When it comes to dressing and styling one of the most important guests on your list, finding the right look can be a challenge. The groom’s mother’s dress should feel unique and special and reflect her personal style – all without outshining the bride and complimenting her mother. The look should appeal to the silhouettes and colors that make her feel confident and respect her role of honor on the wedding day, while at the same time aligning with the aesthetics of the event.
Encourage them to coordinate with the bridal shower colors and show off their best assets. Balance what mom is hiding and revealing for a sophisticated look, but don’t assume it has to be covered from head to toe. We have 20 dresses for the groom’s mother for 2021 and 2022 that feel fashion-conscious, elegant, and up-to-date to make a welcome return to the wedding season.
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A chic wrap dress feels formal yet effortless. This bright but rich, emerald green jewel shade is suitable all year round – and that’s what puts this look high on our list.
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For wedding dresses in spring or summer, style your bridal shower – and especially your mother on the topic. Floral prints and soft colors go well with a decor that is sure to embrace the blooms of the warm months.
Mothers are superheroes – let them put on the role. Cape dresses in soft hues are ideal for a woman looking for a bit of coverage without the heaviness of a full sleeve. Pro Tip: The silhouette of this dress looks even more noticeable when the cape blows down the aisle to show its silhouette as she moves.
A statement dress with color blocking in blue and black is a modern take on formal wear. These draped and pleated shoulders draw attention to the smallest point: your natural waistline.
For the mother who wants to dress up for an outdoor affair, this blouson sleeve dress is ethereal, while the built-in embellishment on the natural waist looks formal yet playful.
This belted jacquard dress is suitable for any formal affair in a destination far away or on the shore.
For mom, who is not about a waistband, opt for a bold color and blouson silhouette – like this one-shoulder, pink-colored chiffon case.
Dressing the groom’s mother (or bride) doesn’t have to feel matronly. Keep it classic with a high neckline but opt for a pop of color in an elegant and formal fabric. A midi length is a good way to show off a pair of chic shoes and easily switch from day to night.
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A unique statement embellishment is undoubtedly more impactful and graphic when set in a deep, rich shade rather than a lighter shade.
Polished boho dressing is all about flowing shapes, soft prints, and artful color applications.
See-through and strategic draping flatters any figure – and this dress is a case in point. Go for a head-to-toe look in a soft tone to ensure your mom looks her best in photos next to you and compliments the bridal shower.
Neither a daytime event nor a formal summer soiree requires a full-length dress. This elegant midi with integrated cape looks just as chic with evening shoes as it does with a delicate flat.
Black tie affairs (traditional) mean floor-length looks with luxurious accessories. For the groom’s mother, opt for a dress with built-in accessories such as neckline embellishments. Then just add dainty earrings and effortless hair and makeup.
Graphic prints and a contemporary cut for an uptown affair; and in the floral print they go just as well at a garden party. Pair this sheath with dramatic earrings or a statement shoe to complete the look.
Jewel tones are an ideal palette for mothers of the bride and groom all year round. To avoid looking overly holiday-inspired, choose the rich shade that best suits the color palette of your event: be it a deep emerald, sapphire, citrine, garnet, amethyst, or a softer pink topaz.
Victorian vibes are festive and feminine without looking overly fussy. Spice it up with metallic accessories and modern extras so that the ensemble doesn’t turn into costume or matchy-matchy.
Get to know the ultimate in black tie dressing. This look is formal and glamorous, but after a little structure and full coverage for the mom, it is undeniably elegant and modern.
A draped, sculptural silhouette made of color-blocking satin feels rich and solemn, yet versatile. Pair this look with upscale, colorful accessories to embrace a playful energy – and the bridal shower color palette.
Find fabrics that feel regal and rich, such as silk-satin jacquard. Make it modern by opting for minimalist accessories like dainty earrings and a box clutch.
Mothers of the groom often limit themselves to neutral colors like navy, black, and metallic. If your mom wears a bold shade, lean on her preference for pops of color with a tone that best suits her complexion, your wedding party, and the surroundings.
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