Finding the Ideal White Dress for Every Bride-to-Be’s Bridal Shower

The bridal shower is the first formal pre-wedding party brides-to-be can wear white, so why not opt for a pretty, flirty white dress? Whether you’re looking for a tea-themed bridal shower or an elegant city dinner, we have the perfect white dress to suit your style.

This crisp white midi dress is the definition of timeless elegance. Pair it with lace-up heels and a statement necklace to add luxury.

Form-Fitting Dress

Plenty of white dresses for bridal shower exist, especially for brides-to-be who want to make a stylish impression. Although many women may worry that a tight dress will make them look too full or bulky, it is important to understand how to pick the right style and material to make a flattering appearance without feeling restricted.

A bride who wants a more formal approach could opt for a long satin slip dress that can be easily dressed up with accessories, faux fur, or even lace for added flair. A jumpsuit, which can also be glammed up with sequins and other embellishments, is another option that can add a modern twist to a classic silhouette.

If the bridal shower is in a warm weather location, consider an on-trend linen style with trendy puff sleeves and a faux wrap skirt for a feminine finish. Or, you could show off some skin in a Swiss dot shift dress that will earn style points from your friends and family.

Shirt Dress

A symbol of versatility, the shirt dress is a delightful fusion of masculine charm and feminine grace. Featuring the structured collar and button front of a traditional shirt, the feminine silhouette of a dress is enhanced with cuffed sleeves and crisp fabrics like cotton or silk for a polished look. Typically cinched at the waist with a belt, this style flatters various body shapes and enhances curves for a gorgeous silhouette.

Whether looking for a chic bridal shower outfit or adding extra flair to your everyday wardrobe, this timeless silhouette is the perfect choice. With romantic lace details and square or off-the-shoulder necklines, this bridal shower look will turn heads.

For an elegant twist, try this white accordion-pleated cap sleeve shirt dress with a darted triangle bodice and fitted waist accented with a section of pierced crochet lace for a sultry effect. Pair this with heeled sandals for the perfect bridal shower outfit.

Sweater Dress

From laid-back to chic, sweater dresses are having a major moment. This cozy classic is a versatile closet staple, and it also makes for an ideal bridal shower outfit when paired with the right shoes and accessories. The key is to stay away from sneakers (they can look too casual and can upstage the bride-to-be). Instead, choose heeled booties or ankle boots that create a flattering silhouette and complement the overall look of your sweater dress.

If you’re going for a feminine, flirty look, try this cotton midi sweater dress with romantic puff sleeves and a fashion-forward front cutout. The square neckline and bow detail bring a classic feminine feel, while the floral lace pattern lends a trendy touch. Wear this with heeled sandals and a ponytail for a cute yet sophisticated bridal shower outfit.

Opt for this strappy jacquard sweater dress with a subtle floral print and cold-shoulder sleeves if you want a more laid-back style. It’s perfect for a tea party-themed or garden bridal shower, and you can pair it with strappy heels to elevate the look.

Crop Top

A crop top (a belly shirt, half shirt, or midriff shirt) comes up to your waistline or just above it. It has been a fashion staple since the 1940s and always stayed in style. This trendy shirt is paired with pants or skirts, usually monochrome. Bold women who want to keep their outfits simple and sleek can pair a crop top with a stylish leather jacket.

A white crop top can be worn to various pre-wedding events, including bridal showers. If you are a bride-to-be, a cute lace crop top dress would be perfect for your bridal shower, especially if you have an early afternoon or daytime bridal shower. Another great option is a white bridal jumpsuit, with its flattering v-neck and fitted cummerbund waist. If you prefer to avoid dresses, there are plenty of white crop tops and rompers to choose from as well. Make sure your chosen color doesn’t upstage the bride’s wedding dress!

Polka Dot Shift Dress

Nod to ’60s chic with this versatile shift dress, updated in a classic linen-blend fabric. Its pretty polka-dot print and classic regular fit make it a bridal shower staple you can wear again for every occasion throughout your wedding journey. Team it with simple Holden white gold jewelry and a Cuyana purse for the perfect bridal ensemble.

If you’re looking for extra sparkle, try adding rhinestone or pearl accents to your outfit, says Brickman. Or, you can add your future monogram to your accessories to give your look a personal touch.

Choose a sleek jumpsuit or two-piece matching set if you want to avoid wearing a dress. You can even try a white crepe wide-leg jumpsuit with off-the-shoulder detailing and a plunging neckline that adds an elegant edge to this casual style. Or, you can opt for a white romper with a bell sleeve crop top and midi skirt for an on-trend bridal shower look. This feminine option is ideal for outdoor bridal showers. Finish your look with a statement pair of earrings and favorite heels.