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Besides your wedding gown and engagement-party dress, your bridal-shower outfit will likely be one of the most photographed looks of your nuptial festivities. While what you’ll wear to your bridal shower is typically more pared down than what you’ll wear on the big day, it’s still a moment when all eyes are on you — so why not indulge in a dressier ensemble? You can go super formal or keep things dressy casual.
A white bridal-shower dress is a conventional but chic choice. If you’d like to go the nontraditional route, try a colorful dress or a printed style. Consider Syrian designer Rime Arodaky for an impeccable suit-inspired minidress or Australian label Third Form for a timeless satin midi dress you can easily rewear over and over again. If, on the other hand, you’d like to introduce an element of color without going too bold, Emilia Wickstead’s floral cotton midi dress or Reformation’s painterly off-shoulder design are two options that will guarantee a head-turning entrance.
Feeling inspired by “Bridgerton”? You’ll love Sister Jane’s pearl-encrusted mini ball gown or House of CB’s pleated satin midi dress. Err on the side of dressy casual with Cult Gaia’s cutout knit midi dress or Anna October’s breezy sundress. No matter your style preferences, there are an assortment of bridal shower outfits to choose from.
What to Wear to Your Bridal Shower
There is no hard and fast rule that requires you to wear white to your bridal shower. In fact, many brides have been breaking with convention this season — opting for black wedding dresses and styles with shorter hemlines, for example — and this attitude extends to their bridal-shower attire.
Nailing any special occasion look is about slipping into something you’ll look and feel comfortable in. During the summer, lighter and breathable fabrics — such as linen and cotton — typically deliver in terms of practicality, while in the colder seasons, thicker materials (think knit or tweed) strike a balance between luxe and warm. Where and when you host your bridal shower will affect what you choose to wear: a classic blazer dress might be ideal for a fancy restaurant, while a midi design with eyelets could be better suited for a relaxed brunch at a friend’s home.
How to Style Your Bridal-Shower Dress
Whether it’s a pair of opera gloves or a statement chain necklace, accessories will play a big role in enhancing your bridal-shower dress. They give you an opportunity to introduce color — like with a bright handbag or a vibrant pair of earrings — or stick to a certain theme, such as a garden party or beach hang.
Keep reading for bridal-shower-outfit inspo, and get ready to find a look you love.
— Additional reporting by Kiara Joseph and Marina Liao