Whether you're in charge of planning a hen do or you're attending one, this upcoming event is the perfect excuse for ordering a new outfit (like we needed one). If the hen party calls for fancy dress we have an amazing guide to the best hen party themes, but if you've been given free reign on what you can wear we've got you covered with 29 gorgeous outfit ideas.
Start by considering what type of hen do it'll be - will you be dancing on tables all night, or is an at home pyjama party more the vibe? Lots of hen parties are an all day affair and if that's the case you'll need a 'fit that works just as well sitting down at brunch as it does ordering drinks at the bar.
Once you've got the theme down the real work begins - outfit hunting! To make this task a little less overwhelming we've compiled an edit with the best hen do outfits available to buy on the high street now. We've even sectioned them into categories depending on the occasion, so if you're unsure what to wear to an activity hen do, or you're looking for the perfect 'jeans and a nice top' combo you've come to the right place.
- What to Wear as the Bride at a Hen Do
- What to Wear to an Activity Hen Do
- What to Wear to a Brunch Hen Do
- What to Wear to a Night Out Hen Do or Sten Do
- What to Wear to an At-Home Hen Do
The second most exciting dress you'll buy has got to be an epic one and your hen do provides the perfect occasion to dress 'bridal' even before the big day. We love the idea of focusing on pretty shades of white or ivory and including fun features such as feathers and sequins. You are the star of the show after all!
1. Metallic Dress with Draped Detail - £29.99, Zara
You can't go wrong with a simple satin slip dress and this mini one with a cowl neck from Zara is a steal at less than £30 - it has a gorgeous metallic sheen to it and is available in sizes XS-XL. We reckon you might be rocking a pair of sunglasses like this model is come morning too...
2. Silver Sequin Tie Waist Mini Dress - £60, River Island
This long sleeved mini dress design from River Island is a really flattering pick for all body types. The tie belt will cinch you in at the waist and the smattering of silver sequins will ensure all eyes are on you.
3. Jacquard-Weave Wrap Dress - £39.99, H&M
Keep things comfortable with this wrap over dress from H&M that'll look just as gorgeous paired with trainers as it would with killer heels. The subtle jacquard print makes this dress look way more expensive than it actually is!
4. Sequin Sweetheart Neckline Jumpsuit - £109, Nasty Gal
If you're predicting your hen do might get a little wild, avoid any outfit slip-ups by opting for a pretty yet practical jumpsuit. This sequinned Nasty Gal number comes in the most gorgeous champagne colour and is ideal if you'll be drinking a few too many glasses of it!
5. Clara Embellished Belted Tweed Mini Dress - £375, Rebecca Vallance at Net-A-Porter
We're picturing this fabulous Rebecca Vallance dress being worn to a beautiful brunch or afternoon tea hen do. Cut from tweed and complete with pretty pearls it's so elegant and also comes in soft pink if you'd rather not wear white.
6. Margot White Blazer & Trousers - £295 & £220, Nadine Merabi
Fashion-forward brides-to-be might want to wear a chic suit to celebrate in and while this dreamy feather trimmed Nadine Merabi outfit might be an investment, it's one we are fully on board with. You might even consider wearing it to your wedding reception as well as the hen.
If there are lots of practical activities planned for the hen do (whether that means you'll be taking part in an obstacle course or trying to find your way out of an escape room), it goes without saying you'll need a practical outfit that you'll be able to move in. That doesn't mean you've got to rock up in something plain - there are lots of beautiful options below.
7. Black Velvet Flared Trousers - £23.99, New Look
Flares are back in a big way so dig yours out from the back of the wardrobe or buy this velvet pair from New Look for a trendy and flattering outfit. Not only will they lengthen your legs and look absolutely stunning, the dark fabric is ideal if you'll be getting dirty.
8. Printed Crop Top & Trousers - £59.99 & £29.99, Zara
Matching co-ord sets are an easy way to look stylish without having to put a lot of effort in. This abstract print trouser and crop set from Zara is crafted from linen so it'll keep you cool while making you look even cooler.
9. Towel-Texture Cotton Jumpsuit - £29.99, Mango
Towel fabric was all over the catwalks this season and we adore this pretty blue playsuit from Mango that has been made from the textured material. It remains slouchy and comfortable but the chic collar and flattering waist tie keep the outfit hen party appropriate.
10. Printed Playsuit - £49.99, Zara
Speaking of playsuits, you wouldn't think it at first glance but this floral number from Zara is actually shorts and not a skirt. It's ideal if you'd rather wear something a little more dressy but you don't want to worry about pulling your skirt down all day.
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11. Belted Corduroy Jumpsuit - £95, & Other Stories
Boiler suits are seriously trendy and this pale pink jumpsuit from & Other Stories is one of the best ones we've seen. The combination of corduroy and the tailored silhouette will have the whole hen do asking you where you got your outfit from.
A brunch hen party calls for a chic yet comfy outfit - remember you might be sitting down for a large portion of the day so you might not want anything too tight or short. Opt for an easy throw-on style dress with a playful print, or a beautiful top that you can pair with your favourite jeans so you won't have to worry about tweaking your outfit and you can focus on more important matters (like getting your full money's worth of bottomless boozing!)
12. Oversized Blazer & Dressy Wide Leg Trousers - £50 & £40, Monki
Monki have an array of oversized suits in pretty pastel shades that are perfect for a brunch hen party. We adore this lilac number but it's also available in pink and green. Oh, and if you have your eye on that metallic top it's available on their site too.
13. Floral Plunge Puff Sleeve Blouse - £35, Nasty Gal
The outfit saviour everyone needs in their wardrobe - the 'jeans and a nice top' combo. If you already have your favourite pair of jeans ready, all that's left is to find the perfect top and this floral blouse from Nasty Gal is a great contender. We're wearing ours with barely-there heels and a chic blazer.
14. Leopard Print Midi Dress - £25.99, New Look
Leopard print lovers we think we've just found you the perfect dress. Boasting a flattering shirred waist and a fit-and-flare design, this New Look dress will make a statement without the need for accessorising. Simply pop on a pair of chunky boots and you're good to go.
15. Bright Pink One Shoulder Blazer Dress - £33.99, New Look
Another affordable buy from New Look is this beautiful blazer dress. The one-shoulder style keeps this look fresh and the hot pink colour will look fabulous when you take photographs with your crew.
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16. Flowy Puff Sleeve Midi Dress - £85, & Other Stories
Featuring a flattering sweetheart neckline, side split and smocked bodice, you might wanna pick this & Other Stories dress up pronto as we're predicting a sell-out! It was simply made for a hen do brunch as it's the perfect combination of sophisticated, stylish and fun.
Hitting the town for a big night out? Whether you're going with just your friends or opting for a sten do with everyone, what you need is a gorgeous outfit that'll look and make you feel amazing all evening. The key is to go for something that you'll be the most confident in, whether that's a sparkling mini dress, a skirt or jeans!
17. Bottle Green Glitter Playsuit - £36.99, Quiz
Quiz's new party collection is full of fabulous pieces that will work wonderfully for a night out hen do. This glittery playsuit is ideal for hens who love to party as it creates the illusion of a dress while ensuring you won't be at risk of flashing.
18. Colour Block Ruffle Mini Dress - £55, Nasty Gal
Orange and pink is a colour-clashing combo made in heaven and this satin mini dress from Nasty Gal is going straight in our baskets. Nasty Gal often offer their collections at a discounted rate so you can likely get this bangin' outfit for a fraction of the original price.
19. Black Diamante Trim Blazer Dress - £59.99, Quiz
We're also obsessed with this sophisticated blazer dress from Quiz. Perfect for the minimalistic hen who still wants a touch of glitz, it's giving us major designer vibes for less than £60!
20. Black Animal Print Sequin Mini Dress - £85, River Island
Don't be afraid to wear something a little (or a lot) out there - this is your besties hen do after all! Featuring sequins, bows and zebra print, this shimmering dress from River Island is a real showstopper.
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21. Glitter Velvet Ruched Puff Sleeve Midi Dress - £59, Oasis
If the hen do is happening around the festive season, this burgundy dress from Oasis will look stunning. Crafted from glittering fabric it's a glamorous ensemble - especially paired with gold party platform heels.
22. Sequin Mini Skirt - £39, Oasis
We love how this model has paired this sequined skirt from Oasis with a pretty cardigan - if you're attending a day-to-night hen do it's an ideal transitional outfit that'll work for both.
23. Effie Frill Sleeve Slip Dress - £315, Rixo
If you've had your heart set on owning a Rixo dress for a while, now's your time to dive in. The Effie frill sleeve slip dress is a magical design that you can dress up or down with matching accessories depending on your taste.
24. Anders Top - £80, Reformation
Not a fan of wearing dresses? The Anders top from Reformation has just the right amount of sparkle to make it hen night out ready without being too much. It'll look amazing worn with leather trousers and gold accessories.
Maybe you've got a relaxed (ish) night in planned, or maybe you're hosting an at-home hen do. Either way, cosy clothes are a must! Think luxe matching pyjamas, easy t-shirts and comfy sets that'll make movie watching and face mask applying a breeze.
25. Personalised Satin Pyjama Set - £50, Hitched Shop
It's only right that you wear matching outfits at some point of the hen do and we think co-ordinating pyjamas is a brilliant call. Better yet, why not opt for these personalised pairs from the Hitched Shop so you can all have your names stitched onto the pocket? They'll make a lovely keepsake to wear long after the wedding.
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26. White Mother Of The Bride T-shirt - £8, George at Asda
Make the mother of the bride feel included too with this fun slogan tee from George at Asda. It's a steal at only £8 and you'll be able to pick it up while you do the food shop!
27. Knit Cardigan, Top & Trousers - £29.99, £14.99 & £29.99, Zara
Zara have a number of cosy co-ords that we would definitely wear out of the house! If pyjamas aren't appropriate for the at home hen do, this lime crop and cardigan combo will be just the ticket.
28. Bride Squad Heart Top & Legging Set - £20, Boohoo
You'll be able to grab the whole hen party these 'bride squad' pyjamas as they're only £20 each from Boohoo. At that price it doesn't matter how many drinks get spilt down the front of them!
29. Autumn Stripe Knitted Jumper & Jogger - £79 & £79, Never Fully Dressed
Hosting a garden hen party? Keep warm in this stylish Never Fully Dressed jumper and joggers set. Trust us when we say this fabric will be some of the softest you've ever felt.
If you're still undecided about what to wear, take a look at what TOWIE star Jess Wright wore to her Ibiza hen do!