Here’s What To Wear To A Bachelorette Party, No Matter If It’s In Vegas Or Vail (2022)

It's happening. I've officially reached that age where I hear of another friend or acquaintance getting engaged nearly every week. And once the initial excitement wears down, it’s time to think about what you’ll wear to all of the festivities, especially if you've been asked to serve as a bridesmaid. If that is the case, then the question of what to wear to a bachelorette party might also be looming over your head. Given that bachelorette parties can differ massively in theme, location, and overall vibe, it’s difficult to nail down even one to-go bridal party outfit. Luckily, no matter what the bride has in mind, you can still find your perfect bachelorette party outfit without stressing too much over what to wear.

I attended my first bachelorette at the end of 2021 and brought approximately 46 pounds of luggage for a three-day trip because I wasn't sure what I'd need or be in the mood to wear. Seeing as it encompassed everything from clubbing and brunch to exploring a new city (Montreal!) and hitting a few bars, I retrospectively feel that my giant luggage was somewhat warranted. I also feel like I got a decent idea of every clothing item a person could possibly need to bring for such an occasion, no matter what type of bride you’re celebrating.

For some brides, their bachelorette is a time to party hard in a place like Vegas, New York, or Miami. Clubs and nice dinners might be their cup of tea (or dirty martini). For other brides, a relaxing getaway in the mountains or near an ocean complete with morning yoga sessions and hiking might be more of their taste. No matter what type of celebration you're headed to, the below bachelorette outfits will have all of your sartorial needs covered. Just make sure you don’t plan any white or silver-heavy looks (unless otherwise instructed). That seems to be reserved for brides only.

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Bachelorette Outfit Ideas: Join The Club

If Vegas is calling (or any other city saturated with fancy clubs and booming nightlife), you're definitely going to need a sexy going-out dress to turn a few heads. However, since you’ll be running on bridal time, you’ll want to wear the most comfortable shoes possible. It’s the bride’s night and the last thing the group needs is to be held up as someone cries about their crushed toes. So to fit in the club look and be OK on your feet all night, block heels like Lulu’s Suede Heels ($38, Lulus) are your best bet. You’ll also need a well-stocked purse. The best bridesmaid should always travel with cab fare, a Tide-to-go pen, and two extra masks, just in case.

Bachelorette Outfit Ideas: The Great Outdoors

For your granola-loving friend, you may have to take on some wilderness. If you're headed to a bachelorette party that entails hiking, yoga, or the like, athletic clothes are a must. Seeing as lots of photos will probably be taken, you'll want them to look good, too. Girlfriend Collective’s Unitard ($78, Girlfriend Collective) is made from recycled bottles and is stylish enough to become your new favorite workout gear. To complete your outdoorsy ‘fit, a fanny pack is a must. With its insulated interior, you can even bring a mini champagne bottle in Igloo’s Fanny Pack ($30, Igloo) to celebrate during your activities. What better way to celebrate reaching the top of the mountain than with some bubbly?

Bachelorette Outfit Ideas: The Brunching Bunch

I feel like brunch at a trendy restaurant is a bachelorette party staple. No matter what the entire weekend entails, you’ll likely end up brunching at some point. After all, it's a great excuse to get a little dressed up and to drink mimosas at 11 a.m. What could be better? Since this is a dressy yet casual affair, you can’t go wrong with a a funky dress. The psychedelic print of Cider’s Caught In The Tide Dress($45, Cider) is so stylish, you’ll want to wear it all the time. You can throw this dress on and look like a million bucks even on those mornings when you’re feeling a little worse for wear from the night before. This ‘70s-inspired pattern will pair perfectly with the bright and bold Evry Jewel’s Flower Earrings ($19, Evry Jewel) to keep things interesting.

Bachelorette Outfit Ideas: Total Tourist

If you're going to a destination bachelorette, chances are you'll be exploring the city a bit. You'll need a look that's comfortable and practical but will still stand out if (read: when) your crew stops into a bar along the way. To make things easy for yourself (and your suitcase), a matching set will come in handy. The look easily transitions from day to night and will look great in all your group shots. Naturally, you’ll also definitely need a pair of shoes to get through all your sightseeing, and a platform sole offers extra foot support to keep you going strong throughout the day.

Bachelorette Outfit Ideas: Slumber Party

Whether for morning breakfasts or late-night talks and games, pajamas are a big part of bachelorette party attire. Which rules, because PJs are heaven. Here's a cute Cloud Print Pajama Onesie ($12, SHEIN) that’s not only cozy to sleep in but also adorable for a photo opp. Pro tip: When you’re coordinating what to wear, suggest buying all your fellow bridesmaids and the bride matching slippers. You'll be able to wear them again when you're getting ready for the big day.

Bachelorette Outfit Ideas: Beachside Vacay

There’s nothing like relaxing on the beach to prepare before the big day. But, as you don’t want to get any tan lines that could mess up the wedding photos, Good American’s Barely There One-Piece ($75, Good American) will get you pretty close to that strapless tan. Just remember that if you take off the straps to really balance out your tan, you’ll need to put them back up before taking on the waves or a volleyball match.

For walking to and from your ocean or poolside accommodations, you need a simple sarong to still show off your gorgeous swimsuit. No matter where your hunt for the sun and water takes you, there’s one thing you absolutely need to bring: sunscreen. (And it should be reapplied frequently.) I really like Supergoop’s Glowscreen ($42, Supergoop) not just because it has a high SPF of 40 but — and mainly because — it also sparkles. Putting this on will make you feel like a million bucks and then some.

Bachelorette Outfit Ideas: Taking On Wine Country

If your bestie is a bit of a sommelier, she may have hopes to go on a wine tour and hit up a collection of vineyards. While you’re enjoying your grape beverages, you can take in the rolling hills surrounding you. You’re bound to enjoy it, as I’ve never once seen a vineyard that didn’t take my breath away. When it comes to winery fashion, you want something fancier yet not like you’re on the way to a gala. To get the light and airy look, Petal and Pup’s Esther Dress ($89, Petal and Pup) is made with linen and cotton. It also comes in eight colors, so you can get your ideal look.

Since you’ll likely have to take on grass and maybe gravel at certain points, stilettos are a no-no. The last thing you want is to sink your nice shoes into the mud. Something with a little tread and a blocky heel, like Nasty Gal’s Mules ($25, Nasty Gal), will be comfortable and easy enough to walk in so that you can take on vineyard after vineyard.

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FAQs

What should you not wear to a bachelorette party? ›

Avoid White

This is pretty much standard across-the-board for any wedding-related event (especially the wedding). At most pre-wedding parties, like the bridal shower and rehearsal dinner, the bride may choose to don white, and guests should avoid doing so.

What kind of dress should I wear to a bachelorette party? ›

Any kind of cocktail dresses (like a mini dress or a bodycon dress) would work great as a bachelorette party dress—or, if you prefer pants, a dressier jumpsuit is a great alternative.

Can you wear jeans to a bachelorette party? ›

Jeans are one of the most versatile items in your closet and it is worth it to bring out your favorite jeans for a bachelorette trip. You can wear a skinny pair or a boyfriend pair and pair it with a cute blouse or bodysuit for an easy look that can be worn to dinner, out for the day, or even for drinks in the evening.

What is a reasonable amount to spend on a bachelorette party? ›

The average bachelorette party cost between $317 and $1,900 in 2021, depending on how long it lasted, according to a survey from the Knot. About 20% of attendees are spending around $1,000 or more.

Who traditionally pays for a bachelorette party? ›

Who Pays for the Bachelorette Party Traditionally? Typically, the maid of honor and bridesmaids split the cost of the bachelorette party. The bride's expenses (including her drinks, meals, and transportation) are split evenly between the bridal party.

Who picks the Bachelorette outfits? ›

Before any Bachelorette can begin her "journey" to find "love," she needs to figure out what she's going to wear every step of the way. And that's where Cary Fetman, who's been the Bachelor franchise's chief wardrobe stylist for the past 20 years, comes in.

Can you wear black to a bachelorette party? ›

Contrasting the bride's white dress by having the rest of the crew wear black is a popular choice for bachelorette party outfits.

Do you give gifts to guests at bachelorette party? ›

Bachelorette party gifts aren't mandatory, but they are nice. If you are shopping for a bachelorette party present for the bride-to-be, think outside of her wedding registry. Lingerie, for example, is a fun gift option perfect for the intimate occasion.

What is appropriate attire in Vegas? ›

Although formal attire isn't necessary, smart casual is your best bet. For guys we'd recommend dark jeans and a shirt, and for women a nice dress. And ladies, don't be afraid to throw on some fancy jewellery. There's no such thing as too much bling in the Las Vegas dress code.

What is Vegas formal attire? ›

Most casinos in Las Vegas do not have official dress codes. For men, it's appropriate to wear suits, formal jeans or dress pants, button-down shirts, dress shoes, blazers, and other types of formal clothing. Women should opt for an evening dress, gown, cocktail dress, and a pair of high heels or evening shoes.

What is Vegas cocktail attire? ›

What Is Cocktail Attire? Simply put, cocktail attire is nothing but formal clothing but far more celebratory. It is casual than your office wear and tad bit formal than your regular casual attire. More often than not, if you are expected to show up in cocktail attire, the invitation will say so.

What really happens at a bachelorette party? ›

Drinking, strippers, dirty talk, guy games, etc. are all parts of the experience. And while flashes from the movie Hangover are haunting you, there's seldom any crossover of such an experience in real life. Also, despite the popular notion, bachelorette parties tend to get much wilder than a bachelor party.

What usually happens during a bachelorette party? ›

Many people choose to celebrate their bachelorette party at a bar or club, but other fun ideas include enjoying a spa day, going on a beach trip, or even going wine tasting. No matter what the activity is, the most important thing is that the bride and her friends have a good time!

How long is a typical bachelorette party? ›

WeddingWire conducted a 2021 study that found 75% of bachelorette parties last two or more days, and the average length is three days. With a longer event naturally comes higher costs, and if you're also flying then things can get even pricier.

What should the bride pay for bachelorette party? ›

Bachelorette Party

The bride should not pay for any of her bills this night. Going away for the weekend poses a little more gray area. Each attendee should cover the cost of her own travel and accommodations—including the bride. The bridal party should split the cost of any favors or other gifts for the attendees.

How much should you spend on bachelorette goodie bags? ›

If you're the bride or maid of honor, you may feel more comfortable splurging on cute favors and bachelorette goodie bags. But, if the bridesmaids are paying as a group, we suggest sticking to favors that cost no more than $10 each to keep the overall cost down for everyone.

Does the bride bring gifts to bachelorette party? ›

It's become customary for the bride to present each guest at her bachelorette party with a gift, although this is completely unnecessary. The bachelorette party is traditionally organised and funded by the maid of honour and bridesmaids, while the bride spends her time getting ready for the wedding.

What is the maid of honor expected to pay for? ›

The maid of honor, along with the rest of the bridal party, is expected to cover all wedding attire costs. This includes the dress (plus any necessary alterations), shoes, and any jewelry you'll be wearing the day of. Occasionally, the bride will gift her bridesmaids with whatever accessories she wants them to wear.

Does the bride pay for her flight to the bachelorette party? ›

For destination bachelorettes, however, that bridal-party-pays-for-everything rule doesn't apply. Since travel and lodging are involved, in addition to multiple meals out and planned activities, the bride should also contribute to help cover the expenses—especially her own travel and share of the lodging.

Do they use condoms on The Bachelor? ›

Condoms aren't provided in the Fantasy Suite dates.

"Bachelor" contestant and winner Courtney Robertson revealed in her book "I Didn't Come Here To Make Friends" that while the Fantasy Suite room is packed with plenty of things, the one thing it doesn't have is condoms.

What gift do you give at a bachelorette? ›

In addition to lingerie, other good bachelorette party presents include jewelry, bath products, pajamas, candles, travel accessories for the honeymoon and merch that shows off her bride or future newlywed status.

Do the Bachelorettes get free clothes? ›

The Free Clothes. So, next question: Does the Bachelorette pay for her own clothes? No. The show buys the star a wardrobe, and it spends big bucks: Stylist Cary Fetman revealed a few years ago that Bachelorette Emily Maynard's season in 2012 had a clothing budget of $350,000.

Why do girls wear wigs at bachelorette? ›

A wig theme creates mystery and allows you to tap into your 'fun girl' alter ego without taking away from who you really are,” says Dionna Merritt, the CEO of Los Angeles events company Celebrationz, who has planned bachelorette parties that have included wigs.

What does bachelorette party symbolize? ›

The meaning of a bachelorette party includes underlying themes of friendship, freedom and oftentimes, sexual expression.

How do I look classy in Vegas? ›

Vegas restaurants have a certain dress code, so don't try coming in with a sloppy, casual fit! Stray away from jeans or anything with sweats. Keep it fancy with a cocktail dress or a romper, with a nice pair of heels. If you plan to go clubbing, you might want to wear something flexible like a romper.

What kind of shoes should you wear in Vegas? ›

Wear flats, gladiators, flip flops or sneakers that cushion your feet. Carry a change once you are indoors, and that's the best advice someone gave me.

Is there a dress code for bars in Vegas? ›

Guys, all Vegas nightclubs call for “upscale casual” attire, which can seem broad and ambiguous, but a general rule is that you'll want to wear well-fitting, clean, on-trend clothing. Sports and athletic attire is never allowed.

What do you wear at night in Vegas? ›

Keep it Casual

Casual dresses, jeans, rompers, flip flops, jean shorts, light jackets for evenings outside and in air-conditioned casinos. The Las Vegas daytime weather is brutally hot in the summer months but cools down quickly at night.

Do people still dress up in Vegas? ›

Dressing for the Las Vegas Show

Although there is no actual dress code, people tend to dress up for the evening shows, particularly the upscale celebrity performances. Obviously strict formal attire is not required here or at most other places in Las Vegas. A good rule is to dress so you don't feel out of place.

How should I dress comfortable in Vegas? ›

Remember, Vegas is HOT. Since you won't have a pool to cool you down, make sure you dress in something airy and breezy. A flowy skirt, shorts, or a romper are all good looks, paired with a strappy tank or crop top. Since you'll be walking, bring sandals, sneakers, or flats you've worn before and know to be comfortable.

Do you dress fancy at a casino? ›

Semi-formal

This is the most common dress code for casinos. Women will have to wear a cocktail dress, a dress or pant-suit while men are expected to wear a dark business suit, dark shoes and a tie. For a daytime visit, men might get away with wearing a collared shirt, dark jeans and leather shoes.

Can a woman wear pants for cocktail attire? ›

Cocktail pants for women – Sleek wide leg pants

If you're not a dress girl and the event dress code reads 'cocktail' never fear – there are acceptable cocktail pants you can wear to such occasions. Ditch the skinny jeans and opt instead for chic wide-leg pant.

Is there a dress code on the Bachelor? ›

It's because producers make them dress according to a pretty specific style guide. In his tell-all book, For the Right Reasons, Bachelor Sean Lowe revealed that contestants can't wear “stripes, small checkered patterns, big patterns, and solid white.”

Is it rude not to attend bachelorette party? ›

No, it is not rude to not go to a bachelorette party. If you are part of the wedding party and didn't come to the party, it would be rude, unless there was an important reason.

What usually happens during bachelorette parties? ›

Many people choose to celebrate their bachelorette party at a bar or club, but other fun ideas include enjoying a spa day, going on a beach trip, or even going wine tasting. No matter what the activity is, the most important thing is that the bride and her friends have a good time!

Does one bring a gift to a bachelorette party? ›

Bachelorette party gifts aren't mandatory, but they are nice. If you are shopping for a bachelorette party present for the bride-to-be, think outside of her wedding registry. Lingerie, for example, is a fun gift option perfect for the intimate occasion.

What should a guest bring to a bachelorette party? ›

In addition to lingerie, other good bachelorette party presents include jewelry, bath products, pajamas, candles, travel accessories for the honeymoon and merch that shows off her bride or future newlywed status.

Does The Bachelor have a weight limit? ›

While The Bachelor doesn't have an official weight limit, it is obvious thinner applicants are the priority, and according to Refinery29, contestants size 12 and up are typically weeded out during the application process, so if you're over that size range, you might have trouble getting to that first rose ceremony.

Why do they not eat on the bachelorette? ›

No one wants to watch people stuffing their face on a date. If you're eating, you aren't talking... Instead, we eat before the dates, as we are getting ready. The producers will bring room service to your room or a plate of food to where you're getting ready in the house.”

How many days should a bachelorette party be? ›

WeddingWire conducted a 2021 study that found 75% of bachelorette parties last two or more days, and the average length is three days. With a longer event naturally comes higher costs, and if you're also flying then things can get even pricier.

How long is too long for a bachelorette party? ›

"A perfect length for your bachelorette party is four days—best to do as an extended weekend so your girls don't have to take off all four days from work," says Lauren Grech, CEO and co-founder of LLG Events.

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