Once upon a time, mothers of the bride were expected to wear matronly dresses in Easter egg pastels or washed out shades of beige. Thankfully that's in the past! Now you can express your sartorial sensibilities in so many different fashionable options. Talk about spoiled for choice! 

There’s no need to fret though, as we have plenty of stunning options for you to choose from. Our mother of the bride (or groom) dresses are alluring, without taking attention away from the happy couple. You’ll look and feel your best throughout all the upcoming wedding festivities no matter which dress you choose.

This guide is perfect for both mothers of the bride (or groom) to be, and for brides hoping to help mom look fabulous. We've got the who, what, when, where and how of MOB dress shopping.

3 tips for the mother of the bride & groom

1. Let the Bride Be Your Guide 

Follow the bride's cues about style, color, and degree of formality. The bride and groom set the tone for the event. That can mean everything from a casual country wedding complete with cowboy boots, or a formal black-tie affair. You're an important member of the wedding party and you'll want to look the part. So, ask your son or daughter for some guidelines and follow suit. 

2. Take Color Cues from the Wedding Party 

It’s tradition that the mother of the bride or groom’s dress complement the wedding party's colors (though not necessarily match). Therefore, it's best to wait until the bride-to-be chooses the bridesmaid’s dresses to begin shopping.

There's only one color not to wear, say the experts. Avoid anything white. And for non-traditional weddings it’s best not to choose an outfit the same color as the bride's dress. Though you deserve to look stunning, the bride should stand out as the star of the show.

3. Borrow from the Venue, Too 

It used to be that the mother of the bride dresses followed a kind of “uniform.” Today, almost anything goes! Just as long as it's appropriate for the event. Make sure you also take the weather and cultural or religious customs into account when choosing your outfit. Whatever kind of wedding it is, you can never go wrong if these three words come to mind: elegant, understated, and appropriate. 

our top picks for the mother of the bride or groom outfits

Whether you prefer floor-length, just below the knee, sleeveless or with sleeves, we have a dress style to suit your taste and personality. Check out some of our favorites below!

Laura Navy Eyelash Metallic Jacket Dress

Laura is the quintessential jacket dress for either your son or daughter’s big day. A simple sheath dress made from stretch jersey knit is layered with a beautiful eyelash metallic knit jacket. Delicately sewn together at the neckline, this jacket is attached and falls just one inch below the knit dress to give off the illusion that these are two pieces.

Why we love it:

The jacket dress is a traditional, no-fuss option for the big day. It’s comfortable and the eyelash metallic lace detail is subtle enough while still commanding just a bit of attention.

How to style it:

Silver block heels and a matching silver clutch does wonders when paired with this elegant and classic dress.

Stevie Light Pink Sequin Lace Dress

While you’ll want to stay clear of anything too flashy or busy, we encourage you to get a bit daring. Stevie is a perfect option if you want to impress in a classy way. It’s a dress that’s tastefully designed with the added edginess of eye-catching sequin embellishments.

Why we love it:

The scalloped sequin stretch lace fabric is figure-flattering for any body type and the long chiffon sleeves add graceful movement.

How to style it:

This dress doesn’t need many accessories, as it shines all on its own., That said, simple jewelry like a classy pair of dangling earrings and a matching bracelet will complement it. A pair of silver peep toe heels is a great match.

Lisa Eyelash Metallic Knit Floor-Length Dress

Our floor-length version of our tried-and-true silhouette, the Lisa dress boasts a faux wrap detail that accentuates the waist, creating a classic, figure-flattering look. The navy/mauve color combination offers a rich look that complements different skin tones, but this dress is also available in a variety of other lovely color combinations.

Why we love it:

This dress is sophisticated, while allowing for plenty of movement. You’ll be confident and comfortable all night!

How to style it:

With a pair of silver strappy heels and minimal jewelry. A mauve colored shawl will complement the lining on the bodice and keep you warm when the temperature begins to drop.

Grace Lavender Sequin Lace Dress

The Grace is an ideal option for your daughter or son’s wedding. Made from stretch sequin lace, this dress features a tasteful plunging neckline, while its form-fitting silhouette will hold you without making you feel constricted. You’ll be sure to make a statement without being overly showy.

Why we love it:

With just the right amount of sparkle, the feminine lace cap sleeves provide comfortable coverage and the alluring side slit adds eye-catching interest.

How to style it:

Open-toe strappy heels, a contrast color clutch and matching stone earrings will polish off the look.

Cleo Charcoal Sequin Lace Dress

Make a statement in Cleo. Featuring a unique scalloped neckline and made from allover sequin lace, this form-fitting dress is fully lined and holds you in at all the right places without making you feel constricted. Note the key-hole back for that added touch of flair. As mother of the bride (or groom) you’ll turn heads in Cleo.

Why we love it:

The unique scalloped lace is a detail we can’t get over! Coupled with a sleeveless, form-fitting silhouette, this dress is simply sophisticated.

How to style it:

The great thing about sequin lace is that it doesn’t need too much, as the material is a statement itself. Try going lowkey and pairing the dress with strappy sandals and simple earrings. Let the dress do all the talking!

Stella 2.0 Navy Jumpsuit

Stella 2.0 is the perfect companion to any upscale soirée when you don’t want to wear a dress. Stella 2.0’s shimmery eyelash metallic knit adds light-catching sparkle to thoughtfully highlight your décolletage and torso, while the flirty peplum emphasizes the smallest part of your waist. Pair Stella with a pair of colored pumps, or layer on glitzy and glittery accessories for a fabulous wedding look!

Why we love it:

Who does not love a one-piece wonder?! No one will ever know that it took you seconds to get ready for your daughter or son’s big day!

How to style it:

A monochrome color can stand a little dressing up. Try pairing this look with silver dangling earrings, a silver clutch, and silver strappy heels. You’ll be celebrating the big day in both style and comfort.

At Connected Apparel, we have mother of the bride and mother of the groom dresses that will look, feel, and fit fabulously. Our mother of the bride dresses are available in a wide selection of styles, colors, and sizes, including petite and plus sizes up to 24W, to suit every mother's taste.

Browse through our collection of mother of the bride and mother of the groom dresses to find your perfect dress. Use the promo code MOB15 to receive 15% off your favorite Mother of the Bride & Groom dress.* 

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Use the promo code MOB15 to receive 15% off your favorite Mother of the Bride & Groom dress.*

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