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4 Bridal Shower Outfit Ideas for Any Venue

by Drew Dagan


Spring has sprung—and that means bridal shower outfit ideas are in order. Daytime weekend events like these can be tricky to dress for, but if you keep in mind the venue, the bride, and the crowd, you’ll easily qualify for best dressed. Read on for our quick bridal shower outfit guide that will help you feel confident and stylish no matter what.

A Floral Dress

Dresses are easy and breezy for warm weather and are versatile. Try it in one of spring’s jauntiest colors, yellow, to make yourself stand out. If the guests will be multi-generational, bring along a cardigan or shawl to ensure you are appropriate for the crowd. An embellished-neck brings built-in bling, so you can finish off the look with simple studs, block-heeled sandals, and a small handbag. This type of outfit would be ideal at a restaurant venue; they’re popular choices for bridal showers because they take all the burden off the bride and her family and put it in the hands of professionals.

woman in sleeveless yellow floral dress with embellished neck

A Top and White Pants

A simple top in a pastel color and white pants (no denim) are the perfect canvas for a long pendant necklace or a printed scarf for a more relaxed environment, such as someone’s home. A note on wearing white: Although white pants are a staple in warmer months and are welcome at bridal events, try not to dress in head-to-toe white. Whether or not the bride decides to wear all white is up to her, but it’s always best to be on the safe side. A good rule of thumb in general when you are unsure of the venue’s atmosphere is to err on the side of overdressing rather than underdressing. If you’re kind enough to be hosting the bridal shower, the most important aspect of whatever outfit you choose to wear is that it’s fuss-free. Wear something you know fits you well, doesn’t need to be ironed or steamed, will allow you to change into it quickly, and won’t upstage the bride.

knit sleeveless scoop neck lavender top with peplum

A Midi Skirt

One of the most popular ways to make an impact in warmer months is with a midi skirt. A skirt with a lot of drama requires more restraint on top: pair it with something simple like a shell or V-neck blouse. Colored heels, long earrings, and a pretty clutch will have heads turning. Outdoor venues, including garden centers, botanical gardens, backyards, and farms, are becoming increasingly popular, so don’t forget to plan ahead with a cardigan or shawl, sunscreen, and sunglasses—spring weather is notoriously fickle.

Knee-length floral A-line skirt

A Long Cardigan and Colored Pants

An outfit like a long cardigan, simple top, and colored pants is always a winning combination. To keep it balanced, ensure that you let only one colored item shine, such as a pair of lavender pants. A pendant necklace, ballet flats or low heels, and a fun bag keep the outfit interesting at a non-traditional venue such as a brewery, art gallery, tea room or spa.

Gray sheer long belted cardigan

Ultimately, location, crowd, and the bride’s personality should all be taken into consideration when dressing for a bridal shower—as well as your own personality. These bridal shower outfit ideas are meant to inspire you to take your spring outfit to the next level and make you feel comfortable in what you are wearing so you can enjoy the bride and her special occasion.

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Embellished-Neck Blouson Dress, $130

Milano Sweater Tank, $79

Poppy High-Low Midi Skirt, $160

Belted Cover-Up Sweater, $79

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