What to Wear to a Bridal Shower

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Although it’s not quite the “season” for all things wedding right now, we know very well how quickly time flies. Before you know it, flowers will be rising up from the snow, save-the-dates will cover your fridge and bridal shower invitations will be filling up your calendar. Not only do you get to chat with friends, eat delicious finger foods and celebrate the bride, but you also get to enjoy wearing something fun and shower-appropriate.

Not sure what that means? Let us guide you to the perfect party outfit.

The difference between bridal showers and weddings is that a shower is much more casual. For this occasion, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear something other than a dress. The most important question that first enters the mind is, “Can I wear white?”

The answer is very simple. NO. Save all your whites, creams and ivorys for another day (mostly if it’s a dress). Those shades are pretty much reserved for the bride at all her events. However, for a bridal shower, if the white has an all-over print, like floral or conversational, or if it’s just a basic cream top with a printed bottom, then consider yourself safe. Khaki and camel colors are also well-received.

Since we’re talking about color and shades, what about black? Black is always a good choice for events; however, bridal showers are meant to be light and happy. If the shower isn’t at night, then we suggest sticking to brighter shades that represent the experience. If you don’t feel comfortable in colors, try something close to black, like navy.

Now, for some outfit suggestions…

DRESSES

Because this is a lighter affair, dresses are a good choice. They are easily accessible, simple to outfit and come in lots of styles, silhouettes and fabrics.

If you’re adventurous, also consider a jumper:
A jumper is basically a dress with legs. They are extraordinarily comfortable and surprisingly very chic when paired with the right accessories.

SKIRTS

There are several lengths of skirts to choose from: above the knee, below the knee, tea length and maxi’s. Just ensure you’re picking a modest length for the party, nothing too tight or short. Or, you could try a twin set with a matching skirt and top.

PANTS

Pants are increasingly becoming a big trend. Pants aren’t just made of denim anymore — there are lots of options to be dressy with a pant. Metallic, printed, silk, jacquard … the list goes on.

SHORTS

Just like a pant, there are lots to choose from nowadays with the idea that shorts can be dressy. Please no denim cut-offs — keep these for the beach and music festivals.

The easiest way to put together an outfit for a bridal shower, is to remember who your there for. Keep in mind the bride’s style; if you’re invited to her shower, chances are you know her pretty well. Use the location of the party to determine the look you’re going for and always make sure to honor the gal you’re clinking glasses to.

Images via Esther Baseme

Cathleen is a writer, stylist and works for one of the leading fashion companies in the world. Based in Los Angeles, she and her husband enjoy quality time with friends, traveling and random dance parties.

4 COMMENTS
  • Derek Dewitt September 20, 2018

    My wife is attending a bridal shower soon, but she isn’t sure what to wear. I like your point about choosing a dress or jumper. I’ll be sure to have her look for accessories that could pair with these outfits.

  • Anonymous September 20, 2016

    some idea of what to wear to a bahamah bridal shower and i am 48 yrs olfd

  • uwamwiza dona September 23, 2015

    Lol

  • Faye @ Boutique Bag Lady February 20, 2013

    This is very chic and comfortable to wear to any outing.

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