Bridal Shower Outfit Ideas for the Bride That’ll Give Main Character Energy

From adorable white minis to floral bridal shower dresses, all eyes will be on you.
Collage of three bridal shower dresses for the bride
Photos, from left to right: Hill House, Loud Bodies, Anthropologie
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Lauren Whalley
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Lauren Whalley
Fashion Editor, Beauty & Inclusivity
  • Lauren writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a specialty in fashion, beauty and size inclusivity.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Lauren worked in wedding editorial for Brides, Style Me Pretty and Enaura Bridal.
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Updated Jan 30, 2024
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Your bridal shower outfit is one of the many opportunities you'll have to wear an outfit that will make you feel fabulous as you celebrate your nuptials with family and friends. And as you start to curate your wedding wardrobe, you'll need a standout bridal shower dress to make the day that much more beautiful. With so many bridal shower themes, there are plenty of bridal shower outfit ideas to choose from, and it can be hard to narrow down your search. But thankfully, there aren't many rules. First off, you don't have to solely wear a white bridal shower dress, and choosing a bold color or print is a fun way to spice up your bridal capsule wardrobe. Plus, if you're itching to rock a trendy outfit, the bridal shower is a great place to show off your unique sense of style.

Below, we're breaking down everything you need to know about bridal shower dresses and outfits. In addition to sharing exactly what to wear to your bridal shower and where to buy outfits online, we've curated a roundup of the best bridal shower dresses that you can shop on the spot.

In this article:

What Does a Bride Wear to the Bridal Shower?

A bride should wear a bridal shower outfit that makes them feel comfortable and confident in photos and fits the overall shower vibe. And spoiler alert: You don't have to wear a bridal shower dress if you don't want to. This is a great opportunity to play with jumpsuits, separates and other outfit options too. Whether you opt for a strapless white jumpsuit or a fun and flirty floral bridal shower dress, your wedding shower outfit should feel like an extension of your personal style.

The Best Bridal Shower Dresses for the Bride

It goes without saying that the best bridal shower dress is one that makes you feel confident and beautiful. Whether you choose a flirty floral bridal shower dress for a garden party or a fitted mini for a cocktail soiree, I've curated some of my favorite wedding shower dress ideas to help you check off one more item on your bridal shower to-do list.

Sachin & Babi Grace Strapless Back-Bow Mini Dress

White mini dress with bow
Photo: Sachin & Babi

A bridal shower dress with a bow is always a good idea. From its clean and modern strapless bodice to its slightly flaired skirt with a pleated waistline, I can't help but want to add this to my own cart while it's still in stock.

Size Range: 0-16

Lulus Sweetest Effect White Floral Burnout Puff Sleeve Mini Dress

Bride in white mini dress with puff sleeves
Photo: Lulus

overall shower vibe. And spoiler alert: You don't have to wear white if you don't have to. This is a great opportunity to play with colors and patterns if you plan on wearing white on the big day. Whether you opt for a strapless white jumpsuit or a fu

Size Range: XS-XL

Bridal by ELOQUII Corseted Tiered Dress

bride in corseted tiered midi dress
Photo: Lulus

If you're having a spring bridal shower and looking for garden party vibes, this plus-size bridal shower dress is for you. That's all thanks to its flirty details, including a corseted bodice, ruffled straps and an elegantly tiered skirt.

Size Range: 14-28

Petal and Pup Belle Maxi Dress

Bride in white tiered ankle dress
Photo: Petal and Pup

When it comes to a white bridal shower dress with texture and movement, this pick checks all the boxes. From its flirty ruffle bodice to its drop-tiered ruffle tulle skirt, what's not to love? Plus, even though the skirt is long, the fabric makes it lightweight enough to wear to a summer bridal shower.

Size Range: S-L

Lulus Flirty Luxury Ivory Mesh Pearl Long Sleeve Mini Dress

Bride in white long sleeve mini dress
Photo: Lulus

As a modern take on a classic mini, this Lulus bridal shower dress is both trendy and sexy. A layer of leaming faux pearl details decorates this stretchy mesh dress with slightly flared long sleeves, making this wedding shower dress an oh-so-chic moment.

Size Range: XS-XL

Ivy City Co. Naples Dress

Bride in long sleeve white lace dress
Photo: Ivy City Co.

This lace bridal shower dress was made for the bride who is ready to have a vintage-inspired moment. With a high neckline and a midi-length skirt with a scalloped hem, you're sure to look and feel timeless.

Size Range: 00-34W

Show Me Your Mumu Rosetta Mini Dress

Bride in bridal shower dress with long sleeves
Photo: Lulus

There's something about this long-sleeve bridal shower dress that feels like it came straight off the runway. Well, that may be thanks to the long bubble sleeve and a sweet accent rose, which make a serious fashion-forward statement.

Size Range: XS-3X

By Watters Macaron Square-Neck Tulle Embellished Mini Dress

Bride in pearl mini dress
Photo: Anthropologie

You can forego the statement accessories when you're sporting this pearl mini dress, which is the statement. With a structured bodice, sheer puff sleeves and a sleek square neckline, it's a romantic bride's dream.

Size Range: 0-14

Bridal by ELOQUII Lace-Tiered Dress

Bride wearing white tiered mini dress

You really can't go wrong with this floral lace bridal shower dress, and this tiered mini from ELOQUII is proof of that. Its simple tiered A-line silhouette and sheer puff sleeves make this the quintissential bridal shower dress that will work with nearly any theme or aesthetic.

Size Range: 14-28

ELLIATT Elder Dress

Bride in white floral mini dress
Photo: Revolve

Oh, hello there floral bridal shower dress of our dreams. If you're a bride looking to embrace the blooms, then this short crepe short featuring floral decal accents with a faux pearl and bead center will certainly be one to remember.

Size Range: XXS-XL

Bridal Shower Outfit Ideas for Every Vibe

Would you describe yourself as classic or rustic? maybe modern? No matter how you describe your style, I've put together a few bridal shower outfit ideas for brides from head-to-toe (literally) to help get you inspired for your own upcoming shower.

1. Flirty Bridal Shower Outfit

White and light blue themed bride's outfit for bridal shower
Photos, From Clockwise: Anthropologie, Emmy London, Mejuri, Nordstrom

The detachable shoulder bow details are the highlight of this gorg Spring bridal shower outfit, but I have to call out the woven bridal clutch and pearl Mejuri earrings. Don't forget to balance out your something blue on the shoulders with a pair of dusty blue bow heels from Emmy London on the bottom. (Psst: Use code EMMYKNOT15 for 15% off your Emmy London purchase.)

2. Classic Bridal Shower Outfit

Sultry and Sophisticated Bridal Shower Outfit
Dress: Anthropologie,Shoes: Loeffler Randall,Earrings: Uncommon James,Clutch: Lilly Pulitzer

Channel your cottagecore dreams with this ribboned dress that I'd like to think Princess Aurora herself would wear. Perfect for a bridal shower at the beach or in warmer weather, this summer bridal shower outfit would look so cute when worn with a trendy pair of woven Uncommon James earrings. Pair it with fan-favorite Loeffler Randall sandals and a cork clutch (I love this one from Lilly Pulitzer) for your summer-ready outfit.

3. Rustic Bridal Shower Outfit

Rustic Bridal Shower Outfit
Dress: Ivy City Co.,Boots: She is Cheval,Necklace: Uncommon James,Clutch: Lulus

This cream and pink floral dress from Ivy City Co. is a fall bridal shower must-have. It features a ruched bodice that flows into a fun and flirty ruffled skirt that is made for twirling. Ditch the heels and lean into the season with these brown booties from She is Cheval that have just a little pop of sparkle. Don't forget a sweet pink heart necklace from Uncommon James and a clutch to hold your bridal necessities for the finishing touch.

4. Simple and Chic Bridal Shower Outfit

Black & White Bridal Shower Outfit
Dress: Revolve,Shoes: Zappos,Jacket: Revolve,Purse: Reformation

Inspired by Sofia Richie's style aesthetic? I have the bridal shower outfit for you. This winter bridal shower outfit looks like it came right off the Chanel runway (at a fraction of the cost!) thanks to the elegant neckline and iconic ruching detail. Keep up the "cool girl" vibe and add a pair of kitten heels and a leather shoulder bag. Oh, and don't forget to layer it with this chic faux-shearling jacket to keep warm in cooler temps.

5. Floral Bridal Shower Outfit

Floral Bridal Shower Outfit
Dress: Lulus,Shoes: Lulus,Earrings: Kendra Scott,Necklace: Kendra Scott

Elegant shoulder straps, a sweetheart neckline and a cute tie detail make this bridal shower outfit an absolute slay. Add a pair of Kendrick Scott earrings and keep up with the floral theme with this Y2K-inspired butterfly necklace. Plus, the flowing skirt is perfect to show off a fabulous pair of strappy heels to complete your wedding shower outfit.

6. Androgynous Bridal Shower Outfit

Androgynous Bridal Shower Outfit
Top: Loud Bodies,Pants: Loud Bodies,Jacket: Loud Bodies,Shoes: Lulus

If you're looking for an androgynous set for your wedding events, look no further than this uber-chic two-piece bridal shower outfit from Loud Bodies. I'm particularly loving the straight silhouette pants with the corset detail that can be tightened or loosened as needed. Take it to the next level (literally) by adding on the edgy blazer with mutton sleeves and a simple pair of camel-colored flats for a neutral-toned look.

7. Tea Party Bridal Shower Outfit

Tea Party Bridal Shower Outfit
Dress: JessaKae,Headband: Jennifer Behr,Shoes: Lulus,Earrings: Nordstrom

You don't think I'd put together this sweet bridal shower outfit without giving you the tea on the deets, right? Get ready for afternoon tea with this floral bridal shower dress from JessaKae, a matching pink headband from Jennifer Behr and floral earrings from Oscar De La Renta that are definitely worth the splurge. Keep the shoes simple and opt for a classic nude heel, and let the dress do the talking.

8. Bridal Shower Brunch Outfit

All white brunch outfit for bridal shower
Photos, From Clockwise: Petal and Pup, Dolce Vita, Cuyana, Holden

With a tiered skirt and floral lace overlay, there's no denying that this is a stunning white bridal shower outfit that was made for a bridal shower brunch. Keep it classy by adding accessories like a simple Holden white gold bracelet and a Cuyana purse. And if you've been eyeing a frilly frock for your wedding events, this fit can also work for your bachelorette or engagement party.

9. Casual Bridal Shower Outfit

Casual Bridal Shower Outfit
Dress: Hill House,Sandals: Lulus,Purse: Loeffler Randall,Earrings: Swarovski

For a casual bridal shower outfit, I'm loving this effortlessly beautiful white lace dress from Hill House with ruffled shoulder sleeves and pockets. Instead of heels, I would add sandals or flats, like this budget-friendly pair from Lulus and a classic pair of stud earrings from Swarvoski. I'm also absolutely smitten with this Loeffler Randall bow clutch (which is literally in my cart as I write this!) to tie the look together. You might be casual, but you'll definitely be stylish.

10. Modern Bridal Shower Outfit

Modern themed bride's outfit for bridal shower
Photos, From Clockwise: Lulus, Charlotte Mills, Bloomingdale's, Aurate

This modern bridal shower outfit was inspired directly by my Pinterest feed. This ivory off-the-shoulder dress looks and feels absolutely luxurious but actually costs less than $100. Since the dress is simple satin, accessorize it with pearls. From your shoes to your jewelry, and even your clutch, don't be afraid to accent with pearls to create the perfect "it girl" look.

How to Choose Your Bridal Shower Outfit

So, how exactly do you go about choosing your bridal shower outfit? Here are a few factors that might make finding your perfect fit a little bit easier:

Factor in Your Bridal Shower Theme

To help you narrow down your bridal shower outfit options, we recommend using your wedding shower theme and venue as helpful guides when considering what to wear to your bridal shower. Think light, breathable fabrics for outdoor affairs and picnic-inspired bridal showers, and glamorous silhouettes and silky fabrics for upscale events.

Consider the Time of Day

The time of day can also influence what you wear; a daytime bridal shower look can be more casual if that fits your style and venue, while an evening event should err on the formal side.

Don't Be Afraid to Accessorize

Accessories can easily elevate your bridal shower outfit, too. For example, you can upgrade your look with statement earrings, a bridal headband or pearl-embellished heels. You can also play with color if you'd rather wear something unexpected.

FAQs About Bridal Shower Dresses & Outfits for the Bride

Naturally, you might have some questions about bridal shower outfits. Lucky for you, I've got some answers.

Where are we getting bridal shower dresses?

If you're looking for the best bridal shower dresses, there are some several fantastic retailers to consider. Brides looking to shop a variety of high-end designers will love to shop at Anthropologie or Revolve, where you'll find plenty of intricate lace details, dreamy prints and flattering silhouettes that are just perfect for your bridal shower. Lulus is another trendy and affordable retailer offers a wide range of styles under $100. ELOQUII is another favorite that specializes in stylish plus-size bridal shower dresses for sizes 14 and up, so you can find the perfect white bridal shower dress that not only flatters your curves but also fits like a dream.

Do I have to wear white to my bridal shower?

You do not have to wear white to your bridal shower; in fact, you can wear whatever you want. Opt for a fun print or a soft pastel, like blush or a floral. If pants are more your thing, go for a romper or tuxedo jumpsuit. "Don't be afraid to break the rulebook when it comes to your wedding wardrobe," recommends Seroya. "Your outfits should make you feel confident and radiant."

Can I wear pants or jeans to my bridal shower?

Your bridal shower outfit should reflect your personal style rather than the wedding fashion "rules" you think you should follow. So if you feel comfortable in pants or jeans, wear pants or jeans! After all, bridal fashion has now evolved to be much more personalized than ever before. "Recently, to-be-weds have been willing to experiment more with their bridal wardrobe," explains Ohad Seroya, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Retrofête. "From pantsuits to two-piece sets and even cutout minis, today's bride is anything but traditional."

What can I wear to my shower if I don't really identify as a "bride"?

Even if you don't identify as a "bride", this is still your time to shine as your friends and family shower you with love. Don't let the social constructs of what a shower should be define how you feel you need to dress. Ultimately, your wedding shower outfit should make you feel like the best version of yourself, and the clothes you wear should reflect that.

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