Stepping Out in Style – What to Wear to a Baby Shower

So you have an upcoming baby shower to attend, and you realize you have absolutely no clue what to wear?

Maybe it is your own baby shower, or perhaps that of a family member or friend; regardless, there are some adorable, trendy and comfortable outfits to choose from to have you stepping out the door feeling fabulous and beautiful.

Things to Consider…

Before you decide what to wear to a baby shower, you should get an idea of how formal or informal the party will be. Some cultures host baby showers at banquet halls or elegant restaurants with private function rooms. While other social circles host simple, fun-filled home parties right in the comforts of someone’s living room. This will help decide how formal your choice should be and ensure it is appropriate for the function.

Another important point to consider when shopping for your baby shower outfit is how far along you will be. This helps you decide size as well as comfort level. If you will be sitting for a long period at the shower, the last thing you will want is a snug waistline. If the season is warm, you want to find something that will be cool and airy, whereas in the colder months it will be fine to choose something cozier.

What to Wear to a Baby Shower as a Guest

Perhaps your best friend is also expecting, and you are going to be attending her party in the coming weeks. Just because it isn’t your own special day does not mean you can’t feel special and look gorgeous plus show off your own cute baby bump. First, consider the season and then consider the level of formality of the affair. No matter what the season or venue, you should avoid jeans. Here are some great choices as a pregnant baby shower guest.

If you are two-piece kind of gal, you can find yourself a pair of basic black maternity dress pants and pair them up with a cute, colorful top. These can be found at and not only can you wear them to a baby shower, but they are also excellent for work, date night and other social functions. An outfit like this can be worn for any season and is versatile for both formal and casual parties.

Cute outfits can be made up of a simple pencil skirt and flowy, feminine top. This idea is breezy enough for summer but yet covered enough for colder months. The knee-length skirt is appropriate for formal and casual functions and won’t take away too much attention from the guest of honor if you are worried about stealing her thunder with your trendy attire.

If you are attending a late spring or summer party, a floral print maxi dress is a sure way to stay comfortable and look pretty at the same time. With this style, you can attend a banquet hall baby shower or a backyard barbecue baby shower.

Not Pregnant but Still a Guest?

If you have found yourself here looking for appropriate guest attire for that baby shower you were just invited to, here are some helpful tips and outfit ideas for you to consider.

  • Skip wearing jeans, even if it is a casual event, you aren’t going to know if jeans are appropriate until you get there are realize you are the only one wearing them. Be safe and avoid them.
  • Look for soft colors or simple prints, you don’t want to become the center of attention with your neon pink jumpsuit.
  • Go ahead and wear wedges-these shoes are versatile for formal and casual events.
  • Keep your dress length to just above the knee or longer.
  • Skip the stilettos, you need to move around and mingle with others, so these are not practical.
  • Wear attire appropriate for the weather you don’t want to be hot and sticky all day nor do you want to be freezing cold.
  • When in doubt, dress up rather than down so no clubwear.
  • Accessorize to make an outfit a little more formal.

What to Wear to a Baby Shower in Different Seasons

Every season has its own fashion and colors. Therefore you should pay attention which colors to wear to be in Style attending a baby shower. Here are some ideas for every season.

What to wear in Winter

Assuming the party you are shopping for is your own and it will take place over the winter months, finding an appropriate outfit might seem impossible. You will need to find something that fits and will still keep you warm in colder climates. These cute outfits will surely be a hit when all eyes are on you.

Typical colors for winter events are darker, warmer tones such as navy or royal blue, burgundy, hunter green and deep purple. This dress has 3/4 length sleeves for warmth but still flowing and comfortable with an empire knot-waist. Your baby bump will look adorable, and you will still look elegant and classy.

What to Wear to a Baby Shower in Winter - Blue Dress

If you would rather go with something less formal and perhaps even separates, you could try something like this fold-over collared cashmere sweater paired with simple dress pants or skirt.

Your footwear and accessories can dress up your outfit or make it a little more casual as desired. Go with a tall, flat-heeled boot or a closed-Toe kitten heel. Make a plain sweater dazzle with a long silver wide-looped chain or add an empire waist belt to accent that baby bump everyone came to see!

What to wear in Summer

As if being pregnant didn’t overheat your expanding body already, enter summer time weather. The last thing you want is to feel hot and sticky at a baby shower, whether it’s yours or a friend’s. Key goals are to stay as cool as possible, leave room for swelling and movement around the room and look dressy and classy at the same time. You can even add a little fun, flirty feel to the outfit if your function is a little less formal.
What to Wear to a Baby Shower in Summer - Green Dress

What is great about summer is you can let your feet be free with a huge selection of sandals, flats, peep toe heels or wedges. Add dangly earrings and simple necklaces to any outfit to finish it off.

What to wear in Spring

Similar to summer selections, spring fashions for a baby shower should be light and airy with lots of room for movement. Since spring is not usually as hot as summer months, you can opt to add a cardigan, jacket or bolero to your outfit. Other ideas include choosing warmer fabrics or longer length dresses/skirts. Popular colors for spring attire are pastels and chunky floral prints.
What to Wear to a Baby Shower in Spring - Pastel Dress

What to wear in Fall

What to Wear to a Baby Shower in Fall - Grey Dress

Autumn can be a tricky season since some days will resemble a hot summer day while others will remind you that the frigid cold of winter is just around the corner. Despite this back and forth of weather, there are many cute outfits to be found which will be both appropriate and stylish.

You won’t have to worry about the stickiness of humidity either, so why not go for a snug fitted sweater dress to show off that bump and feel cozy at the same time.

Another cute fall outfit idea for a baby shower is a simple pair of leggings paired with a dressy top, as seen in this photo. The lace fabric dresses up the plain leggings.

Go ahead and add a pretty scarf and some brown boots to your outfit to add personality. If you are comfortable, choose a boot with a heel since you won’t have to worry about slipping and falling as you might in winter. The colors you choose for a fall outfit can reflect the season with oranges, reds, burnt yellow or browns.

Choosing what to wear can be a daunting task for anyone, whether a guest, a pregnant guest or the guest of honor herself. Follow the formality of the event and always remember to dress up rather than down. You will show up looking put together and still feel comfortable for the season, the setting and your size if you are expecting.

Enjoy your shopping experience for what to wear to a baby shower and pamper yourself!

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