Many a bride-to-be finds ultra-romantic, whimsical, and eye-catching creations impossible to resist, but others simply don’t identify with this aesthetic, especially when it comes to building a bridal wardrobe for the events leading up to the big day—the engagement party, bridal shower, welcome drinks, rehearsal dinner, and bachelorette party. But when you need a handful of casual white pre-wedding dresses for all of your events, there is a way to narrow in on styles that coincide with relaxed tastes.
When shopping for an engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette or rehearsal dinner look, the casual bride is anti-drama with her attire. Instead, she’s in favor of a simple dress sans bells and whistles. Especially if said pre-wedding festivities are taking place in warmer weather—unfussy is the ultimate goal. For this type of bride-to-be, it’s all about the fabrics—we’re for linen, cotton, knitted styles, easy slip dresses, and low-key lace (this might sound a bit fancy, but stick with us). For the engaged gal uninterested in dressing up too much, simple shapes are fair game. We do suggest choosing a silhouette with a bit more structure like a fit-and-flare design or A-line style that nips in at the waist. For those willing to step it up a notch or two, cotton, linen or knitted dresses with added interest are all easy ways to dial it up—think a frilled hem, slightly puffed sleeve or bow-tie straps. For the casual woman keen on embracing a more feminine silhouette, options instantly feel more relaxed in linen, cotton or a knit but maintain an elevated effect.
If dressier fabrics aren’t intimidating, that’s where slip dresses and low-key lace styles come in to play. A laid-back vibe is still achievable so long as the silhouette feels easy like a shirt dress just touched with broderie anglaise, a kaftan-inspired mini in all-over white guipure or a body-skimming slip in the most minimal form. Of course, accessories have a lot to do with the effect, too. For the ultimate in ease, stick to a neutral sandal, heel or espadrille and keep jewelry to a minimum. After the wedding, each style is perfect for your honeymoon whether it’s a tropical getaway or European adventure.
If you’re ready to shop for a low-key bridal wardrobe, ahead are 24 easy-breezy casual white dresses for every event on your pre-wedding calendar.