You tried on handfuls of wedding dresses and finally (after much turmoil) selected the ONE so now you can check wedding attire off your list… right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
While the wedding dress is probably the biggest and most important decision when it comes to wedding attire, there are several wedding related events that you’ll want to look and feel your best for, your bridal shower being one of them.
Bridal showers tend to be on the more formal side, with most brides (and guests) opting to wear a dress. Since you’ll be the VIP, you probably don’t want to grab something from your closet that you’ve worn a million times. It’s a special celebration and deserves a special dress. With that being said, most bridal showers take place during the day, so there’s a fine line of formality that you don’t want to end up on the wrong side of.
White or bright colors are a great starting point. Florals are a great option if you’re looking for a pattern. The skirt should be a conservative length (you’ll be sitting an opening gifts and grandma might be in attendance). Aside from that the rules are simple, pick something you love and feel great in.
We’ve rounded up 20 great dresses that hit the mark for a great bridal shower dress for the bride. If you still haven’t found something you love, browse some other beautiful options from top brands here.
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1. Trina Turk Kayleen Classic Crepe Dress
Choosing a bridal shower dress in a bright hue like this one is one way to make a statement. It has so many fun, feminine and unique details, which will also help you feel like a million bucks. The back of the dress features a cutaway back, for a sexy silhouette that’s still bridal shower appropriate. The bodice of the dress is designed with flirty ruffles that are paired with a longer more structured skirt for a great contrast. The crepe polyester is breathable and comfortable, great for all day wear. Trina Turk has a number of awesome dresses that would be great for a bride to wear to her bridal shower. You can browse other options here.
2. Maggy London Leaf Medallion Sheath Dress
Many brides opt to wear a white dress to their bridal shower, a nod to the traditional white gown that will be worn on her wedding day. It’s another way of standing out as the bride, and is a great option especially for spring and summer bridal showers. The lace overlay has so many beautiful and intricate details that make it special. If this dress isn’t for you, check out this similar option from Nicole Miller, available in a plethora of sizes, or this highly rated option from Adrianna Papell, available for under $100.
3. Adrianna Papell Floral Print Fit & Flare
With many bridal showers occurring in Spring (before the rush of summer and fall weddings), floral fabrics are an excellent choice for bridal shower dresses. If you’re looking for a way to stand out, we love the idea of choosing a floral fabric with a white background to keep the bridal look alive while still adding some color. This dress features a flared skirt, an attractive silhouette for all body types that will highlight the waistline. If this option is above your price point, check out another similar option by AX Paris, on sale for only $34.95.
Price: $55.99 – $140 depending on size
4. Taylor Plus-Size Stripe Top Floral Bottom Dress
Mixing patterns (especially floral and stripes) is a modern way to show a little personality with your bridal shower outfit. If you’re into following fashion trends, then you’ve probably seen this look around recently. The dress features an a-line skirt that flares out away from the body, creating a beautiful waistline. Bonus – it has pockets. The bodice is more form fitting but with giving fabric that allows for a bit of stretch. Depending on how tight you like your clothing to fit, you may want to consider sizing down. For other dresses with the same floral and striped color block motif, check out this gorgeous dress from Jessica Howard or this inexpensive yellow floral option for only $29.99 .
Price: $32.92 – $96.60 depending on size
5. Erin Fetherston Women’s Posie Dress
While this dress is priced on the higher end, your bridal shower dress is definitely an outfit you want to feel your best in and it’s worth a bit of a splurge to make that happen. With all eyes on you for most of the day and a ton of pictures being snapped, confidence is key. This dress is more muted in terms of colors, but what it lacks in color, it makes up for in texture and details. The drop waist, illusion neckline, and delicate floral pattern are all fun and unique elements that make this dress a winner. Opt for a pair of simple and approachable black heels like these to wear with this dress.
6. Vince Camuto Rose Floral Fit & Flare Dress
If you’re not afraid of color and bold patterns, this figure flattering dress might be the perfect option for your bridal shower. While some floral patterns feature tiny flowers throughout, this one provides that wow factor with large, overlapping, multicolored roses and peonies that provide a ton of visual interest. The dress will fall right above or at the knee, depending on your height, for a modest and appropriate fit. The back features a beautiful gold zipper, which would tie in nicely with some gold accessories. Simple accessories are the way to go with this dress. Consider these heels, and these stud earrings.
Price: $53.33 – $168 depending on size
7. BCBGeneration Women’s Lace Shift Dress
Cinched waistlines and form fitting pencil skirts are not for everyone. If you’re a bride who prefers a looser fitting sheath dress, there are still some gorgeous options that will keep you feeling dressed appropriately for your bridal shower. This option from BCBGeneration is modestly priced, and is available in several great bridal shower colors including whisper pink (pictured above), optic white (a very true white), and white (which is more of an ivory). The lace detailing and scalloped hems are lovely feminine details that won’t go missed. This blush tone is another popular choice for bridal parties. If you’re hoping to wear that hue, you can shop other blush pink bridal shower dresses here.
Price: $68.01 – $118 depending on size
8. Adrianna Papell Plus-Size Fit & Flare Dress
Kudos to Adrianna Papell for designing so many gorgeous plus size cocktail dresses that will make shopping for your bridal shower dress a breeze, even if you’re on the curvier side. The color on this dress pops in the best way possible and while it’s a bit expensive, the high quality fabric and proper cut is worth the higher price tag. If you’re hoping to wear white instead of a bold color to your bridal shower, this similar style dress from Adrianna Papell is available in a gorgeous true white. If you’re not a fan of lace, check out this other white option from Adrianna Papell’s plus size line.
Price: $173.82 – $240 depending on size
9. Lilly Pulitzer Women’s Topanga Dress
This dress is on sale for over 40 percent off. Originally priced close to $200, it’s quite the steal. The tunic dress is made with a crochet knit lace with a lovely floral diamond pattern and a bateau neckline and a v-back. Three-quarter sleeves are a great solution for that in-between spring weather when you’d like to wear something lighter but still need some coverage. The dress also features a pom-pom fringe – an element that we’re seeing on many dresses this spring for a festive touch. It slips right over the head and is extremely comfortable and breathable. Lilly Pulitzer is not new to the white dress game and has more options than any other designer when it comes to this style dress. You can browse them all out here.
Price: $104.99 (44 percent off MSRP)
10. Jessica Simpson Women’s Bow Back Party Dress
If you’re hoping to spend under $100 on your bridal shower dress, this dress is on sale for only $86 and is one of our favorites on the list. It has a structured silhouette and a beautiful blush bridal tone that can be worn day or night. The sheen keeps it elegant and gives it a more dressed up look than some of the other options on this list, a great option if your bridal shower happens to be in the evening. We also love this look for a garden party or afternoon tea. Don’t dismiss this option before checking out the back of the dress, featuring a gorgeous feminine bow and necklace detailing that will stand out against any other dress.
Price: $86 (20 percent off MSRP)
11. PattyBoutik Boat Neck Floral Lace Dress
For a dress that you’re sure to wear again, consider a sleek and slim lace dress like this that molds to your body. The long sleeves offer some more coverage, and the fabric lends itself to both evening and daytime affairs. The best part of this dress is the price. While similar dresses sell for $200 or more, this one is available for a really affordable price. You can wear this dress again for your bachelorette party, a wedding after party, or even your honeymoon. It’s available in both a white and off white option, depending on your preference.
Price: $34.99 – $49.99 depending on size
12. Jill Stuart Color Block Crepe Fit & Flare Dress
While femininity is important when considering a bridal shower dress, sophistication is also a key factor. This one is the epitome of sophistication with black and white color blocking and a gorgeous tailored silhouette. The shorter skirt keeps this from being too formal, as does the open back with the beautiful bow – a symbol for celebration. While black probably isn’t the most popular choice when it comes to bridal shower dresses, paired with the white, it works. You can browse other black and white color block dresses to see some alternative styles.
Price: $80.40 (70 percent off MSRP)
13. Adrianna Papell Plus Size Katie Lace Shift Dress
This dress pairs bold bright pink with a beautiful lace overlay for a really fun and figure flattering bridal shower dress. The t-shirt style offers a bit of coverage on the shoulders, which is great if you’re not comfortable wearing a sleeveless dress. The scalloped lace edges are delicate and unique, enhancing the hem of the shift dress. It’s made to hang away from the body for a breathable fit that’s comfortable to move in. To elongate the leg, consider a simple nude heel like this Nine West pair.
Price: $73.43 – $180 depending on size
14. Eliza J Women’s Floral Scuba Shift Dress
A dress like this offers the best of both worlds. A white bodice with sporadic floral that is so unique, feminine and pretty. You’ll definitely stand out as the bride, especially if you choose a great bold colored heel that pulls out one of the colors from the dress. Fuchsia would be the best choice and would make this look a bit more young and playful. Check out this inexpensive pair. If you want to keep the look a little more reserved, a nude heel would also work just fine, allowing the dress to stand out and speak for itself.
Price: $78.15 – $128 depending on size
15. Milly Women’s Floral Print Mini Dress
Show stopper is the first word that came to mind when we came across this dress. It’s made of thick, structured fabric, fashioned in Italian twill. The sleeveless dress has a shorter hemline, but is dressy enough in its design to make it suitable for a bridal shower. The v-neck dress is paired with an empire seam that is made to fit close to the body. It’s a bold choice that’s sure to pay off if you’re looking to stand out. The fabric and color combination will also photograph wonderfully. Milly is a top designer with so many amazing dresses. Although the prices are on the higher end, you’ll get the quality that you’re paying for.
16. Jessica Howard Plus Size Long Sleeve Lace Shift
The slight amount of gold threading through the lace sleeve of this dress gives it that special celebratory feel that’s needed at a bridal shower. The length falls right at the knee and while it is a long sleeve dress, the sleeves are sheer, keeping the dress from feeling too conservative. It’s reasonably priced under $100, and is neutral enough that you can probably wear an existing pair of shoes with it (either gold or nude would work nicely). If you’re a fan of this dress but don’t fall into plus sizing, you can find this dress is your sizing here.
Price: $58.16 – $99 depending on size
17. Eliza J Women’s Sleeveless Pleated Maxi
We couldn’t get through this entire list without one maxi dress. While some women opt to keep the dress short for their bridal shower (mainly because they’ll be wearing a long dress at their wedding), the right maxi dress is a wonderful option that offers more coverage and can make quite the statement. This dress will give any bride the confidence she needs to own the room at her bridal shower. It has pleating that makes the skirt flow and a metallic belt that creates a gorgeous waistline. If you like the idea of wearing a maxi dress, you can shop additional options here.
18. Lark & Ro Women’s Eyelet Sleeveless A-Line Dress
Even though white sheath dresses are simple, the ones that are well made can be expensive. If you’re shopping on a budget and trying to save, this dress delivers the same quality as some of the top designers with a much lower price tag. It’s 100 percent cotton for a really comfortable fit and has an eyelet panel at its center for a bit of visual interest. The black zipper is concealed, giving this dress a very structured, modern, and sleek look.
Price: $19.05 – $64.50 depending on size
19. Black Halo Women’s Jackie O Dress
Named after one of the most elegant women in history, this dress exudes class and sophistication in every way possible. The unique neckline is a statement piece in itself so you can leave your necklace at home. The floral bottom brings some color into the look without being overwhelming. Between the floral and the chic white fabric, this certainly looks like a dress fit for a bride at her shower. It’s currently available in sizes 2-12. The fabric is a blend of cotton and elastane keeping the dress moveable without it losing its shape.
Price: $291.87 – $375 depending on size
20. Laundry By Shelli Segal Puffy Long Sleeve Dress
The secret to finding a killer dress is balance. You want something that is simple in one aspect (whether it’s color, shape, texture, or cut) and that has one thing that makes it stand out. This dress looks almost too simple at first glance, made with a gorgeous ivory fabric and cut to accent the waist and legs. Once you notice the fun bell sleeves though, you realize this dress is anything but simple and is actually a special choice. This dress is asking to be dressed up with a fun statement necklace and your favorite heels.