Mother of the Bride Dresses to Suit Every Type of Wedding
Mother of the bride or groom plays an important role in the bridal party, and must look her best! It’s your son or daughter’s big day, and you’re one of the focal points of the celebration. The type of outfit you pick is very important. Not only must the dress suit you beautifully, but it must also work well with the colors of the wedding and the style or theme of the whole event.
The best place to start is to simply ask the bride if there is a particular color palette you should pick from. The length of your dress will also reflect how formal the wedding is. For informal occasions, a knee or tea-length is ideal and comfortable. For black-tie weddings, you’ll want a full-length formal gown.
To help you make these key decisions, we’ve picked out some of the best mother of the bride dresses that work in many different scenarios. Elegant and flattering, our picks are age-appropriate yet fashionable and will make you feel stunning on this big day.
Knee-length and midi options are a great choice for most mature women. This is a sophisticated length that creates a gorgeous silhouette and still shows off some leg.
This light pink design features sheer lace cape sleeves with a high neck and a fitted silhouette. The skirt is sheer at the end, showing off the pretty lace detail even more.
The beautiful blush tone is romantic and feminine, perfectly suited to a wedding and most themes or styles. This design will easily team up with a metallic clutch, heels and a pair of chandelier earrings to look beautiful on any mother during this special day.
This statement purple floral print dress is the perfect fit for a beach wedding or tropical destination. The bright colors and print are bold and stylish, while the floaty pleated silhouette and sheer sleeves add to that destination wedding vibe.
This gorgeous look includes a low v-neckline with a belted waist and pleated skirt, making a gentle A-line silhouette that will suit women of all sizes and shapes, including plus size.
The bold purple tone sets you apart and the skirt even features a side high slit, which can show off your legs as you hit the dance-floor.
Age-appropriate yet youthful, we love this design for mother of the bride. Team it up with a bold red lipstick, sandals and a clutch for a beach wedding, or add heels and bronze eyeshadow for a more dressy affair.
This diverse choice can be styled up or down, depending on the look you want.
Not everyone is a dress-wearer. If wearing a dress just isn’t your style, there are thankfully many alternatives that are just as stylish and appropriate for the occasion. One of our favorite options is this dark green jumpsuit.
The high boat neckline and high waist make for a flattering and sophisticated silhouette. The ruffle three-quarter sleeves add a statement element that makes this design really shine. The straight leg has an elongating look that will make you feel tall and proud on this important day.
This minimalist jumpsuit is a timeless classic that you won’t regret wearing. It is simple yet doesn’t fade into the background. It’s also a comfortable option to wear all day and can be coupled up with a beaded shoulder bag, bracelet, and towering heels to add an extra glam twist.
A jumpsuit is a great choice for most wedding styles and themes, unless there is a specific very formal dress code, then feel free to wear a jumpsuit that best reflects your style instead!
For a classic mother of the bride dress with a formal tone, this navy embroidered gown is the ideal choice. It features a high crew neck, sleeveless bodice, open back, and embellished belt. The A-line skirt shows off the narrowest point of your waist before flaring and flowing to a floor-sweeping length.
The beautiful navy and black floral embroidery give this a regal and luxurious tone. This dress would be perfectly at home at a 5-star hotel wedding, gliding across a ballroom or posing for photos with the bride and groom.
This style is very modest, only showing off your arms and a small area of your back via the cutout. This can even be concealed with a shawl or throw if you prefer.
A great choice for mature women, this gown is a no-fail option that is also a good fit for most body types. Even the navy color suits a variety of skin tones!
The light blue seafoam color and stunning off-the-shoulder cut make this knee-length mother of the bride dress one of our top selections.
It’s sexy yet not too flashy, with a simple silhouette that doesn’t show off too much cleavage or leg. The straight neck and fitted bodice just subtly highlight your figure.
The skirt half of this style includes a ruffle on one side which falls from the waist. The style is otherwise quite fitted but still easy to move around in. This refined dress style keeps things elegant and unfussy, opting for clean lines and a gorgeous fit. The ruffle detail is just enough to make this dress unique.
To complete your mother of the bride outfit, simply wear a polished up-do hairstyle, pearl earrings, and white strappy heels. A good manicure and pedicure are essentials, as this style is all about paying close attention to the little details.