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Somewhere between fascinators and foliage, there’s a sartorial sweet spot – here’s our no-fuss guide for mothers of brides and grooms...
It’s your daughter’s moment, but it’s also your moment. It’s one of the most important days in her life, but also in yours. And just as it matters what she wears, your daughter – once upon a time your baby, now a gorgeous woman about to walk down the aisle and live happily ever after – it matters what you wear too. Enter these brilliant mother of the bride outfits ideas.
Firstly, don’t get stressed. Enjoy it. What’s not to like about getting to spend some time and money on yourself? Sure, there’s some fuss involved, but that fuss should be fun.
Secondly, you know you are going to be a centre of attention, so you want to look your best with a killer mother of the bride outfit. And therein lies the secret of nailing mother of the bride dress.
It’s about your best, not someone else’s idea of what that might be. So you should dress in a way that is true to who you are. If you are a trousers person, don’t feel you have to buy a dress. If you love hats, buy one; if you don’t, don’t. There are only two rules that can’t be broken: no white, and no black.
Other things to ensure… that you are all-day comfortable, and that includes your footwear. That neither your hair nor your make-up looks too “done” (there’s nothing more ageing). That you have gone the less-is-more route: fussy looks fussier still in photographs. And don’t buy any one-hit wonders: invest in pieces that you will wear again.
If you’re struggling, we’ve put together some brilliant mother of the bride outfits to help you get started with mother of the bride dressing…
A beautiful floral, but dark-toned dress, works for wedding at every time of year, be it summer, spring, autumn or winter. We love this gorgeous flowing wrap dress, which will look totally elegant on any size body. Plus, it's subtle enough that you won't upstage the bride in picture! Accessorise with some chunky jewellery and beautiful heels.
We all know what it's like when you're at a wedding, standing up for the best part of the day, with your feet getting more and more uncomfortable and achey in high heels. But no more - because the mother of the bride needs to be feeling her best at all times! This gorgeous but practical block heels are perfect for the big day, as the heel is low, but the shoe is still utterly elegant, and the blush pink colour will go with any outfit.
A vibrant suit is a great alternative from a dress and just as sophisticated. This eye-catching one from M&S merges traditional tailoring with a lively pink shade, for a feminine twist on the traditional suit. Pair it with some nude heels and a white blouse for an elegant look. (Picture: M&S)
It’s important not to forget about accessories. These gorgeous earrings are similar to those loved by the Duchess of Cambridge - so they certainly get the seal of approval from us. They’re made up of the precious stone Amazonite - known for its physical and emotional healing properties. (Picture: Missoma)
If you prefer to play it safe with more simple colours for a dress or jumpsuit, why not go all out with your accessories? This vibrant yellow bag from Radley is great for injecting a pop of colour into a wedding look. The cross body style is super practical for a busy day packed full of wedding activities. (Picture: Radley)
This maroon number is not only elegant but is super flattering too. It features a fitted waist to help define shape and flared legs which skim hips and thighs. The high neck with a roll collar also adds a sense of occasion - making it perfect for nuptials. (Picture: Boden)
If you don’t want to opt for a coat or pashmina to keep warm, this jacket from Hobbs is the perfect hybrid. The pale blue shade looks great teamed with other pastels or neutral colours. (Picture: Hobbs)
Go bold in this stylish floral number, which has a number of design functions to flatter the figure. The wrap style draws attention to the waist and flared legs and sleeves are good for hiding and problem areas. What’s more, the lilies on a black background is a print that looks great all year round. (Picture: John Lewis)
It wouldn’t be a wedding without a fascinator (or five) and this stylish one from John Lewis makes for the perfect headpiece. The small teardrop with feather quills is eye-catching but not too flamboyant and the classic navy shade adds to its timeless look. (Picture: John Lewis)
It’s always good to be prepared for rain (this is the UK after all) and there’s nothing worse than an unexpected downpour ruining your wedding outfit. This classic, sophisticated mac complements a whole host of outfits and its lightweight nature is great for throwing on quickly. (Picture: Dorothy Perkins)
This intricate brooch is great for adding extra interest to an outfit. It’s unique design features a bee perching on the petal of a flower. (Picture: M&S)