While some occasions with explicit dress codes, such as a black-tie wedding, are easier to know how to dress for, other more ambiguous gatherings can leave you a bit confused. As you could have guessed, such is the case with the subject of today’s post: the ever-elusive baby shower. Often taking place during the day, with no definitive dress code, the baby shower is one recurring event even we have failed to nail down—at least from a guest perspective—so we thought we’d bring in an expert to help us all out. Enter Anita Patrickson, a celebrity stylist with a client list that includes Chanel Iman, Julianne Hough, Michelle Rodriguez, and more, who broke down for us the dos and don’ts of baby shower attire etiquette.
Scroll through to read her tips, and then continue to shop some of our favorite baby shower–approved pieces.
Do: Feminine Pieces
"Opt for something feminine and wholesome. This doesn't mean you have to be overly girly and don a pastel, frilly, floral explosion (although, you certainly can!), but keep in tune with the reason you are there."
Don't: Sky-High Heels
"Whatever you wore to the bachelorette is exactly what you shouldn't be wearing to the baby shower. Sky-high heels, for one! Opt for a wedge, a lower bootie, or a sandal, depending on the situation. Comfort and understated elegance are key words!"
Do: Printed Pieces
"Printed pieces seem to hit the right note. They are equal amounts celebration and cheer in my book! You can range from beautiful botanical prints to the more 'fashion-forward' stripes, or even mix the two and take a cue from the mixed-print trend."
Don't: Leather and Hardware
"This may seem obvious, but the mother-to-be will be having all the 'feels' imaginable, and this is a time for her to feel nurtured and safe and see life through rose-colored glasses. Do not burst her bubble with too much edge!"