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To be the best-dressed guest at a bridal shower, your attire should be appropriate for the time of day, theme and venue, and most of all, respectful of the occasion. A wedding shower is typically a festive party where attendees wear everything from dressy-casual pastel-colored dresses to airy blouses and slim-fitting pants. Whether you are attending a conventional country club shower or a backyard barbecue, allow the bride to take center stage by not wearing solid white or off-white to the party.

Dress to Impress

A sheath or shift dress in lace is a conservative classic appropriate for bridal shower luncheons and afternoon teas in the spring. A wool crepe, linen or light-cotton A-line dress is another feminine frock that flatters every figure and is suitable for dressy casual parties. To add your own style to this conventionally feminine dress, add a beaded necklace, a cocktail ring and slim pumps to your outfit. If you wear a short dress, make sure that it is not a micro-mini, but falls slightly above the knee.

Chic Daytime Separates

Dressing up for a daytime party doesn’t mean that you have to wear a frilly dress. For a casual backyard summer brunch, pair slim-fitting dress pants with a frilly blouse featuring a detailed collar and strappy wedges. Add polish to your look with standout accessories -- such as a charm bracelet or dangling earrings. Layer a bright jacket over your separates to makes your ensemble party-ready.

Pretty Patterns, Prints and Florals

While a solid is undoubtedly chic, upgrade your party attire with a pretty print. Slip into an animal- or floral-printed skirt and white blouse for a bridal shower held in a swanky restaurant. Add visual interest to your elegant ensemble with a structured leather clutch and a statement piece of jewelry. In lieu of a coat, layer a fringed pashmina scarf over your white top and skirt to add polish to your festive party look.

Dressing Dos and Don’ts

A daytime bridal shower is a celebratory event, so wear pretty colors, such as pink, coral, powder blue and purple and skip the solid-colored navy, red and black attire. For an evening bridal shower, steer clear of any body-con or strapless dresses and any clothing that exposes your navel -- or too much cleavage. Above all, don’t go too casual; denim and regular weekend wear are inappropriate for this type of party.

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Mimi Abney

Mimi Abney is a lifestyle writer specializing in online content for women. Her work has appeared in and "Keepsake Magazine," among other publications. With over 15 years of writing and editing experience for the web and print, Abney is also a contributor to online health, beauty and fashion publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Spelman College.