25 perfect pieces to nail the winter wedding guest dress code...
Winter wedding guest outfits: just where do you really start when you can’y just slip into a summer dress?
‘A great blazer is key in colder months,’ advises Mare Claire’s fashion editor, Lucia Debieux. ‘It’s the one thing that will really pull your whole look together if you get it right.’ From velvet, to fall florals we’ve found the best blazers to shrug on over your wedding outfit to keep you warm but looking cool.
When it comes to the rest of your outfit, don’t be restricted by traditional wedding guest rules. These days, you’re far more likely to see guests experimenting with shapes and colour. Plus, choosing something modern means you can get away with wearing it to other events: from meeting the parents, to the work holiday party – who said Christmas party dresses couldn’t be chic?
And of course, you don’t have to go for a dress. Jumpsuits and luxe tailoring are more than wedding-appropriate these days, and the the high street is full of amazing statement skirts this season – from flirty lace to slinky sequins.
Naturally, the style of wedding ceremony you’re invited to can dictate your look. Church ceremonies generally call for covered shoulders, while evening weddings tend to require a black tie dress code. Finding the right accessories is the best way to elevate your outfit for the evening, so check out J.W.Anderson’s gorgeous new range of elegant but directional jewellery.
Luckily, winter’s the time for some of the best shopping deals around and if you love a steal then we’ve curated a few guides to the best Black Friday clothing deals and Black Friday dresses around. From the jaw dropping couture gowns in our Black Friday designer deals page to something a little more wallet-friendly (but no less chic) in our M&S Black Friday sale and Topshop Black Friday edits, there’s loads to sift through. Our sister site InStyle UK has also got their eye on the ball, with Black Friday fashion deals and a collection of the best Net a Porter deals around – uh, yes please?
And last, but definitely not least, – the shoes. There’s no need to splash out on a pair of sky scrapers – let’s be honest you’ve got a long day and a lot of dancing ahead of you. Block heels in luxe materials, or embellished flats are the key to looking polished and lasting on the dance floor.
Scroll on to see our full edit of the best winter wedding guest outfits in store now…
Add winter florals to your wedding guest wardrobe.
These fluid silk culottes will look great with a navy pussy bow blouse and metallic accessories.
Wear this floral top with cream culottes for a fresh take on winter dressing.
Curated, miss-matched earrings are the perfect way to add a personal touch to your outfit.
These sparkly shoes are destined for the dancefloor. The soft gold tone will match any ensemble and will see you through the party season in style.
Ticking off the velvet and embroidery trend, these stylish culottes are bound to bag you lots of compliments.
Give a nod to 90s minimalism and layer these dainty chokers up with a slinky slip dress.
This pretty little clutch will add a splash of colour to an winter ensemble.
Pyjama dressing is one of the best trends to wear for a day-to-night wedding; dance 'til dawn, then flop straight into bed.
Wear these gold shoes with super-fine silver socks and be the belle of any ball.
Add a vintage touch to your outfit with this pretty velvet bag.
The Marie Claire fashion team have fallen head over heels for J.W.Anderson's new jewellery line. Add a a high fashion spin to any outfit with these super-cool earrings.
Hitting just above the ankle, show off a pair of matching bold red shoes with this floral jumpsuit.
Balance the fullness of this skirt with a fitted Victorian-style blouse and dainty Mary Janes.
This Bardot dress is bang on trend.
Show off these super-cool wrapped sandals with cropped tailored trousers.
Never underestimate the the time-saving super-powers of a jumpsuit. Simply slip a velvet blazer on top, add heels and you're good to go.
Wear with silk navy culottes for a tonal take on wedding dressing.
Winter dresses like this that will still work in summer are a real find.
The ever-popular 'cold shoulder' trend is going nowhere - this jumpsuit will serve you well for many weddings to come.
Minimalists will appreciate Anya Hindmarch's style mantra: dress simply, then add joyful accessories.
Brighten up a dark outfit with a pretty print.
This elegant top will look gorgeous with tailored cigarette trousers and a tuxedo blazer.
Shoulder rope this plush velvet blazer over a silk slip dress and prepare to turn heads.
This chic bag is perfect for wearing across the body to keep your hands free for taking lots of photos at your friend's wedding.
We wouldn't usually advocate wearing black to a wedding but this Hope & Ivy dress is super pretty.