Bridal showers are about giving the bride gifts for her new life with her husband, and it’s fitting to dress more on the feminine side for such an event. Depending on the person, venue, or any guidelines the invitation may set, there are a variety of outfits you can choose from. Most bridal showers are either in the morning or early afternoon, so lighter colors are a better choice over dark (especially black). One rule to keep in mind – let the bride wear white. If you have a cream or white top to go with a different color skirt/pants, then you are safe. Please save the white dresses for a different occasion.
A safe choice is always a skirt and blouse and/or sweater – it’s lady-like without trying to outshine the bride. Other options include a dress that’s not too formal, or nice pants and a pretty top. Keep in mind, if the shower is outside, to bring sunglasses, and if it’s inside to wear layers. Sometimes it can be really hot outside, but the air conditioning makes it freezing indoors. I like to own a few light cardigans in pretty colors specifically for spring and summer for occasions where I find myself in an overly air conditioned building.
This goes without saying for most women, but please keep your outfit conservative. Bridal showers are an event full of women of all ages including the bride’s family members, and outfits that push the line of modesty are considered distasteful. When in doubt, keep it simple and feminine.
Check out my outfit from a recent bridal shower I attended for a friend where I kept my outfit color scheme light and the details simple: