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Photo: Ellen Tracy

Embellished Lace

Black mother of the bride dresses are flattering and party-ready. This simple black dress turns celebratory with the help of shimmering embellished lace and a figure-skimming silhouette. Wear an updo to show off your beautiful shoulders!

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Photo: Eliza J

Retro Fun

This party dress is utterly joyful. The bodice is covered in black polka dots and the pleated skirt is ready to twirl on the dance floor. As an added bonus, with those cute 3/4 sleeves, you won't need a topper for the evening.

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Photo: Theia

Champagne Bubbles

This black mother of the bride dress features a skirt covered in gold champagne bubbles. This gown is a really modern way to incorporate a gold wedding palette into a traditional dress.

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Simple & Understated

A classic black dress can be worn again and again. This v-neck black dress is simple and sleek. If the neckline is a little too deep, have a tailor add a subtle black lace insert. Wear with a bright topper for a pop of color or a beaded bolero for a little extra sparkle.

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Photo: Teri Jon

Black & White

Made out of silk gazar, this black and white mother of the bride dress creates a faux separates look. Our favorite detail is definitely the peppy sash bow. But the high lace illusion neckline is also divine.

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Photo: Hitherto

Flattering A-Line

The most universally flattering silhouette is a well-tailored a-line. The perfect fit should highlight and slenderize your waist and skim over your hips. This gold and black mother of the bride dress features floral lace and a pretty scalloped hemline.

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Photo: Eliza J

Soft Black Gown

If classic black looks too stark against your skin, consider a dress in a softer shade of black. This gown's lace bodice and high waistline is a really modern aesthetic, and perfect for moms that want to ditch the traditional MOB dress fare.

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Sheer Black Overlay

Some moms are just too uncomfortable with the idea of wearing black to a wedding. A good compromise? Find a gown like this Monique Lhuillier. It's a midnight blue dress with a sheer black overlay dusted with embroidered beading. The "multicolored" effect is just as flattering as solid black.

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Photo: J. Crew

Eye-Catching Prints

This conservative dress is made modern with its stunning dalmatian print fabric. The fluttering skirt hits the knee in just the right place, and the long sleeves are ideal for a cool evening.

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Knit Chic

This elegant black sheath checks all the style boxes. Ideal for both petite and tall athletic figures, this scoop neck dress has embellished accents and is made in comfy knit fabric.