Chances are your summer calendar is filling up fast and a few baby shower invitations will pop up in your inbox. While celebrating an expectant mother-to-be can be such a meaningful, exciting day, you’re looking for a great baby shower gift (and while you’re at it, something for the new moms and dads, too). and Figuring out what to wear can prove to be more difficult. Don’t stress: we cover all of the above. From high-energy backyard gender reveals to more formal, sophisticated parties, there really is no set dress code for these types 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, first look at this invitation to assess the formality of the event and, if relevant, get a sense of the theme and color palette. If the affair is meant to be more casual, it probably still isn’t the occasion for, say, super-distressed jeans or that form-fitting mini. Aim for a style with sunny colors, soft patterns, and cute details like ruffles or exaggerated sleeves, paired with shoes that are comfortable enough for possibly playing games and taking lots of pictures. Assume family will be there, so opt for an appropriate, breezy look that puts the mom-to-be in the spotlight.
Real talk: Depending on what type of shower you’re attending, an invitation won’t directly say not to wear black or jeans, but it’s best to assume a dress (or skirt-top combo) is preferred becomes. However, if in doubt, ask the host! Keep in mind that party decorations are most likely to be light shades or pastels, so it’s always a good idea to fit into this palette so you don’t throw away pictures. When you need to go darker or it’s winter, liven up a black or navy ensemble with a bubbly print that exudes a cheerful vibe. Another tip? Choose light and airy fabrics that are soft and gentle like a newborn. When it comes to dress form, stick to timeless silhouettes with modern details, as opposed to overly trendy options that are better suited for vacation or a date night situation.
Our top picks for the best baby shower dresses
Are you ready to toast the new baby in style? We have 18 amazing clothing options, all under $200, for every silhouette, style preference, weather forecast, and party theme. Besides, if you’re still looking for a great baby shower gift (and while you’re at it, something for the new mums and dads too), you’ve come to the right place!
This “It’s A Girl!” a dress
The Ellie nap dress
Between the dreamy pink pattern and the ruffles at the shoulders, this is the ultimate party dress. Take the festive outfit to a new level with satin platform pumps.
This chic floral dress
Fame & Partners Sweetheart Wide Strap Mini
For showers with a more formal dress code, this structured mini is appropriate and youthful at the same time. Balance the dress’s simplicity with statement strappy heels.
This fashionable set
Hanifa Robyn set
Between the vibrant hue and hip-hugging fit of this coordinating set, this set will totally kill you in that shower. As a bonus, you can wear the pieces separately for future events.
This dress you can wear anywhere
100% Linen Mango Dress
The subtle cutouts and emerald hue of this sustainably sourced linen dress proves less is more. Pair the frock’s lightweight fabric with some simple flats.
This retro dress
Wilfred Villa Dress Smocked chiffon mini dress
The puffed sleeves on this square neckline semi-sheer mini dress give it an effortless ’70s vibe. Lean into throwback style with casual boots that match the boho aesthetic of the dress.
That ethereal dress
Gia midi dress
If you’re considering a simple white dress, this off-the-shoulder version has a romantic silhouette that’s easy to carry from the party to a dinner afterwards.
That polished dress
LNA Liani tank dress
For a family gathering with a stricter dress code, the A-line, sleeveless shape and higher neckline of this mini is ideal. Between the sunny color and smocked hip details, you’ll feel covered in all the right places, but anything but boring.
This picnic dress
BB Dakota Flirt a Lot Smocked Gingham Mini Dress
You can’t go wrong with a gingham print babydoll dress this summer. Give the timeless print a modern twist with flattering sandals and a small, structured handbag.
This premium dress
Floerns tropical short dress with deep V-neckline and open back
With almost 2,500 nearly 5-star reviews and a price under $50, this could be the “it” dress of the summer. One reviewer gushed, “I loved this dress. It was thick, good quality, comfortable and fit as expected. I’ve already worn it twice and will wear it more often this summer.”
This sustainable dress
Cleobella Rowan mini dress
Crafted from eco-friendly fabric, this handmade dress is sophisticated and versatile. Accentuate your waist with the matching fabric belt, or leave it off for a roomier, flowier shape.
This full bloom dress
ASOS Curve midi dress with square ruffle neckline
The delicate floral print and structured bodice of this elegant midi have a modern day vibe Bridgeton Mood. Balance the sweetness of the dress with bright heels or a fabulous leather boot.
This angel dress
A good American pleated slip dress always fits
When the shower calls for an all-white dress code, this structured slip will do the trick. The soft, pleated fabric looks elegant and is comfortable to wear thanks to its wide silhouette.
This elegant dress
Line & Dot Dre knit dress
If frilly flowers aren’t your thing, opt for a minimalist style like this upscale neutral knit option that still feels appropriate for the special day. For a pop, wear your hair back and add statement metallic earrings.
This floral print fall dress
Opt for a classic smocked maxi dress
For a fall or winter baby shower, you might prefer to wear a darker shade. Opt for a softer style with a subtle print, like this breezy midi that feels festive. Add a trench coat to further elevate the look.
This detailed dress
Ted Baker London Tiana Ruffled floral print dress
With puff sleeves, exposed seams and wrap detailing, this isn’t your average mini dress. Rock it with dainty slides and a mini bag for a chic effect.
That pink dress
Staud Shoko sweater in dark peach
Not in pattern? This fitted two tone bodycon knit sweater dress combo still fits the happy occasion. It’s especially on point when you know there’s a little girl on the way. (PS it’s also available in this one blues combo!).
That nude dress
H&M dress with flounce trim
When the shower has a gender-neutral theme, you can’t go wrong with a sophisticated style with a fabulous detail, like this bold ruffle neckline. Add a bold lip color to further enhance your look.
This airy dress
Lulu’s Sunshine Seeker terracotta knit halterneck dress
If you’re going to a backyard party and tend to run hot, this loose-knit style has a summery feel and allows airflow. Play up the crochet fabric with a textured wedge sandal.
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