What to Wear as the Mother of the Bride
This post is sponsored by Dress First. All opinions and advice is 100% my own.
As the Mother of the Bride it is important that you stand out and look fabulous to honor your daughter. When deciding what to wear as the Mother of the Bride consider the colors your daughter has chosen for her wedding and also your own body type.
Speak to your daughter about the colors and the length you are considering so that it does not clash with her bridesmaid dresses or what she imagines her day to be. The Mother of the Bride and the Bride should probably go Mother of the Bride dress shopping together or at least have an email correspondence with links to dress options.
Black is not a great idea and you have to watch that you don’t end up with an unwanted color combination. For example, a red bride’s maid dress with a green Mother of the Bride dress in June is far too festive, but might work in December depending on the brides taste and religion.
Choose the best Mother of Bride Dress for your Body Type
V-Neck Mother of the Bride Dresses are universally flattering to all figures, including hourglass, triangle, inverted triangle, and rectangle. Women with hourglass figures look great in surplices and wraps as well. Anything that calls attention to the waist is helpful for this body type.
Rectangle shaped women with hips the same size as shoulders look lovely in empire dresses and off-the-shoulder dresses. Slender rectanglar women should try on square neck and scoop neck mother of the bride dresses that belt or tie at the wait and flare out at the hem.
Women with a triangle shaped body with hips wider than the shoulders look great in off the shoulder and strapless dresses. Taller triangles should avoid long dresses that hide the legs entirely.
Inverted triangles where the shoulders are wider than the hips, should try scoop neck or deep u-neck Mother of the Bride dresses. If the wedding is in the spring or summer, halter dresses with wide straps look fabulous on women with an inverted triangle body type.
Most of this advice works for the Mother of the Groom as well, but there are few extra rules that apply to her. First, the Mother of the Groom should allow the Mother of the Bride to choose her dress type and dress color before the Mother of the Groom does. My mother-in-law said many times during the wedding planning process that it is the Mother of the Groom’s job is to shut up, show up, and wear beige. She wore navy and my mom wore gray, but the saying is just a reminder that the wedding day is first and foremost about the bride and by extension about the Mother of the Bride.