13 Chic Bridal-Shower Dresses, From Satin Midis to Cutout Styles
Besides your wedding gown and engagement-party dress, your bridal-shower outfit will likely be one of the most photographed looks of your nuptial festivities. While what you'll wear to your bridal shower is typically more pared down than what you'll wear on the big day, it's still a moment when all eyes are on you — so why not indulge in a dressier ensemble? You can go super formal or keep things dressy casual.
A white bridal-shower dress is a conventional but chic choice. If you'd like to go the nontraditional route, try a colorful dress or a printed style. Consider Syrian designer Rime Arodaky for an impeccable suit-inspired minidress or Australian label Third Form for a timeless satin midi dress you can easily rewear over and over again. If, on the other hand, you'd like to introduce an element of color without going too bold, Emilia Wickstead's floral cotton midi dress or Reformation's painterly off-shoulder design are two options that will guarantee a head-turning entrance.
Feeling inspired by "Bridgerton"? You'll love Sister Jane's pearl-encrusted mini ball gown or House of CB's pleated satin midi dress. Err on the side of dressy casual with Cult Gaia's cutout knit midi dress or Anna October's breezy sundress. No matter your style preferences, there are an assortment of bridal shower outfits to choose from.
What to Wear to Your Bridal Shower
There is no hard and fast rule that requires you to wear white to your bridal shower. In fact, many brides have been breaking with convention this season — opting for black wedding dresses and styles with shorter hemlines, for example — and this attitude extends to their bridal-shower attire.
Nailing any special occasion look is about slipping into something you'll look and feel comfortable in. During the summer, lighter and breathable fabrics — such as linen and cotton — typically deliver in terms of practicality, while in the colder seasons, thicker materials (think knit or tweed) strike a balance between luxe and warm. Where and when you host your bridal shower will affect what you choose to wear: a classic blazer dress might be ideal for a fancy restaurant, while a midi design with eyelets could be better suited for a relaxed brunch at a friend's home.
How to Style Your Bridal-Shower Dress
Whether it's a pair of opera gloves or a statement chain necklace, accessories will play a big role in enhancing your bridal-shower dress. They give you an opportunity to introduce color — like with a bright handbag or a vibrant pair of earrings — or stick to a certain theme, such as a garden party or beach hang.
Keep reading for bridal-shower-outfit inspo, and get ready to find a look you love.
— Additional reporting by Kiara Joseph and Marina Liao
Bridal-Shower Dress: Anna October Estela Satin Midi Dress
This Anna October Estela Satin Midi Dress ($365, originally $730) makes for an understated yet elegant choice. It's made of super-soft satin and features a slip-style silhouette. Keep the minimalist theme going with barely-there heels and a tiny top-handle bag.
Bridal-Shower Dress: Cult Gaia Cristina Cutout Knit Midi Dress
Craving comfort and ease for your bridal-shower look? This Cult Gaia Cristina Cutout Knit Midi Dress ($200, originally $500) features a plunging neckline and would go perfectly with a gold pendant and sleek mules.
Bridal-Shower Dress: Third Form Crush Satin Midi Dress
For an ultraglam moment, wear this Third Form Crush Satin Midi Dress ($270). With its sensual open back and plunging neckline, all eyes will be on you — just as they should be. Finish the ensemble with white strappy sandals and gold accessories.
Bridal-Shower Dress: Reformation Corinth Dress
This Reformation Corinth Dress ($348) has a nostalgic feel and a mod-inspired silhouette. The halter neck and back bow are reminiscent of popular styles from the '60s but pack plenty of modern appeal. Style it with drop earrings and kitten heels.
Bridal-Shower Dress: Rime Arodaky Jax Crepe Mini Dress
This Rime Arodaky Jax Crepe Mini Dress ($1,725) is an elegant take on suit-inspired attire. The trim details add an undeniably chic edge; finish with sparkly, silver slingback mules to match the metallic-fringe accents.
Bridal-Shower Dress: David's Bridal Satin Bubble Hem Mini A-Line
For those who love a ruffled skirt and a sweetheart neckline, this David's Bridal Satin Bubble Hem Mini A-Line ($120) ticks all of the boxes. It has whimsical design elements and would pair well with stiletto heels and a pearl necklace.
Bridal-Shower Dress: Sister Jane Dream Penny Pearl Mini Dress
Make this Sister Jane Dream Penny Pearl Mini Dress ($217) part of your fairytale-wedding festivities. The puff sleeves recall Regency-era ball gowns. Pair it with an embellished headband and simple jewelry, such as a pearl necklace or drop earrings.
Bridal-Shower Dress: House of CB Pleated Satin Midi Dress
Perfect for a bridal shower, a birthday dinner, or date night, this House of CB Pleated Satin Midi Dress ($269) features a plunging neckline, a corseted bodice, and a high-low hemline. The white style is a classic bridal choice, but it also comes in other colors, including blue and pistachio green.
Bridal-Shower Dress: Jonathan Simkhai Leoni Chain-Embellished Halter Maxi Dress
From the keyhole cutout to the thigh-high slit, this Jonathan Simkhai Leoni Chain-Embellished Halter Maxi Dress ($389, originally $645) is serving up serious '00s-inspired energy. The pastel-yellow shade and lightweight fabric make it an ideal summer pick. Finish with lace-up heels and a colorful clutch.
Bridal-Shower Dress: Emilia Wickstead Mona Floral Cotton Midi Dress
A printed dress, such as this Emilia Wickstead Mona Floral Cotton Midi Dress ($770, originally $1,100), is a timeless pick for fancy occasions. This number has an artistic, painterly quality that will get you tons of compliments. Wear it with white mules at a garden party for an on-theme look.
Bridal-Shower Dress: Johanna Ortiz Solo Voyaging Silk Maxi Dress
The ruched detailing gives this Johanna Ortiz Solo Voyaging Silk Maxi Dress ($750, originally $1,250) tons of texture while adding visual interest. The fluid hem offers freedom of movement and will look oh-so summery with strappy sandals or woven flats.
Bridal-Shower Dress: Reformation Bridgton Linen Dress
The off-shoulder silhouette and sweetheart neckline of this Reformation Bridgton Linen Dress ($248) are just some of the details that make this a bridal shower must have. You can also rewear it to destination weddings, garden parties, and, of course, your friend's bridal showers. Finish with white or blue mules or colorful strappy heels.