Rent the Runway has mother-of-the-bride dresses in size 0-16 available for rent for as little as $40 - allowing your mom to look awesome at your wedding in couture fashion without spending a fortune on a gown she can only don once. Here are some ideas to share with her from this season's collection by body type:
If Your Mom Is An Apple, She Can Rent This Gown
Many middle-aged women are apple-shaped - meaning a little fuller around the middle. Apple body types gain weight in their upper body and bellies first. The good news is that apple-shaped ladies tend to have some nice assets to show off at the top, and thinner legs they can flaunt at the bottom as well. This couture Lela Rose plum gown has a flattering peplum waist, boned bodice and pencil skirt - providing accenting in all the right places for an apple-shaped body. It retails for $1,595, but your mother-of-the-bride can rent it for just $40 for your wedding or rehearsal dinner. It pairs perfectly with a big flashy necklace.
If Your Mom Is Long And Lean, She Can Rent This Gown
Is your mom one of those tall statuesque women that people describe as "athletic," "slender" or "long and lean"? If so, let her flaunt it without making a scene with a long hourglass shape dress with a peep lace back. This Monique Lhuillier stunner features an alluring V-neckline with beading detail and fabulous cutout back. It retails for $789 but rents for just $80.
If Your Mom Has An Hourglass Figure, She Can Rent This Gown
Women with hourglass figures have hips and busts that are almost the same size, creating a curvy hourglass shape.Hourglass-shaped women tend to gain weight in the arms, chest, hips, and tush while maintaining relatively small waists and upper abdomens. If your mom or mother-in-law is an hourglass, she will probably feel more comfortable wearing a dress with illusion sleeves that plays up her curves and legs. This Botanical Berry Sheath by Carmen Marc Valvo features three-quarter length lace sleeves, a crew neck and flattering pencil skirt. It retails for $725 and rents for $40.
If Your Mom Has A Pear-Shaped Figure, She Can Rent This Gown
The pear-shaped figure is defined by a small bust, narrow shoulders, and little waist on top and "curvy hips, thick thighs, and a full rear" on the bottom. Women with pear-shaped bodies do well with dresses that draw attention to their petite tops, and then flow into full skirts - perfect for dancing. This cocktail dress by Shoshanna does this well. It features a couture one-shoulder neckline with draped bow along with a full skirt with pockets. Retails for $365 and rents for $65.
If Your Mom Is Petite, She Can Rent This Gown
Petite women (generally classified as women under 5'4"), should follow these tips when buying or renting a gown for their daughter's wedding. The goal should be to appear longer, to not cut the body in half (pick a flattering silhouette), and avoid boxiness. Monochromes work well on petite figures, and if you want to add some pizzaz, texture can be a great way to accomplish a modern sophisticated look without shortening your frame. This cocktail dress from BCBGMAXAZRIA takes elegant black lace and makes it fun and flirty, without being the least bit smutty. The long lines lengthen a petite frame, and the open lace detailing on top draws the eyes up. Retails for $398 and rents for $40.