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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
Thanks to Nordstrom and ShopStyle for partnering on this post!