What to Wear Wednesday: Bridal Shower

With summer being a popular season for weddings, late winter and spring are when bridal showers are likely to occur. If you’ve ever wondered what to wear to a bridal shower, I’ve got you covered. Here are some basic guidelines I follow when picking out an outfit this occasion:

  • Stay away from all white, as this color should be reserved for the bride if she wishes to wear it. You never want to “outshine” the bride!
  • I personally stay away from black and really dark colors, except when paired with lighter colors. It is a joyous event being celebrated so you shouldn’t look like you came from a funeral.
  • Dress on the feminine side. The very nature of bridal showers is very feminine so don’t be afraid to wear your most ladylike clothing and accessories.
  • If you’re outdoors, bring sunglasses, if you’re indoors, dress in layers. The temperature can be unpredictable so it’s best to play it safe.
  • Dress on the conservative side. Chances are there are women of all ages, including the bride’s grandmother. Dressing properly is respectful to the bride in an atmosphere that includes both family and friends.

A skirt and blouse is the most casual you should dress for a bridal shower. I wore a light blazer to pull together the look and add that extra layer in case it is too hot or cold.

A dress with lady like accessories is the safest choice for a bridal shower. I love the printed scarf in lei of a necklace, but a pearl necklace would look great as well.

If the event happens to be on the very fancy side, wear a more formal dress and accessories to accommodate the dress code. This would be if the shower was in a hall with a full plated meal, etc.


What is your favorite outfit to wear to a bridal shower? Do you have any tips I haven’t listed above? 


4 Comments on What to Wear Wednesday: Bridal Shower

  1. Southern & Style
    March 11, 2017 at 9:33 pm (6 years ago)

    I love the floral dress, it’s absolutely perfect for a bridal shower or luncheon!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

    • thedressdecoded
      March 13, 2017 at 9:20 am (6 years ago)

      thank you so much!

  2. Christine
    January 17, 2019 at 10:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Do you mind providing details about the Navy dress with floral accents? I love it!! What brand is it?

    • thedressdecoded
      January 20, 2019 at 6:26 pm (4 years ago)

      it’s tahari, i got it from dillards online many years ago but the style dress is a scuba dress which has to do with the fabric. so glad you love it! I wore it to the kentucky derby. 🙂


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