Ideas for Different Mother of the Bride Dresses

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Choosing the right dress to wear to your daughter’s wedding can be daunting. The theme, date and time of the wedding, what the mother of the groom is wearing and personal preference are all factors in deciding on a perfect outfit. With a few ideas for different styles of dresses, you can select a comfortable and elegant dress which will make you feel glamorous without upstaging the bride.

Evening Gowns

An evening gown is a stylish and formal dress idea for the mother of the bride. Because of the formal style and long length, it is best for an evening wedding, or for changing into as the wedding day goes on. There are a range of colors and styles of evening gowns for the bride’s mother to choose from depending on the theme, date and time of the wedding and personal preference. This dress can easily be adorned with accessories, such as a bolero or stole.

Cocktail Dresses

A cocktail dress is an ideal dress for the mother of the bride to wear to a summer wedding or to the evening activities after the ceremony. Like the evening gown, cocktail dresses vary in style and can be made from a variety of materials, such as silk or taffeta. Often the longer the length of the cocktail dress, the more formal the occasion, so it is wise to bear that in mind when deciding. If she doesn't want to accessorize, the mother of the bride can still look chic by wearing two contrasting tones of color or choosing a cocktail dress with stylish details, such as ruffles, sequins or embroidery.

Pastel-Colored Dresses in Light Fabrics

Pastel-colored dresses in light fabrics, such as silk or chiffon, are versatile and will flatter the mother of the bride’s body shape, without taking the attention from the bride. A pastel colored dress, with or without pattern, teamed with a white hat creates a classy and elegant outfit, which can be accessorized with frill or bow detail. This style of dress is usually less flamboyant than a cocktail or evening dress, but no less flattering.

Dress and Tailored Jacket

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A dress with a tailored jacket or coat can make a sophisticated, flattering outfit for the mother of the bride. The material of the dress and jacket will often be the same, although not always, and neutral colors are usually best. The material will also be free from adornment and will be of a heavier fabric, such as wool, which makes this outfit ideal for more formal weddings and the wedding ceremony itself.