Today, we'll answer the question: What should you wear to a bridal shower as a guest? If you are invited to a wedding shower this spring or summer, you might be wondering what to wear to a bridal shower. We'll take a look at a few bridal shower guest outfit ideas for you! And we'll share picks for bridal shower dresses for guests and other outfit options!
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What Should You Wear to A Bridal Shower as a Guest?
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Just as I do with wedding invitations, I look to the bridal shower invitation for clues about formality. The location, season, time of day, weather forecast, and how formally -- or casually-- dressed others are likely to be are all things that I usually consider.
Bridal Shower Styles
Bridal showers, like weddings, can range significantly in style. Some bridal showers are an informal afternoon potluck or cookout at someone's house. Other events might be may be beautifully decorated brunch at a venue, a catered lunch at a hotel, or a party-like celebration at a wedding venue, or restaurant. There are also Jack-and-Jill showers, which involve both spouses-to-be and their friends. This type of shower is often held as a casual party in the late afternoon or evening.
How To Figure Out a Bridal Shower Dress Code
If the invitation doesn't specify a dress code -- or doesn't give much context for how formal the event may be -- you'll usually be ok with a dress or a skirt.
Perhaps you have friends who are attending the same shower. If so, you can all confer about what to wear a little. If you don't know the couple or their friend group very well, then you can usually ask the hostess for a little advice about the dress code if you are still stumped.
Based on my own experience with bridal showers, I've added some guidelines below.
Bridal Shower Guest Attire
In general for women, a nice skirt and a top, sundress, jumpsuit, or dressy top with pants and heels will suit nearly any shower setting. If you are browsing your own closet, I recommend wearing something you'd wear to church, a holiday gathering, or to a nice dinner out with your friends.
That daytime dress or festive outfit that you always get a compliment on? Wear that! If you have a cute spring dress you've been wanting to wear, or you need an excuse shop for a new top, this may be the time!
If you are the one hosting the shower, or in the wedding in some capacity, you may want to dress up a little more than you would as just a guest. It doesn't have to be anything over-the-top, just something to show your pride in hosting or attending!
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Bridal Shower Dress Codes
These are based on the general bridal shower dress codes from showers I've attended. If there's a bridal shower dress code that doesn't fall into these categories and has you stumped, follow us on Instagram and write a comment below a post!
Casual Bridal Shower
What it will be like: An outdoor cookout or very informal gathering at someone's house.
Casual Attire Suggestions: A sundress, pretty top and skirt, festive top and pants, or even a jumpsuit or cute romper might all be appropriate. If you know others are wearing casual spring or summer clothes then maybe even a pair of dressy shorts might work. Wear dressy shoes and accessories to add a little celebratory nod to this look.
Dressy Bridal Shower
A more formal gathering at someone's house or venue, but it will be festive and dressy. Perhaps there is even a theme.
Attire Suggestions: I'd stick with a tailored daytime dress a pretty floral maxi dress, or a combination of cute tops with skirt or pants, and pretty heels or sandals.
Formal Bridal Shower
What it will be like: Maybe a high-tea, or dressy event at a restaurant, or hotel.
Formal Attire Suggestion: Again, a skirt and top - slightly more formal material this time - or a beautiful semi-formal daytime dress like a floral lace sheath dress or printed midi dress, or floral maxi dress would be what I'd select. Dressy jewelry and heeled sandals or pumps would finish off the look!
Cute Outfit for a Bridal Shower Guest
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What Not To Wear to A Bridal Shower
White. Just like a wedding, please try not to wear a white dress, or other all-white ensembles, as this may be what the bride-to-be has chosen to wear. And, obviously, if you know the bride-to-be is wearing another color instead, also try not to exactly match that color.
Jeans. I would also stay away from jeans, although in some more casual cases - like a cookout or open house shower - white jeans and a dressy top might be an exception. You know your friends and the crowd best! I have even been to super-casual showers where the bride and guests are wearing dark wash jeans. If that's what the honoree and crowd is wearing, then that's fine! Jeans are just something I would avoid entirely I were at all unsure of the formality.
Skimpy Stuff. Don't wear anything too revealing. Bridal showers are parties, but not the place for your new body-con party dress. Keep in mind the shower will likely have guests of all ages, and the couple's close family members. It's not the time for a skin-tight dress or a low-cut tops. Keep the look classy and lovely!
Super-Formal Dresses. Also, avoid being too dressy! I know, I know, there are a lot of contradictions! Just don't wear an embellished cocktail dress that would be more appropriate for the evening. After all, it would be slightly embarrassing to be more dressed up than the shower honoree. Just like a wedding, it's great to choose something elegant and understated, and classic. You can't go wrong with a beautiful color, or pretty print.
Uncomfortable Shoes or Outfits. Showers can also involve a lot of eating, drinking, and game playing. You may be helping with food, or cleaning up after presents. Be comfortable!
All Black. This isn't a hard and fast attire no-no, but usually, showers are festive daytime events, so an all-black outfit is a little somber. If you are wearing black for some reason, break it up with pretty accessories. Or, wear a bright color top or skirt, to balance our a black top or black pants or skirt you may be wearing.
Where to Shop for Bridal Shower Outfits
Here are a few places I always love to look for bridal shower outfits:
- Lulus, so many cute dresses for weddings and wedding-related events under 100!
- The Mint Julep Boutique, again, adorable cute short dresses and tops that were just made to wear to a shower! Most looks are under $100.
- Pink Lily dresses and tops, with tons of styles under $50!
- Nordstrom. The day dress or casual dress section always has some great ideas!
- Red Dress Boutique. So many cute ladylike dresses and rompers at affordable prices.
- Lilly Pulitzer. Perfect dresses for a preppy bridal shower or a beachy or coastal bridal shower. Classic styles in the most fun colors - which is ideal to wear for bridal shower festivities!
- ASOS. They have one of the best selections of floral dresses and day dresses under $100. I always find several bridal shower styles here! They also offer plus, petite, and tall sizes. They also have the cutest maternity dresses if anyone in your crew is expecting!
- LOFT. If dresses aren't your style (or even if they are!) or you want a pretty top or skirt to wear instead, I always love this spot.
- Boden. Also lots of brightly colored casual dresses and dressy tops!
- Dillard's This southern-US-based department store has sweet, pretty floral dresses and dressy tops galore!
- ModCloth. Always super-sweet dresses, with a slightly retro style, with a great range of sizes from petite to plus.
- Rent the Runway. If you have a ton of showers and special events to attend, you may want to check out Rent the Runway and their Unlimited program.. you can get a stream of outfits for several different events, including lots of pretty shower outfit picks!
- J.Crew Factory. There's usually a good sale to be had on these already affordable sundresses!
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