Finding the Perfect Mother of the Bride Dress
A wedding is a wonderful and joyous occasion. It's an opportunity to celebrate the love of two incredible people coming together and starting their lives as one. And when it's your own daughter or son getting married, the occasion is even more special.
Along with wedding planning comes the task of finding the perfect mother of the bride dress or mother of the groom dress — which can often be just as stressful as finding the right wedding dress. Gone are the days of boring, pastel taffeta dresses and matronly long-sleeve jacket ensembles. Today's mother of the bride dresses (MOB dresses) are more stylish and daring than ever before. Just be sure to check with the bride or groom to see if they want you to coordinate with their wedding colors. The following are just a few of the many stunning designer mother of the bride dresses you'll find at Tootsies.
Mother of the Bride Dresses for Spring
At spring weddings, you need to be ready for anything in terms of the weather. We suggest opting for a short sleeve or off-the-shoulder dress and bringing along one of our designer shawls in case it is a little cooler.
For spring, we love fresh florals and unexpected color pairings. Be a little daring while keeping the look soft and romantic. Think navy, cinnamon, grape, saffron or even a lovely chive hue. Don't be afraid to play with colors, prints and shapes. And while we love a pop of color, classic black can still make quite a statement when done right.
One of our favorite mother of the bride dresses for spring is this Marchesa Notte Navy Cold Shoulder Embroidered Gown. The mesh detail work and delicate embroidered flowers were practically made with a wedding in mind. Looking for a more understated look? The Sachin & Babi Blakely Cap Sleeve Gown is a modern twist on a formal spring dress — complete with a flower applique and tulip hemline.
Summer Mother of the Bride Dresses
A summer wedding opens you up to nearly unlimited dress possibilities. Because many summer weddings occur partially (if not entirely) outside, we suggest going for a thin-strapped or strapless dress in a soft, breathable fabric. Aim to be as comfortable as possible for when temperatures rise by opting for an organza, chiffon or jersey dress.
Look for gem-inspired colors like sapphire, ruby, amethyst or turquoise. We're also loving unexpected hemlines and cuts this season, so consider summer mother of the bride dresses with an asymmetrical neckline or a flattering bias cut.
For a 1920s-inspired gown that will hug you in all the right places, the Galvan London Metallic Bella Dress makes a statement without upstaging the bride. And the Halston Heritage Halter Neck Metallic Jersey Gown is an effortlessly elegant option that is both comfortable and chic.
Mother of the Bride Dresses for Fall
Fall might low-key be the best time to have a wedding. It's still warm without being devastatingly hot and the colors of the changing fall foliage can't be beat. Go with a Optishort-sleeved dress or even an unexpected off-the-shoulder or mock neck dress.
For the perfect fall mother of the bride dress, embrace the colors of autumn with red, burgundy, goldenrod and deep navy hues. Go with heavier formal fabrics like lace, velvet and polyester, and be sure to bring an evening wrap or shawl in case the day is a little chillier than expected.
The Badgley Mischka ¾ Sleeve One-Shoulder Gown is a flared and flattering style ideal for any fall wedding. And the Jay Godfrey Open-Back Cummerbund Belted Gown features a fitted waist and a modern halter neck for that proud mother looking for a little edge in her look.
Winter Mother of the Bride Dresses
People tend to think mother of the bride dresses for winter are tricky to find. But in reality, you have just as many options as you do during the rest of the year. While the go-to is a dress with long sleeves (which we love, by the way), you can also choose a sleeveless or short-sleeved dress and simply pair it with a silk wrap or shawl.
When shopping for winter mother of the bride dresses, you'll want to go with heavier, formal and more elaborate fabrics like brocade, satin or even crushed velvet. This time of year, we love deep hues like burgundy and sapphire, as well as metallics and rust-colored dresses.
The Tadashi Shoji Scoop Neck ¾ Sleeve Lace Shimmer Gown combines stunning sequin embroidery with an ultra-flattering scoop neckline. For elevated elegance, we love the Talbot Runhof Ruched Off-The-Shoulder Stretch Satin Dress. The drape work and asymmetrical hem look incredible on any body type while the open back adds an unexpected touch of glam.
Mother of the Bride Tropical Dresses
Is your child planning a destination wedding in a tropical location? When shopping for mother of the bride tropical dresses, keep it light, colorful and fun. You'll want to leave the dark and heavy fabrics at home and opt for a dress with an elevated and elegant beach vibe.
Look for vibrant colors, bold floral patterns and easy-breezy hemlines that were made for walking in the sand. Think emeralds, reds, pinks, oranges and other bright shades. If the wedding is going to be outside during the day, don't forget a chic pair of sunglasses to top off your ensemble.
If there was a perfect mother of the bride dress for a tropical wedding, the Veronica Beard Vie Dress just might be it. The silk-blend asymmetric dress features a one-shoulder design with a flattering tie waist that exudes a classic beach aesthetic. And for a fun and whimsical alternative, you can't go wrong with the PatBO Printed Plunge Jumpsuit. Featuring oversized buckles and a vintage-inspired lily print, this jumpsuit will keep you feeling comfortable and looking impeccable well into the night.
Mother of the Bride Long Dresses
Floor-length mother of the bride evening dresses are some of the most popular options out there. They're flattering, elegant, formal and ideal for the occasion. Look for mother of the bride long dresses with a fabulous fit for your unique figure. This may include an empire waist, a fit-and-flare dress or a universally flattering A-line skirt.
Elegant mother of the bride dresses are typically neutral — think black, beige, grey or any of your metallics. If you want to include white, make sure the color is used sparingly in the design.
The Tadashi Shoji Color Block Side Drape Gown is the perfect blend of different design styles. It has a structured, statement-making neckline with soft and contrasting Grecian drape work in the skirt. And for a glamorous mother of the bride dress, you can't go wrong with the Sachin and Babi Sloane Sequin Top V-Neck Gown