Whether you like it or not, wedding season is upon us. With weddings come bridal showers along with a whole slew of related events. After a recent shower I attended for one of my good friends I realized that many of the girls in my group didn’t know what to wear to the occasion. Questions such as “Can I wear white or cream?” became the centerpiece of conversation leading up to the shower. This got me thinking that many of you might find yourself wondering the same thing so I thought I’d do a blog about it. As with all things, there are some general rules of thumb when it comes to dressing for a bridal shower. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Let the bride-to-be wear white. It’s a subtle way to let her shine on her big day. Personally, I would even steer away from creams and ivory as well. Nude shades and white dresses with colorful prints are fine, but solid whites should be reserved for the star of the show: The Bride.
  2. Stay away from red. It may seem trite, but red is considered to be a “vulgar” hue associated with adultery. Not exactly appropriate for celebrating your friend’s upcoming nuptials. Red is also a “look-at-me” color. Again, let the bride bask in the spotlight. Save your LRD for that hot date you have planned…and wear that LPD instead.
  3. Try not to wear black. This is a completely personal opinion, but I wouldn’t recommend wearing black to a bridal shower. It reminds me of mourning. Instead, wear a pretty color or print to show optimism for your friend’s new beginnings.

Well that’s it for bridal shower wardrobe etiquette! Now for the fun part… Here are my top picks on what to wear to a bridal shower:

If you’re the bride-to-be, wear white. I like both of these little numbers…

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Theyskens’ Theory Dystie Dress

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J.Crew Eyelet Dress

If you’re attending a shower, try one of these paired with a nice cardigan and heels or pretty flats…

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H&M Short Dress in Mint

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LC Lauren Conrad Ruffle Hi-Low Dress

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H&M Powder Pink Lace Dress

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Anthropologie Macquarie Dress

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Vanessa Bruno Silk Dress

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LC Lauren Conrad Polka-Dot Pleated Dress

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Anthropologie Burgeoning Hypericum Dress (This is the dress I actually wore to my friend’s bridal shower.)

Which dress is your favorite?

Also, if you have any fun game ideas for bridal showers, let me know in the comments below!

As far as what to wear on the big day, be sure to check out my wedding attire style guide!

XO Lauren

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