Winter Wedding Guest Style from Stylist Kathryn Duncan

More and more couples are choosing to get married over the festive period, so we asked out favourite stylist, Kathryn Duncan, to pick out the perfect wedding guest looks for winter weddings -

It only seemed like yesterday we were drinking in summer beer gardens, coveting this season’s latest sunnies and spending every night wondering if Laura will get ‘mugged off’ yet again (yes I’m referencing Love Island - as if I need to make that clear). All of a sudden, the summer of fun is over, it’s windy and cold and we’re packing away the bikinis and pulling out the sweaters. Yes, the Autumn/Winter season is upon us. In fashion terms this has to be my favourite season. Sumptuous leather boots, plush cashmere sweaters and delicious winter coats, ‘tis the things style dreams are made of. The winter season provides a rich array of colour palettes and textures to dress in and play with.

It seems brides have woken up to the style merits of the winter season, with the current trend of winter and festive weddings. I can most definitely see the appeal; cosy romantic venues, flattering candle light, faux fur accessories and an excuse for even more wedding sparkle. With that said, I’m here to help you, the wedding guest, navigate the vast array of party dresses out there, separate the glamour from the ghastly, and get winter wedding ready.

Here are my takes on the perfect winter wedding outfits:


Animal Print has had a huge moment this Autumn/Winter season, and personally I can’t get enough. From zebra to leopard and my all time favourite snakeskin, animal print can do no wrong. It’s also my go to for a winter wedding. Animal print is sexy and glamorous without needing a bright or over the top pattern colour. The neutral colour palette also flatters most skin tones.

As well as zebra, leopard and snakeskin, tiger print is also having its time in the spotlight.

I adore this Topshop satin slip dress:

Tiger satin slip dress, £39, Topshop

Striking just the right amount of wedding glamour, this dress is perfect for the glowing romance of a winter wedding. Team it with a faux fur jacket and contrasting shoes in burgundy or green for a flawless look.

This dress is crying out for statement earrings, try these 1980’s vintage pair:

Vintage clip-on earrings, £18, Etsy


Velvet is another huge trend this Autumn/Winter season. Why not incorporate this ‘touch me’ fabric into your wedding guest outfit? It’s sumptuous, rich and an ideal texture for a winter wedding. I love the deep green colour and retro vibe of this Zara halter neck velvet jumpsuit:

Belted jumpsuit, £69.99, Zara

Style it with this gorgeous winter white cape jacket (such a great, dressy alternative to a blazer):

White cape blazer, £22, Pretty Little Thing

Finish this look with a pair of platform metallic sandals and a clutch for retro wedding glam.

It’s my firm belief a wedding guest outfit should be appropriate to style for other occasions. The good news about this jumpsuit is that it will double as your New Year’s Eve outfit. Hooray!


It used to be the hard and fast rule that wearing black to a wedding was the ultimate no-no. Just like many other traditional social norms, the dress code has changed. Black is wedding outfit best! It’s just the most sophisticated colour that exists (no arguments) and flatters basically everyone. It’s also a brilliant canvas to add some rich berry/pink or red accents on your nails and lips.

I’m obsessed with this Topshop Boutique satin top and PJ trouser look:

Adalia batwing top, £85, Topshop Boutique

Adalia PJ style trousers, £85, Topshop Boutique

The satin fabric compliments black perfectly, and you’ll look like you’ve arrived in flowing liquid ink.

It also allows you to style this to your personal taste with some colourful accessories. I would add these Zara fringe earrings for some 1920’s opulence:

Metal fringe dangle earrings, £15.99, Zara

Finish the look with these Topshop Pink Gloss Mules - you can thank me later:

Gloss pointed mules, £85, Topshop


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