Mother of The Bride Dresses Shine on Real Women

What would you wear if you were the mother of the bride or mother of the groom? Here’s a look at what some of the gorgeous gowns these readers chose to wear on one of the most memorable days of their life.

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Beautiful in Black and White

Your mother of the bride gown should be a true reflection of you. If you’ve got a fun, vibrant personality, show it off with a gown that matches that.

That’s exactly what Julia has done here.  The 54-year-old mother of the bride is beaming in a strapless, full length black and white striped dress. The dress and the statement necklace are fashion forward, classy and fun for this special celebration.

It seems like the perfect mother of the bride dress for the hot weather in Asheville, North Carolina.

You look magnificent, Julia.

Stepmother of the Bride Dilemma

Mother of the Bride Dresses

What do you wear when you are the stepmother of the bride?

When Wanda’s stepdaughter was married, Wanda’s primary goal was not to upstage the mother of the bride. However,  she still wanted to look nice and make a great impression.

Wanda, 61, did just that when she wore this stunning deep purple dress with wrap detail. She accented the dress with a beautiful necklace, earrings and vintage Gucci watch with an elegant band. It’s a chic, figure flattering look.

Wanda, you make a very beautiful stepmother of the bride.


Mother of the Groom Dresses

Focus on the Whole Picture

It’s always hard to know what color to wear as mother of the bride or groom. Finding one that complements your skin tone and hair color is key.

When Laurel began her search for the perfect mother of the groom dress, she focused on the subtle neutrals that were popular at the time. But when she tried on these dresses, she knew something just wasn’t right. After trying on several neutral colored dresses, she realized that her naturally gray hair was too light for a neutral dress.

Instead, 50-year old Laurel went for a darker color, one that brought out her beautiful gray hair. She loved the color of this eggplant dress and was thrilled that it had a bit of a glitter to make her feel glam! You look so regal Laurel!

If you are a  mother of the bride of the groom, then you won’t want to miss reading my popular Ebook Mother of the Bride.

It’s full of fabulous Mother of the Bride ebook - Fabulous After 40advice on what to wear on one of the proudest and most important days of your life. Those family wedding pictures are forever, and you want to look your best. This e-book is full of hundreds of pictures and lots of advice and will be a huge help!

Don’t be shy! Email me your photos, your age, where you are from, and any details about your outfit to

You’ll be featured on my Facebook page as well as in an upcoming What I Wore. I love seeing your style and cheering you on, Glam Gals!

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  1. I agree — not everyone can wear the neutral colors that so many MOB dresses come in. I went with silver. Looked great with my hair and skin tone and complemented the blues that both of my girls chose as a wedding color.