What to Wear to a Baby Shower With Dress For A Night (2024)

What to Wear to a Baby Shower With Dress For A Night (1)

So, you’ve received an invite to a baby shower and now you’re wondering what to wear. It’s perhaps the most important thing to consider (after gift ideas for the parents-to-be, of course), especially if there isn’t a specific dress code.

Are you supposed to dress up for a baby shower, or should you keep things casual? Should you go for a dress or jeans and a blouse? Is white a no-go? There’s a lot to think about.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide on what to wear to a baby shower. In this article, we break down some general rules, then provide some outfit suggestions for different baby shower locations.

What to Wear to a Baby Shower

First things first: if the hosts have set a theme, make sure you stick by it. Yep, even if you’re grimacing at the invitation because the theme is just ‘not you’. Trust us, you’ll feel more comfortable being on-theme with the rest of the group than being that one guest who did their own thing.

Of course, your comfort at the event also matters, so try to find a way to incorporate the theme into your own style. For example, if you’re not a fan of the required floral theme, you don’t have to force yourself into a dress adorned with statement oversized blooms. Instead, opt for a blouse with subtle floral detailing — think embroidered cut outs or ditsy floral print — paired with white linen pants.

If there’s no set theme or dress code, you have a bit more wriggle room when it comes to your outfit. However, there are still a few general rules to keep in mind. As always, if in doubt, ask the host.

Can You Wear White to a Baby Shower?

We all know wearing white to a wedding is a no-go, but does the same rule apply to baby showers? Unless otherwise specified by the host, you can absolutely wear white to a baby shower.

In fact, light and bright colours are generally preferred. Neutrals, vibrant hues, and pastel shades are perfect for baby showers.

Dark colours, on the other hand, are best avoided.

Can I Wear Black to My Baby Shower?

For guests, we recommend avoiding black and other dark colours unless the invitation calls for it. Your safest bet is to go with softer colours, which signify joy and celebration.

While we believe bright or light colours are best suited to baby showers, if you’re the parent-to-be and you feel your best in black, then go right ahead with a chic black look. After all, it’s your day! Stretchy midi dresses with subtle colourful detailing will work well.

You could also add a splash of colour by pairing your look with heels and a bag in a matching colourful hue. We’re loving hot pink, bright orange, apple green, and cobalt blue for statement accessories.

Can I Wear Jeans to a Baby Shower?

This one comes down to the
dress code and location.

If the dress code is casual, semi casual, or, in some cases, business casual, you’re in the clear for jeans. For smart casual, co*cktail, and lounge suit dress codes, jeans are not appropriate.

For invitations that don’t specify a dress code, be guided by the location. Jeans are likely in the clear for relaxed at-home celebrations. However, we still recommend avoiding faded blue jeans or jeans with any distressed detailing. Where you can, opt for white or neutral-toned jeans in wide-leg or skinny silhouettes.

Steer clear of jeans for baby showers at restaurants and special venues. These locations will require something a little more elevated.

How to Dress For a Baby Shower

Now that we’ve got those general guidelines out of the way, let’s take a look at some specific outfit options depending on the location of the baby shower.

What to Wear to a High Tea Baby Shower

High tea is a popular baby shower theme. Whether you’re heading out to a dedicated high tea venue or the host is creating their own setup at home, this kind of baby shower calls for a elegant look.

Our top pick is a chic mini dress in a vibrant print or bright colour. Classically feminine details work well at high teas, so look to ruffled hems, high necklines, and balloon sleeves. Not a fan of mini dresses? A midi dress is also a great option, just opt for a loose silhouette rather than anything form-fitting.

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The Zimmermann Jude Scallop Dress offers a sophisticated summer look. The dress features a boned bodice, waist cut outs, side seam pockets and embroided scalloped edging throughout. An easy to wear and comfortable style, we know you will love this style. In a gorgeous floral print, this dress is perfect for daytime events such as high tea. This gorgeous dress can easily be dressed up for formal occasions or dressed down for more casual day events.

Alemais Dana Midi Dress

The Alemais Dana Midi Dress in marigold is a classic midi dress that is crafted from a luxurious fabric with a sublte shine. This gorgeous dress features a tailored bodice and adjustable back tie. The voluminous skirt adds a timeless elegance. We think this style is perfect for co*cktail events and will have you feeling comfortable for a baby shower held over high tea. Elevate your look with this stunning piece.

What to Wear to a Baby Shower at a Restaurant

Heading to a baby shower at a restaurant? We recommend slipping into something sophisticated. Go for luxurious fabrications such as silk in cooler months and linen during summer and spring.

For formal restaurants, midi dresses with ruching and asymmetrical hems deliver an elevated feel. Alternatively, you could opt for a two-piece suit for a modern take on event styling.

If the restaurant is a little more laidback, a mini dress will work well. We love styles with ruffled hems or frilled detailing for a fun, celebratory look. Throw a blazer over your shoulders and add a mini bag to complete the outfit.

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Aje Serendipity Reflection Midi Dress

The Aje Serendipity Reflection Midi Dress is a gorgeous dress with a corset inspired waist, made from a glossy linen material. Made mostly from linen, it is extremely comfortable and in colours blush,champagne and navy. This style is suited to all ages and is perfect for those who want more coverage in a formal dress. This stunning style can be dressed up with formal accessories to achieve a black tie look, or even dressed down for your more casual events in the daytime. We love this baby shower outfit for events held at a restaurant.

Acler Palms Dress

The Acler Palms Dress is crafted from a luxurious pleated fabric. The pleating, bell sleeves, plunging neckline and asymmetrical hemline, creates a flattering silhouette. This style will keep you warm for baby shower events on those cooler days, and is perfect for a more sophisticated event such as dinner at a restaurant.

This style is available in colours turmeric, pink and sky blue.

Aje Caliente Tiered Cut Out Dress

The Aje Caliente Tiered Cut Out Dress is an asymmetric midi dress in a beautiful daisy yellow colour. Linen dresses are perfect for more casual events as they are not as formal yet still make you look put-together. The daisy yellow is perfect for the summer season and this dress exudes elegance and sophistication. This stunning dress makes the perfect semi formal dress. Dress this up with heels and a clutch to elevate your formal look.

What to Wear to a Baby Shower Outdoors

For baby shower picnics, garden parties, and barbeques, consider a slightly more laidback version of the high tea look.

Effortless silhouettes are perfect for these outdoor locations. Look to floaty midi and maxi dresses in playful prints and colours. For a contemporary flair, jumpsuits work well. They deliver a structured yet easy-wearing look, and you’ll be comfy all day long.

As for accessories, you might like to swap out heels for nude sandals or loafers (especially if you’re standing on grass). If it’s particularly sunny, add a boater hat and sunglasses for an elevated finish.

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Acler Lydford Dress

The Acler Lydford Dress is a chic and stylish long-sleeve wrap dress that is perfect for almost every occasion. This versatile style can be dressed up or down with bold or minimal accessories, and heels or sandals. This timeless silhouette makes this number the perfect semi-formal or casual dress. For a cooler day, this style is perfect for those who want more coverage in a dress. Wear this to your next daytime picnic or lunch event, and you are guaranteed to be receiving heaps of compliments.

Zimmermann Tropicana Cut Out Dress

The Zimmermann Tropicana Cut Out Dress is a gorgeous midi dress that features a floral print, square neckline and a low back with tie detailing. A linen midi dress is a go-to for all events as they can be easily dressed up or down to suit the dress code and occasion. This stunning yellow floral dress is the perfect style that is comfortable, easy-to-wear and has you looking glamorous while experimenting with colours and patterns this season.

What to Wear to a Baby Shower at Home

At-home baby showers tend to be a little more relaxed, so you’ll likely have a bit more freedom with your outfit.

When it comes to dresses, shirred detailing and wrap silhouettes are a bit more casual, so look to styles with these features. Pair your look back with flats and a simple crossbody bag, or dress it up with mules and a clutch.

A top and skirt combo also works well for at-home parties. Go for a two-piece set in a lively print or soft pastel hue. Tiered hems and crop tops are ideal for a more casual feel.

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By Nicola Carnivale Maxi Dress

The By Nicola Carnivale Maxi Dress is a gorgeous linen maxi dress in a floral print. This style features a straight across neckline, cut out at the waist and thin spaghetti straps. We love this casual maxi dress for picnic dates, daytime events or baby showers held at a home.

Alemais Songbird Mini Dress

The Alemais Songbird Mini Dress is a gorgeous button up mini dress in a stunning floral print. This dress features balloon sleeves, accent lace detailing and an ivory cotton rope to cinch at the waist. This romantic style can be dressed up or down, which if made more casual paired with sandals or sneakers, is perfect for a casual baby shower event at home. This comfortable style brings playful and flirty vibes which nails the first baby shower outfit brief.

By Nicola Gabriella One Shoulder Midi Dress

The By Nicola Gabriella One Shoulder Midi Dress is a beautiful linen dress. This one shoulder style featuring a flowy skirt is perfect for summer paired with a cute pair of sandals. This gorgeous dress is perfect for daytime events during the summer time and makes the perfect picnic dress for casual events.

This style is available in colours pink grapefruit and sunkissed orange.

Finding Your Fit

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What to Wear to a Baby Shower With Dress For A Night (2024)


What do you wear to a baby shower at night? ›

Unless otherwise specified by the host, you can absolutely wear white to a baby shower. In fact, light and bright colours are generally preferred. Neutrals, vibrant hues, and pastel shades are perfect for baby showers. Dark colours, on the other hand, are best avoided.

What kind of dress do guests wear to a baby shower? ›

A dress and nice shoes makes an easy baby shower guest outfit. If it's spring or summer, a lightweight floral dress, or breezy white dress with flat sandals or wedges would be adorable. For the fall, a plaid dress with flats or oxfords would be a great choice.

What dress code do you wear to a baby shower? ›

Although there's no official dress code for a baby shower, celebrating such a happy occasion suggests wearing happy colors and prints; be mindful to steer clear of traditional blue and pink hues though especially for gender-neutral showers.

How to word a dress code for a baby shower? ›

Casual attire. [Add anything special you would like guests to do. For example: Please add a touch of baby pink or baby blue to your outfit.]

What is the rule on baby showers? ›

Traditionally, immediate family was out of the running as well when it came to throwing a baby shower. But now, it's much more acceptable for any close friend or family member to throw a shower for the expecting mom!

Is it okay to wear black to a baby shower? ›

Wearing black at a baby shower was once seen as quite a morbid fashion choice, given the bright and joyful spirit of the party, and was viewed almost as a bad omen. Yet, while many people are quick to relate black occasionwear to funerals and mourning, this superstition is now mostly outdated.

Do people wear dresses to baby showers? ›

A dress is always an easy option for a baby shower. It's a no fail outfit! You look like you made effort, but really it's the easiest thing in the world to put on. In the spring, a pretty floral print dress like this one is perfect.

Can you wear a long dress to a baby shower? ›

Best baby shower outfit for guests

Choose an easy, breezy maxi dress for a spring or summer baby shower.

Can I wear jeans to a baby shower? ›

I would definitely wear jeans to a shower. As long as they are dark, and you pair with heels and a nice top, I think you're fine.

What not to wear to a baby shower? ›

What NOT to Wear to a Baby Shower. Similar to rules that apply to a wedding, there are certain clothing choices to shy away from. Even if you want your baby shower to be a casual event, you probably don't want to show up in sweatpants and an old T-shirt.

How long are baby showers? ›

A baby shower usually lasts 2-3 hours. Budget about 30-45 minutes at the beginning for guests to arrive, nibble on some food, and mingle with one another before the games / entertainment begin. Spend the next 30-45 minutes playing games. And the rest of the time having cake and opening gifts.

Who traditionally put on a baby shower? ›

Traditionally, close friends, cousins, aunts, sisters-in-law, or co-workers of the mother-to-be hosted baby showers.

Are baby showers formal or casual? ›

One thing to keep in mind when sifting through your wardrobe for the perfect baby shower outfit is that, unless specified on the invitation, you can pretty much wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable, be it a dress or pantsuit.

Can I wear sneakers to a baby shower? ›

Dress them up with a pair of elegant shoes or keep it casual by choosing a more neutral slip-on sneaker. The jean jacket: As one of the most universal pieces of outwear, the jean jacket is an instant win for any baby shower.

How do I look good at a baby shower? ›

Baby Shower Outfit Ideas

Maybe a pair of comfy pants? It depends on the season, party theme, culture and of course – whatever makes YOU feel the most beautiful. Baby showers are less formal than other events, so choose outfits with pops of color, feminine silhouettes, or fun prints!

Do you show up on time to a baby shower? ›

Baby Shower Etiquette for Guests

RSVP to the invitation as soon as you know you can make it. Having an accurate headcount is important to the host to plan for food, drinks, and activities. Show up on time.

What time is best for a baby shower? ›

The short answer is that there's no "right" time — some parents opt for a shower early on in their pregnancies, while others wait until a week or two before their due dates.


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