Chic and on-trend outfit ideas for the mother of the bride, whatever the wedding season...
Special occasions call for superlative outfits, but putting together the perfect Mother of the Bride outfit might just be one of the most arduous fashion tasks known to woman! Walking that fine line between looking your best and not stealing the show from your daughter can be tricky. And then, of course, your outfit has our beloved British weather to contend with.
Never fear, though – we’re here to help. Whether you’re in the market for something a bit different or you’re more of a traditional type, we’re confident we’ve found something to tickle your fancy. We’ve rifled through the racks and distilled the very best pieces into one concise edit of sophisticated dresses, elegant separates, glamorous accessories and shoes that will not only have you looking fabulous from morning to night, but keep you on your feet in comfort all day long, too. From formal frocks, fabulous fascinators and fancy flats to statement suits, jazzy jumpsuits and wear-all-day heels, we’ve found something to suit every wedding, budget and body shape, with pieces starting at just £25.
Whether you’re still searching for a winter wedding-appropriate look, or you’re looking ahead to a spring or summer wedding, we’ve got you covered. Concerned about braving the chill? Never fear – we’ve got a coat or cover-up with your name on it! Bothered by bingo wings? Don’t worry – we’ve found plenty of arm-concealing options.
So put the kettle on, put your feet up and click through our gallery of gorgeous pieces. We’re confident you’ll find something you love!
What easier way to choose an outfit for a wedding than to pick the full ensemble in one easy swoop? This Gina Bacconi outfit comes with both the dress and a lightweight cropped bolero jacket that will see you through from the ceremony well into the evening festivities.
Get a head start on this season's tie-up sleeve trend with this beautiful midi coat. It'll keep you feeling cosy and looking chic - you won't even need to take it off for those outdoor photographs. It's also available in 'conker' tan.
Count your summer wedding in the countryside sorted with this gorgeous floral print skirt. The dipped hem allows for a youthful yet occasion-appropriate look and the bold colours mean you can match the skirt with a top that suits your style for the day.
Add some more sparkle to the special day with this figure flattering maxi dress with draped sleeves that fall softly over the upper arm, and a tie for the waist. Perfect for a glamorous evening reception.
Want to make a statement without going O.T.T.? John Lewis has come up trumps with this elegant loop and feather fascinator. Navy will work with neutrals and brights alike.
Prefer separates? Team this enchanting blouse with a pair of wide leg tailored trousers, a chic pencil skirt or an A-line midi skirt, and you can't go wrong.
These beautifully cut trousers will lengthen and slim legs whilst emphasising curves. Team with a classic blouse and nude kitten heels for the perfect pared-back (but on-point) mother of the bride look.
Prefer skirts? Team this flattering floral midi with a peplum top and nude court shoes for an on-trend spring wedding look. Feeling brave? Pair it with a floral blouse in a clashing print...
Peplum tops emphasise waistlines whilst concealing hips and tummies. Sold? Grab this little bargain and it pair with a sleek floral-print pencil skirt or a Marilyn-style A-line midi.
Buy now from oasis-stores.com for £35
Feeling nervous about baring your arms? Slip into this 1920s-style cover-up. It'll go with almost any outfit, thanks to its neutral hue, and will instantly inject a little pizzazz into a plain dress.
This shirt-style burgundy midi dress is an elegant option for a winter wedding. It'll conceal arms, minimise waistlines and enhance bustlines, too!
Fascinate in our favourite fascinator of the year. This sleek little nude number is standout enough to draw attention for all the right reasons, but understated enough to allow you - and your fabulous outfit - to remain centre stage.
Looking for a flattering heel that you'll be able to wear all day and all summer long? Look no further. Nude hues and pointed toes lengthen legs and work with any outfit.
Feeling the chill? Cover up in style with this cosy feather jacket. Its slightly cropped length means you won't lose your waist - double win.
Can't be doing with heels? Never fear - these flats are so stylish and flattering that you'll be the envy of every other guest. They even boast technology endorsed by the UK College of Podiatrists!
Prefer a polished look, but worried that the mother of the bride trouser/skirt suit is a tad cliched? Set radars to stun by teaming this softly flattering kimono-style blazer with matching tailored trousers.
Buy now from oasis-stores.com for £55
Ready to make a statement? Opt for these sleek strides and you won't put a foot wrong. Team with a silk blouse or relaxed cami-style top and barely-there heels.
Buy now from oasis-stores.com for £42
Tummy-conscious? Team this flattering peplum top with tailored trousers or a sleek pencil skirt for a fashion-forward look that will keep you feeling comfy and confident all day.
Going for an understated outfit? Make a statement with a sparkly clutch. This bronze beauty is big enough for all your essentials, and also available in silver.
A jumpsuit might sound a little 'out there' for a mother of the bride outfit, but find the right one and it'll take all the stress out of occasion dressing in an instant. And anyway, if you can't dress to impress on your daughter's wedding day, when can you? This throw-on-and-go jumpsuit will not only flatter arms, waists and thighs, but have you looking effortlessly chic in the time it takes to say 'I do'.
Take a tip from Theresa May and dress for sartorial success in a colour block coat. This little number will look great thrown over dresses or suits. Team with navy accessories for a polished feel.
You can't go wrong with navy accessories. These peep-toe courts will give you a boost without forcing you to compromise on comfort.
Scared of being swamped by a hat? A pillbox fascinator makes for a chic compromise. Channel your inner Ms Monroe in this stylish option.
Buy now from debenhams.com for £59
Ditch the kitchen sink tote in favour of this sleek navy clutch. Tuck the concealed chain strap away for the ceremony, then slip it over your shoulder for the after-party...
Always struggle to match your cover-up to your dress? Gina Bacconi has come up with an ingenious solution, in the shape of this dress with detachable cape jacket! This flattering style will conceal arms, emphasise the waistline and balance out larger hips.
Buy now from johnlewis.com for £290
Found the outfit, but not the jacket? This cape-style option, which can be worn open or closed, will add a touch of sophistication to any mother of the bride ensemble whilst concealing arms and beating chills.