6 Mother-of-the-Bride Outfits For a Summer Wedding and Beyond
The second most important person in any wedding celebration is the mother-of-the-bride. Naturally, she must be suitably dressed for the occasion which calls for her to be an image of elegance, dignity but also of quiet authority.
While she is often found in the wings as bride and her maids take centre stage, enter a banquet hall and chances are, you’ll be able to pick out the mother-of-the-bride. Her attire is of such importance – ranking right up there after wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses – most bridal retailers have cultivated an entire category dedicated to mom.
However, over the years, the MOB category has solidify into a certain fashion image – one that has come to mean matronly and perhaps a bit too stately with the dress-and-matching-jacket combo. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that look – if that’s what you’re looking for – perhaps it’s time to consider alternatives that suits your style and the celebration.
While most brides and their planners might stand their ground on rules and regulations regarding dress attire on the wedding day, the mother-of-the-bride should be allowed to adhere to her own personal style sensibilities, but with a nod to the central theme of the wedding. If it’s a destination wedding and held on a beach, obviously, she should not be swanning down a sandy path in a ball gown.
Here are a few style pointers to consider when helping mom select her outfit for the Big Day.
SUN SEEKING DESTINATION
GOING TO THE CHAPEL
These big botanicals are a classic and perfect for a sunny summer wedding in a church and the celebrations that follow later in the evening. The two piece suit is always a great option for such an occasion since it conveys a touch of formality but lightens the mood with this oversized floral print. You can also take a style cue from recent mother-of-the-bride, Carole Middleton, and add a great chapeau to your suit.
GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS AT REGISTRAR’S OFFICE AT CITY HALL
THE HOTEL GRAND BALL ROOM
The wedding is in one of the top hotels in the city with a formal catered dinner, therefore your look should be one of elegance and sophistication and nothing beats the classic combo of black and white. But this gown, with fine pleating bodice and stretchy jersey fabric, also offers ease and comfort for an evening that calls for much dancing.
THE REFINED CONFINES OF AN ART GALLERY OR MUSEUM
If the happy couple is hosting their wedding in special environment like an art gallery or museum or an ultra-modern event space with striking architectural details, this strikingly simple yet artfully pleated midi dress is an elegant choice for mom. Pair with beautiful metallic sandals and accessorize with perhaps oversized cuffs and an envelope clutch bag.
Set in a lush garden or in a swanky glass tent – a la Pippa Middleton’s recent wedding reception – opt for a floral pantsuit instead of a dress. It’s unexpected and has all the comfort and ease of pyjamas. Possibly just what you need on a night of much eating, drinking and dancing.
Flowing double-breasted blazer, $89.90 with matching pant, $49.90, Zara.com