What to Wear to a Bridal Shower as a Guest

Here are chic options you can buy now—plus the top places to shop.
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Maddy Sims
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Maddy Sims
Associate Editor
  • Maddy writes for The Knot, with a specialty in beauty, sustainability, mental health and inclusivity.
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Updated Aug 25, 2021
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One of the most sentimental wedding-related events, a bridal shower is a moment to celebrate the bride's upcoming nuptials with close friends and family—and this special occasion calls for a standout outfit. (No pressure!) If you're wondering just what to wear to a bridal shower as a guest, we've got you covered. Below, we break down the best places to shop for bridal shower guest attire. Plus, we've also rounded up some of our favorite bridal shower guest outfits, which you can shop right here.

The basic rule when it comes to choosing bridal shower guest attire is to follow common sense. Skip outfits that are too revealing, flashy or over-the-top formal—you don't want to eclipse the guest of honor. And since it's traditional for the bride to wear white at her bridal shower, it's best to avoid wearing white or pale pastel shades that look white in photographs (unless specifically stated in the invite). All other colors—like bold, bright colors and prints—are fair game. If the bridal shower has a theme (think: garden, country club or nautical) you can riff off that for outfit inspiration, but don't go too crazy—you don't want to show up looking like you're attending a costume party.

If there is a dress code stated on the invitation, let that be your guide. If the dress code is "semi-formal" or otherwise feels vague, don't hesitate to ask for additional details from the bride. And, if you're torn between something more casual (like a sundress) or something more formal (like a cocktail dress), always choose the fancier option. In our humble opinion, it's better to be slightly overdressed than undressed for wedding-related events.

If there's no dress code stated, opt for an outfit that you might wear to a fancy brunch or luncheon. Basically, your wedding shower look should be less risqué than what you might wear to a bachelorette party, but not as formal as your outfit for the actual wedding day. TLDR; Your bridal shower attire should be fun, elevated and should make you feel like the best version of yourself.

Where to Shop for Bridal Shower Guest Attire

Not sure where to shop for bridal shower guest attire? We've got you covered. Here, we share our favorite stores to shop for a bridal shower outfit you'll definitely want to wear again.

Nordstrom—With over 300 locations across the United States, you can easily shop in person if browsing online isn't your ideal way to shop. Nordstrom offers a variety of styles, from more casual bridal shower guest attire to formal options.

BHLDN— Anthropologie's wedding brand also has bridal shower options. You might associate BHLDN with their gorgeous gowns, but this retailer also has lots of more casual options. Browse an extensive collection of pretty frocks, jumpsuits and separes, plus complementary accessories to complete your bridal shower look.

NET-A-PORTER—Fashionistas, take note. This high-end retailer sells plenty of coveted luxury brands like Gucci, Balenciaga, Prada, Stella McCartney and more. If you're looking to splurge on your bridal shower look, you'll find plenty of luxe options here.

Reformation— Calling all cool girls. Reformation is the go-to for flirty wedding guest dresses, jumpsuits and separates that are effortlessly chic, always on-trend and also sustainably made. Check out their weddings section for a well-curated selection of looks that work for a variety of wedding-related events.

Bridal Shower Guest Attire You Can Shop Now

Need more fashion isnpo? Below, we've rounded up our fave bridal shower guest attire you can shop right now. Browse our top selections, and even buy your favorite on the spot.

what to wear to a bridal shower square neckline dress

A square neckline plus a high slit gives this classic solid green number some high-fashion flair.

what to wear to a bridal shower twisted front jumptsuit

A twisted details and a small cutout add some pizzazz to an otherwise simple jumpsuit. The combination will flatter your shoulders and decollatage—but isn't too sexy for a more buttoned up affair.

what to wear to a garden party floral dress

This handmade floral dress is anything but garden variety. The colorful print is pure whimsy, while an open back makes for a stunning exit.

what to wear to a bridal shower short dress with ruffles

Hopeless romantics, this one's for you. A red floral parrtern plus ruffle details bring all the dreamy vibes.

what to wear to a bridal shower retro slip dress

Bring the retro vibes to a bridal shower in warmer months with a vibrant slip dress. Add white sandals and sunnies to complete the '70s-inspired effect.

what to wear to a bridal shower mini dress with ruffles

This short and sweet number is just made for a more laidback garden party. Accessorize with strapless sandals and statement earrings.

what to wear to a bridal shower long-sleeve knee-length dress

Celebrating outside or in cooler months? Consider this fashion-forward look with a unique ties on the sleeves. Pair with knee-high boots for the ultimate cold-weather wedding shower outfit.

what to wear to a bridal shower navy blue aline dress

You'll never regret opting for a classic navy A-line dress—it's a wardrobe staple and versatile enough to work in almost any setting.

what to wear to a bridal shower nude long sleeve dress

Satin fabric, elegant gathers and a chic mock neck come together to create one majorly sophisticated bridal shower dress.

what to wear to. a bridal shower summer dress

With its pretty floral print, skinny straps and side slit, this lightweight, printed style has "summer soiree" written all over it.

what to wear to a bridal shower dark floral dress

This dark floral number with trendy puff sleeves is perfect for an autumnal bridal shower.

what to wear to bridal shower dress with puff sleeves and sweetheart neckline

This elegant printed crepe dress wtih puff sleeves and a ruched bodice is breezy enough to keep you cool on the hottest summer day, but still looks put together.

what to wear to a bridal shower smocked midi dress

Adorable tie straps, a ruffled skirt and smocked material are the makings of one fun and flirty look.

what to wear to bridal shower high low dress

You don't have to sacrifice style for comfort. A dress with a more relaxed fit and a ruffled, high/low hemline is where ease meets of-the-moment details.

what to wear to bridal shower suit

Who says you have to stick with just dresses or jumpsuits? If neither feel true to your style, rock a light-colored suit instead. We love the idea of pairing the suit jacket with high-waisted pants and a chic crop top.

what to wear to bridal shower midi dress with gathered skirt

A boustier-inspired top and an elegant gathered skirt will make this a staple piece in your wardrobe. It works for a variety of dress codes and themes.

what to wear to bridal shower green printed slip dress

Floral prints not your things? You aren't out of options where bridal shower attire is concerned. This neutral motif is more subtle but still makes a statement.

what to wear to bridal shower boat neck slip dress

If you love the look and feel of a slip dress but in the market for someting a little more conservative, consider this pretty alternative. The boatneck and longer length are modest, but the subtle sheen of the satin material feels glam.

what to wear to bridal shower babydoll dress

The perfect combo of laidback and put together, this trendy number will work for any season or style.

what to wear to bridal shower two piece set

This on-trend, pretty two-piece set is proof you don't have to break the bank to look like a million bucks at a bridal shower.

what to wear to a bridal shower wrap dress

A good wrap dress is an iconic silhouette for a few reasons: It's stylish no matter the season or setting, it highlights your waist and elongates your body and works for pretty much every body shape.

what to wear to bridal shower halter jumpsuit

You can't go wrong with a streamlined jumpsuit with a sleek halter neckline. Dress it up with metallic accessories or go with neutrals for a more casual vibe.

what to wear to bridal shower yellow dress

Oversize blooms plus vibrant yellow makes for a standout, spring-appropriate look that is sure to pop in photos.

what to wear to bridal shower slip dress

This satin slip dress with a cowl neck and side slit is equal parts playful and polished. Bonus: At under $100, it's a total steal.

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