barely any styling to look instantly premium. 

    We’ve already spotted this under £50 teal number on some of the most stylish women on Instagram. Go, go, go!

    Satin dress, £49.99, Zara 

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    Finery Isla printed midi dress

    Green has been big news this year, and it continues. Get in on the action with Finery’s statement retro floral print midi dress. 

    With must-have puffy sleeves, wear with a beaded bag and strappy mules to complete the picture-perfect look. 

    Printed dress, £139, Finery

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    Ba&sh Ollie crepe maxi dress

    Navy and butter yellow are the dream team. Not only that, but the shirred detail along the top of this dress is super flattering on different bust sizes. 

    The maxi-dress-of-dreams is here thanks to French brand, Ba&sh. 

    Maxi dress, £325, Ba&sh at Selfridges

  • Green H&M dress

    H&M calf-length dress

    Sometimes a high street dress comes to the attention of our fashion team for looking completely high end; this is one of those occasions. 

    H&M’s under £60 tiered hem beauty has all the credentials of a designer dress, just with the joyous price of a high street gem. 

    Printed dress, £59.99, H&M

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    Kitri Mia animal print dress

    Zoo-inspired prints are continuing to be big news this year. And they’re not just for day-to-day, they also work for occasions too. 

    We can see this statement yellow belted dress with chunky platform heels and a slick of clashing red lipstick for an evening guest. 

    Animal print dress, £145, Kitri

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    Lee Mathews Tilda striped dress

    The V-style dress is perfect for layering. Add a high neck clashing colour T-shirt underneath for a chic autumnal look. 

    Anything goes as a modern wedding, so why not try with sleek Western ankle boots?

    Striped dress, £750, Lee Mathews available at Harvey Nichols

  • Ghost wedding guest dress

    Ghost Sydney dress

    For a glamorous wedding opt for luxe textures and rich glossy hues – this navy velvet style ticks all the boxes.

    Team the velvety number with golden accessories and take a tuxedo-style blazer with you as an extra layer for after-dark. 

    Velvet dress, £245, Ghost.co.uk

  • Miss Selfridge dress

    Miss Selfridge floral spot dress

    Proof you can opt for black tones at a wedding, this mixed print floral and spot style with mesh back detail is one you’ll wear for party season too. 

    Dress up with velvet platform heels and statement earrings. 

    Spot and floral print midi dress, £45, Miss Selfridge

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