Whether you're hosting, attending, or the guest of honor at a baby shower, its time to embrace your feminine side. This event is meant to pamper an expectant mother and celebrate the new life she is bringing into the world. Show the Mama-to-be some love by arriving in a fun, yet put-together ensemble. Hosts should also prepare a polished look to set the tone of the event. As for the guest of honor, Moms-to-be can find a blend of style and comfort with light fabrics and sparkling accessories.
Hosting the Shower
The host of a baby shower is often a grandmother-to-be, sister or close friend. No matter your relationship to the guest of honor, it's your job to set the tone of the event. Go for a girly dress or skirt and blouse combination in a sweet pastel hue or colorful floral print. If it's a bit chilly, opt for a soft cardigan instead of a blazer or jacket to keep the look soft. Add a classic pump or heeled sandal unless you're outside in grass -- then go for a wedge heel. Dressy details like high heels set you apart as the host.
Mama to Be
If this is your baby shower, chances are you're at least 7 months pregnant. All in attendance will want to offer lots of hugs not just to you, but your baby bump. Show off your belly while staying comfortable in a breathable cotton jersey dress. Wrap dresses are a functional choice, since the adjustable closure should be right at the top of your belly. For winter showers, opt for a long tunic top over comfortable stretch cotton leggings and boots. This ensemble can keep you warm and still show off the bump. If you just want to be comfortable, dress up your casual wear with a jeweled statement necklace and sparkling stud earrings.
It's not uncommon to have other expectant mothers attending someone's baby shower. In this case, you want to look polished without stealing the spotlight from the mom of honor. Play down your own baby bump by pairing a light blazer over a comfy tee and A-line skirt. Since showers often take place at brunch, lunchtime, or mid-afternoon, jeans are also appropriate. Team a dark blue pair of maternity jeans with a flowy peasant blouse and an arm of colorful bangle bracelets. Complete the look with a shiny patent-leather ballet flat or low wedge-heeled sandal for girly sophistication.
Friends and family attending a baby shower should have fun creating a feminine look. Sundresses are a staple, especially in classic stripes, polka dots or floral prints. Find a flattering cut like a fit-and-flare style that suits your shape. A pair of heels enhances the girly look, so don a classic pump in a bold color like hot pink or royal blue to complement a printed dress. Craft a feminine look for cold-weather showers with an oversized sweater in a pastel hue or winter white. Layer your cozy sweater over skinny jeans or leggings and accessorize with a printed scarf and heeled ankle booties.
Marie Sporich is a SoCal native, classical ballerina and devoted Yogi. She holds an A.A. in product development and B.S. in business management from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She has spent nearly 10 years in retail, is a published writer and certified wedding planner.