Reality start Bethanny Frankel kept it casual for her bridal shower. Photo: David Krieger /

For this installment of The Weekender, we've put together a look for an afternoon bridal shower. This is generally the first taste that a bride gets of the all-eyes-on-you phenomenon that will dominate the wedding day, so it's important to pick something that's comfortable.

It's also often the first time that much of your future family will be meeting you, so wearing something that expresses your personality while still being approachable is generally the safest bet. Here we pair a sweetly effortless sundress with a funky shoe and simple accessories that let the real star (hello engagement ring) take center stage.

Style tips:
  • Anthropologie has always been our go-to spot for classic sundresses with thoughtful details and fun prints. We love the timeless lines of the full skirt on this sundress mixed with the jaunty nautical plaid. And the cut leaves plenty of room for an extra slice of cake.
  • Navy blue and kelly green are a classic combination, and the rope detail of these Naughty Monkey heels nod to the sailor details of the sundress. But we'd also suggest packing a pair of flats like these Cynthia Vincent sandals for when you're ready to give your feet a break.
  • Monogrammed towels may seem passé, but we love translating that idea into this personalized necklace, which would make a great bridesmaids' gift.
  • But the most classic wedding shower gift, surpassing lingerie, cookie sheets and china combined, has to be the KitchenAid mixer. We'd tie the knot tomorrow if it meant having this apple green appliance perched on our kitchen counter.