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    You’ve spent a lot of time thinking about yourwedding dress, but a bridal shower dress is another worthy wedding ensemble. As one of the most photographed outfits you’ll wear as a bride-to-be, you’ll want to choose a silhouette that stays true to your bridal style. Feminine silhouettes with puffed sleeves,delicate silk details, and square or off-the-shoulder necklines are all fashion-forward bridal shower outfits. If you prefer a more traditional look,lace designs or romantic maxi dresses might be more your speed.

    Whether you want to stand out in white or be different in a bold-colored dress, it's best to choose your bridal shower look based on the venue, season, party theme, or your wedding aesthetic. To help you find your perfect bridal shower outfit, we've researched and rounded up the best bridal shower dresses for every budget, season, and style. We've also included helpful tips on what to look for when shopping for the bridal shower dress of your dreams.

    From casual minis to dreamy floral frocks and elegant maxis, we scoured the web to find a wide range of styles that are both high-quality and stylish. We made our final selection based on materials, construction, price point, size range, and overall quality.

    Read on for the best bridal shower dresses.

    Our Top Picks

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    This high-low dress from Amsale ticks all the boxes for a lovely bridal shower dress. The flattering scoop neckline and fitted bodice give the dress a great structure. The back has flirty cut-out detail and a sweet bow. We really love the wide ruffled hem on this taffeta dress. It gives it a fun and festive feel and a touch of romance. And did we mention that it has pockets?

    Who It's For

    The bride-to-be who wants a modern, classic dress

    Size Range: 0-28 | Materials: Taffeta | Length: High-low | Shipping: Free for orders over $75 | Return Policy:Refund within 14 days, minus $25 return shipping fee

    Best Budget

    Lulus Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress

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    For the lover of all things lace, you can't go wrong with this pick from Lulus. From the stunning off-the-shoulder neckline to the gorgeous lace fabric, there's so much to love about this midi bridal shower dress. Our favorite detail? The pretty eyelash lace hem.

    Who It's For

    Brides who love a feminine lace dress

    Size Range: XS-XL | Materials: Cotton, nylon, polyester | Length: Midi-length | Shipping:Free standard shipping on orders over $50; $5 flat rate shipping on orders under$50 |Return Policy:Full refund within 30 days

    This fun frock takes puff sleeves to a whole new level. It’s crafted from 100 percent soft linen and features elastic shoulder straps trimmed with ruffled tulle. The fabric also features tonal floral embroidery for subtle texture and dimension. We love this midi dress for a spring or summer bridal shower set against a garden backdrop.

    Who It's For

    A bride-to-be who wants a statement dress

    Size Range: XXS-XL | Materials: Linen | Length: Midi-length | Shipping:Free 2-day shipping |Return Policy:Full refund within 30 days

    Best Mini

    LPA Talulah Dress

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    What could be more perfect for a bridal shower than this white mini dress? We're obsessed with the sheer sleeves and textured material. Keep it casual with a pair of block sandals or go for a more formal look in sleek pumps.

    Who It's For

    Stylish brides-to-be who want a fun and flirty dress

    Size Range: XXS-XL | Materials: Nylon, polyester | Length: Mini-length | Shipping:Free 2-day shipping |Return Policy:Full refund within 60 days

    Most Versatile

    JJ’s House Elegant A-line Chiffon Maxi Dress

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    This asymmetrical ankle-length dress from JJ’s house is made with lightweight, flowy chiffon fabric that moves with you. The A-line style of the V-neck maxi dress is extremely flattering and easy to wear. The dress comes in white or blue with an all-over floral print. The final touch is delicate ruffles at the hem and soldiers. Add a pair of strappy sandals, and you’re ready to go in this versatile bridal shower dress.

    Who It's For

    Brides who love flowers and feminine details

    Size Range: S-XXL | Materials: Chiffon | Length: Asymmetrical, ankle-length, maxi | Shipping: Standard shipping $5, expedited shipping $16 | Return Policy:Return within 7 days, 10% restocking fee

    Best Allover Lace

    Steve Madden Did It My Way Dress

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    There's something about an allover lace dress that just feels right for a bridal shower. This pretty frock from Steve Madden features an elegant midi-length hemline, sweet floral lace details, and a classic square neckline for a look that's both romantic and timeless.

    Who It's For

    Brides-to-be who want a bridal shower dress with a romantic style

    Size Range: 0-10 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Midi-length | Shipping:Free 2-day shipping |Return Policy:Full refund within 60 days

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    All eyes will be on you when you enter the room in this simple yet elegant bridal shower dress by Reformation. It's crafted from 100% linen and features a breezy side slit making it perfect for spring and summer parties. Complete your effortless look with neutral sandals and gold huggie hoops.

    Who It's For

    Brides who want a form-fitting dress in a lightweight fabric

    Size Range: 0-12 | Materials: Linen | Length: Midi-length | Shipping:Free standard shipping |Return Policy:Full refund within 30 days

    Best Slip Dress

    Shona Joy Lace Back Maxi Dress

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    This minimalist slip dress is ideal for the bride-to-be who wants to keep things simple. The maxi dress has easy-to-adjust spaghetti straps that tie in the back for a secure fit. It has a timeless and flattering cowl neckline and a flared hem. The smooth fabric has a luxurious finish, and the dress is fully lined. Style it with strappy sandals or block heels, depending on your venue.

    Who It's For

    Brides who want a simple but elegant figure-flattering dress

    Size Range: 0-12 | Materials: LENZING™ ECOVERO™ with luxurious satin finish | Length: Maxi-length | Shipping: Free 2-day shipping within US | Return Policy:Full refund within 60 days, exchange within 90 days

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    Best Floral Print

    Rhode Pia Dress in Lavigne Floral

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    Searching for a bridal shower dress in a fun print? Rhode's Pia dress features a cheery floral pattern to brighten up your bridal shower look. Plus, the artful ruching on the skirt is beyond flattering and the puff sleeves add an element of charm and whimsy to the leg-baring silhouette. This dress is also available in solid white if that's more your speed.

    Who It's For

    Brides-to-be who want a fun, casual bridal shower dress

    Size Range: 0-14 | Materials: Cotton | Length: Mini-length | Shipping:Free 2-day shipping |Return Policy:Full refund within 30 days

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    Most Comfortable

    Sleeper Atlanta Linen Dress

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    Effortlessly chic and sophisticated, this 100% linen dress by Sleeper is a divine choice for the fashion-forward bride. It can be worn on or off the shoulder and features a smocked bodice for extra comfort. We love it with matching white accessories for a modern monochromatic look.

    Who It's For

    Brides who want a simple, classic bridal shower dress

    Size Range: XS-XL | Materials: Linen | Length: Midi-length | Shipping: Free shipping on orders over $300; $15 standard shipping fee for orders under $350 | Return Policy:Full refund within 14 days

    Best Strapless

    ML by Monique Lhuillier Strapless Tulle Dress

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    This strapless mini from ML by Monique Lhuillier is simply elegant. The sweetheart neckline combined with the allover embellished tulle and the tiered skirt gives the bridal shower dress a romantic feel. This short and sweet dress is fully lined, has a back zipper, and is intended to hit right above the knees.

    Who It's For

    A bride-to-be with a fun and flirty style

    Size Range: 0-16 | Materials: Embroidered tulle, polyester | Length: Mini | Shipping: Free standard shipping for orders over $100 | Return Policy:Full refund within 30 days of delivery

    Best Sundress

    ASOS DESIGN Tiered Maxi Dress with Contrast Broderie Detail

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    You'll look stunning from all angles in this sundress featuring a gorgeous floral fabric, broderie lace trim, and an alluring open back. What's more, you're sure to wear this dreamy maxi long after the wedding festivities have come and gone. For the bridal shower, wear your hair up to showcase all of the striking details this silhouette has to offer.

    Who It's For

    Brides who love a casual, summery look

    Size Range: 0-4 | Materials: Chiffon | Length: Maxi-length | Shipping:Free onorders$49.99+; $7 flat rate onordersless than $49.99 |Return Policy:Full refund within 28 days

    For the Classic Bride

    Self-Portrait Embroidered Tulle and Pleated Chiffon Midi Dress

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    We can’t think of a more sophisticated bridal shower dress than this long sleeve stunner by Self-Portrait. It’s beautiful and delicate and made from lightweight chiffon. The triple-tiered skirt is trimmed with exquisite scalloped lace and the embroidered tulle yolk is endlessly elegant. Complete your look with classic jewelry like diamond stud earrings and a tennis bracelet.

    Who It's For

    A bride-to-be who wants a sophisticated dress with lots of intricate details

    Size Range: UK 4-16 | Materials: Tulle, lace, chiffon (polyester) | Length: Midi-length |Shipping:Shipping rates vary |Return Policy:Full refund within 28 days

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    Best Subtle Details

    Lulus White and Gold Ruffled Tiered Midi Dress

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    Looking for a bridal shower dress with a little sparkle? This ruffled midi dress boasts gold lurex threaded accents that inject a little glamour into the breezy, carefree silhouette. The ruffled neckline and flirty tie-back detail make it a lovely option for spring and summer soirées.

    Who It's For

    A bride who wants a lightweight, fun, and feminine dress

    Size Range: XS-XL | Materials: Polyester | Length: Midi-length | Shipping:Free standard shipping on orders over $50; $5 flat rate shipping on orders under$50 |Return Policy:Full refund within 30 days

    Most Feminine

    V. Chapman Vera Bustier Midi Dress

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    Flirty, frilly, and feminine, V. Chapman’s Vera dress practically screams bridal shower dress. The romantic A-line silhouette is cut from satin jacquard fabric and packed with details like ruffle straps, a bustier bodice, a detachable waist tie, and a side slit. The best detail? Side slant pockets that are practically invisible and perfect for stashing your phone and lipstick.

    Who It's For

    The bride-to-be who wants a bold and sexy bridal shower dress

    Size Range: 00-12 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Midi-length | Shipping:Free 2-day shipping |Return Policy:Full refund within 60 days

    Best Puff Sleeves

    BHLDN Keaton Dress

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    Crafted from floral lace, this sophisticated dress is a fitting choice for a warm-weather celebration. The body-hugging design is flattering while the puff sleeves are romantic and create an elongating silhouette. This timeless dress is sure to land you heaps of compliments.

    Who It's For

    The bride who wants a timeless and elegant dress

    Size Range: XS-L | Materials: Polyester, spandex lining | Length: Midi-length | Shipping:$4.95-$10.95 standard shipping |Return Policy:Full refund within 30 days

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    For the Boho Bride

    Endless Summer All You Need Is Lace Midi

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    If you’re a boho bride looking for a bridal shower outfit that feels relaxed yet dressy enough for the occasion, this Free People dress is a great option. You'll love the carefree silhouette adorned with lace, puff sleeves, and an exaggerated open back. This effortlessly ethereal style can easily be dressed up or down and also makes for a great honeymoon look.

    Who It's For

    A casual and carefree bride-to-be

    Size Range: XS-XL | Materials: Cotton | Length: Ankle-length | Shipping: Free standard shipping on orders over $100; $7.95 standard shipping on orders under $100 | Return Policy:Full refund within 30 days

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    What to Look for in a Bridal Shower Dress

    • Theme and Venue: With so many pretty little white dresses on the market, finding the perfect bridal shower dress can sometimes be overwhelming. To help narrow down your options, it's helpful to look for styles and silhouettes that not only feel appropriate for the venue but also match the theme of the bridal shower. If you're hosting a tea party, puff sleeves and tulle skirts are the perfect match. Having a chic city dinner? Opt for body-skimming midi dresses or elegant sets.
    • Season: The time of year will also help determine what you wear. For spring and summer bridal showers, we love mini dresses, like ML by Monique Lhuillier's Strapless Mini, outfits crafted from easy, breezy fabrics, and tea-length silhouettes. If the celebration takes place in the fall or winter, dresses in heavy-weight fabrics or long-sleeved bridal shower dresses are especially fitting for chillier weather. And, of course, there's no rule that says you have to wear white for your bridal shower. If you prefer a more colorful ensemble, look for dresses in pretty pastels, bright and unexpected hues, or eye-catching floral prints, like the JJ's House Floral Print V-Neck.

    FAQ

    • Do I have to wear a dress to my bridal shower?

      Absolutely not! When it comes to your bridal shower, you should wear whatever makes you look and feel your best. Some popular alternatives to bridal shower dresses are bridal jumpsuits, rompers, suits, and separates.

    • What should I wear to an evening bridal shower?

      If the bridal shower is taking place in the evening, you can opt for a more formal look like a floor-length silhouette or an embellished bridal shower dress, like Self-Portrait's White Chiffon Tiered Midi Dress. We also love the idea of bridal shower dresses in rich jewel tones and silky fabrics for an evening soirée.

    • Do I have to wear white to my bridal shower?

      Definitely not! Many brides-to-be opt to forgo bridal white in favor of bridal shower dresses in bright colors, pastels, and floral prints. For a non-white bridal shower dress, we love the ASOS Design Tiered Maxi Dress.

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    FAQs

    What color should the bride wear to her bridal shower? ›

    "Typically, the first formal pre-wedding event is your bridal shower, and this is a great party to own the tradition of the bride in white," Fritz says.

    What mother of bride should wear to bridal shower? ›

    Sleek evening gowns, trendy midi dresses, dressy jumpsuits and chic MOB pantsuits are all excellent options. There are a few factors that can influence mother-of-the-bride attire.

    How many dresses should a bride try on? ›

    On average, brides try on about 4–7 dresses, but we recommend no more than 10.

    What should a grandmother wear to a bridal shower? ›

    Grandmothers of the bride should abide by the dress code, which typically entails wearing a semi-formal or formal dress.

    What colors to avoid at bridal shower? ›

    Avoid wearing white, black, or anything that may detract from the wedding festivities. Bridal showers can range from formality, location, and season, so be sure to dress to fit the occasion.

    Who pays for bridal shower for bride? ›

    Although once upon a time it was expected that the bride's family would foot the bridal shower bill, modern society has changed the rules. Nowadays, the person (or people) hosting the bridal shower are responsible for covering the costs associated with the shower.

    What Colour should the mother of the bride not wear? ›

    As a rule of thumb it's best not to wear white, ivory, or cream-colored dresses. These colors can take away attention from the bride–and no one wants to do that on such a special occasion. But all white is very chic, and the bride may have this wedding color scheme in mind.

    What should mother of bride say at bridal shower? ›

    Pay tribute to the bride and share stories and memories of her from childhood and today. Talk about meeting their new partner for the first time, getting to know them and welcoming them into the family. Offer wise and funny advice to the couple. Finish with a toast to the newlyweds.

    How much should the mother of the bride spend on a shower gift? ›

    As a rule, how much you spend on a bridal shower gift depends on your relationship with the couple. Most experts agree that $50 to $75 is an acceptable amount to spend on a bridal shower gift. Close friends and family members usually spend more than $100 on a bridal shower gift.

    What is the most common bridal size? ›

    The most common sizes sampled are bridal sizes 10 or 12, with outliers on either end. These samples sizes can be tried on by most, but rarely do they fit perfectly.

    How much do most brides spend on dress? ›

    According to The Knot Real Weddings Study, the average cost of a wedding gown is $2,000. While, of course, off-the-rack gowns may be priced lower, more luxurious gowns can sometimes fall in the $3,000 to $8,000 range. Customized dresses can even cost as much as $10,000.

    How early should a bride get her dress? ›

    Typically, we suggest making your bridal dress appointments 9-12 months prior to your wedding date. This date is suggested with the goal of picking out and ordering a dress 8-9 months before the wedding. This gives you plenty of time to shop around and find the dress of your dreams.

    Who should not give a bridal shower? ›

    Traditional etiquette dictates that the maid of honor—not the mother of the bride—should host the shower. Nancy is a freelance writer for MarthaStewart.com. Some etiquette rules were meant to fade away into oblivion, like the one about family members of the bride not hosting her bridal shower.

    Does the mother of the bride give a bridal shower? ›

    Traditionally, the mother of the bride doesn't host the bridal shower (the maid of honor typically assumes the chief shower-planning role), however, your daughter will likely want you to be a part of the celebration.

    What do most people wear to a bridal shower? ›

    For guests who don't have a specified dress code to follow, opt for pieces that you would wear to a nice brunch or an elegant social gathering. What's more, since bridal showers are more informal than most wedding events, don't be afraid to embrace your personal style but with a slightly formal twist.

    What should I wear to my daughter's bridal shower? ›

    If the event is more casual, Singla said guests "could pair a blouse and trousers, a flowy dress, or a jumpsuit." Whatever you decide to wear, aim for something photo-friendly. According to Young, this is especially key if you're family or close friends with the future bride and groom.

    Is the bride supposed to wear white to the bridal shower? ›

    While white seems to be the shade most brides choose for a bridal shower, both Brickman and Cartledge agree that there's no rule on what color you should wear. "A lot of my brides don't opt for white at all, instead choosing a color that makes them feel confident or matches their wedding," Cartledge says.

    What color is best for a bride? ›

    It is very traditional for brides to wear white on their wedding day. When you start looking at wedding dresses online or at a bridal shop, you will see wedding dresses labeled with many different color names, from white to ivory to off-white to diamond white to cream and many color names and shades in between.

    What is the dress code of bride shower? ›

    Bridal showers typically have three common dress code options: formal/co*cktail attire, semi-formal attire, and casual attire. Following the dress code ensures that you blend in with the atmosphere and show your respect for the occasion.

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