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How to choose a mother-of-the-bride dress that isn’t frumpy

Arguably the second most important wedding outfit (after the bride’s dress) – comes the mother of the bride outfit. When your daughter or son gets married, you need a special dress – one that’s going to make a statement but also looks trendy, elegant and classy.

First things first: it helps to have a defined budget and some idea of styles and colours that suit you. This will make the whole process of shopping for mother-of-the-bride outfits much easier. Other considerations include the theme of the wedding and colour scheme; which season it will be when the wedding takes place; and which accessories to wear. Do you already have a pair of shoes or a bag that you’d love to wear? If so, make sure you take these with you if you’re going shopping in person or have them ready to try on if you’re more of an online shopper.

Choosing a timeless and classy mother-of-the-bride dress is always a safe option and popular choice when it comes to browsing mother-of-the-bride outfits for those over 50. A simple but elegant dress paired with a fancy hat or fascinator makes a great statement, and will hopefully be worn again on many occasions in the future. Many bridal dress shops tend to stock a range of elegant mother-of-the-bride dresses and accessories, with options that are form-fitting – without being too tight or too frumpy.

Here are some of our favourite classy mother-of-the-bride dress styles:

James Lakeland Beaded Dress from House of Fraser: £90.00


Tuxedo Tie Waist Midi Dress from Coast: £159.20 (available in several other colours)


Colourful mother-of-the-bride dresses

From block-colour dresses to bold, statement stripes – there are plenty of options for injecting some colour into the day with your mother-of-the-bride dress choice. A brightly-coloured dress that compliments the colour scheme for the day will look fabulous in photos.

Here are some of our favourite colourful mother-of-the-bride dress styles:

Me + Em Statement Sleeve Tiered Maxi Dress in Green: £225.00


Reiss Open Back Midi Dress in Orange: £228.00


Noemi V Neck Bias Cut Midi Dress by Ted Baker: £112.00 (sale price)

Mother of the bride suits

Wearing a form-fitting or oversized suit can be just as stylish as wearing a dress. Chic suits have dramatically risen in popularity in recent years, and we’re gradually seeing more Mothers of the bride and female wedding guests wearing power suits. A spring or summer wedding makes the perfect occasion for a pastel or floral-patterned suit, while a winter wedding might suit a block colour or jacquard print suit.

Here are some of our favourite Mother-of-the-bride suit styles:

& Other Stories co-ord blazer and trousers from ASOS: blazer £120.00 – trousers £95.00


Aura Single Breasted Blazer from Reiss: £268.00


Carrie Textured Cotton Blazer and Trousers from Boden: blazer £150.00 – trousers £90.00


Trendy mother-of-the-bride dresses

If you’re a sucker for following the latest fashion trends and always like your outfits to be one step ahead – a trendy mother-of-the-bride dress might be for you. This year, pinks are back in fashion in a big way, and so are statement sleeves, stripes and embroidery. With some of these trends making quite a statement, sticking to a simple style of dress which is accentuated with stand-out colours or embellishments is the perfect option for the fashion-savvy mother of the bride.

Here are some of our favourite trendy mother-of-the-bride dress styles:

Cami Sequin Stripe Embellished Maxi Dress In Heather Blue from SilkFred: £130.00


Satin Cut-Out Midi Dress from Anthropologie: £148.00


All-Over Embroidered Dress Maxi Dress from Coast: £139.30


Patterned mother-of-the-bride dresses

Weddings offer the perfect excuse to rock a bold-print dress, jumpsuit or suit. Florals are an obvious choice for spring and summer weddings, and also work in the colder seasons too. But stripes, ditsy and chequered patterns are also great options. When it comes to choosing a patterned mother of the bride dress – we say, the bolder, the better.

Here are some of our favourite patterned mother of the bride dress styles:

L.K Bennett Holzer Candy Stripe Silk Midi Dress: £399.00


Me+Em Grand Paisley Wide Leg Palazzo Jumpsuit + Belt: £295.00


Tiered Belted Printed Twill Midaxi Dress from Coast: £118.30


Last but not least, some online shops have dedicated sections or blog posts to showcase their selection of mother of the bride dresses, including ME + Em, The Bridal Affair, Karen Millen, John Lewis and Phase Eight (to name a few!).