What to Wear: To a Bridal Shower

(Source: Bhldn, Modcloth, Lulu's)Between the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, and the big day, there is a lot of outfit planning when it comes to weddings. But unlike trying to decipher the registry, getting dressed is the fun part. Let’s just get a few rules out of the way first.

We know you’re wondering, and the answer is no: Unless you’re the bride-to-be, steer clear of white for any and all wedding-related events. And to be on the safe side, skip ivory, cream, and other similiar hues. Other colors to think twice about: red (save it for date night) and black, which is too somber for the occasion. Keep it on the dressier side and remember grandmas will be there, so you don’t show too much skin. Finally, skip the jeans. Period. No, not even your black ones are okay.

Still not sure what to wear to a bridal shower? We'll break it down for you.

FOR THE BRIDE:
From Left: Gilded Dreamer Headband, $22 at Nasty Gal; Menbur Strass Pump, $169.95 at Nordstrom; Ainsley Dress, $220 at Bhldn

Capture the romance of your upcoming nuptials a cream-colored chiffon dress. Gold trimmings ensure you’ll be the sartorial center of attention.

FOR A BRIDESMAID:
From Left: The Mira Heel in Sandstone, $169 at Madewell; When the Night Comes Dress, $99.99 at Modcloth; Swirled Midnight Drops earrings, $88 at Anthropologie

As a bridemaid, you should step up your ensemble to differentiate yourself from other guests. A beautiful lace dress, such as the above by BB Dakota (a ModCloth exclusive) does the trick. Elongate your legs with classic nude pumps. Bonus: They’ll be in heavy rotation in your closet long after the bridal shower. 

FOR A GUEST:
From Left: Pink Square Stone Bracelet, $29.50 at Loft; Sweet Escape Mint Blue Dress, $60 at Lulu's; Camille Heel, $198 at Coach

It’s hard to go wrong with a sweet pastel frock; accessories in soft hues keep the demure theme going.
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