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As much as a wedding is all about the couple getting married, parents of the newlyweds are the second most-important players. Heck, if it wasn’t for them, there wouldn’t be a wedding in the first place. We can all agree that Mom’s wedding fashion should be as on point as the bridal party’s, and she should feel amazing in whatever she chooses to wear. For moms who want to stay far away from looking matronly, but still look the part, we’ve compiled a few mother-of-the-bride/groom ensembles that are classy, sassy, yet age-appropriate.
Of course, what looks matronly and what doesn’t is all a matter of personal taste. To us, we consider a more matronly look to be something of a muted color that perhaps incorporates a lace bodice, a heavy a-line skirt, and maybe flaunts a three-quarter or full-length sleeve. Matronly is certainly not a bad look (some moms really rock it!), but like any other style, it’s just not for everyone.
So, for moms who are unafraid to show a little skin and flatter what grandma gave them, check out the below options to gather some inspiration to take with you while shopping. Just remember: it might be hard, but don’t upstage the bride!
There’s nothing “mumzie” about this hot pink number from Eliza J. The shorter hemline and vibrant color is youthful and perfect for a spring or summer affair. And the one-shoulder ruffle detail adds sophistication and maturity to the look. Just because you’re the mother of the bride or groom doesn’t mean you have to wear dull tones. You’re the couple’s supporting castmate, so look the part!
Styling note: Love the vibrant color idea but don’t want to deter attention from the bride? Choose a bright color that goes with the wedding decor to blend in while standing out.
If the wedding is going to be a more formal event, check out this piece from Lara. The blush tone isn’t something you’d expect for a mother-of-the-bride/groom ensemble, but it really works. The light pink keeps the look playful while the gorgeous beading reminds you that you’re at a black-tie party. And after you’ve worn this to your kid’s wedding, you can rewear it on the red carpet — it’s that glamourous and we love it.
Styling note: If you’re not about the fitted sleeve look but wouldn’t might covering your arms, check out dresses with flutter sleeves, cold-shoulder sleeves, or even matching capelets.
BHLDN Thrive Dress ($140)
Everyone, we repeat, everyone looks amazing in a wrap dress. No matter your shape, size, preferred style, what have you, a wrap dress is truly a holy grail piece. This velvet cap-sleeve dress from BHLDN oozes class and sophistication. The flattering wrap pulls you in at the waist while the flutter sleeves add modesty for those who like a little something on their arms. Dress this look up with a pair of elegant drop earrings and a gorgeous metallic or nude heel and you’ll be the belle of the ball — besides the bride, of course.
Styling note: Like a wrap-dress, a simple velvet dress of any color is must-have for your wardrobe. If you invest in a great jewel-toned velvet party dress, you’ll be all set for the wedding as well as any future holiday event.
Off-the-shoulder straps plus skirt slit equals pure allure. We love this look for moms who are confident in their skin and aren’t afraid to show it off. The off-the-shoulder design puts the decolletage on display, but because the neckline isn’t devastatingly low, the looks remains dignified and elegant. The simple navy color keeps things subdued, and the faux wrap of the bodice flatteringly defines the smallest part of the waist. And hey, a little leg slit never hurt anyone.
Styling note: Seriously, leg slits are always a good idea. They add instant sex appeal to any skirt.
Finally, keeping things vibrant and young by wearing a lively pattern is perhaps the simplest way stand out in a crowd for all the right reasons. This dress by JS Collections is great because the random floral pattern is bright and cheery, but the fact that it’s all within the same color scheme cuts down on the business.
Styling note: Sparse prints can make the garment/your body look larger, whereas cluttered prints like the above dress make your figure look slimmer.
We hope we’ve gotten the cogs turning, moms. Think outside the box when it comes to your wedding day look and don’t be afraid to experiment. Yes, it’s your child’s big day, but it’s not-so-secretly your big day, too.
Written by: Olivia Harvey