We’ve already covered the dos and don’ts of that perfect mother of the bride outfit, but what about inspiration for the big day look? From floral delights to sophisticated, chic style, we’ve got all the top looks covered for the best-dressed mother of the bride and groom.
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Great for summer, this fun, full-skirted 50’s inspired dress will suit any bold and bright occasion. We love the playful touches such as the vintage shoulder bows and pretty floral pattern, which are stylish without going over the top.
Pretty in pink
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Perfect for spring, summer or autumn celebrations, this vibrant pink patterned dress proves that you don’t have to be reserved when it comes to colour. As long as the shade suits the style of the day (and your skin tone!) brights are a great way to go. The fit of this dress is also great for mums who are looking for something that flatters their shape.
All in the detail
Mothers of the bride and groom needn’t be afraid of patterns. This chic dress shows how a simple, delicate pattern can add real interest and luxury to an otherwise simple dress. The soft colour palette also makes this dress great for spring or summer weddings – especially those with a vintage, elegant or shabby chic feel.
Taffeta and lace
For something more formal and glam you can’t go wrong with a bit of taffeta. Adding a touch of subtle shimmer to your look, while still ensuring elegance, the taffeta dress suits mums of all ages. Look for one with a lace overlay and sleeves if you’re conscious or your arms, otherwise feel free to opt for the sleeveless look.
Sleek and sophisticated
For a gorgeous autumn look, opt for purple or plum. This dress oozes star quality without revealing too much. Off-the-shoulder sleeves are a great option for mums who want something a little glam without going over the top. The sparkling jeweled detail also adds a dazzling Hollywood-style touch.
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Shrugs, pashminas and boleros are great for keeping you warm and finishing off your look. While some boleros have a more formal, blazer-like feel, a soft knitted shrug may be a good option for mums who are looking for something more comfortable and less formal.
From tip to toe
Dusky pink is a great shade for most mums and suits a wide range of wedding themes. This outfit shows just how important it is to co-ordinate your whole outfit – from the dress through to the accessories. You could easily adapt this look to suit any wedding colour scheme. The lace effect also adds a touch of interest and is a great choice for vintage or rustic affairs.
For a truly classic mother of the bride or groom look, opt for satin and lace with a chic, fitted, matching bolero. Feminine and formal, this outfit is the epitome of elegance and style but should only be worn if it’s the type of outfit you feel comfortable in. Best suited to luxury hotels and manor houses, we’re not quite sure this would be the best look for a country farm!
Bold and beautiful floral patterns are a great choice for most weddings. In fact, the only times they don’t work are during the cooler, winter months and for more formal affairs with distinctive themes – for example, art deco style. Both of these dresses, from The Pretty Dress Company, come in a flattering fit with short sleeves, waist tie and the perfect V neckline. Choose purple for a late summer or early autumn wedding and choose blue for a spring or early summer occasion.
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While knee-length dresses or dresses that sit just above the knee may be the most popular choice for mothers of the bride and groom, you equally shouldn’t rule out the maxi dress. They’re particularly suited to autumn or winter weddings, weddings with a specific theme (for example, Grecian or Art Deco) or simply to change into come evening. Depending on your shape, there are a number of different styles and fits you can choose from to flatter your figure.