There are some gorgeous winter wedding gowns out there, but what should you wear if you're not the bride? A white dress is out, of course, but deciding what to wear to a Christmas wedding doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, it can be more fun than choosing a dress for traditional spring and summer nuptials.
The most challenging part of picking a wedding guest dress for a ceremony around Christmas is finding one that's festive, but not overly so. It's still a wedding, after all, so looking classy and sophisticated is key. But you do still get more of an opportunity to have fun with your outfit and embrace the yuletide spirit.
Another bonus to dressing for a Christmas season wedding? You can repurpose the dress right away at a holiday party or even a New Year's Eve fête, and if you're a bridesmaid, the whole "shorten it and wear it again" thing might actually work for a Christmas cocktail hour. It can be a little more challenging to re-wear a dress right after a summer celebration.
Here are 13 dresses to consider wearing to a Christmas wedding. "Eat, drink, and be merry" has never applied more.
Soprano Bow Back Fit And Flare Dress, $58, nordstrom.com
This dress features a low back and a holiday-perfect bow. As they say, (beautiful) business in the front, party in the back.
Chi Chi London Plus Gold Jacquard Midi Bandeau Dress, $117, asos.com
The lovely black floral pattern keeps the gold understated and sophisticated.
Lady Love Song Dress in Olive Velvet, $62.99, modcloth.com
The muted green is holiday and wedding-friendly at the same time.
Mock Neck Hi-Lo Dress, $35.42, ashleystewart.com
You'll be the most stylish guest at the wedding in this fire-red number.
ASOS T-Shirt Fringe Midi Dress, $103.91, asos.com
How fun would this dress be to hit the dance floor in?
Adrianna Papell Plus Size Embellished Scoop Back Cocktail Dress, $259, nordstrom.com
Sequins never looked this grown up.
Little Mistress Printed Jacquard Dress In Fit And Flare, $128.99, asos.com
This works perfectly as a year-round wedding guest dress, but doesn't look out of place at a winter reception.
Plus Shimmering Lace Tulle Dress, $31.99, rue21.com
The silhouette and hue of the tulle skirt keeps it mature and fun at the same time.
Cassie Dress in Slub Silk, $149.99, jcrew.com
This sophisticated dress is grown up enough to keep you away from the kids' table, for sure.
Toned Down Gold
Silky Plunge Skater Dress, $68, missguidedus.com
The shiny nude hue of this dress passes off as a stylish, muted gold.
Swiss Dot Flare Dress, $44.90, fashiontofigure.com
No need for a sweater with this sweet long-sleeved number.
Ready To Ruffle Wine Red Midi Dress, $59, lulus.com
Midi dresses are totally wedding-appropriate and trendy at the same time.
Illusion Ball Gown, $47.10, torrid.com
Nothing says "Christmas" like a touch of shine, and the blue hue is festive without being too forward.
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