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Classic Combo

Out of the many classic mother of the bride dresses available, this silhouette is one of the most traditional. A flowy blush dress topped with a structured cropped jacket, this combo is flattering on a wide range of body types.

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Dark Elegance

Don't assume that mother of the bride dresses have to be relaxed or voluminous. This beautiful navy mermaid dress is a fitted silhouette that flatters both hourglass and athletic body types. Just make sure that you have it tailored to your figure to make it look sensational!

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Vibrant & Bold

Particularly if you have gray hair, wearing jewel tone shades can be a stunning statement. This ruby mother of the bride dress features an embellished sheer overlay, which sweeps over the entire gown.

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Sparkling Radiance

You're bursting with joy on this special day. As a mother of the bride or mother of the groom, you want to look as radiant and happy as you feel. This sequined v-neck and knife-pleated skirt is a winner! The slight empire waist flatters apple shaped figures particularly well.

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A Shade of Silver

For this year's metallic weddings, moms can find plenty of silver and gold classic mother of the bride dresses. This silver option above features a glittering beaded bodice and a matching chiffon scarf, if you prefer to wear a topper.

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Lovely in Lavender

Some of the most summery mother of the bride dresses are those in sweet color palettes. This lavender gown is really pretty, and it features a coordinating belted sash that looks awesome on curvy women.

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Long & Sleek

For mothers wanting a darker gown (but they don't like the idea of wearing black), this deep eggplant mother of the bride dress is a refined choice. If you would like to wear a topper, find a short and structured bolero that won't interfere with the streamlined silhouette of the dress (or the beautiful bow at the waist).

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Universally Flattering

Provided the dress is fitted correctly, this style is universally flattering on nearly every body type. The horizontal beading down the skirt elongates the silhouette, the v-neck makes every face appear a bit narrower, and the 3/4 length sleeves are ideal for both petite and tall women.

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The Right Hemline

To visually lengthen your frame, the ideal hemline should hit you at the thinnest part of your legs. For most women, that is either directly above or below the knee. This mint shift dress with matching lace overlay is a sweet option for daytime weddings. Wear with nude heels to complete the look.

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Vintage Elegance

When searching for classic mother of the bride dresses, you should also consider the theme or color palette for the occasion. This vintage-inspired peach and blue dress would fit right in at a garden wedding or an event with a muted color scheme.

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