Winter Bridal Shower & Engagement Party Dresses

Most bridal showers take place in Spring since it falls a few months before prime summer wedding season. But here in Southern California the weather tends to be pretty spectacular year round, which means many brides opt for winter and early spring weddings too.

For brides getting married between December and March, a winter bridal shower is in order. Winter showers call for the perfect season-appropriate dress, which differs dramatically from the light-as-air spring chiffon numbers that accompany spring showers. We’ve picked three lovely winter bridal shower (or engagement party!) dress options that would be gorgeous for the bride with style…

1. Blushing Faille Dress – Anthropologie, $188 (shown at top left)

Many ladies prefer to wear a white dress for their bridal shower. The look is harder to pull off in winter, but this blush-tinted dress is warmer than white to flatter even pale skin tones.  You must get a closeup view of the boning detail on the Anthropologie site, the beauty is in the details.

2. Christopher Kane Silk & Velvet Dress – Net-a-Porter, $2,260 (at right)

For winter brides with premium budgets, this Christopher Kane silk and velvet number is sumptuous perfection.  The contrast between the buttery green silk dress and matte black velvet accents are not only seasonally appropriate, they make a dress that is downright gorgeous. Be sure to check out the sassy back of this dress on Net-a-Porter to fall even deeper in love with the design.

3. Bottega Veneta Corseted Silk Dress – Net-a-Porter, $1,800

I’m admittedly partial to Bottega Veneta’s dress designs, so this one had to make my list. It’s definitely more risque than most bridal shower dresses, but would be so gorgeous for a lingerie-themed bridal shower or an evening engagement party amongst friends.  The dusky lavender hue is definitely winter appropriate, and a grey or camel colored shawl (or tissue weight, dressy cashmere cardigan) over it would keep you warm without ruining the dress’s stunning effect.


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