While you have to share some of the spotlight at wedding-related festivities with your groom, the bridal shower is all about you! Naturally, you want to choose the perfect outfit to celebrate this special day, so here are a few tips to help before you make that final purchase.
You can wear white. While overdoing it with the white ensembles at pre-wedding celebrations can border on cheesy, the bridal shower is one of those occasions where it’s fine to wear white or a variation of it (cream, ivory, etc.). After all, you do want to stand out in a room filled with dressed-up women, and it’s unlikely that anyone else will show up in white as it would be considered a faux pas.
Add some color. If you do opt for white, be sure to add a pop of color to your ensemble so you don’t look washed out. It can be jewelry, shoes or even a dramatic red lipstick.
Play up your feminine side. Showers usually take place during the day, so you’ll want to leave the glitzy nighttime looks at the door. Forgo sequins and stones and go for a more feminine style, such as lace, floral prints, eyelet and the like.
Consider the style or theme. This might be hard if your shower is a surprise, but if you’re in on some or all of the details, take that into consideration when planning your outfit. If you’re shower is being held in a restaurant, you’ll want to dress up a bit more, but if it’s in your mom or MOH’s backyard, you can go with a more casual look.
Think about the weather. If you’re getting married in the spring or even early summer, your shower will likely be in the winter. So while you’d love a sleeveless or strapless dress, you might be too cold during the event. So either choose something more weather-appropriate or remember to bring a sweater!
Go short. Since your wedding gown will likely be long, why not use your shower as an opportunity to show some leg? Dresses or skirts that fall right at the knee are the perfect length for any body type–you don’t want to go too short!
Sit it out. You’ll be spending a lot of time sitting in front of a group of people while you open your gifts. So before you decide on an ensemble, make sure you look good both standing and sitting in it. You don’t want to be uncomfortable or risk showing too much skin to your guests while sitting.
Feel comfortable. Think about what kinds of outfits make you feel your best. While you might assume you need to wear a dress to the shower–and this is the easiest way to go–if you’re more comfortable in dressy pants, then go with that. You are the guest of honor so you can truly wear whatever you want.
Pick the right shoe. You will have to work the room to greet your guests, so this might not be the best time for sky-high heels. And if your shower is outdoors, go with a wedge or chunky heel that won’t sink into grass while you walk.
[Photo: Damsel in Dior]