When saying ‘I do’ the bride isn’t the only stylish gal in the room. Mother of the Bride also needs to look the part.
Gone are the days of outdated boxy silhouettes and matronly color schemes of beige and pastel. Whether she’s going to rock a sophisticated two-piece suit, elegant long gown or trendy tea length evening dress we have some looks that are sure to turn heads.
MOBs should start by looking to their daughter (or daughter’s to-be) as they make their dress selection. If all the bridal party will be wearing a specific fabric, lace, silk, etc, the mother of the bride may want to adopt the same theme. For elegant weddings this strapless crepe back satin A-line dress slays. With its sweetheart neckline, side ruched bodice, hand-beaded lace, and asymmetrically dropped waistline, all the gown’s unique features culminate above the gently gathered skirt. To really make it your own, consider investing in the dress’ matching shawl or removable straps.
Hello summer! If you’re looking for a mother of the bride dress as bright and warm as mommy dearest herself, this chartreuse lace knee-length sheath dress is a bowl full of sunshine. Thoughtful details like an illusion lace elbow-length sleeve, lovely bateau neckline and keyhole back give the gown a contemporary appeal. Hand-beading accents along the natural waistline trim the midriff and break up the lace all while adding a touch of flare. Just make sure colorful dresses fall in line with the rest of the bridal party and/or overall décor at the ceremony.
Move over boxy, pastel suit, there’s a new gown in town. This elegant floor-length asymmetrical gown is a true, unique beauty. The most prominent feature is an off center V-strap adorned with beads. Fastened to its straight neckline, the strap holds a flounce drape that sashays down the front of the gown and continues to the hem. When shopping for gowns as distinctive as this one, it’s important to encourage mom to start early (about three months prior to the wedding date). Doing so will leave time for any necessary alternations before the big day.
Often, bride and MOB will agree that traditional is the way to go. In that case, a pastel two piece mother of the bride dress is always in style. Between its sleeveless knee-length sheath, hand-beaded illusion neckline over sweetheart bodice, and keyhole back this classic look has been updated with a fresh silhouette. For a stately addition, pair with this matching three-quarter length sleeve bolero jacket.
If colors are getting in the way of mom trying on a style that you know would look killer on her, try suggesting she consider a neutral frock. This satin A-line mock two-piece dress is a great start. Illusion short sleeves trimmed with hand beading, an off-the-shoulder neckline and sweetheart bodice are only the beginning. The back features a keyhole cutout and sweep train, making it striking from all possible angles.
In the end, the most important decision should come based on the mother of the bride dress that mom feels the greatest in. So long as she does, she’s sure to radiate the joy and happiness brought forth by this most special of days, no matter what she’s wearing!