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40 of the Best Winter Wedding Guest Dresses on the High Street

Not sure what to wear to a winter wedding? The options for winter wedding guest dresses and outfits range from chic and classic to glitzy and glamorous – here’s the best options on the high street for 2021.

Model wearing a green and sequin wedding guest dress

Finding the perfect winter wedding guest dress is no easy task. Not only have you got to think about keeping warm, but you’ve also got to consider your personal style and the type of wedding you’re going to – formal, black tie, maybe even Christmas themed?

Panic not – if you’re not sure what to wear to a winter wedding you have coming up, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve scoured the high street to bring you 40 of the most beautiful wimter wedding guest dresses of the season, with something for every budget.

Whether you’re after a glamorous midi wedding guest dress or something short and playful, there will be a dress in this edit for you. We’ve even got some wedding guest jumpsuits thrown in there for good measure.

Oh, and once you’ve found your perfect winter wedding guest dress, why not browse our wedding guest hairstyle guide? You’ll be feeling ready for the wedding pictures (and reception dancefloor) in no time.

Top Tips for Choosing a Winter Wedding Guest Dress

  1. Consider the dress code. Have the couple made any mention of a colour scheme to adhere to on their wedding invitation? Have they specified “cocktail attire” or “black tie”? Attention to detail could save you a lot of stress here.
  2. Consider the weather and be prepared for cold, wind, rain or even snow! Even if the wedding is inside, chances are you’ll be outside for a confetti shot…
  3. Make a mental note of what not to wear to a wedding. Y’know, the glaringly obvious like not wearing white, plus the unwritten rules like no denim and nothing too short.
  4. Make sure you don’t upstage the bride. Weddings might be a great excuse to get glammed up, but we’d recommend avoiding anything too OTT.
  5. Winter is the perfect time for berry hues, dark greens and plenty of texture from velvet and sequins. And unless the couple explicitly says otherwise, you can definitely wear black this season.

1. African Print Saffi Kaftan – £49.99, Grass-Fields

Model wearing a yellow patterned kaftan

Founded by sisters Christelle and Michelle Nganhou, Grass-fields are committed to offering ethically made African inspired fashion. We adore all their bold prints and patterns, but the Saffi kaftan has to be our favourite for a winter wedding thanks to the rich mustard and red colours.

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2. Puff Sleeve Midi Dress – £85, & Other Stories

Model wearing a black puff sleeve midi dress

Yes, you can wear a simple dress to a wedding and it still look fabulous and yes, you can also wear black! This puff sleeve midi dress from & Other Stories is a fashion-forward option that you can wear long after the wedding day, whether you're at work or on the weekend. 

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3. Relaxed Open Back Mini Dress – £75, & Other Stories

Model wearing a burgundy long sleeve mini dress

An even roomier option from & Other Stories comes in the form of this gorgeous burgundy mini dress - gem of a garment that can be dressed up or down for daytime or evening affairs. We’ll be taking advantage of that smocked waistline by going back for seconds at the dessert table.

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4. Floral Print Midi Dress – £49.99, Zara

  Model wearing a floral midi wedding guest dress

We love the boho feel and unusual print in this floral Zara dress - the sleeves and long skirt will keep you cosy, white the plunging V-neckline shows just enough skin. Add layers of polished gold jewellery and simple black mules to complete the look.

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5. Siobhan Embellished Midi Dress – £140, Monsoon

Model wearing a green embellished wedding guest dress

Teal tulle may sound like a tongue twister (hey, you try saying it five times quickly) but there’s no denying that the combination is stunning in this Monsoon Siobhan dress. The addition of beading and sequins – plus those puff sleeves– elevates this from an everyday staple to something really quite special. 

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6. Annie Animal Devore Dress – £80, Monsoon

Model wearing a velvet animal print wedding guest dress

We adore the lush velvet used to make the Monsoon Annie dress which is finished with a flattering square neckline and romantic puff sleeves to add even more interest to this unique winter wedding guest dress option. 

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7. Polka Dot Print Cowl Maxi Dress – £45, Nasty Gal

Model wearing a pink and green polka dot wedding guest dress

If your operative word is ‘showstopper’, this Nasty Gal cowl neck dress certainly fits the bill. The open back and bold colour-clashing polka dots are seriously beautiful – you’ll just need to keep a scarf to hand to drape over your shoulders if things get chilly.

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8. Plain Long Sleeved Wrap Midi Dress – £45, Nasty Gal

Model wearing a long sleeved green wedding guest dress

The jewel tone, the fabulous sleeves, the flattering fit – we’d wear this Nasty Gal dress anywhere, including to the next wedding in the diary. Black strappy heels and a matching clutch would edge it up a little, as would a pair of thick gold hoops.

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9. Abstract Halterneck Midi Slip Dress – £39, Nasty Gal

Model wearing a patterned wedding guest dress

We’re also big fans of this abstract print Nasty Gal beauty, which is even more affordable at just a smidge under £40. We bet we'll be seeing this dress all over our Instagram feed...

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10. Rust Gingham Shirred Midi Dress – £42, River Island

Model wearing a gingham wedding guest dress

You can always rely on River Island for purse-friendly fashion for any type of wedding, and this gingham midi would look just as good at a county hall reception as it would in a boho barn. Top it off with coordinating metallic accessories and a low bun to show off that Peter Pan collared neckline.  

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11. Black Floral Ruffled Mini Dress – £48, River Island 

Model wearing a floral ruffled mini wedding guest dress

If you’re going to wear black to a winter wedding, this dress is the way to do it – part party dress, part timeless classic, it’s a great all-rounder. Also available in child sizing too, if your mini-me is attending the wedding this would make a gorgeous matching look. 

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12. Burgundy Frill High Neck Ruched Mini Dress – £23.99, New Look

Model wearing a burgundy mini wedding guest dress

At just under £25, this New Look dress is an absolute steal, and that’s before you even consider your cost per wear. With a shade that won’t ever date and a fit that works for any occasion, you can slip it on for date night, drinks with the girls or even to the office long after the big day takes place.

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13. Berry Embroidered Dip Hem Dress – £89.99, Quiz

Model wearing a lace red wedding guest dress

Had an invite to a formal affair? We love Quiz for affordable, yet sophisticated fashion choices and the deep berry hue of this lace dress simply screams winter wedding. Pair with a faux fur cape or coat and you'll be set for the entire day to evening. 

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14. Iris Dress – £149, Ghost

Model wearing a pink and red poppy print wedding guest dress

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Ghost is one of the most reliable brands on the entire high street for wedding guest dresses. We’re especially keen on the Iris, a pretty poppy print dress with a universally flattering smock style silhouette. 

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15. Bina Embroidered Mini Dress – £170, French Connection

Model wearing a purple embroidered dress

Keep things short and sweet with this embroidered mini from French Connection – we love the addition of lace and billowy bell sleeves to this dress. 

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16. Savannah Occasion Midi Dress – £238, Reiss

Model wearing a red midi wedding guest dress

There isn't a more festive colour than red so if the wedding you're attending is Christmas themed, (or even if its not!), this spectacular dress from Reiss could be the one. The way that fabric drapes is dreamy and it'll feel so soft and luxurious on your skin. 

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17. Gingham Gathered Dress – £135, Uterque

Model wearing a blue gingham wedding guest dress

Proof that pastels can absolutely be worn in winter, this sky blue dress from Uterque is elegance personified – whether you pile on the accessories or keep it simple. A low chignon, brown smoky eye and nude lip would be the ultimate trifecta to set this off.

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18. Imogen Spot Stripe Dress – £199, Hobbs

Model wearing a spot and stripe wedding guest dress

Remember the monochrome polka dot dress that was everywhere last season? Well, think of this Hobbs dress as its 2021 upgrade. The perfect combination of pattern clashing, pair with a red lip and sleek hair for ultimate vintage vibes. 

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19. Cello Dress – £285, Reformation

Model wearing a green midi wedding guest dress

Okay, so we appreciate that the Reformation collection doesn’t come cheap, but if you’re going all out for the wedding of the year, take a look at the Cello. Every single element of this dress has been designed to make you feel like a million dollars, so if you can afford it, it could be the best investment you’ve made in a long time.

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20. Effie Frill Sleeve Slip Dress – £315, Rixo

Model wearing a navy star wedding guest dress

Rixo's Effie dress has a shooting star pattern in a red and green colour palette that’s just the right side of Christmassy, and is complimented by frill sleeves. We adore the addition of the gold platform party heels that this model is rocking.

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21. Rose Backless Ruffle Front Maxi Dress – £325, Rixo

Model wearing a red lip wedding guest dress

A pout print dress couldn't be more appropriate for a day full of kisses, so the Rose Rixo dress is  going straight on our wedding guest outfit wish list. Keep it feminine with pearls and pink lips or add some edge with black accessorise and studs. 

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22. Retro Groove Reversible Wrap Dress – £129, Never Fully Dressed

Model wearing an orange print wedding guest dress

The 70s are back, and whether you were here for them the first time around or not, this retro print dress from Never Fully Dressed will fast become one of the hardest working items in your wardrobe. It has a clever reversible design so you've got two dresses in one!

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23. Sophie Floral Print Jumpsuit – £140, Phase Eight

Model wearing a floral wedding guest jumpsuit

Don’t forget the power of a jumpsuit when it comes to wedding guest dressing – the Sophie design, from Phase Eight, will enable you to bust any number of moves at the reception disco. Partner it with an oversized blazer for effortless cool.  

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24. Shirred Polka Dot Maxi Dress – £340, Self-Portrait

 

Model wearing a tulle wedding guest dress

Self-Portrait are known for their romantic designs and this is the winter wedding dress for any guest who wants to earn style points – the ruffles, tiers and tulle will garner you endless compliments from fellow fashionistas in the know. 

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25. Frill Tier Mini Dress – £69, Warehouse

Model wearing a frill mini wedding guest dress

This flowy, smocked mini dress from Warehouse has the most delicate floral print, and would look just as good with natural, pared-back make-up as it would a bold red lip. Trade the model’s chunky boots for strappy white block heels and pop on a set of statement earrings to amp up the glamour.

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26. Puff Sleeve Sequin Mini Dress – £149, Warehouse

  Model wearing a rose gold sequin wedding guest dress

You knew it wouldn't be long before we snuck some sequins in here - and at under £150, this Warehouse dress is a great price for its levels of embellishment. The rose gold colour is great if you want to take a break from gold or silver. 

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27. Large Paisley Printed Cut Out Midi – £69, Oasis

Model wearing an orange wedding guest dress

We've fallen head over heels for this Oasis beauty, and we reckon you will too! If your wedding is in early winter the rusty hues of this gown will be the ideal transitional piece to take your from autumn. 

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28. Satin Polka Print Midi Dress – £58, Little Mistress

Model wearing a berry wedding guest dress

The burgundy wine shade of this Little Mistress dress was what caught our eye, but the polka dot detailing and satisfyingly weighty satin material were what made us hit add to basket. It’s a super feminine pick that will give your final ensemble a fun, flirty feel. 

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29. Beau Wrap Midi Dress - £55, Pretty Lavish

Model wearing a lilac wedding guest dress

This season, you might notice something of a purple reign on the high street - from soft lilacs to rich plums, this regal colour is definitely having a moment. One of our favourite incarnations is this Pretty Lavish midi dress. Crafted from a soft knit fabric, it's a winter-ready twist on the typical wrap dress you'll wear year after year. 

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30. Puff Sleeve Asymmetric Midi Dress – £80, Lavish Alice

Model wearing a navy wedding guest dress

Okay, so you may have one arm warmer than the other, but that won't stop us wearing this navy Lavish Alice dress to a winter wedding. The tailored look is totally on trend this season and it's one that will show you've made an effort. 

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31. Lille Angel Sleeve Jumpsuit – £75, Omnes

Model wearing a yellow jumpsuit

Winter weddings might be met with grey, gloomy weather, so inject a little sunshine into the day by wearing this bright yellow jumpsuit from Omnes. The animal print is undeniably cool and you won't have to accessorise - the outfit speaks for itself. 

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32. Self Belt Satin Mini – £40, Dorothy Perkins

Model wearing a purple mini wedding guest dress

While we love the deep jewel tones that usually fill the rails at this time of year, brights don’t have to be totally out of the question – take the Dorothy Perkins belted dress, for instance. This vibrant purple dress is a reminder that showing off your shape with a nipped-in cut will never go out of style.

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33. Bow Wrap Jumpsuit – £59.99, Mango 

  Model wearing a blue bow jumpsuit

A wedding guest outfit option from Spanish retailer Mango is this sophisticated blue number. While jumpsuits aren't uncommon on the high street at this time of year, the bold hue and unusual bow detail really set this one apart - don't underestimate its refined, classy charms.

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34. Llorna Statement Sleeve Skater Dress – £175, Ted Baker

Model wearing a burgundy wedding guest dress

Shorter hemline more your jam? Even for venues where you might be spending a lot of time outside, you can always pop this Ted Baker dress on with a pair of tights – we love the idea of patterned versions with polka dots or tiny hearts, as well as the usual black opaques.

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35. Made You Dream Maxi Dress – £110, Sister Jane

Model wearing a starry wedding guest dress

If you want to keep your colour palette super seasonally appropriate, it doesn’t come much more festive than this Sister Jane sequinned dress. The relaxed midi silhouette is sensational, and literally no one (bride aside) will be able to compete with the wow-factor of those shimmery stars.

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36. Tokoyo Love Midi Dress – £135, Sister Jane

Model wearing a pink heart wedding guest dress

Love will quite literally be all around you if you opt for this heart dress from Sister Jane. It's pretty, quirky and will no doubt keep you snug from the ceremony to the reception. Add a bejewelled headband into the mix for an adorable touch. 

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37. Floral Wrap Detail Blazer Dress – £40, Pretty Little Thing

Model wearing a blue floral wedding guest blazer dress

Blazer dresses are a go-to in our books and this floral Pretty Little Thing number is what blazer dress dreams are made of. From the bold blue print, to the sophisticated structure and sexy deep neckline, this is a beautiful option. 

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38. Satin Pleated Midaxi Dress – £35, Boohoo

  Model wearing a mustard pleated wedding guest dress

Go for this Boohoo maxi dress and you won’t just walk into the ceremony space – you’ll positively glide. It’s a brilliant buy for anyone looking for winter wedding guest dresses on a budget, as Boohoo quite often runs promotions that can get you anywhere up to 40 per cent off.

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39. Shibori Print Pleated Dress - £179, Whistles

  Model wearing a striped wedding guest dress

Chic, stylish and elegant this striped green printed dress is made from one of the best fabrics we've seen all season. It's from Whistles so you know it'll be great quality and a piece you can keep in your wardrobe and re-wear time and time again. 

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40. Belted Sequin Mini Dress - £149, Warehouse

Model wearing a gold sequin wedding guest dress

Have you ever seen disco look this good? The sequins on this Warehouse dress twinkle from gold to green, set off with a batwing sleeve that wouldn’t look out of place in a far more expensive designer collection. We predict this one will sell out quickly, so snap it up now while you still can.

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