1. The mock two-piece dress with A-line skirt.
This is the most flattering form of the mother of the bride dress. The dress has a bodice which attaches to the skirt, giving the illusion that you are wearing two-pieces but you are not. The skirt is a flattering “A” and covers any lumps and bumps and wide hips beautifully. The bodice usually has an overlay that will hide the stomach area. These two features of the mock-two-piece dress should be the top choice for a mother of the bride outfit.
2. The dress with a jacket – jacket can be long or short.
Jackets are not only great for a colder day but it hides unflattering arms that are not quite toned. The sides of the jacket also camouflages wider hips and waistlines and the result is a sleeker look, while making the mother of the bride gown look more formal and dressy. Plus size mothers will benefit from a longer and boxy design to hide hips, while thinner one will want to try the shorter bolero styles that are more fitted and youthful.
3. The cocktail or knee-length dress.
The cocktail dress is great as it is a no fuss look for the garden or informal wedding. No need to worry about dragging that dress and ruining it lifting the hemline up while you take that walk across the hallway or soiled path. Better yet, the cocktail dress has another life to another great party where a special occasion dress is needed.
4. The “black dress.”
This is a no brainer and no longer taboo. Which color is so universally appealing and flattering at the same time? It camouflages the parts no one wants you to see while slenderizing you till whoever looks back at you in the mirror is really you, but better. Black goes with everything, be it the turquoise jewelry, the orange shoes, or even the tablecloth.
5. The pantsuit with palazzo pants.
Pantsuits are the rave now. Mother of the brides are no longer tied to a pretty and charming dressy dress. Pantsuits are now so allowed at weddings, like they are allowed at a job. A three-piece ensemble of a jacket, blouse, and loose fitting pants, reflects class, style and uniqueness at the same time. The mother of the bride can perform her numerous duties without worrying about how her dress falls and whether it could possibly drag on the floor.
6. The halter neck gown.
Say no more. The youngish mother with the beautiful shoulders and toned arms can now show them off with a halter neck mother’s gown. If the neck is not too plunging and the back not too low and bare, I say why not wear a halter neck gown? No other outfit makes a mother feel young, attractive and desirable like wearing this style.