12 Bridal Shower Outfit Ideas for Every Style and Budget

Whether you're having a casual garden party or a fancy soiree, we've got you covered with some super-chic bridal shower looks.
by Shelley Brown and Sophie Ross
what to wear to a bridal shower

Your bridal shower is a great opportunity to celebrate with your family and friends—it's less formal than your rehearsal dinner and probably not as (ahem) crazy as your bachelorette party. As with any wedding-related event, you're going to need a killer outfit to make your day that much more fabulous and memorable. You don't have to wear white to your bridal shower when you're the bride, but we love the chic look of a casual white ensemble.

Whether you opt for a sleek white minidress or a fun and flirty crocheted sundress, your bridal shower outfit should match the theme and venue of the shower. (Think: light, breathable fabrics for outdoor affairs and glamorous statement accessories for five-star events). If you're still not sure about what to wear to a bridal shower, you can't go wrong with a simple white shift dress. If your bridal shower is during the day, add a cardigan and some nude pumps. If it's at night, throw on some strappy metallic heels and a statement necklace and you're good to go. Don't love bright white? Opt for a subtle print or a soft pastel, like blush or ice-blue. If pants are more your thing, go for a romper or tuxedo jumpsuit. The point is to feel like a polished version of yourself. Check out these eight amazing bridal shower outfit ideas, below. 

  1. Try Cotton Lace for a Casual Affair

    White crochet dress for bridal shower - bridal shower dresses for bride

    If you're having a garden party or an outdoor luncheon with a more casual feel, opt for a cotton lace dress like this crochet one. The unique texture of cotton lace gives off a fun, bohemian vibe. Another plus: A white dress on the simpler side is the perfect opportunity to add statement accessories, like colorful printed heels and dangly earrings. 

    LOVESHACKFANCY Liv dress, $325, ShopBop.com

  2. Consider a Dropped-Waist Dress for a Vintage-Inspired Look

    Drop waist dress for bridal shower - bridal shower dresses for bride

    A low dropped-waist dress feels nostalgic and chic, and is perfect if you want to give off a vintage vibe for your bridal shower. We love the versatility of this one: Dress it down with a cardigan and flats or make it more formal with some heels and a structured clutch

    Alexis Gianluca dress, $792, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  3. Opt for a '60s Swing Dress for a Sleek Look

    White swing dress for bridal shower - bridal shower dresses for bride

    If lots of texture isn't your thing, consider a sleek, retro swing dress for a less formal bridal shower. (How cute is the halter neckline on this one?) 

    Lulus Love of Mine white halter swing dress, $47, Lulus.com

  4. Wear Floral Separates for a Trendy Vibe

    Floral separates for bridal shower - bridal shower dresses for bride

    Separates can work for any occasion, day or night—and this floral-printed ruched cropped top with a matching skirt is refined enough for a formal locale, while still giving off a fun, fashion-forward and bohemian vibe for yur bridal shower. 

    BCBGMAXAZRIA cropped knit top, $198, Revolve.com

    BCBGMAXAZRIA sweater pencil skirt, $228, Revolve.com

  5. A Lace Romper Is Perfect for a Nontraditional Shower

    Long sleeve lace romper for bridal shower - what to wear to a bridal shower

    Not sure what to wear to a bridal shower at that chic wine bar or quirky new brunch spot? Think outside the box with a fun romper. Try one with a higher neckline and lace details for a more polished look. If you want to go even more conservative for your bridal shower, consider a white jumpsuit. 

    Asos Design lace insert romper, $56, Asos.com

  6. Aim for a Formal-Yet-Fun Look in a Tulle Midi Dress

    White tulle midi dress for bridal shower - what to wear to a bridal shower

    Bright white outfits are crisp, on-trend and classic, and this tulle midi dress is perfect for any shower. With its flouncy skirt and fitted, corseted bodice, you'll look every bit the bride in it. Accessorize with sleek jewelry and matching lace-up sandals. 

    Fame and Partners The Venice Dress, $329, FameAndPartners.com

  7. Try a High-Low Halter Gown for an Uncomplicated Look

    Halter high-low gown for bridal shower - what to wear to a bridal shower

    Planning on going out and hitting the dance floor with your crew post-shower? The high-low hem on this dress is calling your name—plus, the halter neckline, sleek silhouette and back bow detail are so effortlessly chic. 

    Name of Love Georgia dress, $248, NameOfLove.com

  8. Choose a One-Shoulder Mini for a Fashion-Forward Feel

    one-shoulder bridal shower outfit - bridal shower dresses for bride

    An asymmetrical, one-shoulder dress with a high hem and floral print like this one is perfect for any type of bridal shower. Dress it up with drop earrings and flirty heels or sandals. 

    Princess Polly Gigi mini dress, $43, PrincessPolly.com

  9. Go Modern for a Formal Shower

    White dress for bridal shower - what to wear to a bridal shower

    For a more formal affair (say, a bridal shower at a five-star restaurant or swanky hotel) think about dresses with angular lines for an ultra-elegant look. We love the flirty silhouette of this otherwise minimal midi dress.

    LIKELY Driggs strapless dress, $178, SaksFifthAvenue.com

  10. Wear a Slinky Slip Dress for an Effortlessly Chic Vibe

    slinky slip dress bridal shower outfit - what to wear to a bridal shower

    Don't overthink it: If you're not sure what to wear to your bridal shower, you can't go wrong with a sassy, silky slip dress. (And since this one has a soft floral print on it, you really don't need to jazz it up with too many busy accessories.)

    Stone Cold Fox slinky slip, $300, TheStoneColdFox.com

  11. Don a Printed A-Line Dress for a Sophisticated Look

    white printed a-line dress - bridal shower outfit - what to wear to a bridal shower

    A-line silhouettes are universally flattering, and the midi-length on this number makes it the perfect bridal shower ensemble. Plus, how cute are the printed micro-polka dots? For a chillier evening, pair it with a structured blazer or an edgy moto jacket. 

    Privacy Please Mayland midi dress, $138, Revolve.com

  12. Consider a Plunging Neckline for a Nighttime Bridal Shower

    white bridal shower outfit - bridal shower dresses for bride

    Opting out of a daytime affair? If your bridal shower has a later start time (and your mom's book club friends can't make it), you have free reign to wear something a little sassier and sexier, like a mini dress with a plunging neckline and cinched waist. (The long sleeves luckily balance it out—you know, in case your mom's book club friends do end up making an appearance.)

    Princess Polly Legendary Lovers plunge dress, $54, PrincessPolly.com

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