Mothers’ dresses are chosen after the bride has selected her gown and has determined the colors for the bridesmaid’s dresses. The mother of the bride traditionally selects her dress first; then the mother of the groom selects a dress of similar formality. Mothers today have a great selection of dresses from which to choose. Bypass dowdy, shapeless dresses without personality and explore the choices available at retailers today. Younger moms may want to check out bridesmaid collections as well as the mother-of the-bride departments.
Sophisticated short dresses
A sleek, sleeveless ruffled sheath dress from Dress Barn comes in black or red. This is a bold look for moms with well-toned arms. Complete the look with a jacket or shrug for the church ceremony. The dress fabric has a touch of spandex for comfort and good fit. Dress Barn also offers this shawl collared taffeta dress or taffeta dress with a portrait collar for mothers who want a fuller skirt and less exposed skin. The taffeta skirt makes a pleasing “swish” sound as you move gracefully among the wedding guests.
David’s Bridal offers this tank dress and coat ensemble in a feminine rose shantung fabric. Wear the elegant coat over the dress for the wedding ceremony; then dance the night away in the dress alone. If rose is not your color, check out the floral jacquard suit in silver instead. The sleek skirt and short jacket with fabric rosette look perfect with a black and white wedding party and blend with many other colors.
A silk cocktail dress from Jones New York is available at Macy’s. Elbow length sleeves and a full skirt on this wrap dress give the comfort of a shirt dress, but the peacock blue silk makes it special enough for a wedding.
Formal long dresses
Macy’s carries an elegant black draped cowl dress with attached pearl necklace. This style would be perfect for a formal evening wedding with a black and white theme. This dress is from Patra.
From the bridesmaid collection at David’s Bridal comes this chiffon dress with double spaghetti straps and matching chiffon shawl. The empire waist and full skirt flatter many figure types. The structured satin dress with chiffon ruffle is a great choice for the slender mom. It is sleeveless with a fitted waist and a straight skirt. Both these dresses are available in over thirty colors are available, making them easy to coordinate with any bridal party.
Short or long, elegant dresses are available to suit any mother or grandmother in the wedding party. Indulge in a beautiful dress that you will want to wear again after the wedding.