What to Wear To A Baby Shower – A Complete Guide

It may have been a long time since you last attended a baby shower, but with friend’s children, nieces and maybe even your own kids starting to have babies, that’s probably about to change. What do you wear to a baby shower as a guest or even when you are the grandmother-to-be?

It can be a bit tricky to figure out because everyone is dressing so much more casually these days. However, a baby shower is still an important milestone in a mother-to-be’s life, so it is important to honor her by putting some effort into your baby shower guest attire.  Although there are no hard and fast rules about what to wear to a baby shower, these general guidelines will help you look lovely and appropriate.

  •  Dress Feminine for a Baby Shower: What could be more feminine than a baby shower outfit? This is the time to bring out your most girly self in pretty clothing that is feminine and flattering.
  •  Keep it Light and Cheery: The thought of a new baby makes us feel happy, excited, and positive. Keep your outfit light and cheery with pretty colors and style to match this mood.
  •  Be Understated: Dress up, but never outshine the mother-to-be who is the star of the event. Lean towards conservative and ladylike outfits, and steer clear of trying to look sexy or edgy.

Here Are Some Lovely Outfit Ideas for 3 different types of Spring/Summer Baby Showers.

White pants with orange top for what to wear to a baby shower guest as guest

What to Wear to a Baby Shower at Home? 

This is the most casual of baby showers. In the spring/summer you’ll usually find guests sitting around together in the backyard on lawn chairs on the grass, or the back patio, or around the pool. It can even be a family affair with the men off in one corner of the yard barbequing, as the women open gifts and chat to the mom-to-be about the little one on its way.

A casual backyard baby shower calls for a relaxed, simple look like a cheery sundress in a happy print, and sandals. Also, a cute top and casual skirt worn with sandals, a floral or print top, and some fab accessories looks great. A beautiful poolside maxi dress would also work.

Can You Wear Jeans to a Baby Shower?

If it’s a casual spring or summer baby shower, white jeans or cropped pants/capris and a flowy feminine blouse look lovely. Blue jeans are not as dressy. They’re darker and heavier and don’t fit the light, whimsical mood of a baby shower.

Blue floral dress for what to wear to a baby shower

What to Wear to a Baby Shower as Guest  at a Brunch or Luncheon

A brunch, lunch or tea held inside the hostess’s home or at a restaurant is the most traditional type of baby shower. This calls for a more semi-formal look such a casual day dress in a light or bright color or a dressy pair of pants and a flowy blouse. Florals or whimsical print dresses, like the one above, are a natural choice.

Jewelry, lovely shoes, and a handbag tie your baby shower outfit look together. Feminine and ladylike is the key.

Popular colors for baby showers in general are, you guessed it, soft baby pastels like pink, blue, yellow, peach, mint green. Bright colors like fuschia, bright blue, red, orange are very upbeat and look lovely too.

Can You Wear White to a Baby Shower as a Guest?

Yes, white and cream are perfectly acceptable and work mixed with pastels or bright colors, or worn just on their own.

Can You Wear Black to a Baby Shower?

There’s no rule against it, but it does seem pretty serious and a downer for a baby shower, which is all about welcoming new life! Best to stay away. Why not try navy instead with a bright, cheery top?


Pink dress for what to wear to a baby shower

What to Wear to a Baby Shower at a Country Club or Hotel 

A baby shower outside the home is usually much larger and dressier than an at-home baby shower. When held at a Country club, hotel, or event hall is the most dressy of baby showers.

This is the time to bring out your prettiest, fanciest, day dresses. Lace, chiffon, embroidered pieces are all luxe and perfect for this type of event. Just stay from tight dresses, sequins, and dark colors which veer into evening cocktail territory. Go ahead and wear your most gorgeous shoes and fanciest bags. Your best jewelry is a must. This is a full-out “wear your finest” ladies event.

Plus-size? Check out this baby shower guest attire for plus size gals.

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