How to Dress for Your Bridal Shower: The Ultimate Guide

Up to 75% Off for Bulk Beads & Jewelry Making Supplies

If you’re getting married, your bridal shower may be just as important to you as your wedding day, if not more so. After all, it’s the one party where you’re the star of the show and everyone is coming together to celebrate the fact that you’re soon to be wed. If you want to dress for your bridal shower like the lady you are (and want to remain), keep reading for our tips on how to dress for your bridal shower!

What is a Bridal Shower?

A bridal shower is a tradition where the bride-to-be gets together with her friends and family to celebrate her upcoming nuptials. Traditionally, the guests bring gifts that are then opened after the celebration. However, in recent years some brides have decided not to have a shower at all or only have one small gathering with close friends and family members.

Traditionally, women would wear morning dresses or something more formal like a ball gown. But these days you can wear anything from jeans and a t-shirt to a dress as long as it’s appropriate for an event that includes children!

Why Dress Up?

Dressing up is the name of the game at a bridal shower, and there are many reasons why it’s important. First, when you dress up, you will feel more confident in yourself and your choices.

Second, if you’re not feeling that great about your body or how much weight you’ve gained since your engagement (or due to any other reason), dressing up can help boost your confidence.

Third, dressing up is just fun! You get to wear something nice and new, which isn’t always easy with a new baby in the house (not to mention everything else!). Fourth, it’s all about tradition. Women have been wearing fancy clothes on their wedding day for centuries; why should a bridal shower be any different?

Planning your Outfit


So you’ve been invited to your best friend’s or sister’s bridal shower. Congratulations! Now comes the difficult task of figuring out what type of outfit to wear, if you haven’t started shopping yet. And yes, it is important not just because you want to look good but also because the dress itself can speak volumes about who and what you are as a person.


Take a look at these three typical Western bridal shower dress styles and find your perfect one.

First, there’s the conservative option that covers most of your body with its long-sleeved maxi dress. It’ll be perfect for when the ceremony is in a church or synagogue, where modest attire may be required.

Next, there’s the more playful option: a western-style halter top sundress in pastel colors that screams springtime fun. You’ll have plenty of time to show off your legs later on the dance floor. Lastly, there’s the simple casual option with an easy-to-wear tank dress. If you’re running late (or forget something), this will be a great choice to throw on quickly before heading out the door.

What to Wear


For a more traditional bridal shower, wear a dress in the same style as your wedding dress. If you’re not sure what that looks like, take a look at some pictures of bridesmaids’ dresses. You could also go with a floral maxi or empire-waist dress – both are popular choices and flattering on most body types. For something less formal, try a sequin jumpsuit or a relaxed jumpsuit. If you want something comfortable but still look polished, consider jeans and a t-shirt combo or a chambray shirt with slacks. For an evening party, don’t forget your heels!

Shoes, Jewelry, and Purse

The most important thing about what you wear is not the outfit itself, but how your outfit goes with the color palette of the bridal shower. For example, if you’re attending a pink and green western-themed bridal shower, then it would be best to choose an outfit that matches that color scheme. If you’re attending a more formal event (such as a black tie affair), then it’s better to dress in something that matches the formality of the event.

Dressing for the Theme or Location of your Bridal Shower

If you’re attending a Western-themed bridal shower, then you’ll want to dress in something like jeans, cowboy boots, and a plaid shirt. For more of an elegant bridal shower, wear your favorite black cocktail dress with some strappy heels. If it’s a tropical-themed bridal shower, wear some bright colors or floral prints!

No matter what type of theme the bride has chosen, remember that the focus is on her and not you. You don’t want your outfit to take away from the bride’s special day.


Western bridal shower dress options are usually more formal and elegant. However, there is no rule that prevents you from wearing a more casual style if you feel like it! The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident in the clothes you choose. It’s also a good idea to keep in mind what your bridal shower guest list is like. If they’re all dressed up, go with something more formal; if they’re not, then keep it simple and stylish!

Image Credit: Getty Images

Recommended2 recommendationsPublished in apparel, Bridal, Our Fashion Passion