Weddings are one of the most special events in a woman’s life, so it’s no wonder that bridal showers take place to celebrate this exciting time. But what is proper attire for a bridal shower? There are some basic guidelines for appropriate attire for a bridal shower, but these rules can vary depending on the hostess’ wishes and even the season.

Bridal Shower Attire

For a bridal shower, the hostess may ask you to dress up as if you were going to a formal event (which can be a bit of a challenge for someone who doesn’t know what that is like). If this is the case, look through your closet or go shopping for something that would fit in at a wedding reception. Bridesmaid’s dresses are usually appropriate, but if there are no photos of them from previous showers and you have nothing else on hand, it’s OK to wear something else. In general, avoid pants or jeans because they’re not very dressy!

If you do decide to wear an outfit that looks like it belongs at an event where people might dance and/or eat food off their plates with utensils, make sure it isn’t too short or too tight (see below). A good rule of thumb is: if there’s any chance someone else could try on your clothes after you’ve left the shower—and even if they don’t—make sure they’re long enough so no one wants them back!

An Unofficial Dress Code for Women

You may be wondering what the dress code is for a bridal shower. Is it black tie? Dressy casual? Business attire? While there’s no official dress code, many women have created their own unofficial ones based on their personal preferences and traditions. The unofficial dress code for women is: anything goes!

That means that women aren’t required to wear a dress, hat or necklace. You can show up in jeans and sneakers if you want—or even pajamas! Women are also not required to wear high heels or bras (though they’re encouraged). The most important thing at a bridal shower is to be comfortable so you can enjoy yourself with your friends and family members who came out to celebrate with you.

You don’t have to match your outfit to the shower’s theme.

You don’t have to match your outfit to the shower’s theme, but it’s a nice touch. If you do wear a themed outfit, make sure it is not too over the top. For example, if the theme of your bridal shower is “At The Beach,” you can wear a cute sundress or pair of shorts and sandals but also be appropriate for the occasion if you choose to wear something more traditional such as slacks and heels.

Your clothing is required to have sleeves if you’re wearing heels.

If you’re wearing heels, your clothing is required to have sleeves.

Showers can be held in the summer, so you don’t need to worry about it being too cold to wear sleeved clothing.

Examples of sleeved clothing that you could wear to a bridal shower: dresses, blouses and jackets (with short sleeves).

Not sure what to wear? Pull inspiration from the bridesmaids’ dresses.

When deciding what to wear, there are a few factors to consider. First, look at the bridesmaids’ dresses. They will likely be wearing something you can pull inspiration from or wear on your own. If you’re having trouble figuring out what that is, look at photos of the bride and groom’s wedding day—it will give you an idea of their style and what kind of attire they like to see their guests in.

Next, take note of the hostess’ style so that your choice will complement hers (if she’s hosting). Then think about the theme or setting for your shower: do you want something more formal or casual? The weather? Are there any other details like these that will help narrow down which outfit would be appropriate for this occasion?

Leave the long dresses and gowns at home.

When it comes to your attire, the general rule is: less is more. Leave the long dresses and gowns at home. This is a time to show your support for the bride, but it’s not a formal event; you can wear a dress or skirt, but it should be short enough to show off your legs. In addition, it’s important that there are no frills or bows on your clothes—they will just get in the way during any of the activities planned for that day!


While there are no hard and fast rules, if you’re looking for some guidance on what to wear to a bridal shower, consider the following. First of all, always ask the hostess if they have any suggestions or preferences. If they don’t have any specific requests, then look at pictures from past parties held by this person or group (they’ll likely have a few). Finally, remember that this is not an official event where people will be judging your appearance; just wear something comfortable and fun!

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