The Best Winter Wedding Guest Dresses: Petite Friendly Options

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Wedding season is upon us. It’s nice to have something to look forward to after the holiday season and to get dressed up. As winter gets into full swing, I wanted to share some great dresses to wear as a winter wedding guest. Never fear you will also be able to wear them for other events and occasions. Getting multiple wears out of a dress is always a goal of mine.

Finding great dresses for dressy and special occasions in petite sizing is not always easy. Over the years, I have learned what works for my petite body with a few alterations. So I am sharing some great options that can easily be altered to fit a petite body frame along with petite sized dresses. You can read all of my tips for shopping when you can’t buy petite sizing here. So here are some of my favorites to help you look and feel your best during your winter wedding festivities.

Jewel Toned Wedding Guest Dresses

Jewel toned fabrics are always beautiful pops of color in the dreary winter months. These beautiful colors are great to wear to an afternoon or evening wedding. Whether it is a gorgeous teal like this or a deep pink you are easily able to pair it with neutral shoes for afternoon event or a little sparkle on your toes for evening. I also the option of red or purple for winter weddings.

Winter Neutral Dresses

Everyone always embraces neutrals. They are our safety net and black is always everyone’s first instinct. However, in the winter we should always consider some burgundy, taupe, or even navy. Those colors also work well other times of the year.

Long Sleeved Winter Wedding Guest Dresses

If you are like me, I get cold. You just never know if a church or special events facility is going to be drafty in the middle of winter. If that happens and it is a cold evening, then a long sleeved dress is in order. Even a sheer sleeve like this will give you just enough coverage so that you are not shivering. And yes, I would wear comfortable pumps and great hosiery with a long sleeved dress in the middle of winter.

My choice for comfortable pumps is always the Sarah Flint Perfect Pump. It comes in 3 different heel heights so there is one that eveyone feels comfortable standing, walking and dancing the night away in. Other bonus is that it is always available in multiple colors and textures. You can use my code SARAHFLINT-BABETHF for $50 off your purchase.

Black Tie Options

Now, who doesn’t enjoy getting all dressed up for a great black-tie affair? There are always so many options out there, however, very few come in petite sizing. There are a couple of brands that I like for formal wear that alters nicely. My seamstress has given them her thumbs up for being able to make their designs work for petite frames on more than one occasion. Those brands are Sachin + Babi and Mac Duggal. Here are some stunners from those brands.


Thanks so much for stopping by. I hoped this helped you on your shopping journey for your upcoming wedding festivities. I appreciate every read, share, pin, and forward. So please pass this along to a petite friend even if they are not in the market for a winter wedding guest dress. I am always doing my best to hlep other vertically challenged women find clothing that they love.


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  1. Great post, Beth. I love the jewel tone colors anytime- but especially for the winter months.

    1. Thank you. I do too. They are always great for the gloomy days whether it is for a dressy occasion or just around the house.

  2. jodie filogomo says:

    It’s so nice to find some dresses that aren’t sleeveless. I’m always cold too, LOL

    1. Trust me I looked high and low for dresses with sleeves. Who wants to go sleeveless in the cold winter weather. I don’t care where you live. It can get chilly.

  3. Linda Pace says:

    This photo of you is stunning.

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