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Best Wedding Guest Dresses for Winter 2024

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Editor’s note: Article updated on January 5, 2024.

Best dressed guest! Winter wedding season has begun, and we’re gearing up for a season of love (cue Rent). While spring, summer and autumn are popular for weddings, a winter wedding has a different type of beautiful magic to it. According to The Knot, guests actually may be “even more excited to gather and celebrate together during this time of year”!

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Another plus is that vendors and venues tend to have more availability — and more affordable pricing. And if you’re a guest, it gives you something to look forward to. New wintry wedding guest dress, here we come!

But finding the perfect outfit to wear as a wedding guest is challenging enough even before you add cold weather to the mix. We want to “say yes to the dress,” but sadly, it’s not that simple! It feels like there are infinite white gowns for brides but limited options available for guests — especially in the winter. Most of the dresses in our closet just don’t cut it.

How We Picked the Best Wedding Guest Dresses for Winter

When searching for your wedding guest ensemble, there are some important factors to keep in mind. Each wedding has a specific dress code to adhere to: cocktail attire or black tie, indoor or outdoor, dressy or casual. Plan accordingly. You can usually play around with tasteful prints, but steer clear of any pattern that features too much white. Ivory is out of the question at a wedding — you never want to upstage the bride! And as always, we try to keep it classy and comfy at the same time. Whenever possible, opt for stretchy over stiff styles so you can survive the ceremony all the way until the cake cutting.

I’ve been to so many weddings in the past year that I’m beginning to feel like Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses. Just like in the movie, I have spent countless hours scouring the shelves for affordable wedding guest dresses. But unlike in the plot of that rom-com, I can actually wear these looks again!

My goal in compiling this list was to choose unique party pieces that are timeless, not just trendy. Rock one of these frocks to a wedding one weekend and a Valentine’s Day dinner the next. The possibilities are endless! I also tried to include budget-friendly designs that appeal to a wide range of body types and work in a variety of different settings. And since I was searching for winter wedding options, I specifically sought out elegant dresses with sleeves in midi and maxi lengths.

By the power vested in me by Us Weekly, I now pronounce the 14 best wedding guest dresses for winter. Shop these chic styles, from Amazon to Anthropologie. May you live happily ever after with these dreamy dresses!

1. Our Top Pick: ASTR the Label Women’s Gaia Dress

Silky Smooth

Say hello to the holy grail of wedding guest dresses! This silky slip dress fits like a glove, accentuating your curves in all the right places while allowing airy movement with the sultry slit and flowy skirt. I wore this flattering frock to a wedding and received compliments all night long! Since this dress costs under $100 and comes in so many different colors, you could even snag multiple shades for events throughout the year. You will definitely want to bring a shawl or coat with you, especially if the wedding is outdoors.


  • Universally flattering
  • Comfortable
  • Available in many colors


  • Won’t keep you as warm as other options

Available at: Amazon

2. Lulus Moments Of Bliss Forest Green Backless Mermaid Maxi Dress

The Little Mermaid 

Warning: jaws may drop when you wear this mermaid maxi dress. Shoppers say that this evening gown is figure-flattering and fabulous! Ideal for taller women, the long length makes this dress a black-tie staple. We’re smitten with the simple yet shapely silhouette — V-neckline, thin straps darted bodice and wide back cutout. The floor-length silhouette will keep you warm all night long.


  • Flattering
  • Comfortable


  • Runs long

Available at: Lulus

3. Cosonsen Satin V-Neck Long-Sleeve Tie-Wasti Split Midi Dress

That’s a (Faux) Wrap

This silky-smooth and gleaming wedding guest dress is a dream for celebrating winter nuptials. It has an ultra-flattering wrap silhouette, but it’s not a true wrap dress, so you can simply zip it up and be all set. The long, voluminous sleeves and the midi hem are seasonally appropriate and undoubtedly sophisticated!


  • Eight colors
  • Currently on sale for under $40


  • Some may find the neckline too low

Available at: Amazon

4. Dessy Collection Convertible Neck Long Sleeve Chiffon Gown

Chic in Chiffon

Attending a black-tie affair and need a long gown? Look no further than this chiffon masterpiece, featuring a sweetheart neckline you can either wear up on the shoulders or off the shoulders entirely — maybe you’ll even switch it up during cocktail hour. This lined dress has a tall slit for movement too!


  • Machine-washable
  • Three color choices


  • No petite sizing

Available at: Nordstrom

5. Lulus How Much I Care Midnight Blue Trumpet Dress 

Strapless and sultry

So chic and charming! Make a fashion statement in this elegant sweetheart neckline frock, available in two deep colors that are perfect for winter. This maxi dress has a slight high-low design in the skirt, making it even more appealing.


  • No-slip strips on neckline
  • Flattering
  • Stretchy fabric


  • No zipper

Available at: Lulus

6. Hutch Sequin Back-Slit Maxi Dress 

Shining, Shimmering, Splendid 

Glisten under the lights in this eye-catching gown. This romantic maxi dress features gleaming sequins throughout. The square neckline is chic and the back slit is flirty — as they say: business in the front, party in the back! It also comes in a neutral shade, should that suit the color scheme of the wedding!


  • Beautiful shimmer and shine
  • Two styles available


  • No sleeves for cold weather

Available at: Anthropologie

7. Donna Morgan Twist Neck Crepe Dress

Do the Twist

This more modest dress provides both warmth and coverage thanks to its three-quarter sleeves and twisted mock neckline. Its Twilight Navy shade will look nice on any skin tone, and its solid, streamlined design opens it up for any type of jewelry or accessory. Same goes for shoes!


  • Added spandex for stretch
  • Can wash at home


  • No reviews yet

Available at: QVC

8. Lulus Divine Charm Black Pleated Satin One-Shoulder Maxi Dress

One-Shoulder Wonder

This stunning black one-shoulder gown will contrast beautifully with any fallen snow and fit right into the winter season. Its single sheer balloon sleeve is a game-changer, and the sweeping chiffon pleats have plenty of flow for hours on the dance floor (trust me — comfort is always my top concern).


  • Comes with matching tie sash
  • Hidden side zipper/clasp


  • No length options — may need to be hemmed

Available at: Lulus

9. Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Kate Slit-Detail Boatneck Gown

Whatever Floats Your Boat(neck)

My cousin Janet had been searching for a Mother of the Groom dress for her son’s wedding in December, so I suggested this stunning Chiara Boni gown. It’s appropriate for any wedding guest — my mom has worn the same style to many formal events! Featuring a ruffle faux-wrap skirt, a boatneck with slit details and three-quarter sleeves, this flattering frock is surprisingly stretchy. “Looked everywhere for something smart, stylish and comfortable to wear to my daughter’s Manhattan wedding,” one mother of the bride said. “When I pulled it up, it was like magic. I suddenly looked fabulous and felt it too. The fabric is so comfortable I didn’t want to take it off. Most expensive dress I’ve ever purchased but worth every penny!”


  • Flattering
  • On sale


  • Still pricey

Available at: Saks Fifth Avenue

10. MEROKEETY Women’s Sleeveless Lace Floral Elegant Cocktail Dress

An Ace in Lace

With over tons and tons of reviews on Amazon, this lace sheath dress is a wedding guest dress winner any time of year. “MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE DRESS HANDS DOWN!!!” proclaimed one shopper, in all caps no less. “I got SOOOOOO many compliments on this dress and everyone was so shocked that I had gotten it for so cheap off of Amazon.” This classic silhouette will never go out of style. Plus, it’s on sale now!


  • Available in 18 colors
  • Affordable and on sale
  • Flattering


  • Not long enough for a black-tie wedding

Available at: Amazon

11. Amsale Satin One-Shoulder Gown

The Cold Shoulder

Whether you have a winter wedding or a black-tie ball coming up, this off-the-shoulder gown is divine! Allow Us to take a weight off your shoulders with this one-shoulder maxi, available in a variety of rich hues. From the draped bodice to the satin finish, this gown will give the cold shoulder in cold weather. This rave review speaks for itself: “I don’t often leave reviews but this dress is absolutely stunning. It’s so beautiful and hangs on your body in the most perfect ways. Fabric is luxurious and is surprisingly comfortable. Highly recommend. I love this dress.” It’s totally timeless!


  • Elegant
  • Shoppers call the fabric “luxurious”


  • Pricey

Available at: Saks Fifth Avenue

12. Significant Other Demi Dress

Hole in One

Featuring flirty cutouts and an open back, this satin midi is a showstopper! Bring some heat to your next winter wedding in this dramatic dress. The twist-front detailing adds intrigue, while the full-length balloon sleeves play with proportions. The result? A unique look that will earn you all the compliments at your next nuptials!

Available at: Anthropologie

13. Norma Kamali Diana Gown

The Carrie Bradshaw Dress

As seen in baby blue on Sarah Jessica Parker in And Just Like That…, this iconic Norma Kamali one-shoulder dress has taken the internet by storm. Wonder why? This flattering gown hugs your curves while concealing trouble spots with the draped ruching effect. According to one reviewer, “It’s the kind of dress that looks amazing on any body type.” Made from a Spandex blend, this stretchy dress is comfy-chic!


  • Comfortable
  • Built-in bodysuit


  • Currently only available in one color

Available at: Revolve

14. Mincib Long-Sleeve Velvet Dress

Va-Va-Voom Velvet

Make a splash in this striking velvet dress, marked by a V-neckline and flattering wrap design. When it comes to formal fabrics, we can’t think of a material that provides more insulation than velvet. This long-sleeve maxi dress will keep you warm while still showing off a little skin. Just because it’s a winter wedding doesn’t mean you need to cover up completely!


  • Five colors
  • Under $50


  • May need a different size than usual — check chart!

Available at: Amazon

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