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Mother of the Bride Dresses by Wedding Style

What the mother of the bride should wear, from a casual to a formal affair.

You’ve helped your daughter find the one, time to do a little dress shopping of your own! From what trends to look for, what flatters your body type, and all of the questions you never thought to ask, finding the perfect mother of the bride dress is no easy feat. Another thing to consider: the formality of the wedding. You never want to be overĀ orĀ under-dressed. Here are some foolproof styles, shapes, and colors of mother of the bride dresses for every wedding style.


casual wedding styles for mother of the bride

Style WBM2580 & 7008D

Is your girl throwing a casual, laidback wedding? Opt for a look with a little less frill (but a ton of style, nonetheless!). A three-piece pantsuit offers a casual look and most importantly a comfortable option. Looking for a dress? Try a lace sheath dress with a trendy asymmetrical capelet for an incredibly stylish look that won’t upstage the bride or venue.


cocktail wedding styles for mother of the bride

Style WBM2507 & VCRS1482

A cocktail or semi-formal dress code calls for dresses with a little more luxurious details. Think touches of beading and metallics or satin fabrics. For a more unique style try a dress with figure-flattering draping for a modern look. To keep these looks from getting too formal, playful shades lighten the mood.


two mom's a wedding reception wearing formal wedding attire

Style WBM2578 & WBM2537

The ultimate formal wedding calls for dresses that pull out all the stops. Gowns with fancy fabrics, luxe textures, and elegant shapes, like a ball gown or mermaid, are perfect for a black-tie soiree. Opt for neutral hues like champagne or blush (that complement the rest of the party) for that ultra-sophisticated feel.

Which formality are you shopping for? Explore even more mother-of-bride dresses by wedding style and find accessories to complete the look!

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