What to Wear to a Baby Shower

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06.06.22

By Lucy Mahoney

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Two words that make months of morning sickness and rib kicks worth it? Baby shower. Yep, the time has come to celebrate the mum-to-be, (a pre-birth party, if you will), so whether you or your best friend has a bun in the often, now’s the time to show her some love. But what to wear to a baby shower? Are there any rules you should be following? Follow our guide to shower shopping and you won’t step a foot wrong. We’ve handpicked bump-friendly slinky jerseys, gender-neutral hues, and of course, our favorite pink & blue contenders. Let’s get into it.

‘Non-Maternity’ Maternity Dresses for Baby Showers

The secret to what to wear to baby showers as the mom-to-be is stretch and flexibility. When buying a special dress for a special moment in your life, gift yourself the opportunity to wear it again by avoiding the maternity section. Instead, opt for a slinky jersey dress that hugs and skims the body with elasticity. Jersey will not only showcase your blossoming bump, it’s super comfortable and will carry you through your busy day with no other bumps in the road.

Midi styles are also ultra-flattering, cutting across the calf and highlighting your stellar silhouette in a formal, feminine way. Smock dresses can be especially comfortable for the warmer months, as the light fabric and breathable silhouettes will keep you cool through summer.

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Floral Puff Sleeve Tie Back Smock Dress
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Flower Embroidered Puff Sleeve Smock Dress
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Gingham Puff Sleeve Smock Dress
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Strawberry Embroidered Poplin Smock Dress
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Textured Cut Out Poplin Smock Dress
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Ruffle Puff Sleeve Tiered Smock Dress
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Plus Size Patchwork Smock Dress
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Pink Baby Shower Dresses for Guests

What to wear at a baby shower when you know the baby is a girl? Or perhaps you’ve been asked to dress for your guess… and have an inkling the girl gang is about to expand. Either way, the answer looks a lot like pink. But before you run off to check out our latest dresses, we’d suggest avoiding the fuchsia (it’s not that kind of party) and instead opt for something a little softer. Our favorite shades are the gentle blush and rose tones that bring both calm and serenity to the sentimental celebration.  If you don’t want to style a completely pink look but are aiming for a simple nod to the newcomer, why not opt for feminine florals that feature hints of baby pinks?

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Blurred Floral Cami Slip Dress
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Velvet Strappy Satin Slip Dress
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Floral Wrap Tiered Mini Dress
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Premium Satin Shift Mini Dress
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Plus Size Ruched Bust Satin Mini Dress
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Floral Print High Neck Mini Dress
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Blue Baby Shower Dresses for Guests

And for the other side, if the gender reveal ended with blue, celebrate baby boy in a traditional blue dress. Similarly to above, opt for softer shades like baby, ocean, or sky blue. Check out our favorites below.

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Ditsy Floral Tie Bust Mini Dress
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Satin Strappy Cami Mini Slip Dress
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Gingham Floral Button Detail Maxi Dress
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Plus Size Plisse Tiered Maxi Dress
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Petite Ruffle Tie Back Mini Dress
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Ribbed Racerback Bodycon Midi Dress
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Gender Neutral Baby Shower Outfits

If the gender is unknown and you don’t want to divide opinions, opt for a failsafe neutral outfit. Think creamy beiges, cool stone tones, warm nudes, and elegant grays. Can you wear white to a baby shower?  Totally! This isn’t a bridal shower, and some soon-to-be mamas actually prefer a clean, white baby shower aesthetic. While she’ll likely let you know with the invite, play it safe and double check that mom doesn’t have a color preference. If white is alright, a cute, poplin mini is the perfect daytime shower dress.

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Linen V Neck Puff Sleeve Mini Dress
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Petite Corset Bodycon Mini Dress
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Boxy Single Breasted Blazer Dress
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Satin Cowl Back Wrap Midi Dress
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Ribbed Square Neck Mini Dress
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Plus Size Satin Batwing Mini Dress
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Bodice Detail Strapless Midi Dress
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Summer Baby Shower Dresses

For the summer babies: what to wear to a baby shower as a guest in the warmer months? If color coordinating isn’t your thing and keeping cool in that June summer sun is a higher priority, this one’s for you. We’ve hand-selected lightweight and breathable options to keep you sweat-free and socialising all day long. Key call outs include oversized smocks, light linens, puff sleeves, and broderie beauties. The perfect sundresses – shower approved.

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Gingham Tie Shoulder Smock Dress
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Floral Printed Tie Strap Maxi Dress
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Puff Sleeve Bardot Cut Out Mini Dress
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Floral Underbust Seam Midi Slip Dress
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Floral Short Sleeve Tea Midi Dress
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Bright Floral Cami Mini Slip Dress
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Wrong kind of shower? If it’s bridal, not baby, check out our (just as useful) post on What to Wear to a Bridal Shower.