Nail your mother of the bride outfit with our edit of the best options around

Amy Hunt
·5-min read
 mother of the bride outfits
mother of the bride outfits

Whilst many weddings were cancelled last year, we're feeling much more hopeful for 2021 (spring onwards at least). So if you've got a big day coming up, there's no harm in starting the preparations early and sorting out that all-important outfit.

It’s your daughter’s moment, but it's also your moment. It's one of the most important days in her life, but also in yours. And just as it matters what she wears, your daughter – once upon a time your baby, now a gorgeous woman about to walk down the aisle and live happily ever after – it matters what you wear too. Enter these brilliant mother of the bride outfits ideas.

Firstly, don’t get stressed. Enjoy it. What’s not to like about getting to spend some time and money on yourself? Sure, there’s some fuss involved, but that fuss should be fun.

Secondly, you know you are going to be a centre of attention, so you want to look your best with a killer mother of the bride outfit. And therein lies the secret of nailing mother of the bride dress.

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It's about your best, not someone else's idea of what that might be. So you should dress in a way that is true to who you are. If you are a trousers person, don't feel you have to buy a dress. If you love hats, buy one; if you don’t, don’t. There are only two rules that can’t be broken: no white, and no black.

Other things to ensure... that you are all-day comfortable, and that includes your footwear. That neither your hair nor your make-up looks too “done” (there’s nothing more ageing). That you have gone the less-is-more route: fussy looks fussier still in photographs. And don’t buy any one-hit wonders: invest in pieces that you will wear again.

If you're struggling, we've put together some brilliant mother of the bride outfits to help you get started with mother of the bride dressing...

The best mother of the bride outfits to shop now

Phase Eight Georgia Layered Lace Dress
Phase Eight Georgia Layered Lace Dress

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Phase Eight Georgia Layered Lace Dress

£160, Phase Eight

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Simple, yet elegant, this classic dress is a winner. The soft scuba fabric sits close to your figure, hugging your curves in all the right places. The lace bodice is detachable too but we think it’s the perfect finishing touch to this chic and timeless style. Lace screams romance after all!

Marks & Spencer Floral V-Neck Midaxi Wrap Dress
Marks & Spencer Floral V-Neck Midaxi Wrap Dress

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Marks & Spencer Floral V-Neck Midaxi Wrap Dress

£59, Marks & Spencer

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When all else fails, opt for a never-date wrap dress. The bold floral print on this beauty is perfect for spring occasions. If you’re looking for something you’ll wear more than once, you can easily dress this one down with boots and a leather jacket too. A versatile hero.

& Other Stories Structured Padded Shoulder Jumpsuit
& Other Stories Structured Padded Shoulder Jumpsuit

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& Other Stories Structured Padded Shoulder Jumpsuit

£120, & Other Stories

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If dresses aren’t your thing then a jumpsuit is a great alternative. Smart and oh-so-chic, this tailored one-piece is seriously flattering. It needs minimal styling too, just add a pair of strappy sandals and an embellished bag and you’re good to go.

Mango Pleated Detail Dress
Mango Pleated Detail Dress

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Mango Pleated Detail Dress

£69.99, Mango

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Ooze understated elegance in this sleek style. The pleated detail is flattering on smaller busts and the flowy skirt is perfect for hitting that dance-floor. Team with gold accessories for an added dose of glamour.

Gina Bacconi Lenuta Midi Dress in Sea Green
Gina Bacconi Lenuta Midi Dress in Sea Green

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Gina Bacconi Lenuta Midi Dress in Sea Green

£250, John Lewis

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It’s all in the details with this simple design. From the chiffon sleeves to the flattering v-neck, this frock drapes effortlessly over your figure for an unfussy and elegant look. The bold hue gives it extra pizazz, guaranteed to stand out in all the photos.

JD Williams Julipa Stretch lace Ruched Waist Dress
JD Williams Julipa Stretch lace Ruched Waist Dress

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Julipa Stretch lace Ruched Waist Dress

£45, JD Williams

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Solid black is best avoided at weddings but if you’re nervous of colour, navy is a stylish substitute. This stunning lace number has ruched detail around the waist for a flattering fit. It’s fully lined for extra coverage with just a hint of flesh showing on the arms. A classic you’re guaranteed to fall in love with.

Hobbs Polly Floral Midi Dress
Hobbs Polly Floral Midi Dress

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Hobbs Polly Floral Midi Dress

£189, Hobbs

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If you do go for a printed dress, opt for something timeless, rather than trend-led, such as florals or polka dots. Blue and red make a dreamy colour combo and the fit and flare style is flattering and elegant. Finish off with red accessories to really make the colours pop.

Ted Baker Innabel A-line Belted Midi Dress
Ted Baker Innabel A-line Belted Midi Dress

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Ted Baker Innabel A-line Belted Midi Dress

£80, Ted Baker

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The subtle polka dot print gives this sunny number extra style points. The a-line design will give a gorgeous, ladylike silhouette and the belted detail helps to cinch you in at the waist. A classic, with a modern twist, keep the accessories simple and let the dress (and you!) take centre stage.

Adrianna Papell Beaded Overlay Floral Maxi Gown
Adrianna Papell Beaded Overlay Floral Maxi Gown

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Adrianna Papell Beaded Overlay Floral Maxi Gown

£335, John Lewis

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For the ultimate show-stopper, why not go for a floor-sweeping embellished gown? Perfect for winter weddings or evening affairs, this gorgeous number oozes sartorial extravagance. The round neckline and long sleeves keep it classic whilst the floral embellishments add a dose of vintage glamour.