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These center-of-attention looks are anything but basic.
When it comes to building your wedding wardrobe, an arsenal of easy style heroes for your pre-wedding festivities is a must. Bridal showers are your chance to play with floral prints and feminine fabrics that nod to bridal without going all in on ivory. A little something blue or a timeless white accessory is the fashion-forward way to venture outside of all white should you so choose, but sticking to an all-alabaster wardrobe is foolproof.
To inspire your well-stocked wardrobe of wedding-worthy classics and to prepare for any kind of celebration that comes your way, we’ve rounded up some of the best in bridal shower dresses. Ahead, the BAZAAR Bride edit of the best in bridal shower dresses.
A simple silhouette with a corseted bodice, full A-line skirt, and sweet floral embroidery is foolproof for a bridal shower—especially if you’re after garden party vibes.
Use your bridal shower as an opportunity to play with color or bold prints. This sheer organza gown, decorated head to toe with watercolor poppies, is a striking option; pair with white, pistachio, or red-orange accessories.
Channel destinations far and away with traditional embroidery motifs that hint at your wedding locale to come—like this look from Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz. Beware of overthinking—and overstyling: Keep your accessories bold and hair and makeup natural for a look that is chic without feeling overdone.
This look channels the daintiness of chinoiserie prints or the tradition of English toile—but for chic daytime dressing.
Dress this look up with sky-high strappy sandals, fine jewelry, and a quaint lady bag; or keep it casual with a pair of Grecian sandals, a statement earring, and effortless hair and makeup.
Calling all bohemian brides: This crochet midi dress begs to be worn for a decades-past theme party or a celebration in warm weather.
Think classic elegance with a contemporary twist: This structured, A-line-midi dress with a side slit is sexy yet sophisticated. Complete the look with pointed-toe mules, pumps, or strappy sandals and keep hair off your face—this look is all about keeping the neckline clean to frame your face.
Skip the all-white fashion requirements and don a color that speaks to you and complements your complexion. Case in point: this mauve silk taffeta puff-sleeve cutout dress.
This gently flared dress—with a bit of built-in embellishment—feels sweet yet festive, making it apropos for a bridal shower or rehearsal dinner fete.
Consider picking up a look you’ll undoubtedly wear again—like a print, pattern, or soft color. This floral print maxi dress makes for a moody take on bridal shower dressing.
When in doubt, imagine the look in your setting. This dress with a pair of white cat-eye sunglasses, chic mules, and a dainty pochette would be so sweet at a garden party; or pair it with all black add-ons and a winged liner for a cosmopolitan feel.
If embellishment and florals aren’t your thing, choose a look where the interest lies in the shape and silhouette. This draped midi that cinches to define your waistline is case in point.
Don’t shy away from metallics when it comes to celebrating your engagement, dressing for your rehearsal dinner, or attending a formal shower thrown in your honor. After all, this is your time to shine.
A silhouette with edge and ease has a versatility that extends long after your bridal shower or the wedding weekend. Style this look as a bride, then pair it with black, pop-colored, or jewel-toned accessories later on.
Choose traditional, feminine fabrics—like brocade or tweed—in sleeker silhouettes for a modern take on dressing for a ladies’ luncheon.
Cutouts and pops of color in the bodice take this maxi from summertime in the city to a beachside event at any time of year.
Touches of black edge up a bridal look—and add staying power to any piece in your closet.
This look—in a sweet shade of blush—proves that feathers aren’t only for the after-party.
When opting for a dress in color, choose a palette that suits the setting—be it the great outdoors or interiors that speak to your sense of style. This easy, gathered kaftan in warm, rich, sunset tones is ideal for cocktails at dusk.
Opt for a maxi that can be laid-back when paired with a flat sandal for daytime or a summer evening affair.