Mother of the bride and groom fashions
Formal: Floor-length gowns
As the mother of the bride or groom, you hold a very special place in the wedding party. We think that other than the bride, you should be the most beautiful and bewitching woman at the wedding. Read on, magnificent mom. — Shannon McCarthy
Bing Shopping : Floor-length gowns
Floor-length frocks are the classic formal wedding choice, and the richer the fabrication the better. Shantung, jacquard, beaded chiffon and hammered satin all glow with a gorgeous iridescence just right for the big night. Put some extra razzle in your dazzle with accents like beading, embroidery, lace trim and glimmering crystals.
Formal: Gowns with jackets
Bing Shopping : Gowns with jackets
Many frocks and two-piece ensembles are matched with kicky little boleros or other jackets. It's a look that can be formal for the ceremony, but ready for you to ditch the jacket if need be for dancing at the reception. Keep the fabrics fancy: silk georgette, chiffon, stretch silk or satin, and fancier cuts of body-conscious mesh.
Formal: Off-the-shoulder gowns
Bing Shopping : Off-the-shoulder gowns
Show off a little décolletage and your lovely collarbones in a classy way with a demure off-the-shoulder bodice. Luxe it up with beaded, embroidered or ruched fabric detailing, and pick super-rich colors such as deep cobalt, royal purple or emerald green for the loveliest impression.
Formal: Taffeta gowns
Bing Shopping : Taffeta gowns
A formal wedding is all about heartwarming spectacle and lovingly detailed luxury, so moms should feel free to go all-out fancy. And while we don't advise a voluminous ball gown (you wouldn't want to eclipse the bride), we do recommend choosing something unforgettable in taffeta, one of the gleamiest, dreamiest materials around.
Semiformal: Skirt suits
Bing Shopping : Skirt suits
Most wedding ceremonies fall into the semiformal category, so there's a myriad of fashion choices for the modern mother of the bride or groom. For example, it’s perfectly proper to don a skirt suit as a lovely alternative to a frothy gown if that's more your speed. Just choose one that skews fancy.
Semiformal: Evening sheath dresses
Bing Shopping : Evening sheath dresses
The sheath dress is a universally flattering dress shape, and when constructed from polished fabrics like taffeta or heavier satins, they’re mom-at-the-wedding perfect. Some even have three-quarter sleeves. These dresses possess a sort of retro class, like something Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn might've worn, but with a shot more glam.
Semiformal: One-shoulder evening dresses
Bing Shopping : One-shoulder evening dresses
The necklines at this kind of wedding can be more casual than at a formal bash. One of the trendiest (yet still somehow timeless) is the one-shoulder style. It skews both youthful and sophisticated, and is especially stunning when topping a gown of floaty chiffon, light silk tiers or gorgeous georgette.
Semiformal: Elegant halter dresses
Bing Shopping : Elegant halter dresses
Halter necklines have the almost magical ability to flatter both smaller and larger bustlines, while highlighting one of the most universally beautiful parts of a woman’s body: her shoulders and collarbones. And while most halter dresses are short, summery frocks, mothers of the bride or groom can find evening-elegant versions, too.
Destination & outdoor: Linen gowns
Bing Shopping : Linen gowns
Vows taken outdoors, whether in a far-flung exotic locale or in the bride’s backyard, call for attire that is both classy and comfortable. Moms should gravitate to the airy ease of lighter fabrics, and one of the best for warm weather is obviously linen. It has enough polish yet keeps you “air conditioned.”
Destination & outdoor: Lace shift dresses
Bing Shopping : Lace shift dresses
Sleeveless sheath dresses look gorgeous under the gazebo. Choose those made of lace or covered with a lace overlay when the wedding is slightly more formal, and you’ll not only be tasteful but incredibly trendy. Colorful hues are more fun (and more fashionable) than basic black or white.