In this article we roundup some super fab mother of the bride dresses to make you (almost) as stunning as your daughter. There isn’t a prouder moment than when you see your daughter walking down the aisle on her wedding day. And for the biggest day of her life, you need to be looking great too!
That doesn’t mean to say you have to compromise your comfort. Sometimes, the nicest of outfits are practical and comfortable for being on your feet all day.
Then you have to think of dress codes, sure your daughter’s color scheme is gorgeous, but how can you juggle comfort and sophistication all whilst respecting that all important dress code? Read on to find out.
Black tie actually simplifies your choice of wedding attire. Despite black previously being a no-go for weddings, it is now becoming more “acceptable” to wear black, and with a black tie dress code, well, you kinda have to!
1. Metallic Jacquard Ball Gown with Jersey Bodice
This dress by David’s Bridal is ideal for the mother of the bride. The jersey bodice makes it ultra comfortable and ideal for the post-wedding meal, and the jacquard skirt gives it some volume and makes your legs seem endless! The metallic floral design brightens the gown up and makes it still an upbeat design to wear.
2. Burnout Velvet Top and Chiffon Wide-Legs
For those MotBs who aren’t comfortable wearing dresses, then we have a gorgeous smart trousers option for you. High waist wide leg trousers will cinch you in at the waist and fall elegantly at your ankle.
A gorgeous velvet top with lace overlay will instantly dress up the look and make you look your best for the most exciting day ever!
3. Sheath Dress with Sheer Three Quarter Bell Sleeves
For petite mother of the brides, a knee-length cocktail dress will make you look classy and will be practical for the day of festivities ahead. Bell sleeves are so flattering on the arm, and the high waistline will cinch you in all the right places!
Tie your hair back and finish with a bit of red lippie!
Black Tie Optional
Black tie optional means dressing classy, preferably in a gown, but not being restricted to just black.You can venture out and try navy blue, burgundy, emerald green -- the choice is all yours!
4. Short Sleeve Lace Column Dress with Sheer Mock Neck
This elegant gown from Adrianna Papell is a show-stopper, sure you won’t be stealing the show from the bride but you will feel amazing in this number! Royal blue is a color that suits most skin tones, and it will be light and easy to wear as it is in polyester. We recommend clashing gold accessories to finish off the outfit! A gold clutch would look beautiful!
5. Velvet Gown by VINCE CAMUTO
With the 60s trend soaring in popularity this season, velvet is everywhere!
Why not be the stylish mom around and choose this piece for the big day? A forest green shade compliments brunettes in particular, and the v-neck is flattering for those with a bigger chest. Finish off with touches of silver jewelry to wrap it up. It also comes in a petite version.
6. Beaded Embroidered Evening Gown
Another favorite of ours is this gown by Aidan Mattox at Neiman Marcus. The embellishments are divine and really put a spin on this black evening gown. The skirt is a-line, making it a flattering fit on most figures. Additionally, the lining is a mix of polyester and spandex, which makes it breathable. You will feel like a true Hollywood siren in this number!
The key to cocktail attire is sophistication and color. A gorgeous cocktail dress will give you elegant movement on the dance floor, or just for walking up the aisle. Finish off with a statement clutch and keep your jewelry low maintenance.
7. Cocktail Dress + Tea Rose Clutch Bag
at Neiman Marcus
This off-the-shoulder piece from Black Halo at Neiman Marcus will make anyone’s wishlist. It is made from viscose and spandex for a figure-hugging yet comfortable fit. The side split makes your legs go on for days at the neckline is flattering on any figure.
Navy blue is right on trend this evening, and to make it wedding appropriate, style it up with a a dusty pink shade clutch. This one from Coach can be held or used as a cross-body, we love the rose design too!
8. Lace Overlay Cocktail Dress + Pearly Earrings
at Neiman Marcus
When you think of cocktail dresses, you tend to think of a fuller skirt and a cinched in waist. We have gone for a classic cocktail-style dress that will flatter any figure and elongate your legs. The ¾ sleeves are flattering and give you model-like proportions.
This season, designers are throwing blue and orange together, so why not have a go yourself with these gorgeous statement earrings from Oscar de la Renta? If you go for a bolder earring, make sure your other accessories remain muted to respect the dress code.
Beach Formal Attire
If you are lucky enough to head to an exotic destination for the big day, you will need something light but still chic for the occasion. Mini dresses, light maxi dresses and mermaid-inspired numbers will be your go-to pieces. Here are just some of our favorites!
9. Gianni Bini Melinda Satin Wrap Dress
For something chic, light and comfortable for that beach destination, a drop hem midi dress is perfect! The asymmetric hem will float about in the breeze and won’t get you in a sweat.
The wrap feature, inspired by the original wrap dress by Von Furstenberg, suits any figure and hugs you in all the right places. The dusty pink shade is ideal for a wedding and will stand out all the more against an exotic beach backdrop.
10. Tropical Off-The-Shoulder High-Low Dress
The maxi dress with a difference. Maxi dresses are ideal for beach formal weddings as they make a great substitute for gowns. Light weight, but still elegant, there is one for everyone.
We think that this one will really make an impact at a wedding, the high-low length is just what you need for hot temperatures. Yet the asymmetrical neckline makes it that much smarter.
Semiformal weddings are a popular choice, chose something that is smarter than you would wear to the office but not too over the top. No one wants to upstage the bride, especially when she’s your daughter!
11. Off-the-Shoulder Bell Sleeve Dress
Bell sleeves have been on trend for the last few seasons and instantly dress up a basic dress. This piece from Nanette Lepore cuts you off at the right length, and makes your legs seem endless.
The off-the-shoulder neckline is a wonderful excuse to add statement jewelry – we recommend adding clashing gold jewelry to this dress. Plus, it’s made from polyester, so it is easy to wash and travel with!
There’s something so romantic about a backyard casual wedding, it brings all the couple’s nearest and dearest together and it is a bit less hassle. This should totally reflect in your dress, floaty, carefree fabrics and bohemian-inspired designs are perfect!
12. ECI Floral-Print Maxi Dress
Floral print is a favorite among guests at a backyard casual wedding. It is a trickier dress code as you feel under-dressed, arriving in something you could wear every day over the summer.
Use your accessories to dress it up. Black stilettos with your favorite floral dress will make you feel smarter all whilst respecting the dress code.
13. Roseton Short-Sleeve Printed Maxi Dress
This silk maxi dress in multi colors can be worn on the big day and on a hot summer’s day. The A-line maxi skirt is flattering and falls at the perfect length, and can be teamed with heels or sandals for a more down-to-Earth vibe. If it gets a bit chilly, throw over a light shawl to keep your look low maintenance.
14. Jessy Floral-Print Maxi Dress
French brand Ba&sh truly deliver with this metallic maxi dress. It has an empire waist and kicks into an a-line skirt, making it a comfortable yet flattering choice. It’s also not like any ordinary maxi dress, as it contains metallic fibers, giving it that shiny feel we love. The style reminds us of a Grecian goddess, but with a modern twist.