Wedding afficionados know that the minute daughters get engaged (Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s Day commonly), Mother’s begin their search for the ultimate Mother-of-the-Bride outfit. After all, the Mother-of-the-Bride will be standing next to her radiant daughter in countless photos – not to mention scores of young bridemaids and ushers, so it is no surprise the outfit search is a little bit stressful… but where to start?
Well I would say this – but when browsing through the dresses on houseoffraser.co.uk, I couldn’t help but feel excited about all the options we have for Mum’s on their daughter’s/ son’s wedding day. For this post, I am going to focus on dresses but let me know if you’d like some skirt/ trouser ideas and I will write another post.
So first things first, let’s make a shopping list… You’ll need a great dress, a chic little cover-up (a white jacket is a great choice for summer), some standout headgear, elegant shoes that are easy to walk in, jewellery and maybe a little bag.
This tailored bubble dress is from Fenn Wright Manson. I love the splashy modern print and sculptural corsages at the waist. The fitted jacket by L.K Bennett is simple and beautifully cut and the angular hat complements the sleek lines of the dress and jacket perfectly. Slim low heels like these, are great as they add enough height for elegance but you could walk or dance in them all night. A simple necklace adds a tiny bit of festive sparkle.
A loose silk dress, like this cap-sleeved shift by Jaeger, is great for hot days as it doesn’t cling to your figure. The tailored jacket, with red trim, serves to keep the outfit formal. Nude or skin coloured-shoes look great with brights and will elongate your legs when worn with bare legs or skin-coloured tights. The feathered fascinator is a great alternative to a full-blown hat – still adding a subtle sense of occasion.
If you’re looking for something really feminine and fun, you wouldn’t go far wrong with a dress like this Kaliko number. It has a beautiful floral print and its tailored shape will skim rather than hug your figure. This cap-sleeved jacket from Phase Eight is a really nice alternative to a long-sleeved cover-up in the summer and will work over lots of different outfits. A pink hat, pearl cuff and satin shoes are super-feminine finishing touches.
If you feel most comfortable in classic black and white, there’s nothing to say the timeless colour combination doesn’t look great at a wedding. A shift like this one from Fenn Wright Mason has a youthful, sixties appeal, while the tailored shape will flatter your figure. The Hobbs pearl-hued silk jacket matches the white waistband of the dress perfectly. The hat makes a real standout statement with its fashionable angular design. And finally, the vintage inspired shoes and bag add texture to this otherwise streamlined outfit.
I know what you’re thinking… but little white jackets go with everything in summertime and this dress from Alexon is no exception. This is arguably the most flattering option if you have a curvier figure. The V-neck is the best choice for bustier women as it hugs your shape and draws the eye downwards, showing off some skin on your chest. The darker coloured base shade is also more slimming than whites or brights. The white jacket and pearls lighten the look, while the corsage heels and black feather hat add that all-important mother-of-the-bride drama.
One of the best things about this outfit, is the whole thing comes to £350 – dress, hat, shoes, bag, jacket, everything. The Coast dress is in a blue/grey pastel tone, which seems to be a big trend this season. The black cap-sleeved jacket is great to slim the upper arms but won’t cover you up too much on muggy days. Silver accessories – such as these strappy Untold sandals – are a great complement to the pale blue and black.
More monochrome but bear with me… This outfit is probably my favourite. It’s the really fashionable Mum’s answer to Mother-of-the-Bride dressing and is all about the details. The lace panel and faux scalloped edge on the MaxMara studio dress are such gorgeous little touches. The cropped silk Phase Eight jacket is sooo beautiful in the flesh and is almost like a little opera jacket in shape. The L.K Bennett wedges and Kit Heath earrings are just perfect, luxurious wedding accessories that you’ll want to wear for every event that comes after. And finally – not quite a hat, not quite a fascinator, this headpiece from Linea won’t squash your hair, so you can just slip it off when it’s time to dance.
So those are just a few oufit ideas… The brands I really recommend your check out are: Phase Eight, Linea, Alexon, Fenn Wright Manson, Kaliko, Hobbs, L.K.Bennett, Coast, MaxMara Studio, Jacques Vert and Jaeger. And there are lots more great brands and ideas at our Wedding Boutique.
Happy shopping and hope you have a fantastic day at your daughter’s/ son’s wedding!