OFF-DUTY STYLE May 9, 2018

What To Wear To A Bridal Shower

TOP: Prose & Poetry   |  SKIRT: Prose & Poetry |  SHOES: Alexandre Birman  |  BAG: Stella McCartney  |  SUNGLASSES: Le Specs (old, similar HERE)

Wedding season is officially upon us and with that comes the deluge of wedding-related festivities.  Today’s 30 Dresses look is all about what to wear to a Bridal Shower—an event that many find surprisingly tricky to dress for.  As you may have noticed, my ensemble today is not technically a dress—it’s separates!  I couldn’t pass it up after spotting these dreamy coral pieces at Nordstrom, and below I discuss exactly why I chose to include it in the dress series.  But first!  Here are a few general rules on what to wear to a bridal shower:

  1. DON’T WEAR WHITE // This rule applies to all wedding-related events.  You have the entire spectrum of the rainbow to pick from, so leave anything white, ivory, champagne, or super pale blush for the bride.  If you’re wondering whether it’s too light, it is.  Err on the side of caution.
  2. DON’T BE TOO FLASHY // Again, this rule applies to all wedding-related events.  In addition to avoiding white, don’t wear a gold lamé mini dress or anything that screams “look at me!”  Not only is it inappropriate for most daytime bridal showers, but it’s also the bride’s day, so don’t try to steal any of her thunder.
  3. DON’T WEAR BLACK // Black is generally too somber for a daytime bridal shower.  Wear a color or print that feels more celebratory like a cheerful floral or the coral ensemble I have on today!
  4. TAKE NOTE OF THE VENUE // When evaluating how dressy you need to be, take note of the bride, the hostess and most of all, the bridal shower venue on your invitation.  If it’s being held at an upscale tea room, you know to be daytime dressy.  If it’s being held in someone’s backyard and the invitation has a rustic vibe, you might wear a more casual sundress or maxi dress.

Now, how did these separates make the cut for the 30 Dresses in 30 Days Series?  Well, I do have a weakness for coral.  But more importantly, I wanted to include at least one set of coordinates to remind you (and myself!) that they can be the MVPs of your summer wardrobe.  Worn together, you’ve got what looks to be a dress.  Worn separately, the options are endless.  I can’t wait to wear the top solo with white wide-leg jeans (like this pair).  Similarly, this skirt would look perfect with a classic button-down shirt for the office.

If you’re looking for more ideas on what to wear to a bridal shower, check out Nordstrom’s Bridal Shower picks here (they’re phenomenal) and a few more of my favorites below!


TOP: Prose & Poetry   |  SKIRT: Prose & Poetry |  SHOES: Alexandre Birman  |  BAG: Stella McCartney  |  SUNGLASSES: Le Specs (old, similar HERE)

Thanks to Nordstrom and ShopStyle for partnering on this post!

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10 Responses to What To Wear To A Bridal Shower

  1. Natali says:

    You are looking astonishing in this ladylike and red perfection of a dress! 🙂

  2. Call this outfit as the excellence of elegance! Everything is chic and beautiful in it: the gorgeous red dress, the superb sandals and great bag!

  3. I love set, but this one is sooo cute. You combined great whit these shoes. I love the entire look. You look stunning. Thanks for sharing and for these wonderful tips for wedding season¡¡¡¡¡¡ Today on my blog is about shoes, a selection of trendy shoes that I’m dying for¡¡¡¡
    Kisses from Miami

  4. Rach says:

    These are great and helpful tips! Sometimes I forget to take note of the venue and feel out of place with my outfit! This dress is so gorgeous. Love the color!

  5. oh I love this set so much! Didn’t realize they were separates! Can be worn individually too xx

    chevrons & éclairs

  6. Nikki says:

    Hey Mary,

    Any floral dresses that you think I absolutely should buy? It’s the theme for the bridal shower that I’m attending!


  7. Okay, first of all, oh my gosh is that dress beautiful or what! … oh and the bag too – so happy to see it’s from Stella McCartney! I love her 🙂 Secondly, these are great tips. I’ve heard about the don’t wear white or black one, but never really thought about the venue one. It’s really important though and can either break or make an outfit. I would also recommend checking the weather in advance!

  8. Alexis Ren says:

    Amazing dress Love this <3

  9. vex 3 says:

    The dress is very casual fashion and personality, color is very beautiful and luxurious. Thanks for sharing the article

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