What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Guest – The Trend Spotter

What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Guest - The Trend Spotter

Romance was definitely in the air at Bridal Fashion Week, and we have the wedding dress trends to prove it. While you were busy wedding planning, we spent the week swooning over the latest creations bridal designers have to offer, and 2020 is shaping up to be a supremely fashionable year to be a bride.

We love spotting the latest wedding dress trends on the runway because we know they usually stick around for a few seasons. Bridal trends have a way of becoming classics—just think of off-the-shoulder, deep v-neck, minidresses, blush gowns, and jumpsuits—and we love seeing where dress designers take something that feels unexpected and apply it to the bridal wardrobe.

While we see some of our favorite silhouettes over and over again, there's always new offerings on the runway and the 2020 season had no shortage.

Suiting got upgrades with trains, bridal blazers, and even short suits, while skirts got the upgrade treatment in the form of feathered detailing, detached overskirts, and the return of the high-low hemline.

For lovers of a serious dose of romance, there were no shortages of allover crochet lace gowns that can go boho or sophisticated romantic. Those looking for glam should be satisfied with the bevy of satin ball gowns that echoed an Old Hollywood era sensibility.

If you loved last season's take on a puffy sleeve, designers doubled down on the look with exaggerated poet sleeves that channeled the Renaissance era.

Ready to take the 2020 wedding dress trends for a spin? If you set a wedding date, you'll want to keep scrolling to see the eight wedding dress trends you need to know.

Photo by Lara Jade

Call it the businesswoman special meets bridal. We saw power blazers at Danielle Frankel (above), Viktor&Rolf, Cushnie, Reem Acra, and Ines Di Santo to name a few.

Courtesy of Sahroo Bridal

“Elizabeth” blazer and slim-leg trouser, Sahroo

Photo by Stockton Johnson

Style 102, fitted shawl-collar jacket with corded lace cape, Cushnie

Courtesy of Reem Acra

Short suit and blazer by Reem Acra

Courtesy of Ines Di Santo

“Fawn”, embellished quilted long sleeve blazer and short ensemble with laser-cut petals and coordinating star embroidered leggings, Ines Di Santo

Courtesy of Mariage by Viktor&Rolf Photo by Dan Lecca

This trend can go boho or traditional depending on the bride, and wedding style. We saw crochet lace all over long-sleeved gowns, and even some high neck options, at Mira Zwillinger (above), Monique Lhuillier, Berta, and more.

Photo by Jennifer Massaux

Ivory and nude mosaic lace, sculpted off-the-shoulder, natural waist ball gown by Monique Lhuillier

Photo by Samuel Bradley

Wedding dress by Floravere

Photo by Sara Kerens

“Pandora”, geometric lace wedding dress with v-neckline and long sleeves, BHLDN

Courtesy of Berta Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

The rise of the bridal jumpsuit has been epic, and now wearing pants doesn't mean you have to sacrifice a dramatic train. Designers Gracy Accad, Oscar de la Renta (above), and Sébastien Luke, showed tailored, sleek trousers, paired with a modern take on the bridal train—sometimes even in lace, or with an exaggerated bow.

Courtesy of Carolina Herrera

Pants and lace train by Carolina Herrera

Photo by Dan Lecca

“Josephine”, crystal vine encrusted tuxedo jacket with matching pant and bow back cummerbund, Gracy Accad

Photo by Stockton Johnson

Style 203, strapless bustier top with draped georgette train high waisted flare leg pant, Cushnie

Courtesy of Mariage by Viktor&Rolf Photo by firstVIEW

Bridal jumpsuit by Phuong My

Courtesy of Sébastien Luke

Knit dress with ruffles and appliquéd florals, Sébastien Luke

Getty Images Courtesy of Berta Courtesy of Lazaro Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

Get your Veronica Lake waves ready, there's a new wave of Old Hollywood glam hitting wedding dresses, and we're loving it. Satin ball gowns and Art Deco–inspired looks were all over the runways, and we couldn't be more ready to usher in their return.

Above: Wedding dress by Oscar de la Renta

Photo by Lara Jade

Wedding dress by Danielle Frankel

Courtesy of Reem Acra

Wedding dress by Reem Acra

Getty Images

“Dane”, faille strapless sweetheart ball gown with couture crisscross draping, Amsale

Photo by Dan Lecca

“Alder”, silk mikado cuff ball gown with slit, Justin Alexander Signature

Courtesy of Mariage by Viktor&Rolf

Wedding dress by Mariage Viktor&Rolf

Photo by Jennifer Massaux

Just when you thought sleeves couldn't get more dramatic, bridal designers hit us with a wave of Renaissance-inspired gowns. Sleeves are taken a notch above poet sleeves to create a look so romantic and dramatic that it can only be described as a Renaissance painting.

Above: “Bloom”, ivory and leaf off-the-shoulder draped ball gown with gathered bell sleeves by Monique Lhuillier

Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

Wedding dress by Oscar de la Renta

Photo by John Guerrero

Wedding dress by Vera Wang

Courtesy of David's Bridal

Wedding dress by Galina by David's Bridal

Courtesy of Costarellos

Wedding dress by Costarellos

Courtesy of Sébastien Luke

Wedding dress by Sébastien Luke

Courtesy of Francesca Miranda

Wedding dress by Francesca Miranda

Photo by Photography by Taylor Jewell

“The Melrose”, vine fil coupé A-line gown with detachable sleeves, Lela Rose

Courtesy of Francesca Miranda

High-low asymmetrical hemlines are no strangers to the bridal world, but it felt this season almost every collection carried some version of this versatile look. At Francesca Miranda (above) and Oscar de la Renta, the look was updated with ruffled trimming. Cue the salsa dancing emoji.

Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

Wedding dress by Oscar de la Renta

Photo by Jennifer Massaux

“Tivoli”, silk and leaf tulle, strapless, tiered high-low ball gown, with hand-appliquéd floral degrade by Monique Lhuillier (Platinum Collection)

Courtesy of Mariage by Viktor&Rolf

Style VRM163, draped rose column gown with front opening, strapless bodice, crepe rose detailing, and detachable train, Mariage by Viktor&Rolf

Photo by Dan Lecca

Wedding dress by Mira Zwillinger

Photo by Lara Jade

Wedding dress by Danielle Frankel

Courtesy of Theia

Bianca Jagger's iconic bridal moment was on designers' minds this season, as many took inspiration from the sleek YSL Le Smoking jacket she wore to wed Mick Jagger in 1971. We saw similar styles at Theia, and Sahroo.

Courtesy of Theia Courtesy of Sahroo Bridal

Wedding pantsuit by Sahroo

Courtesy of Mariage by Viktor&Rolf Courtesy of Theia Photo by Dan Lecca

Jumpsuits have a new friend in the form of the bridal romper. We've seen a few brides take this trend for a spin as an after-party look, and we absolutely love it. Floravere, Mira Zwillinger (above), and Ines Di Santo were among the designers who took this leap and showed shorts on the runway.

Photo by Samuel Bradley

“K. Switzer” wedding romper by Floravere

Courtesy of Reem Acra

Bridal romper by Reem Acra

Courtesy of Sahroo Bridal

Wedding short suit by Sahroo

Source: https://www.brides.com/gallery/wedding-dress-trends-spring-2020

45 best winter wedding guest dresses – Fashion Editor picks

What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Guest - The Trend Spotter


The best winter wedding guest dresses perfectly balance formality, comfort and style. But finding a dress which does just this is easier said than done. With the temperature dropping, you're ly wanting to reach for longer hems, billowing sleeves and higher necklines. The trick to nailing more sensible styles is to offset it with bold prints and vibrant hues.

Here to help inspire your next wedding guest outfit is our Fashion Editor's pick of the best guest dresses for winter nuptials, no matter what your style.

Winter wedding guest dresses

The Lace Night Bird ruffled metallic fil coupé lace and silk-satin midi dress, £725, The Vampire's Wife


If you're prepared to spend a little more to find the perfect dress, why not look to the celebrity wedding guest brand of choice, The Vampire's Wife? If it's good enough for Pippa Middleton…

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Winter wedding guest dresses

Premium Silver Puff Sleeve Sequin Midi Dress, £150, Topshop


Have you been looking for an excuse to treat yo'self to a full on sequin holiday dress? Here it is, and this Topshop option has all your bases covered.

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Winter wedding guest dresses

Floral-pattern sequinned midi dress, £380, Self Portrait


If the ceremony/reception is of the slightly more formal kind, this floral sequin piece has got you covered. In fact, this dress will see you through a slew of different formal winter events.

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Winter wedding guest dresses

Pink V Neck Taffeta Mini Dress, £, Topshop


Leggy skater skirt? Check. Vibrant tone? Yep. Amazing Sleeves? Yup and yup. Finished with a ruched V neck, this dress is a solid contender for best dress of wedding season.

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Winter wedding guest dresses

Elsa leopard-print crepe de chine midi dress, £310, RIXO


Everyone needs a leopard print midi in their wardrobe, and what better time to invest in one than for a winter wedding?

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Winter wedding guest dresses

PETITE Black Embroidered Organza Tiered Dress, £49, Topshop


The age old rumour of not being able to wear black to a wedding is BS if the dress has all the cute details this embroidered organza piece.

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Winter wedding guest dresses

Bias cut satin maxi dress with puff sleeves in floral print, £39, ASOS DESIGN


Here's another floral dress that can be work Monday to Thursday, out for dinner with the girls Friday and front row at a wedding Saturday.

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Winter wedding guest dresses

One-shoulder sequin-embellished velvet and tulle mini dress, £300, Self Portrait


This mini is equal parts David Bowie rock & roll wonder and 80s party dream. The kind of dress you know Kate Moss would approve.

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Winter wedding guest dresses

ASOS DESIGN cami maxi slip dress in high shine satin with lace up back, £50, ASOS


Slip dresses become instantly more elegant when worn in metallic hues. We also love the unique marble print on this design from ASOS. Team with a contrasting lip for extra pizzazz

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Winter wedding guest dresses

Linear Embellished Maxi Dress, £250, Monsoon


Another controversial black dress entry, lined with sparkly sequins this glamorous number is anything but disapproving. And we don't believe in those old rules anyhow

Source: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/fashion/style/g3026/what-to-wear-to-winter-wedding/

20 Seasonal Outfit Ideas for Winter Wedding Guests

What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Guest - The Trend Spotter
Carmen Santorelli Photography

Most guests take one of two approaches to winter wedding attire. The first involves donning that summer dress that could pass as cold-weather appropriate, especially if you add a cardigan and tights.

The second means panicking (what even passes as winter-ready guest attire anyway?) as you sort through your closest or department store clothes racks. While neither approach is really wrong, there are much better ways to go about choosing winter wedding attire.

In fact, we're of the firm belief that dressing for an end-of-year fête doesn't have to be the slightest bit stressful. The season is packed with so many rich textures and patterns— velvet and plaid—so you have plenty of choices as you decide what to wear.

To kick off the closet search or shopping spree, we've rounded up a few of our favorite looks that actual attendees have worn to their friends' and families' celebrations.

A few things to note? We were sure to include plenty of inspiration for the guys—these well-dressed guests will surely inspire your plus-one to opt for something seasonal (and not just the same-old suit he wears year-round).

We also recommend a few looks for the little ones, since dressing them appropriately and keeping them warm is often the most difficult part of getting ready on the morning-of.

For the ladies, it's important to note the winter-ready guest attire doesn't necessarily require bundled-up looks. Since the event will (most-ly) take place inside, you have some leeway when it comes to style.

Feel free to rock that sleeveless evening gown—just be sure that it feels timely through color, texture, or silhouette.

Click through to discover all of the wedding guest attire inspiration you'll need for the season's slew of celebrations. 



Leila Brewster Photography A Comprehensive Guide to Wedding Guest Attire

Take inspiration from a major winter motif— pine trees!—when getting dressed for a cold-weather wedding. This guest proved how pretty the seasonal shade of green could be.

Alyssa Wilcox Photography

Breaking free of traditional winter color palettes is an option, too. This guest's bright orange overcoat is a lesson in effective “rule breaking.”


Our Favorite Ring Bearer Outfits for a Winter Wedding

We can all take notes from this little guy, whose flannel jersey suit (a perfect winter fabric!) was as cozy as it was adorable.

Things Guests Love Most About Winter Weddings

Looking for a way to make a winter-appropriate moody-hued dress feel a bit lighter? Opt for an embroidered option with sheer accents, this fashionable guest's ensemble. Her date's look wasn't half-bad, either—we're loving that festive bow tie!

A wool pea coat is a chic, warm addition to any wintry dress, especially if you're skipping tights. And if you're Scottish? You're in luck. Wool kilts are about as warm as it gets.



Leila Brewster Photography Plaid Wedding Ideas We Love

Tartan is a defining pattern of the season, so why not work it into your look? Ladies will see that there are plenty of plaid dress options out there, but there are options for the men, too. While plaid looks just as good in suit form, we're a fan of this groomsman's subtle bow tie interpretation.

Floor-length dresses with seasonal patterns are always a solid choice for a winter celebration. Bonus points if you opt for garments in celebratory fabrics, satin and velvet.

The Prettiest Lace Bridesmaids' Dresses

There isn't a wedding season when lace isn't appropriate, but there's definitely a way to make the universal fabric feel more winter-friendly. We love this take on lace appliqués, placed on both sheer black sleeves and a velvet bodice. Fellas, take note of this handsome guests' tie—the gold and copper color palette is perfect for a New Year's Eve wedding.


Speaking of the guys: These multi-toned suits are proof that gray, charcoal, and navy are the cold-weather color trifecta. We're particularly fond the second right-most attendee's ensemble. How cool is his mismatched jacket and pants ensemble?

Chic Ways to Stay Warm at a Winter Weddings

Make these stylish attendees and opt for faux-fur or velvet shrugs in shades slightly darker than your dress. 

Polly Alexandre Fine Photography Velvet Accessories to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Velvet wraps in unexpected (but still seasonal!) hues gray-plum and turquoise are sure to make a statement. A furry collar adds an extra dose of warmth.


You really can't go wrong with black and white. The classic color combination feels especially relevant around the holidays, especially at black-tie-weddings. Add a red lip, and you're ready to go.

It's no secret that layers are the key to keeping warm when the temperature drops, but layering stylishly isn't as straightforward. Take notes from these trendy guests, who both nailed it. We love this woman's chic cropped cardigan. Her date's layered look included a plaid collared shirt, boiled wool vest, and velvet blazer.

Winter Color Palettes to Bookmark

Rich cobalt and blush-and-black would look just as lovely on the same garment as they do on individual dresses.


You'll want to bookmark this handsome guest's jacket for your plus-one. His high-shine satin suit (and matching skinny tie!) complete with leather trim is arguably the most dapper look on this list.

Alea Lovely Fine Art Photographer

While cut-outs ( those seen on the left-most celebrant's gown) might be too chilly for winter, a blood red velvet garment (worn by the guest on the right!) is heavy enough for the season. It's important to note that richer shades, ruby, sapphire, emerald, and black bring out velvet's sheen—just something to keep in mind as you shop!

Of all the takeaways from this fashionable bunch—from sheer tights to floor-length gowns—the best, by far, is their coat game. Whether you choose a furry cropped jacket (preferably with pockets!) or a more structured pea coat, it's a relief to know that staying warm doesn't have to mean sacrificing on style.


Most of these 'maids wraps and coats feel similar, but upon closer inspection you'll realize that each was distinct in its own way. We're particular fond of the spotted option, but all would complement a neutral floor-length gown.

There are so many great winter outfit ideas to glean from this group. From the gold metallic, merlot, and raspberry colored dresses to the jackets, this stylish wintry guest scene is one to bookmark.

Source: https://www.marthastewartweddings.com/648126/winter-wedding-guest-attire

What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Guest

What to Wear to a Winter Wedding as a Guest - The Trend Spotter

Dressing for a wedding is hard enough without the added inconvenience of needing to plan for cold temperatures, icy winds, and possible rain. As such, the thought of attending a winter wedding can be stressful for many.

But, don’t despair because we’re here to assist you in choosing the perfect dress. Whether you’re aiming for an on-trend impression or a timeless appearance, we can help you plan the perfect ensemble for this celebratory chilly occasion.

Below, you’ll find our expert guide on what to wear to a winter wedding as a guest.

RELATED: What to Wear to a Summer Wedding as a Guest

Winter Wedding Attire

Dressing for a winter wedding can be a surprisingly fun chance to experiment with new and exciting eveningwear looks. Of course, before you plan your outfit, you’ll need to consider the formality, dress code, and location of the wedding.

Then, you can start planning an ensemble that’s flattering to your body and that suits your style. To ensure your finished look is suitable for the season, try opting for thick fabrics, cool and dark tones, styles with sleeves, and long lengths.

Also, don’t forget to think about layering or adding outerwear should the weather be extra cold or the event outdoors.

Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

So, you’ve received the invitation. Now it’s time to plan what you’re going to wear. As most winter weddings are indoors, there’s no need to go overboard with dressing for the cold.

Instead, just add a winter spin to your usual wedding attire. To do so, try picking a dress with sleeves or a maxi style that’ll cover your legs.

If you want to wear a print, make it one with a dark base colour.

Casual Winter Wedding Dresses

If you’re off to a casual winter wedding, consider choosing a dress with a smart yet relaxed feel. A shift dress featuring long sleeves, or a simple wrap dress can make an excellent option. Adding a basic print, such as florals, can also give your outfit an easygoing feel, even in winter.

Formal Winter Wedding Dresses

A formal winter wedding is a perfect opportunity to break out a gorgeous gown. For a sophisticated after-five look, consider a draped style in a rich hue, such as black or burgundy.

If you’re after even more drama, consider opting for an embellished look or sequined style.

Thanks to their long lengths and heavy fabrics, these dresses will also keep you warm throughout the ceremony and reception.

Simple Winter Wedding Dresses

Whether you prefer a minimalist style or the event itself is understated, a simple winter wedding dress can make an excellent option. To rock the look, just stick to a short or midi length and opt for classic silhouettes, such as a pencil shape or skater style. While embellishments are best avoided for a simple ensemble, you can add interest by selecting a lovely lace design.

Short Winter Wedding Dresses

A short dress provides a modern and practical option for a wedding in winter. Not only does the length make it easier to move (and dance) but the style also offers a contemporary and chic appearance. To make a short dress more winter-appropriate, consider choosing one with sleeves, in a dark colour or that’s made of thick material.

Winter Wedding Dresses Plus Size

Today, there are more gorgeous, plus size dresses than ever before. So, finding one for a winter wedding needn’t be overly complicated. Whether you want to show off your curves with a fitted fishtail gown or create an ethereal appearance with a chic flowing maxi, there’s a dress out there for you.

Winter Wedding Dresses with Sleeves

One way to give your usual wedding look an instant winter spin is to add sleeves. Not only will adding sleeves help keep you warm throughout the celebrations, but it will also lend a sophisticated and classic touch to your overall appearance.

Winter Wedding Suit

A dress isn’t your only choice of attire for a wedding in winter. A suit or a jumpsuit can also make a stylish and appropriate outfit option. To ensure you appear perfectly polished, forget the suits you wear to the office and select something more exciting and daring instead. Then pair it with high heels and statement jewellery to complete your look.

Winter Wedding Coat

If you’re attending an outdoor wedding, be sure to take a coat with you to keep warm. All you need to do is pick one that is suitably sophisticated, and that matches the rest of your ensemble. Dress coats, wool wrap coats, capes and trench coats in luxury fabrics all make excellent options.

Winter Wedding Shawl

For those who want to add a little warmth to their look without hiding their lovely dress, a shawl makes an excellent choice. Worn wrapped around the arms, a shawl is a timeless and smart addition to any winter wedding outfit.

Winter Wedding Shoes

Don’t get cold feet for your next winter wedding. Swap those usual heeled party sandals for something with a little more coverage. While pumps are a timeless choice, you can also consider closed-toe block heels, chic sock boots or even dressy slingback flats.

Winter Wedding Accessories

Don’t forget to add accessories to complete your winter wedding ensemble. When it comes to a bag, select a clutch or small crossbody bag.

A style featuring a luxurious winter fabric, velvet, makes a particularly chic choice. Then just add jewellery, such as earrings, a necklace and bracelet.

As it’s a wedding, you’ll want to select statement pieces, but be sure that they don’t overwhelm your outfit.

Winter Wedding Colors

When it comes to dressing for a wedding in winter, colour is everything. After all, the colour of your outfit can affect whether you appear suitable for the occasion or entirely place.

To ensure your look is on-point, select dark shades and muted tones. Rich hues, such as burgundy and plum always appear stunning while cool tones of grey and navy are also gorgeous for a winter wedding.

Additionally, black makes an elegant choice that is typically accepted at weddings today.

What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

  • Consider the dress code and location of the wedding before selecting your outfit.
  • Opt for styles with sleeves and long lengths to keep warm throughout the celebrations.
  • Create the perfect winter look with dark or muted colours and thick fabrics.
  • If the ceremony is outside or the weather is exceptionally cold, take a chic coat or shawl with you.
  • Complete your look with closed-toe shoes, jewellery, and a bag.

Source: https://www.thetrendspotter.net/winter-wedding-guest-dresses/