Saturday, May 21, 2022

8 Guest Outfit Ideas for Bridal Showers & Baby Showers in 2022 (An Honest Chicwish Review)

I've finally reached a time in my life when bridal showers and baby showers are aplenty! And as we come out of the pandemic, I'm definitely up for all the parties. Give me any excuse to dress up! I especially love dressing up for bridal and baby showers, as the vibe is very similar to what you would wear to afternoon tea (my favourite!): something classy, dressy, pretty and sweet. I always think soft colour palettes, florals and tea-length hemlines when I think of bridal and baby showers.

To get ready for 'shower season', I hand-picked some gorgeous outfits from Chicwish that I thought would be perfect to wear as a guest to bridal or baby showers. I've always been a fan of Chicwish - everything I've bought from them in the past has always been so reasonably priced while still maintaining really good quality. The fabrics are always so nice and thick and hang well, and the silhouettes are very sweet and feminine. Chicwish was kind enough to provide the pieces I had picked out complimentary for me to test and review here, and you'll find my honest reviews of each of them below. I think you'll find them especially helpful if you're looking for some inspiration for what to wear as a guest to a bridal shower or baby shower party you're attending. Keep reading below for a full review of each outfit.

I've also done an Instagram Reel featuring all of these looks if you want to see how they look while in motion. I've included that below too!

This is my favourite outfit of the bunch: Chicwish's Pink Peony Blossom Tie-Strap A-Line Midi Dress. I can't wait to wear it to LegalLee Blonde's baby shower later this month! I love the dress' contrasting black tie straps and neutral floral pattern. It might have something to do with the fact that I love pink peonies. This dress is a size medium, and while I was a bit worried the bustier style neckline would be too small (there's no boning FYI), but I was actually pleasantly surprised by the sizing in the bust area. The dress also comes with a fabric belt that is in the same floral pattern, but I actually think the dress looks better with a black belt that matches the contrasting straps. Overall, it's gorgeous!! Perfect to wear as a guest to a bridal or baby shower.

This is definitely the classiest of the outfits here, in my opinion. It's a bit too white for a bridal shower if you're not the bride (if you are, then this would be a great way to have just a little colour in your look!), but it would be nice for a baby shower. The quality of both the top (Chicwish's Off-Shoulder Tiered Cropped Knit Top in White) and the skirt (Chicwish's Pinky Floral Print Embossed Midi Skirt) are so good. The off-shoulder tiered cropped knit top is a really nice thick material, and the tiers sit really nicely as a result. I'm wearing a nude adhesive bra underneath and you can just barely see the cups, so I'd say this top is pretty opaque (I usually find affordable tops in white are too see-through, but not this one!). And then there's the skirt. This gorgeous pinky floral print embossed midi skirt is the epitome of classy, and has such nice volume to it thanks to the thick fabric. I think it looks great with a pair of classic stiletto pumps. Here, I'm wearing a M-L in the top, and a medium in the skirt, and they're both a perfect fit.

I actually ended up wearing this dress for Mother's Day, but I think it would make a lovely dress if you're a guest at a bridal or baby shower. This Garden Bloom Lace Inserted Mini Dress from Chicwish has the most beautiful colours, and I love the lace crochet detailing. I ended up ordering a large in this dress, because I was a bit worried the fabric wouldn't be forgiving - as a result, I do find it's a tad too big in the waist and chest. Unfortunately, I think if I had it taken in, it wouldn't work, as I don't think I'd be able to get it up over my I think I just might be between sizes on this one. I still love it though, and may just find a white belt to rock with it to cinch the waist better. I still got lots of compliments on it while wearing it for Mother's Day!

This Swallow and Rose Printed Tie-Strap Midi Dress from Chicwish is so sweet! I love everything about it, from the pattern and hemline to the sweet ruffle detailing along the neckline and the tie straps. The only downside of this dress is that it's just clearly not for larger chested people - the bustier cups just look too small. Luckily, I don't think it's super noticeable unless you're looking close up (hey, 6 feet apart!). I'm a sucker for a cinched waist, I just think it's always flattering, so I added a brown belt to the dress. I quite like the blue/brown colour combo. The fabric of this dress is not forgiving/has no stretch, so keep that in mind. That being said, I didn't size up and just got a medium, and that was the right call. Other than the look of the cups being small, it wasn't too tight anywhere, even in the bust. Overall, I still do love it, and would definitely recommend it to someone with a smaller chest!

Pleated skirts have become such a style trend over the past year, and I can't get enough of them. And I just love this Glam Slam Pleated Midi Skirt in Pink from Chicwish, because it's such a beautiful colour and shimmers so nicely when you move! If you're going to a more casual bridal or baby shower, this skirt also looks super cute with white sneakers. I'm wearing the S-M size here, and I'd say it's true-to-size and comfortable around the waist. The top is a surprisingly thick material and isn't see-through at all. Definitely a great find. I'd just recommend really sizing up on this one if you're larger chested, as I ordered a large and it's still a little too tight for my liking. I should have gone with the extra-large. I really do love the top though, so I may end up re-ordering. I love having a few white crop tops like these to go with all of my spring/summer skirts.

Not everyone wants to wear a dress to a bridal/baby shower, so I thought I'd include some alternatives! These pretty baby blue pants are old and so I don't have an exact match, but this Puff Sleeves Floral Shirred Wrapped Crop Top is available from Chicwish. If you want this to be bridal/baby shower appropriate though, I'd recommend sizing up on this one for more coverage if you have a larger bust. I got a medium, but would go with a large to make it more appropriate for this kind of event. For spring/summer outfits in general though, it's fine in the medium! This top is a wrap, so it is quite cropped - that's why I've styled it here with high-waisted pants, to make it more appropriate for this kind of event. Overall, I am so in love with the sleeves of this top, they're so soft and flowy. And the pattern is really pretty too.

This Red Rose Blossom Watercolour Tie Back Dress from Chicwish is so sweet and perfect for a bridal or baby shower! Puff-sleeve dresses are so on-trend right now in general (I dream of owning a Selkie dress...). This one is extra cute because it has a cut-out and bow tie on the back. Size-wise this dress is quite forgiving - the waist is elastic, and the bow tie can be done as tight or loose as you like. I'm wearing a large here. Tip: you can wear the sleeves on your shoulders, or have them off-shoulder like I've done here. 

I have already worn this Endless Floral Full Crochet Top from Chicwish several times and I love it so much! It's such a statement piece! The crochet is nice and thick, and the sleeves have such great shape to them. If you're the bride, you could wear this with a chic pair of white pants instead, or as a guest, rock a pair of bright pants like I have here. The fit is a bit boxy (I'm wearing size medium), so I think it looks best with fitted pants rather than a skirt. 100% recommend this for events or just for brunch with the girls (it looks great with skinny jeans too).

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Disclaimer: The clothing featured in this post was provided complimentary by Chicwish for review. Links are affiliate links, by which I can make a commission. Of course, as always, thoughts are my own!

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