The Best Mother Of The Bride Hairstyles

carole middleton mother of the bride hair
carole middleton mother of the bride hair
(Image credit: Rex Features (Shutterstock))

On your daughter's big day, there's a fine balance that needs to be created between style and functionality.

All eyes are on the mother of the bride, yet it's also her responsibility to see her daughter through every obstacle, from fixing her dress in the morning to negotiating the dance floor with her final glass of champagne. Wedding days, as joyous occasions as they are, are also an endurance test, and you want a style that will stay in place.

Carole Middleton was recently pictured at daughter Pippa's wedding.Stylish Carole rarely has a hair out of place, and her daughter's wedding was unsurprisingly no exception. She looked timelessly elegant in an understated blush coatdress, with a nipped in waist and button down front, crafted by Catherine Walker, one of The Duchess of Cambridge's designers of choice.

Carol opted for an effortlessly sophisticated wave, pairing her bobbed hair with a statement hat. But there are plenty of other options too. From an undone chignon, to relaxed tousled low pony, these are the low maintenance styles that never go out of fashion...

The tousled half-up, half-down

Nicole Kidman wears this look perfectly. Simply gather the lengths of the hair at the back and then tong the front few sections. Brush out for a more relaxed look - and pair with statement earings!

The sophisticated side-parting

Cropped hair can be transformed into an efforlessly chic style with a strong side parting. Again, accessories can make all the difference.

The boho bob

Gillian Anderson's laid back red carpet style is our latest hair inspiration. She dazzled at Cannes (despite being on crutches!) with this flawlessly elegant up 'do. To recreate it, part the hair in the centre and create loose waves with a tong. Pin any remaining hair at the back with hair grips and arrange sections around the face in a relaxed fashion.

The super glam waves

When it comes to glamour, Goldie Hawn had always done it well. To get the look, tip your head upside down when blow drying for plenty of volume then tong the hair in sections. Brush out the curls with your fingers and spritz with hairspray for long-lasting waves.

The bouncy blow dry

Christina Hendricks, of Mad Men fame, epistomises '50s glam perfectly. For this style, you'll need to go retro with some heated rollers. Dry the hair smoothly with a big-barrel brush, then section off in rollers. Leave for an hour - while you get dressed and apply make-up - then remove for a voluminous style that will hold all day.

The edgy crop

Cropped hair can be so versatile. To get Julie's look, use a a volumising mouse to rough dry your hair backwards. Run your hands through the hair and into a messy side parting, then set with hairspray.

The side sweep

Uma's look takes just minutes to do! Tong the hair loosely and brush out the curls, then brush into a deep side parting.

The tousled pony

This look is perfect for those with medium to long hair. Backcomb the hair for some lift, then brush your locks into a low pony. Tong the ends for some relaxed waves.