What to wear to an Indian baby shower: In Indian and other Oriental cultures, a baby is considered to be a gift from God – a blessing. A newborn is good news, and the nine months leading up to it are full of anticipation and excitement. Towards the end though, as we prepare ourselves for a new addition to the family, we bid adieu to the anxiety with a celebration. Cue: a baby shower!
Now a celebration obviously calls for sweets, gifts, and needless to say breathtaking outfits. So in this article, we’ve curated 20 looks for you to slay in, at your desi best friend’s desi baby shower. The versatility that comes with Indian/ethnic outfits is unparalleled. There are multiple ways to style a kaftan, saree, or kurta and each comes with a style statement of its own. When styling such fits, it’s important to keep in mind that accessorizing is key. Accessories decide the vibe – and we are more than happy to roll with it.
How to Dress for an Indian Baby Shower?
When it’s a close friend’s baby shower, it’s an unspoken rule that you’re in charge of organizing and planning. It’s pretty much renewal of your bridesmaid duties, but this time for two people – the mother and the baby. Amidst all this, picking an outfit can get a little too much to handle, so here are a few tips!
- Go for relaxed fits that help you move around in ease. Palazzos are a great option if you prefer comfort and style, here are some of my favorite Ways to Wear Palazzo & Kurtis.
- Wear your most comfortable shoes – it’s going to be a day of running around and your feet will thank you the day after.
- Make sure your outfit is in tandem with the vibe of the event venue.
- Choose a natural make-up look with soft blushes and nude tones for a day event.
- Accessorize adequately, but don’t go overboard with it. Choose either gaudy jhumkas or statement chokers; stacked bangles or extravagant rings. Maintain a balance.
20 – Suit Up – But Make it Indian
Suits have an entirely different meaning when it comes to ethnic outfits. Gone are corporate pants and blazers, enter gorgeous silk kurta and trouser sets. This powder blue kurta set paired with a red silk dupatta and a simple choker is the perfect outfit for an Indian baby shower on a late winter afternoon. Sip your Darjeeling tea while discussing baby names with the to-be-mom!
19 – Saree, not Sorry
Keep it classy in a traditional saree for your best friend’s baby shower. An Indian handloom piece is evergreen and speaks of elegant taste. Accessorize with big earrings, and bag the compliments you get for your impeccable organization skills and dressing sense. If you want to go for a fusion or modern look, here are some chic Pant Saree Styles.
18 – Pretty in Pink
A subtle blush pink salwar suit set goes a long way! Perfect for when you’re a guest at your favourite aunt’s baby shower, eagerly waiting to welcome your little cousin, a feminine set like this one is sure to emanate love and lots of fun!
17 – Prints, Prints and More Prints
Print on Print is the glorious combination to come out from recent Fashion Weeks, but back at the Indian subcontinent, we’ve been practising that for eons. A short, block-printed dress in true Indian spirit is the perfect pick for a baby shower organizer aka favourite future aunt aka sister of mom-to-be! What are you waiting for?
16 – Black for Every Occasion
To all the people whose wardrobes are 90% black outfits – here’s how to dress for an Indian baby shower invite. Pull out a tie-up black chikankari kurta and pair it with some black or white leggings. Put on some big, intricately worked silver jhumkas and silver bangles for an effortlessly chic look.
15 – Baby Shower Games with a Spoonful of Extra
Organizing a baby shower for your bestie with lots of fun games? Well, we’re here to help – you pick out the perfect outfit of course! Wear your ball of sunshine personality and let your playfulness show in this outfit whilst staying comfortable and agile! Add a watch to stay on schedule and some high heels that will hopefully help you rise above petty board game fights!
14 – Dramatic and Ecstatic Guest Baby Shower Outfits
Whenever in an Indian outfit, all our KJo fantasies seem to come to life. That explains the dramatic and the consequent ecstatic. As a baby shower guest, this vibe is just perfect. Pair a Pakistani short, ocean blue kurta with a white salwar and a translucent white dupatta for this look. Slip into flats and put on some jhumkas for your Bollywood moments!
13 – What’s a Baby Shower without Florals?
Babies are cause for celebration and flowers are symbolic of celebration. So embody that flower power via versatile and charismatic, flora printed, midi wrap dresses and spread good vibes and smiles! Pin frangipani in your hair and put on some big hoops to elevate the look.
12 – Ombre-ing Through
Lavender is the new every colour there possibly could be, and we too, can’t get enough! A lavender and off-white ombre co-ord set is just what you need for sex reveals at a baby shower. Neither blue nor pink – this modest set is just smack in between! Add a statement necklace and clutch to this look and you’re good to go!
11 – Lounge or Party? We Chose Both
Indian Baby Showers can get a little overwhelming every so often and you might need a minute to sit down and lay back. We’ve curated the perfect outfit for those days too – when you’re oscillating between loungewear and partywear. Loose fitted and muted, but also elegant and super chic – co ords like this one work like a charm! Here are some more tips on how to wear Matching Sets.
10 – If Snow White was Indian
Desi best friend made the dress code white for her baby shower? Don’t worry, we got you! Pair a white long skirt with a white cropped top and layer with a white shrug or cape. Break the monotony with a hot pink or emerald green choker and slay the look!
9 – A Riot of Colours
Indian celebrations are all about bold colours and being extra! And this blazer seals the deal. Arrive at your bestie’s baby shower in a colourful patchwork jacket and a pair of black shorts and comfortable shoes for a day full of running around, fun and frolic.
8 – Dhotis but for Women
Dhotis are typically a male garment, but hey, clothes have no gender, right? Be a super chic and super comfortable guest in this outfit at your big sister’s baby shower! Pair them beige dhoti pants with a bright printed long tunic shirt for a laidback look. Take a small raffia-wooden handbag, slip into brown flats, put on a golden link-chain neckpiece and some statement shades and kick back for an afternoon full of laughs!
7 – More Embellishments, Please!
Do you know that unmarried, badass, rich aunt who travels around the world and spoils her nieces and nephews with gifts? If that’s who you are, or who you want to be – this outfit is for you! An all-white co-ord pantsuit set with a pop of colourful embellishments is just the Indian touch your outfit needs for an invite to a desi baby shower. You’re the best-dressed guest, it’s true.
6 – Drowning in Sage Green and Champagne
Invited to an Indian baby shower in the garden when all you really want to do is laze comfortably at home? Ah yes, we got that memo too. Wear a sage green angrakha with a matching pair of churidars and blend in with the greenery. Put on an Afghani necklace to dress up that outfit and kick back while you sip on your many glasses of champagne.
5 – Scarf, Nay, Dupatta Tops Coming Through
Scarf Tops took the youth by storm this year. Take this y2k trend and make it your own, and be a head-turner at your sister’s baby shower by replacing the scarf with a bandhani dupatta. Drape it in a one-shoulder fashion as shown and pin it up. Add a white satin/silk long umbrella skirt and a statement choker and studs set. Complete the look with a small handbag, and look as stunning as ever!
4 – Desi Baby Shower Outfit for Guests
Pastel yellow hues, ghararas and a little mirrorwork never did any harm! Accessorize a gharara set with a simple mirror choker and a maangtika for an early morning baby shower and look as fresh as a flower at the event!
3 – Channeling that Desi Girl in You
You really thought we’d do a round-up of ethnic fits for a baby shower and not draw inspiration from PC’s iconic Desi Girl look? Hell no! For this inspired fit, we’d advise you to replace the traditional blouse with a colourful, printed, front knot cropped top and drape a white saree to expose as much of the top as you’re comfortable in. Wear some gems and pearls, and get the mom-to-be a beautiful rose for now, and rosé for later.
2 – Sunny Side Up!
Indian Baby Shower in the afternoon, chill house party in the evening and you’ve got a guest invite to both? No worries, this outfit will take you from morning to night with ease. This gorgeous embroidered and embellished top with satin sashes, when paired with a pair of classic blue distressed jeans – strikes the perfect balance between dressing up and dressing down! Strap on some clear heels and own the day!
1 – Big Fat Indian Baby Shower
An Indian Baby Shower in true fashion would be going inexplicably overboard and being unapologetically extravagant. So, as a guest to such a baby shower, you’ve got to bring all the drama and be as extra as possible. We suggest you look to a gaudy lehenga choli in bright hues and statement-tiered earrings to nail the look!
That was our curation of some of our favourite guest looks for a Desi Baby Shower! Down below, find a simple guide on how to dress for baby showers through the seasons!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What to wear to a baby shower in Spring season?
This one’s an easy pick – florals! Go for hand block printed floral wrap dresses or a hand-painted floral saree in an unconventional drape for an Indian baby shower in spring!
Q. How can I dress for Summer baby showers in India?
Out comes the sun, out come the gharara and sharara sets in pastel hues! You can even go for a short strappy kurta and palazzos this time of the year, but don’t forget the translucent dupatta!
Q. How To Dress For A Baby Shower in Fall/Winter?
Autumnal solids come through! Go for neutral shades and co-ord sets or lehenga sets at this time of the year and layer with a cropped jacket or cape to beat the slight nip in the air.
Winters mean layering. And a little more of that! Use your turtlenecks as blouses and drape a gorgeous saree, or go for an embellished pantsuit outfit – depending on your mood! You can get some more inspiration on this from these Indian Actresses Street Style Fashion Ideas For This Year.
Q. What should guests wear to an Indian baby shower?
We’ve discussed lots of ideas above on how to dress for baby showers, without stealing the mom-to-be’s limelight. To sum up, what you wear depends on whether it’s a formal event or a casual one. If there’s a theme then do your best to follow it. Mostly, for Indian baby showers, the theme is to wear sarees. If it’s a casual affair then you can go for western items like jeans, tunics, jumpsuits, etc.
Sanandita is a fashion and travel enthusiast. She enjoys writing, curating, styling, and all things creative. Freelancing and interning while pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Technology, she likes to keep herself busy. Oscillating between mundane routines and adventurous getaways, she tends to surprise herself and the ones around her. This extrovert loves socializing, but every so often, she loves her own company, a little more.