Top 5 Mother Of The Bride Trends

Gone are the stodgy old ideas about how a Mother of the Bride should dress. Here are the top trends in Mother of the Bride Dresses.

1)Bright Colors

It used to be that Mother of the Bride dresses only came in four colors: blah, boring, beige, and blech. Pastels and navy blue are only part of the selection today! Finally, the industry is starting to show a spectrum of different colors, from spring greens to royal purples.

Whether you love bold jewel tones or lean towards rich earth tones, there will be something out there for you. Since more saturated colors are better for aging, pale skin tones, liven up your look by choosing a color with some pizzazz!

2) Bolero Jackets

You may be sick of those boring Mother of the Bride jacket dresses, but the good news is there’s finally a fresh new take on them! Designers have addressed the need for a removable jacket to cover the arms that is also very fashionable. The bolero jacket, with different sleeve lengths, is in. It’s elegant and practical. Take it off when you’re hot, and you will still have a great dress underneath. Wear it to cover up during the ceremony – no one will guess you’re trying to cover those wobbly chicken wings under your arms!

3) Tiered Dresses and Skirts

Tiered skirts are showing up in stores this season and are especially appropriate for formal wear for the over-40 set. They’re modern and feminine and can be very flattering if they are not too frilly. Try one before you buy, and make sure it suits your body. With all that extra material, this Mother of the Bride style is not for everyone!

4) New Lengths

Say goodbye to floor length when it come to Mother of the Bride Dresses. Plenty of different hemlines are popping up, mainly due to the huge variety of wedding styles and venues these days. We’re seeing plenty of cocktail-length, knee-length, and handkerchief hems, as well as hi-lo dress lengths. (High in the front, long in the back). At the knee, or slightly above the knee is as high as you want to go. Remember: All these new hemlines give you one more reason to wear some fabulous, head-turning shoes!

5) “Green”Fabrics ( no, I don’t mean color!)

MotherOfTheBrideEnvironmentally responsible weddings are all the rage. Couples are using recycled materials for invitations and donating to charity instead of offering plastic, land-fill bound favors to their guests.

The “green” theme even reaches all the way down to wedding attire. You may have to explore specialty stores, but organic cotton and silk dresses are growing in popularity.

The best part about them is because the dresses are made with natural fibers, they are more comfortable and breathable. When you’re outside at an August wedding, you’ll appreciate why this is so necessary!

For more great tips on How to dress as mother of the bride or groom check out my e-book Tweak Your Chic- Mother of the Bride

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  1. Jo-Ann Di Lorenzo says:

    I want this portrait neckline gown in silver or rose

  2. julie shaw says:

    I am giving my daughter away, and I am mother of the bride as well Any ideas for how to dress?

    • Dawn Finney says:

      Hi Julie

      I too am giving away my daughter and I am having an awful time trying to find something that I think is suitable….did you find anything and could you give me some tips pleeeeaaasssee I’m pulling my hair out!!!

      Thank you


  3. Hi, who is the designer of the first dress featured – the blue one? It’s beautiful and I think it, or a similar dress, might be a good fit for my mom to wear in my wedding this summer.


    • Hi Jennifer,
      I only know that the dress probably came from Norsdstroms. You should print out a copy of it and take it with you to a few stores. That style is popular and you should be able to find one that is similar!!! Good luck!

  4. begoodbabe says:

    Melissa, why do you say that? You should pick a length that is flattering for you and that you will feel relaxed, comfortable and beautiful in! Many pictures will probably be from the waist up anyway, so I think that as long as your dress length is appropriate (not a micro mini!) you will be good to go! My main consideration would be to avoid a length that falls to the widest part of your calf which would make your leg look heavier. Enjoy your special day! :)

  5. The problem I have is that I’m the mother of the groom so the mother of the bride gets to determine the length of our dresses.