Being the mother of the bride is one of the most important roles on the day. You’ll have plenty of duties, will be in lots of photographs, and will have to move around and speak to a lot of people. You’ll need something versatile and comfortable, but also want to look glamorous and celebratory. Below, we’ve rounded up six outfits ideal for the mother of the bride, so that you can shop your daughter’s wedding with ease.
What to wear if you’re looking for a plus size dress
Go for a simple neutral colour, but add detail through a simple frill or statement pockets. Dress it up by seeking out a cut with a deeper neckline or a skin-grazing hem, and add on a pair of sparkly shoes or colourful pashmina for a pop of colour.
Atmos&Here ‘Felda’ Frill Dress, $119; theiconic.com.au
What to wear if you want to include a jacket
Chilly weather? Never fear, there are plenty of things the mother of the bride can wear in cooler weather. Invest in a statement jacket and pair with a printed skirt for a polished yet still formal look. Go for a blazer cut instead of a traditional jacket or coat shape to ensure the outfit stays dressy enough. Plus, that way you can keep your jacket on while running errands on the day.
Gucci ‘GG’ jacket, $4,500; matchesfashion.com
What to wear to a beach wedding
Beach weddings can be difficult, mostly due to their varying dress codes and the conflicting, uh, wind situation. Go for a dress with a bit of weight that’s still on the casual side. This way, the wind won’t be privy to exposing you but you’ll still look appropriately dressed up.
Emilia Wickstead ‘Sheila’ Panel Dress, $1,689; matchesfashion.com
What to wear to an evening wedding
As the mother of the bride, it’s a good chance to wear something striking and elegant. Opt for a muted primary colour, like green or blue, (or black!) and choose something longline and elegant. Pair with strappy sandals and a clutch, viola!
Stella McCartney Halter neck gown, $6,980; netaporter.com
What to wear if you want something different
A pantsuit is a great option for something a little different. For an outdoor summer wedding, try a light linen and for an elegant evening look, go for tailored separates. Whatever you do, make sure your tops and bottoms match!
Toteme ‘Loreo’ jacket, $748; netaporter.com
What to wear if the wedding dress code says casual
A neutral animal print is a great way to show character whilst still maintaining some restraint. As one of the biggest print trends of the year, a tiger or zebra print can be pared back with simple slingback shoes and a black bag to ensure it remains more on the subtle side.
Witchery Print Pleat Dress, $179; witchery.com.au
What colours should you wear to a wedding?
As the mother of the bride, you want to stand out but not too much. Deep colours like burgundy, navy blues, dark reds and purples are good options, as are blush pinks and champagnes. Switch it up depending on the dress code or time of day, but generally speaking most colours are suitable for a wedding.