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You’ve spent a lot of time thinking about your wedding dress, but a bridal shower dress is another look you’ll want to spend a good amount of time thinking about, too. As one of the most photographed outfits you’ll wear as a bride-to-be, you’ll want to choose a silhouette that stays true to your bridal style.
This season, feminine silhouettes with puffed sleeves, delicate lace details, square and off-the-shoulder necklines are majorly on trend, all of which are perfect for a fashion-forward bridal shower look. If you'd prefer a classic look, lace dresses are gorgeous and romantic whether you choose bridal white or a pretty pastel hue like soft blue or blush. If you want to wear white but are also craving color, go for a floral or even gingham print dress—there’s no hard rule that says you have to wear white to your bridal shower. If you’re a casual bride-to-be, a sundress in easy breezy fabrics like linen and cotton are an effortlessly chic choice.
Read on for the best bridal shower dresses for every bridal style, season, and budget.
Best Mini Dress: LPA Open Back Dress
What could be sweeter than this mini dress? Keep it casual with a pair of bridal sneakers or go for a more formal look with strappy heels or the perfect "something blue" mules.
Best Allover Lace: BB Dakota by Steve Madden Lace Dress
Everyone should have a classic little white dress in their wedding wardrobe. This pretty lace style can easily be worn for any of your parties leading up to the big day.
For a Garden Party: V. Chapman Mia Dress
This floral midi dress is undeniably romantic a nature-inspired bridal shower. Wear yours with strappy sandals and delicate, personal jewelry to complete your garden party look.
For a Summer Shower: Lulus Swiss Dot Dress
Embody the carefree nature of summer in this cheery sundress from Lulus. Wear yours with beachy waves and a pair of sandals or espadrilles.
Most Pared-Back: Reformation Bridgton Linen Dress
All eyes will be on you when you enter the room in this simple yet elegant dress by Reformation. We're envisioning this style for the minimalist bride who loves a laidback silhouette.
Most Colorful: Markarian Corseted Floral Cotton Midi Dress
Featuring sweet floral embroidery, a flattering corseted bodice, and a feminine A-line silhouette, this Markarian dress is the epitome of sophistication. We love this lady-like number for the bride who rather wear something colorful to their bridal shower.
What to Look for in a Bridal Shower Outfit
With so many pretty little white dresses on the market, finding the perfect bridal shower outfit can sometimes be overwhelming. To help narrow down your options, it's helpful to look for styles and silhouettes that not only feel appropriate for the venue but also match the theme of the bridal shower. The time of year will also help determine what you wear. For spring and summer bridal showers, we love mini dresses, tea-length silhouettes, and outfits crafted from easy, breezy fabrics. If the celebration takes place in the fall or winter, long sleeve dresses in heavy-weight fabrics are especially fitting for chillier weather. And of course, there's no rule that says you have to wear white for your bridal shower. If you prefer a more colorful ensemble, look for dresses in eye-catching floral prints, pretty pastels, or bright and unexpected hues.
Do I have to wear a dress to my bridal shower?
Absolutely not! When it comes to your bridal shower, you should wear whatever makes you look and feel your best. Some popular alternatives to bridal shower dresses are jumpsuits, rompers, suits, and separates.
What should I wear to an evening bridal shower?
If the bridal shower is taking place in the evening, you can opt for a more formal look like a floor-length or embellished silhouette. We also love the idea of dresses in rich jewel tones and silky fabrics for an evening soirée.
Do I have to wear white to my bridal shower?
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