On her daughter’s big day, a mother of the bride often wants to wear something to celebrate and feel special without upstaging the bride. Choosing a mother of the bride outfit can be a way for the bride to thank her mother for everything by allowing her to stand out in a sophisticated way.It is popular for the mother of the bride to wear a dress or gown to the wedding either matching the bridal party colors but in a different look, or in a coordinating color that allows her to shine by herself. The only general rule is that white, cream, or black colored ensembles are ruled out unless the bridal party is wearing the color as well.
One Shoulder Sueded Charmeuse Side Drape Dress
A one shoulder sueded charmeuse side drape dress is a glamorous look for any mother. The elegant off-one-shoulder neckline will have any mother feeling as special as a celebrity. The neckline cascades across from one shoulder to hang dramatically off the other shoulder. The slight draping on the side of the dress provides a slimming effect, while the fabric itself supports the look of a smooth silhouette. This gold gown is elegant and regal.
One Shoulder Taffeta Ball Gown
There are other one shoulder options with a more traditional fit. The one shoulder taffeta ball gown has a traditionally one strap neckline, with an A-line silhouette that is both classic and flattering to all figures. Side-draping slims the body and hides any flaws in this iridescent plum gown.
Shantung Short Sleeve Portrait Collar Dress
Mothers may desire to opt for a tea length dress, especially if the wedding has an outdoor ceremony or reception. The Shantung short sleeve portrait collar dress is an elegant and sophisticated shorter choice for mothers. The portrait collar frames the shoulders and neck, while the wrap bow flatters the waist. An A-line silhouette ensures that all figures will be complemented. The rich color choices of teal and chocolate brown are perfect for an autumn or nighttime wedding.
Stretch Shimmer Cocktail Dress with Bolero Jacket
Depending on the season, some mothers may wish to have their shoulders covered. Boleros can be bought in many different shades and sleeve lengths to coordinate with any dress. Some dresses also come with a matching bolero for precisely that reason. A royal blue stretch shimmer cocktail dress is instantly made more glamorous with the addition of a matching three quarter sleeve jacket.
Shantung Short Bolero Jacket Dress
The Shantung short bolero jacket dress is another example. This silver or eggplant dress shimmers and shines, thanks to the elegant Shantung fabric. The nearly knee length dress features a classic tank style with ruching around the waist, as well as the trendy addition of pockets on the gown. The matching bolero jacket is functional and decorative, with romantic ruffles around the neckline.
A Three Piece Jersey Suit
Pants or suits are also popular for mothers of the bride, especially for weddings taking place in cooler months and climates. A three piece jersey suit allows for many options of versatility. This black suit comes with a beaded tunic top, a loose jacket, and pants. Jersey material is comfortable and fashionable for a night of dancing.
Mothers could add color to the ensemble with a sash around the waist, or by accessorizing with bold shoes and jewelry. A splash of color would be a good way to incorporate the wedding colors into the outfit, while breaking up the sometimes wedding-taboo black color. The true beauty of this ensemble is that it can be worn time and time again by the mother, all together or even simply making use of the separate pieces.
Whether she wants to coordinate with your wedding colors, or stand out from the crowd, mothers of the bride can be reassured that there is an abundance of flattering ensembles she can wear on the wedding day. Leaving stuffy shoulder pads behind, modern mother of the bride ensembles are elegant and stylish. Mothers can wear these ensembles time and time again, always fondly remembering watching and sharing the moment with her daughter on the happiest day of her life.Elegant styles will have the mother of the bride feeling radiant while she watches her daughter marry. For years to come, these ensembles will be remembered and admired in pictures of the new couple’s special night. Every mother of the bride can feel cherished and loved in these outfits – simply don’t forget to bring tissues for her, just in case.
Grant Vera is a freelance writer who writes about weddings and specific products such as mother of the bride dresses.