The Most Beautiful Mother of the Bride Dresses for Stylish Mums

50 Chic Outfits For Mothers Of The Bride/Groom

The Most Beautiful Mother of the Bride Dresses for Stylish Mums

As wedding style has come the dark ages of samey-samey traditionalism, one thing we've noticed is that many poor mums of brides and grooms have been condemned to wear Mother of the Bride dresses that they wouldn't normally be seen dead in.

You know the ones, the ruched shiny taffeta two-pieces and the fluffy fascinators. But we say, enough is enough! So we went in search of beautiful outfits that are elegant, modern and properly stylish…

and we found them! We've rounded up 50 gorgeous Mother of the Bride or Groom dresses and outfits that will inspire your look and help you (or your mum) feel a superstar!

Photo by Tomasz Kornas via One Fab Day

Ever noticed Mother of the Bride dresses are always advertised by six foot tall models who are in their thirties? Pretty frustrating, right? Our round-up features real mums with great style, and gorgeous ladies we love on social media so you can get inspiration that you can really use! Just choose a few favourites, and take them with you on your shopping trip or to a dressmaker. But first up, our top tips for rocking a fab look on your son or daughter's big day…

Photo by Jeff Loves Jessica via One Fab Day

Tips for Finding Your Mother of the Bride or Groom Style

  • While we'll always have a place in our hearts for a dress coat and hat combo (as you know, we're shameless royal watchers!), if that's not your natural style, you don't need to wear it just because your son or daughter is getting married. Mother of the bride or groom style has evolved, and these days, long dresses, bare shoulders, jumpsuits, and separates are all perfectly acceptable.
  • In this age of Instagram, many of us look to 'influencers' for style ideas, and just because you might be over 50, doesn't mean you can't take inspiration from social media. Whether it's Irish Insta stars Eileen Style Queen or mature supermodels Maye Musk, there are lots of women online of all styles, shapes, sizes and ages, dressing beautifully and ready to inspire your own ensemble. Find someone you love and let them guide your look.

Photo by Lauren Louise Photography via One Fab Day

  • Look to the stars too. The red carpet is a great place to find style inspiration for an event as important as your son or daughter's wedding. Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon, Oprah, Anna Wintour, Viola Davis, Joanna Lumley – fierce, stylish, stars over 50 are plentiful, so just pick someone whose style you resonate with.
  • There are no 'rules' for mothers of the bride or groom other than try not to wear anything that outshines the newlyweds. If the couple have a colour palette to their wedding, it's nice to keep your outfit as close to the tones as possible (without dressing the same as the bridesmaids!).
  • While we'd tend to advise mums against wearing anything too loud, bright or eccentric, if that's your go-to personal style then you should certainly reflect it in your wedding day outfit – you want to look and feel your yourself!

Photo by Stefano Santucci via Bridal Musings

  • Dress comfortably, wear or bring flat shoes if you find heels painful, and don't wear anything that means you'll be too restricted to eat or dance!
  • Invest in good underwear, if you're hoping to create a particular silhouette with your look, the right bra and shapewear will make all the difference! If your outfit doesn't fit quite right, professional tailoring can work magic too!
  • Talk to the other mum. If the couple are lucky enough to have both mums attending the wedding, it's not a bad idea to check in with the other matriarch of the family or liaise through your son or daughter to make sure you're not dressed too a!

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  • Get your hair and makeup done. Nails, tan, lashes, do whatever you want to do to make you feel a million bucks! It might not be your big day, that that doesn't mean you can't indulge in a little pampering and feel a star!
  • Not sure where to look for a mother of the bride outfit? Our essential list of shops and designers is a great place to start! Don't be afraid to stray from traditional boutiques and dressmakers – bridesmaid dresses, high street options, and department stories are great places to go to for modern style.

 Gorgeous Mother of the Bride or Groom Style Inspiration

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Photo by David & Kathrin Photography and Film via Ruffled

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Photo Katherine Joy Photography via Junebug Weddings

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Click herefor our full list of places to find great mother of the bride style in Ireland.


The Most Beautiful Mother of the Bride Dresses for Stylish Mums

The Most Beautiful Mother of the Bride Dresses for Stylish Mums

So, you’ve helped your daughter pick out her gorgeous wedding dress, and now it’s your turn to find an outfit for the day. As the mother of the bride, you’ll naturally want your dress to appear polished, stylish, and perfect. After all, it’s not every day that one of your children gets married.

But, with so many different options available, it can be hard to know where to start. Thankfully, we’re here to help. In this guide, we’ve curated a collection of stunning designs that you’re sure to love and conveniently broken them down into popular categories. So, whether you’re after a gold gown or a purple tea-length frock, you’ll find it here.

These are the most beautiful mother of the bride dresses for stylish mums.

Tea Length Mother of the Bride Dresses

A tea length dress can be both practical and beautiful for mothers of the bride. Typically finishing a few inches below the knee, this midi style allows you to move freely while appearing elegant and polished.

Long Mother of the Bride Dresses

For formal weddings, a long mother of the bride dress is ideal. Thankfully, there are many beautiful gowns and maxi dresses available. So, all you need to do is select the style and color that suits you best.

Short Mother of the Bride Dresses

Don’t feel you have to wear a long dress just because you’re the mother of the bride. For many weddings, a lovely cocktail or knee-length design can make an excellent option. Simply choose a classic style, such as a pencil or fit and flare, and keep the hem close to your knees.

Mother of the Bride Summer Dresses

If your daughter has planned a summer wedding, it’s important to dress appropriately for the season. To do so, select a dress that will allow you to beat the heat while appearing stylish. Elements to consider include the length, weight of the material, sleeve style, and color.

Plus Size Mother of the Bride Dresses

Today, there are many beautiful plus size dresses available for curvy mums. If you’re struggling to find a flattering style, try highlighting your curves instead of hiding them. To do so, consider a pencil dress or an empire waist gown.

Gold Mother of the Bride Dresses

For all those glamorous mums out there, a gold mother of the bride dress can make a beautiful option. Perfect for formal weddings, this color is striking and sophisticated. But, remember to keep your makeup and accessories neutral when wearing this bold hue.

Silver Mother of the Bride Dresses

Silver can be a surprisingly flattering and stylish hue for a mother of the bride dress. To wear the color, just choose between a long gown and a shorter style. Then, complete your look with silver jewelry and either silver or black shoes.

Champagne Mother of the Bride Dresses

Champagne is a timeless color that always works well for formal events. Whether worn in the form of a satin knee-length pencil dress or a chiffon and lace gown, this color appears polished and pretty.

Purple Mother of the Bride Dresses

If you love to wear bold colors, consider a purple dress for your daughter’s special day. The gorgeous and feminine hue is perfect for stylish mums. Just make sure you choose the shade that best flatters your skin tone.


Whether for warmth or to achieve a more polished appearance, a jacket can be an excellent addition to your ensemble. However, not just any design will do. To ensure you appear suitably sophisticated for the day, select an elegant style, such as a chiffon design or a lace bolero, in a colour that matches your dress.


Don’t forget to find the perfect pair of shoes to go with your gorgeous mother of the bride outfit. In particular, heeled sandals work well, especially in shades of nude, blush, and gold. However, if you’re wearing a dark dress, you can also consider a classic black design.


Every mum needs a place to store her phone, lipstick, and keys on her daughter’s wedding day. But, that doesn’t mean you can take your regular handbag. This special occasion calls for a special bag. A chic hard-shell clutch will do the trick, so long as it matches your outfit.


Jewelry is the key to completing your mother of the bride look in style. To do so, stick to the classics, such as diamonds and pearls. Whether you wear silver, gold or the on-trend rose gold will depend on both the color of your outfit and your skin tone.

31 Gorgeous Mother of the Bride Dresses for Every Style and Season

The Most Beautiful Mother of the Bride Dresses for Stylish Mums

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Attention mother of the bride! Your daughter's big day is fast approaching, so finding a mother of the bride dress that is flattering and stylish is top priority (and less daunting than you think!).

While your look should complement the wedding color palette, the season and the venue, you shouldn't feel restricted to traditional mother of the bride dresses.

In fact, your ensemble should reflect and celebrate your personal style–and the same goes for mothers of the groom! Love allover sparkle or intricate beading? We've got plenty of that! Not keen on exposing your arms or looking to cinch your waist? We've got you covered!

Whether you'll be standing by your daughter's side at her winter black-tie wedding or at her summer backyard nuptials, we've curated the best mother of the bride dresses with every style and season in mind.

Grey is a great neutral and goes with everything but this dress is anything but boring! Beading in tones of blue, grey and silver add dimension and sophisticated sparkle.

Floral motifs embroidered with metallic thread make this dress shimmer and shine. The sheer tulle neckline provides almost invisible coverage but helps to keep the bodice in place.

A structured dress will always be flattering, especially one that nips you at the waist this chic frock from Carolina Herrera. Impressive beading and a dramatic neckline make this style worthy of even the fanciest of black-tie weddings.

Courtesy of Matches Fashion

For those walking down the aisle during the summer, this lacey powder blue dress is a must. A conservative high neckline meets airy and sheer paneling for a look that is classic yet sexy.

A surefire way to cinch your waist is to belt it! This silky number is incredibly sophisticated and put together plus its monochromatic belt is just the subtle touch you need to draw the whole look together.

 Courtesy of Needle & Thread

Don't be afraid to make a statement in head to toe sparkle. Whether the wedding is around the holidays or calls for a formal dress code, add some serious glitz and glam to your look in this gown adorned with sequins and pearls.

This black and white body-skimming dress is the epitome of timeless elegance. Bright white lace is the perfect complement to the blushing bride–just run it by her first!

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Glide down the aisle in this stunning Lela Rose gown complete with laser-cut puff sleeves. Strategically placed seams hug and contour the body ensuring that you'll look amazing from every angle.

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Remember that your dress will be seen from all angles so the back is just as important as the front. This gown features a killer lace back but is very modest in the front making it the ideal balance of sexy and conservative.

Courtesy fo Neiman Marcus

Dreamy soft seafoam green makes for the perfect color to wear to a summer or destination wedding. This shirt style dress is laidback but still crisp and formal.

Allover floral appliqués give this sweet tea-length dress some serious dimension and edge. If you're looking for a dress that is a little different and isn't in a bold color or a daring cut, consider appliqués in subtle and classic tones navy and black.

Dare to bare and show off those statuesque shoulders! Crafted in forgiving jersey and in a soft pretty pink tone, this gown is perfect for a less formal, springtime wedding.

Courtesy of Moda Operandi

Calling all fashion-forward MOBs! This seriously sleek and chic jumpsuit is so up your alley. Pair this stunner with black shoes and a clutch for a sophisticated monochromatic look or experiment with a bold earring in a bright color.

Courtesy of Roland Mouret

This playful yet formal dress by Roland Mouret features an elongating asymmetrical ruffle, a banded waist, and slightly voluminous shoulders.

Courtesy of Anthropologie 

A summer wedding calls for light lace and sheer paneling and this ML Monique Lhuillier dress has both. Wear yours with a strappy block heel–a stylish solution for grass or sand.

Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

This allover silver sequins gown is old Hollywood glam at it's finest. Available from petite to plus–all shapes and sizes will sparkle and shine down the aisle.

A cape jumpsuit is a great alternative to the traditional mother of the bride dress plus it offers great coverage as well. A completely removable cape is perfect for taking you from the ceremony to the dancefloor.

Pretty in pink! We love this allover lace style for an outdoor spring or summer wedding.

 Courtesy of Net-A-Portere

Calling all winter MOBs who love velvet and a little sparkle! This midi dress with flattering midsection ruching and glittered velvet detail is perfect for a winter wedding or a festive choice for a wedding around the holidays.

 Courtesy of Matches Fashion

Only seriously chic MOB's need apply! This stunning gown from Erdem is for those who don't even think twice about making a bold fashion statement. Adorned with ornate floral appliqués and crafted from gorgeous Mikado satin, this gown is an absolute must for a black-tie wedding.

Courtesy of Moda Operandi

We cannot get enough of this vibrant blue dress designed to leave a lasting impression. This style boasts exaggerated lace and sheer flared sleeves for a look that will stand out but not overwhelm in photos.

Courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg

We promise that you will feel nothing short of a Grecian goddess in this one-shoulder chiffon gown in pale gold meant for a grand black-tie celebration.

This gorgeous floral dress is for the mother of the bride who wants modest coverage, vintage-inspired flare and a little whimsy. This fun frock from BHLDN features allover floral embroidery and a sheer tulle neckline that makes you feel covered but not too covered up.

Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Show off your décolletage in this off-the-shoulder satin cocktail dress. A pleated and wrapped bodice at the front and the back is kind to the midsection as well as your back.

Soft summer nights call for diaphanous gauzy dresses and flouncy skirts. Sheer sleeves provide just the right amount of warmth against cool sea breezes.

Plush velvet is not only trending in the fashion world, but it's the perfect fabric for a winter wedding. Don't think bulky when you think velvet, this stretch fabric is figure-hugging and the ruched bodice will flatter any midsection.

Romantic floral details are delicately embroidered on an illusion bodice offering chic and modest coverage. This dress is also available in petite sizing.

 Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

Looking for a curve-hugging dress that flatters in all the right places? Look no further! This Tadashi Shoji dress boasts well-placed ruching and an asymmetric neckline to give it some edge.

Courtesy of David's Bridal

If you're looking for coverage but still want to show a little skin, opt for this very affordable pantsuit with a sheer poncho. It's up to you to control the level of coverage that feels most comfortable to you.

A beautiful and elegant open back is the perfect match for a modest neckline. Accentuate your back by wearing your hair up and have fun with a pair of statement earrings.

Crushed velvet is the trend for winter weddings. This pink perfection boasts a velvet floral design with a little silver sheen to it, ensuring that it will catch the light in every photo.