Mother of the bride fashion is so unimaginative, there is even a book about the subject titled “Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige”. So we’re always looking for new style tips for the mother of the bride.
Luckily, wedding blog The Knot has recently produced a stellar series on MotB fashion. And there’s not an inch of beige in sight!
The Knot recommends shopping around the six-month mark. That will give you plenty of time before the wedding day to find something you really love, and to schedule fittings for any alterations, if necessary.
Consider the wedding colours
While some brides prefer that their moms wear a colour in the same palette as the bridal party, there’s no set rules. The key thing for the mother of the bride’s dress is for it to complement (and not clash with) the day’s hue. Metallics, navy, blush, chocolate brown and jewel tones are all beautiful and safe bets for a mother of the bride or groom. Traditionally, avoiding dresses in white, ivory or champagne (that are too close to the bridal gown), black (which can suggest mourning) and red (or similarly “flashy” shades) is the standard—though these traditions are shifting and we’ve seen moms look chic and tasteful in all of the above.
Think about style
The mother of the bride shouldn’t feel like she has to look frumpy, conservative or matronly. There are plenty of options available that will give you that glamorous look without being too over the top. Anything from a classic suit or a chic sheath to a cocktail dress or formal gown can work.
The time of day, setting and season of the event will tell you a lot about what to wear. For example, donning a sequined ball gown for a champagne brunch might make you feel out of place. If it’s a rustic affair on a vineyard, you’ll want to avoid long gowns that skim the dewy grass. A few other things to remember when putting together her wedding wear: Religious and cultural customs may dictate a certain dress code for the ceremony, so be prepared to cover up if required (a jacket, cardigan or chic shawl should do the trick).
Coordinate with the mother of the groom
It’s a bit old-fashioned, but traditionally, the mother of the bride picks her outfit first. This then sets the tone for what the mother of the groom will wear. Nowadays , who buys first doesn’t really matter as much, as long as both women are comfortable in what they decide to wear. These outfits don’t have to match necessarily, but they should definitely not clash. Chat to the groom’s mother to get a sense of what she plans on wearing. If you both want to wear the same colour, choose different shades of the hue for an easy compromise.
By following these simple rules, you can remove a lot of the stress out of the decision. All that’s left for you to do is to find a dress that makes you feel gorgeous and relaxed. Then find the nearest glass of champagne and enjoy the day!