The one woman in the wedding party who has the right, obligation, and desire to look as lovely as the bride is the bride’s mother. After all, she’s been planning for this day even longer than her daughter has-perhaps since before the child was born! She may not have the same bridal glow that her daughter has, but she should shine with motherly pride-and that requires a dress that shines.
If formal is the fashion of the day, Mom’s dress should be in the bride’s primary accent color. Sapphire blue is a popular accent color and when designed in stretch taffeta-polyester, nylon, and spandex-it can be comfortable as well. A mock two-piece dress with a portrait collar speaks of elegance. The side-ruched top is figure flattering and brooch detailing on the sleeves adds a touch of sparkle without out-shining the bride.
Another formal look that captures more modern styling shimmers with sequined embellishments on the bodice and skirt. A cap sleeved bolero jacket over the spaghetti strap top is cool, classy, and feminine. And the chocolate fabric fits an autumn wedding perfectly.
For that extra glow in the ceremony’s gentle lighting, metallic chiffon might be the right pick for the mother of the bride. This dress-available in pewter or champagne-also features a bolero jacket, but the sleeves are three-quarter length. The waist of the dress has deep ruching that hugs the torso, and the surplice neckline features light beading to add to the glow-and to the mother’s silhouette. With its gently flared full length skirt, it is a great dress for many body types.
For the ultimate in formality for an evening wedding, the mother of the bride should choose black chiffon. A high neckline embellished with dazzling beads and spaghetti straps flows down to a gently flared skirt that skims the top of the feet. The modest back with its gentle inwardly curving straps will set off a woman’s shoulders while a matching chiffon scarf provides a drape of subtle drama over her bare arms, enhancing the sophisticated look of this dress.
A dress with a portrait collar looks formal but a shorter skirt length allows it to come out at semi-formal ceremonies, too. A short sleeve shantung dress in teal flatters any woman, and a full knee-length skirt is slimming and comfortable-and it looks great on the dance floor. Accessorized with a simple strand of pearls and silvery, strappy sandals, this dress will make Mom the belle of the ball-after the bride departs, of course.
Less formal events can still call for champagne, and that includes a mother of the bride dress in sparkling metallic brocade. From the sleeveless bodice to the lovely bow at the front of the waist and continuing down through the straight, short skirt, this dress shines…and so will the bride’s mom as she toasts the happy couple at the after-wedding reception.
Another stunning choice for an evening wedding is a lace and chiffon tier dress in black with cap sleeves. It’s a simple choice with a V-neckline that flatters any woman’s figure. And the short, tiered skirt showcases the legs with subtle flirtation. This dress is so elegant, youthful, and beautiful, that some guests may mistake Mom for the bride.
Some mother’s prefer to deck themselves out in a two-piece suit. It’s simply more comfortable for them. But a suit does not have to be boring or businesslike, nor does it have to be navy blue or bank-day black. Today the suit can burst out of its usually business venue and onto the wedding scene when it’s made of metallic brocade. A wide ruffle at the jacket’s collar lends that extra flare of femininity to the suit, as does a satiny ribbon belt that curls into a bow at the waist. Three quarter length sleeves have a whimsical hem that flirts just a little and the matching straight skirt ends just above the knees in a flattering line. Coordinated with a pair of high-heeled sandals, this suit whispers, “I am woman and I am beautiful.”
And pants are no longer a forbidden item of clothing at weddings, either. They bring their own brand of elegance when their wide black legs are paired with a ruffled jacket in a lovely, shimmering blue-perfect for a winter wedding on the patio. A black tie at the jacket’s waist adds another touch of ladylike taste to this pant set that is as comfortable as it is beautiful.
Today, almost anything goes in wedding fashion, and that includes the outfit for the mother of the bride. She should choose something that is comfortable and flattering as well as befitting her status in the wedding party…and the bride’s life.