What To Wear To A Christening

If you’re wondering what to wear to a christening ceremony, you’re not alone. In a recent poll asking SilkFred customers which events they needed outfit ideas for, one word kept coming up: christenings.

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all dress code for christenings, so check the invite for clues. Is it a casual affair, or are you expected to arrive in your Sunday best? Finding something that you feel confident and comfortable in is always a good place to start. 

If in doubt, you may want to go for a midi-length or maxi hemline for a christening ceremony. Consider the setting and the plans you have afterwards. For instance, if you’re going out for a celebratory meal after the service, you might want to wear something with a loose, flowing fit.

We’re here with some hand-picked christening guest outfit ideas to give you inspiration. From dressed-up options to versatile jumpsuits, there’s something for every ceremony and season.


Shirt Dress Perfection

Q: how many shirt dresses is too many shirt dresses? A: the limit does not exist. The bright and breezy Brielle dress buttons all the way through, which means you can adjust the neckline and leg split as you like. This one really nips in your waist and has a comfy flowing skirt below.

Brielle Navy & Green Leopard Print Long Sleeve Shirt Maxi Dress By Girl In Mind | £45.00

For Leopard Lovers

If you’re partial to animal print like me, this spotted hanky hem midi dress is a winner. My favourite detail is the twisted knot at the front, which pulls in your waist and is so flattering on the bust area. This piece is fitted at the top and floaty below, with 3/4 length sleeves that are perfect for spring weather.

Jolie Moi Knot Front Hanky Hem Dress, Pink Animal By JOLIE MOI | £65.00

Elegant And Summery

This cold-shoulder midi would be my top pick for all sorts of swanky summer events. The swishy skirt and flowy fit will keep you cool and comfy, while the stunning print and pleated details make it smart enough for weddings and christenings.

Green Dobby Cold Shoulder Dress By Traffic People | £155.00

One And Done

Dresses not your vibe? A jumpsuit for a christening is a great choice! This red and blue floral jumpsuit is so elegant and gives you a bit more coverage in the leg department too. The tie knotted wrap-over style creates a lovely hourglass shape and there are pockets in the front. Style up with some neutral heels or dress down with your favourite flats.

Blue And Red Floral Printed Knot Front Round Neck Jumpsuit By AX Paris | £42.00

Ultimate Spring Midi

If spring was a dress, it would be this blue and white leopard midi. Soft and feminine, it’s designed with a V-neck and floaty sleeves. You’ll be able to get lots of wears out of this beyond that pending christening service too, from brunches to beer garden drinks. Add some strappy sandals or white square-toe heels to complete the look.

White/Blue Leopard V Neck Midi Dress By D.Anna | £25.00

Elegant In Navy

Classic and glamorous, this one-shoulder navy midi has all-over ruching for the ultimate body-flattering fit. There’s no expiry date on this piece, it’s genuinely timeless and would work for future evening events too. Try pairing with some simple drop earrings and nude heels.

Navy One Shoulder Ruched Midi Dress By AX Paris | £40.00

Bright And Cheery

A flattering wrap dress is a failsafe choice if you’re dealing with difficult dress codes, and this long-sleeved option would work wonders at a christening. The playful print does all the talking, so keep your accessories simple and complete the look with strappy heels.

Long Sleeve Wrap Midi Dress With Front Slit In Multicolour Navy / Pink Print By Jenerique | £57.00

What to wear to a winter christening

Formal vs. Casual:

  • Church setting: Most christenings take place in churches, which often lean towards a more formal dress code. However, it’s best to check with the family in advance to see if there are any specific dress code preferences.
  • Location: If the ceremony takes place outdoors or in a less formal setting, you can opt for a slightly more casual approach.

Comfort and Warmth:

  • Layering is key: Choose pieces you can easily layer to adjust to the temperature inside the church or any outdoor activities.
  • Fabric choices: Opt for warmer fabrics like wool, velvet, or thicker knits. Tights or leggings under skirts or dresses can add extra warmth.
  • Footwear: Choose shoes or boots with good traction for potentially icy or snowy conditions. Avoid overly high heels if the ceremony involves uneven terrain.
    Leopard Midi Skirt by URBAN TOUCH | £42.00

Here are some specific outfit ideas:

  • Dresses: A midi or maxi dress in a warm fabric with long sleeves is a classic choice. Look for details like ruching, lace, or embellishments for added flair.
  • Skirts and tops: Pair a knee-length or midi skirt with a warm blouse or sweater. Choose complementary colours and textures.
  • Jumpsuits: A stylish and comfortable option, perfect for layering with tights and a cardigan.

Autumn christening outfit

Comfort and Weather:

  • Embrace layering: Start with a base layer like tights or a slip, then add a dress, skirt, or jumpsuit, and top it off with a cardigan, blazer, or coat.
  • Fabrics with staying power: Opt for thicker knits, wool, velvet, or tweed for warmth and resilience against potential autumn chills.
  • Footwear for autumn: Choose shoes with good traction for potentially wet leaves or uneven terrain. Flats, wedges, or boots are usually more practical than high heels.
    Green Long Sleeve Midi Shirt Dress By Miss Floral | £52.00

Outfit Ideas:

  • A long-sleeve midi shirt dress with heels or boots is a versatile and classic choice. Pair it with statement jewellery or a bold scarf.
  • Skirt and sweater combo: Mix and match textures and patterns. Knee-length skirts with tights and chunky sweaters work well.
  • Jumpsuit: A practical and stylish option, perfect for layering with a light jacket or shawl.

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