What to Wear to a Baby Shower

group of women in dresses seated on a couch at a baby shower

A baby shower is not as fancy as a wedding, yet more dressed up than a birthday party and with no hard and fast dress code, your fashion choices can be just about anything that’s bouncy, bright and comfortable. Appropriate baby shower attire will depend on the formality of the event as well as the location where the celebration is being held. 

What Should I Wear to a Baby Shower as a Guest?

Baby showers are a way to celebrate the mum/parents-to-be with family or friends often hosting the event. It’s an opportunity to show emotional support for the mom, and also to gather helpful items needed to take care of her and the new baby. While the mom-to-be and the baby-to-be are the focal point of these parties, a typical shower often includes playing games, eating and drinking, and of course watching the mother-to-be open gifts.  

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. The only color to consider avoiding is black as it’s often associated with funerals and mourning, which are not exactly new baby vibes. Sometimes baby showers have a specific theme to dress according to as well.

The dress code for a baby shower can vary widely, from a casual backyard brunch, to a country club affair, so you’ll first need to figure out the level of formality. If a baby shower is being held outdoors, it’s likely taking place during a season or location with comfortable weather, but make sure to have backup if it’s a little colder or hotter than you expect. Many showers include games and activities, and especially if it’s outside, you’ll want to wear comfortable shoes. 

What to Wear If It’s Your Baby Shower

You have the biggest advantage if it’s your baby shower, you can choose the theme, formality and of course what to wear! As the parent-to-be, all eyes will be on you, so you’ll want to look your best in something that’s a little more on the dressy side, but comfort is key. You’ll want to choose an outfit that you feel confident in and can comfortably sit down in, because you’ll likely be sitting a lot while opening gifts. All things considered, comfort should be your biggest priority. 

Many moms choose a flowy dress to accessorize, or if dresses aren’t your thing, go with some dressy pants or a skirt. Just remember to pick something comfortable, including your shoes, especially if there are games or activities involved, or an outdoor setting. If you’re prone to being hot one minute and cold the next, have a few layers easily available. 

If you’re looking at baby shower venues in Hershey PA, Historic Acres offers multiple venue spaces for baby shower events. Contact our team to learn about capacity, availability, and take a tour of our stunning properties.