Key style tips for the mother of the bride

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!

Start early

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.

Consider logistics

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!

Key bridal trends from Paris Couture Week

Bridal fashion doesn’t change too often, but when it does, we pay attention. The key bridal trends from Paris Couture Week allow high-end designers to experiment with fabrics, colours and silhouettes, and the most successful ideas will start appearing in your local bridal boutique before the end of the year.

So, if you’re planning a wedding for 2018 or beyond, you’re going to want to have a look at the biggest hits from Paris

Lavender

Forget blush and pastel blue, the next big colour trend for wedding dresses is lavender. The couture runways were full of lavender gowns, while stylists praised it’s flattering tone and calming properties.

Fringing

Designers such as Monique Lhullier, Ralph & Russo, and Alexandre Vaulthier were all about fringing and feathers. Tiers of feathers created a flowing effect on an A-line lavender gown at Monique Lhuillier, and layers of fringe gave a Roaring 20s vibe on sheath dresses. At Ralph & Russo feathers were also lavender, but in a modern way mixed with metallics in tiers and on sleeves.

Volume

Romantic billowing sleeves aren’t going anywhere any time soon — Giambattista Valli, Rodarte, Chanel, and George Chakra all featured voluminous shapes on their runways.

Black and white

Modern and minimal are not the words that come to mind when you think of bridal couture. Yet more and more designers are experimenting with streamlined monochrome designs. Proenza Schouler is at the forefront of this trend, accenting bright white dresses with black accents. Très Coco Chanel…

Conclusion

As ever, Paris Couture Fashion Week takes all the bridal fashion rules and throws them out the window. But the good news is that there is an emerging trend to suit every bride-to-be. Embrace fringing if you plan to tear it up on the dancefloor after the ceremony. Choose lavender hues to complement an outdoor ceremony. And accentuate your curves with strategically placed ruffles and billowing fabric.

And don’t worry – we’ll keep you posted as soon as the next trends start to emerge…

Bridal trends for 2017

There is much more to bridal fashion than a big white dress. In recent years, trends have ranged from pastel shades, to applique, and even mini slip dresses! According to the latest fashion shows, bridal trends for 2017 will include full-feather skirts, trouser suits, and the ubiquitous Bardot sleeve. Read on for the highlights of the year’s top bridal trends

The inspiration

New York Bridal Week is always a great indicator of the following year’s bridal trends, inspiring brides and designers across the world. And as the AW17 shows come to a close, new ideas and fresh trends begin to emerge in the wedding dress domain.

This season’s bridal shows found the middle ground, with several designers find a harmonious balance between the old and the new by revamping that classic bridal aesthetic for the modern woman with traditional tendencies.

Trouser suits

Alon Livne showed new take on the trouser suit, with exaggerated ruffles and statement hats in place of a veil. Bridal newcomers Victor & Rolf went characteristically avant-garde with a cropped trousers suit paired with an obi-style belt.

Feathers

Set to be one of the biggest bridal trends of 2017, feathers were everywhere at New York Bridal Week. At Zac Posen, models wore extravagantly laced veil trims and full feathered skirts. Meanwhile, the Monique Lhuillier show was typically aimed at the feminine bride, with feather details updating classic silhouettes.

Bardot sleeves

The week of shows wasn’t without its unorthodox extravagance, as Vera Wang took the Bardot sleeve to new heights – or depths, more accurately – with thick shoulder straps holding up a heavily draped sleeve which ran far beyond the fingertips. Bardot sleeves were also on display at the Marchesa show, where dresses were as frothy as a fairytale.

Of course, traditional bridal shapes will never go out of style. Every designer had a classic A-line, column or mermaid dress in their collections, updated with some applique or a fun accessory. For 2017 brides, there has never been so much choice.

(Photo credit: f_lynx via Visual Hunt / CC BY-NC-ND)

What to wear to a winter wedding

Summer weddings are easy to prepare for. But fashion magazines don’t tend to tell you what to wear to a winter wedding. After all, floaty dresses and strappy sandals are no match for a sudden rain storm or a spot of frost.

Like it or not, winter weddings are getting more and more popular. So follow these tips to ensure that you look the part at your next winter wonderland wedding.

The shoes

Your choice of shoes will depend very much on the location of the wedding. If there is even the most remote risk of ice, mud or wet sand – avoid the stilettos. Instead, look for a chic pair of wedge heels or chunky platforms, which have a bit of grip on the sole to avoid slipping.

Boots are only an option if they are brand new and super-chic. Same goes for flats. This is a wedding, not a day at the office.

The coat

Arguably the most important piece of your outfit. This coat has to be pretty enough to be worn in photographs, and warm enough to keep the winter weather at bay. A faux fur-lined cashmere trench is a great investment for occasions like this, and cape-coat hybrids are having a bit of a fashion moment this year. Whatever you chose, make sure your coat matches the other colours of your outfit, and always opt for a tailored silhouette that doesn’t swamp your figure.

The clothing

Dark colours look amazing against the pale background of winter. Think deep purple, burgundy, forest green and royal blue. Choose a good quality fabric that will keep you warm without looking frumpy. Lace, velvet, and brocade always look elegant (and expensive!), and work particularly well with bold hues.

The accessories

Unlike summer weddings, winter wedding accessories have to be practical as well as pretty. When you are outside, you need your accessories to provide a little extra warmth, but you should be able to remove and discard them when you move into a warmer setting. This means faux fur stoles; leather gloves; and stylish birdcage umbrellas. Invest now and wear these pieces again and again.