How To Dress For A Bridal Shower As A Guest

Pink is a great color choice for a feminine function like a bridal shower.

Wedding season is nearly upon us, and with it comes the associated parties & functions. Plan now to ensure you’ll look great while celebrating, and avoid the dreaded “I have nothing to wear” moment just hours before the event. Read on for tips about how to craft a pretty, polished look for a bridal shower.

When selecting elements of an outfit for any engagement, it’s imperative that it appropriately reflect accepted attire for the reason of the occasion. Seasonal and formality factors are essential considerations as well. A few dos and don’ts for dressing as a guest of a bridal shower are:


  1. Wear white, unless the bride has specifically instructed you to do so.  Some brides will elect to have a white themed party, but even if she does, it’s unusual for guests to wear white too. If there is any question, consult the bride or a member of her wedding party. Steer clear of cream and ivory shades as well!
  2. Wear Black. The little black dress is a classic that nearly every girl has in her closet, but for this event, it’s a no.  The tone of a bridal shower is one of happiness & celebration, and black can read as a contrast to that light, joyful feel of the day.
  3. Wear jeans. Or yoga pants.  Or anything that can be described as athleisure.  With the advent of such stylish, comfortable options in athletic street wear (some dresses fall into this category) it can be tempting to slip on your newest purchase from Athleta.  Resist the urge, and err on the side of elegance.  No one has ever been embarrassed by looking too refined.


  1. Wear Florals. Florals are a no brainer for spring & summer time soirees, but they can work for fall or winter also.  This flattering wrap dress from Lily Pulizter is a great choice for spring, while this Anthropologie piece will work well any time of year.  Sidenote: If there happens to be a little bit of white in the print of your dress, worry not, you won’t be violating Don’t #1.
  2. Wear Pink. Indulge your inner girliness and select an unapologetically sweet number that makes you smile.  Chances are, it will make others do the same.  You don’t have to go full on Elle Woods, but do take the opportunity to sport something especially cute, like this little number from Kate Spade.
  3. Wear A Maxi. If you’re not used to wearing dresses, or if the lack of tan on your legs is too much to bear, a maxi dress is your best bet. These dresses are always comfortable, and can be dressed up or down, depending on the venue of the shower.  Check out this gorgeous green one from Banana Republic.

The number one thing to remember as a guest throughout the wedding season is that you are there to celebrate the marriage of two people about whom you care.  Never wear anything that you wouldn’t want worn to your bridal shower, engagement party or marriage ceremony.  Take the considerations above into account and stay true to your personal aesthetic to ensure an enjoyable experience.

Can’t wait to hear about your adventures in style!  Leave a note in the comments section below or tag me on social @philippakarr.

Xx Pippa

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