One of the most popular questions I get asked about Mother of the Bride and Groom Dresses is, what is the best color to wear?
Where do you begin when deciding what color of dress to buy? You want to look fabulous, but there so many things to consider. Should your dress be a similar color to the bridesmaids or just the opposite? How should you color coordinate with the Mother of the Groom? What colors are in style? What colors will suit you, and is it o.k. to wear black?
There are enough things to worry about when you’re preparing for a wedding without having to fret about all this. So let’s sort it out.
Fall/Winter wedding season is right around the corner, and one of the most popular hues trending is this stately wine color. This is such an elegant shade of red, and it looks stunning on most women.
I like it because it is classy and sophisticated, but it’s not dull. It has life to it, and it looks fabulous in photographs! Imagine a wedding party wearing fall or winter colors like Navy, Pumpkin, Plum, Emerald or even Black, and you in Wine? This shade looks rich alongside those colors, and would be gorgeous if you were standing next to the bride!
A Wine colored dress like this can be paired with Gold, Silver or Black accessories, but this year the newest color for accessories is Rose Gold. See how gorgeous the Wine color looks with the Blush and Rose Gold crystal clutch. Rose Gold is fresh, modern and feminine. As for shoes, I’m wearing neutral Champagne-colored heels, so the dress and bag take center stage.
Moving on, let’s talk about Mother of the Bride Dress Color etiquette.
The proper etiquette is that the Mother of the Bride gets to select what color of dress she wants first, and then the Mother of the Groom goes next. These day days things are a little more relaxed, and the Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom often get together with the bride for a little chat about coordinating colors before anyone runs out to purchase a gown.
There are a few ways you can go when deciding which color to wear.
Many women ask, “Can the Mother of the Bride wear the same color as the Bridesmaids?” The exact color is not recommended, however, a Mother of the Bride can dress in the same general color family as the bridesmaids. This is a classy way to coordinate, but still be a little different. For example, if the bridesmaids are in a light shade of purple, then mom can wear a deep purple Mother of the Bride dress.
The Mother of the Bride can dress in a color that is directly opposite in color to the bridesmaids’ dresses. You’ll definitely stand out, but the bridesmaids will still look great next to you in pictures. For example, the bridesmaids wear Pumpkin, and you wear Navy.
Choosing a color in the same theme or seasonal palette as the bridesmaids is also popular. So for a winter wedding, the bridesmaids are in Emerald-green, and you are in Charcoal.
Go for Neutral
When in doubt, neutrals go with everything! Taupe, Champagne, and metallics like Gold and Silver are always lovely. Black Mother of the Bride dresses are perfectly acceptable too. Just be sure to o.k. it with the bride.
One more thing to think about…. Choose a warmer shade if your hair and skin have more golden undertones, and a cooler shade if your skin has more pink undertones. So for example, choose a warm, lively Plum if your coloring is warm, and a dark Eggplant purple if your hair is more ash and your skin more pinkish than golden.
As for jewelry, it should color coordinate with the dress. A cool colored dress such as a gray or silver dress needs silver jewelry. A warm shade like Gold, Champagne, or Rust usually looks best with gold jewelry. This dress has so many colored beads in it, black, gold, silver, that I chose a neutral crystal earring so as not to compete with the neckline.
I hope that this has made things a little easier and given you a great starting point for picking the perfect dress. David’s Bridal is fantastic when it comes to figuring out what color to wear. Here are the top four colors they say are hot right now and into 2018!
If you want to learn more about color, be sure to check out David’s Bridal online color coordination tool. It will help you find the perfect color to make you shine on one of the most important and beautiful days of your life. Congratulations, Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom!
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Do you have a wedding coming up? What are you planning to wear? If you need a little help deciding on which mother of the bride dresses (or mother of the groom dresses) might be best for you, be sure to check out my bestselling book Tweak Your Chic – Mother of the Bride. It will tell you everything you need to know on one of the most important and cherished days of your life.
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