The best winter wedding guest outfits for the season ahead

We know Covid has put a a dampener on weddings, but we’re happy it hasn’t cancelled love altogether, So if you’re one of those lucky 15 guests, this is a rather lovely occasion to invest in new winter wedding guest outfits (though if you’d rather not, there are plenty of place which you can hire designer dresses from).

Figuring out how to look chic and not freeze to death in the blistering British cold isn’t an easy task however, especially now you have to figure out what will look nice with a face mask too. However, after some heavy scrolling online, I’ve managed to find some designer and high street options that will make you stand out from the crowd.

Whether you’re looking for a minimalist tailored dress or an ethereal floral midi, there’s something out there for every budget and sense of style, from affordable high street pieces from the likes of H&M and Zara to some luxury hard-hitters by Gabriela Hearst and xxx – and I’ve included some contemporary designers including Rixo and Needle & Thread for that sweet spot in the middle.

Sometimes, the type of wedding you’re going to might limit the kind of silhouette you can opt for. When it comes to traditional church weddings, go for a long-sleeved style with a bateau or other high neckline to avoid showing too much flesh. This looks works well for a black tie affair, though that’s a great occasion to go for a truly dramatic piece.

Your clothes are just part of your outfit however and the right accessories can tip you into fashion queen territory. Show-stopping statement earrings or some carefully layered gold necklaces can step up a minimal piece, while the right pair of  shoes can make or break an outfit.

And if you’re feeling really sartorial, why not cash in on one of the season’s biggest trends: extra mini handbags? Let’s be real – when else are you ever going to get a chance to wear them? As far as keeping warm goes, just through an oversized blazer over your dress to instantly make everything look more expensive. Shop my edit of the best wedding guest outfits below.