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Sophisticated Mother of the Bride Dresses
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So your daughter is getting married! Congratulations! Of course, you’ve spent tons of time focusing on her look for the big day, and it’s been a blast. Now it’s your turn to figure out what dress you’ll be wearing when you watch your little miss become a mrs. How did time go by so fast? Sniff. In any event, we know the prospect of finding a sophisticated, age-appropriate, figure-flattering, not too over-the-top, not-too-boring mother of the bride dress is daunting. That’s why we did some recon for you and created the ultimate list of sophisticated mother of the bride dresses you’ll be proud to wear at the event you’ve been helping to plan all year. Whether you want to keep your look understated and elegant, or you’re intent on finding a dress that is fun and makes you feel special, you came to the right place. We know you’ll find the perfect dress that you can look at in photos in years to come and think “Yup, I looked good.”
Finding a Mother of the Bride Dress
The type of event and season will dictate the style of your dress to some extent. For instance, a ¾-sleeve gown is a nice pick for a winter affair. Your body type will also inform your choice. We have included both plus-size and petite options on our mother of the bride dress roundup. Also, think about the silhouette that looks most flattering on you as you peruse the dress options. Read the reviews to see what other women are saying about each frock and how they wore it. Finally, don’t sell yourself short! You deserve to look and feel special at your daughter’s wedding, even though the day is all about her.
How to Select a Mother of the Bride Dress
There are some rules when it comes to what the mother of the bride should wear at a wedding. Most importantly, white is out of the question—unless the bride says it’s OK. In general, you want to respect that this is her day, so your dress shouldn’t be too flashy or imply that you’re trying to steal the show. Other than that, you should wear a dress that makes you feel good, because remember, you’ll be photographed. A lot.
Dresses on this roundup run from $50 to $400, so there is sure to be one that fits your budget no matter what.
It’s a good idea to ask the bride what color she wants you to wear. Some brides want the color of the mother of the bride dress to match that of their bridesmaids, while others hope to avoid this. Many styles of evening wear are going to be black or navy, which are typically safe bets unless the bride says otherwise.. But you’ll also find lighter tones work well for a summer or beach wedding, as well as rich hues like plum or hunter green, which are ideal for fall nuptials.
Just because we’re talking mother of the bride dresses doesn’t mean you have to look matronly. Many MOB gowns are figure flattering and stylish and have fun elements like shoulder cutouts, capelets, slits, ruching, sequins and even pleats. You’ll find an equal amount of short and long styles. What you won’t find: Boring dresses that make you feel old or unimportant.
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