Chances are, your summer calendar is filling up fast, and a few baby shower invites might be popping up in your inbox. While celebrating an expecting mama-to-be can be such a momentous, exciting day, scouting out a great baby shower gift (and while you’re at it, something for those new moms and new dad too) and figuring out what to wear may prove trickier. Don’t stress: We’ve got you covered on all of the above. From high-energy, backyard gender reveals to more formal, polished parties, there really are no solid dress codes for these sorts of events. Simplify the process by wearing a stylish dress that reflects the joy of welcoming a newborn!
When figuring out the best baby shower outfit, check out that invite first to evaluate the formality of the event, and, if relevant, to get a sense of the theme and color palette. If the affair is meant to be more casual, it still probably isn’t the right occasion for, say, super-distressed jeans or that bodycon mini. Aim for a style with sunny colors, soft patterns, and sweet details like ruffles or exaggerated sleeves, paired with shoes that are comfortable enough to potentially play games and take lots of pics in. Assume that family will be there, so opt for an appropriate, breezy look that keeps the focus on the mom-to-be.
Real talk: Depending what kind of shower you’re attending, an invitation won’t outright say not to wear black or denim but it’s best to assume that a dress (or skirt-top combo) is preferred. However, when in doubt, ask the host! Remember, party decorations are most likely bright hues or pastels, so it’s always a good idea to fit into that palette so you don’t throw off pictures. If you must go darker or if it’s wintertime, liven up a black or navy ensemble with a bubbly print that gives off a cheerful vibe. Another tip? Selecting light and airy fabrics that are soft and gentle like a newborn. For the dress shape, stick to silhouettes that are timeless with modern details, as opposed to overly trendy options better suited for vacation or date night situation.
our top picks for the best baby shower guest dresses
Ready to toast that new baby in style? We’ve got 18 amazing dress options, all under $200, for every silhouette, style preference, weather forecast, and party theme. Plus, if you’re still on the hunt for a great baby shower gift (and while you’re at it, something for those new moms and new dads too), we’ve got you covered!
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This “It’s a Girl!” Dress
The Ellie Nap Dress
Between the dreamy pink pattern and ruffle shoulders, this is the ultimate celebration dress. Take the festive outfit to new heights with satin platform pumps.
This Fancy Floral Dress
Fame & Partners Sweetheart Wide Strap Mini
For showers with a more formal dress code, this structured mini is appropriate and youthful all at once. Offset the simplicity of the dress with statement, strappy heels.
This Fashion-Forward Set
Hanifa Robyn Set
Between the vibrant hue and waist-snatching fit of this coordinating set, you’ll totally slay at that shower. As a bonus, you can wear the pieces separately for future events.
This Wear-Anywhere Dress
Mango 100% linen dress
The subtle cutouts and emerald shade of this sustainably-made linen dress prove that less is more. Match the frock’s lightweight fabric with some easy flats.
This Retro Dress
Wilfred Villa Dress Smocked Chiffon Minidress
The puff sleeves on this semi-sheer, square neck minidress gives it an effortless ’70s vibe. Lean into the throwback style with slouchy boots that fit the dress’s boho aesthetic.
This Ethereal Dress
Gia Midi Dress
If you’re considering a simple white dress, this off-the-shoulder version has a romantic silhouette that can easily take you from the party to a dinner date afterward.
This Polished Dress
LNA Liani Tank Dress
For a family party with a stricter dress code, the A-line, sleeveless shape and higher neckline of this mini is ideal. Between the sunny color and ruched hip details, you’ll feel covered in the right places but far from boring.
This Picnic Dress
BB Dakota Flirt a Lot Smocked Gingham Minidress
You can never go wrong with a babydoll dress in a gingham print come summertime. Make the timeless print feel modern with slinky sandals and a small, textured purse.
This Top-Rated Dress
Floerns Deep V-Neck Open Back Tropical Short Dress
With nearly 2,500 nearly 5-star reviews and a price tag under $50, this may be the It dress of summer. One reviewer raved, “I loved this dress. It was thick, good quality, comfortable and fit as expected. I’ve already worn it twice and will wear it much more this summer.”
This Sustainable Dress
Cleobella Rowan Minidress
Made with an eco-friendly fabric, this handmade dress is sophisticated and versatile. Play up your waist with the matching fabric belt, or skip it for a roomier, floaty shape.
This Full Bloom Dress
ASOS Curve Square Ruched Neck Midi Dress
The dainty floral print and structured bodice of this elegant midi has a modern-day Bridgerton vibe. Offset the sweetness of the dress with bright heels or a fabulous leather boot.
This Angelic Dress
Good American Always Fits Plissé Slip Dress
If the shower calls for an all-white dress code, this textured slip dress will do the trick. The soft, pleated fabric looks elegant and will keep you comfortable thanks to its roomy silhouette.
This Sleek Dress
Line & Dot Dre Knit Dress
If frilly florals aren’t your thing, opt for a minimalist style, like this elevated neutral knit option that still feels appropriate for the special day. For a pop, wear your hair back and add statement metallic earrings.
This Fall Floral Dress
Opt Classic Smocked Maxi Dress
For a fall or winter baby shower, you may prefer to wear a darker hue. Opt for a softer style with a subtle print, like this breezy midi, that reads as festive. Add a trench coat to elevate the look even further.
This Detailed Dress
Ted Baker London Tiana Floral Print Shirred Dress
With puff sleeves, exposed stitching, and wrap detail, this is not your average minidress. Rock it with dainty mules and a mini bag for a v chic effect.
This Rosy Dress
Staud Shoko Sweater in Bittersweet Peach
Not into patterns? This snug, two-tone bodycon knit-sweater-dress combo still fits the joyous event. It’s especially on point if you know that a baby girl is on the way. (P.S. It’s also available in this blues combo!)
This Nude Dress
H&M Flounce-Trimmed Dress
If the shower has a gender-neutral theme, you can’t go wrong in a sophisticated style with a fabulous detail, like this bold ruffle neckline. Add a bold lip color to boost your look even further.
This Breezy Dress
Lulus Sunshine Seeker Terracotta Knit Halter Dress
If you are heading to a backyard bash and tend to run hot, this loosely knit style feels summery and allows for air flow. Play up the crochet fabric with a textured wedge sandal.
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