Navy Blue Mother of the Bride Dresses: Why They’re Popular

Attend any wedding, and there’s a good chance that the mother of the bride (or groom) will be wearing navy blue.

Navy blue mother-of-the-bride dresses are formal, appropriate, and very much loved by many women, including my readers.  Just take a look at these gorgeous wedding photos they sent in!

All these moms chose navy blue Mother of the Bride and Groom dresses for a good reason.

Navy Blue is the perfect color choice because it is:

  1.  Classy – Navy is a regal color that communicates formality, authority, and respect – just what the mother of the bride and groom deserve.
  2.  Simming – Most women think black is the only slimming color, but Navy is just as slimming.
  3.  Flattering next to mature skin – Black can be harsh alongside an aging complexion that has wrinkles, lines, and spots. Navy is warmer, softer, and more lively. It gives you life.
  4.  Navy coordinates well with most bridal party colors. Navy can be worn year-round and looks lovely with other dark shades like burgundy, green, and plum, as well as light, bright colors like pink and yellow.
  5. Timeless—Navy is and will always be a beautiful color for any formal event.  When you wear navy, you will never look dated in those wedding photos years down the road. It’s a classic.

mob navy dresses collage

1. LOVELY IN LACE: Tami wore this Kay Unger streamlined column gown for her daughter’s wedding. Intricate sequined embellishment gives the dress a subtle sparkle that pairs beautifully with delicate lace. Tami’s pretty updo allows this dress’ lace neckline to be the focal point.

2. SHORT AND CHIC: Sarah, who hails from Ottawa, Canada, wore this fitted, sleeveless v-neck sheath dress with a hint of shimmer. The dress’s flattering cut and geometric lines create a striking silhouette on Sarah.

3. TIMELESS ELEGANCE: Jan looks stunning in a floor-length navy lace dress for her youngest son’s wedding, which was held in October in Aptos, CA. Jan’s daughter-in-law requested that she wear navy clothes, and Jan happily obliged when she fell in love with this dress. Wow! Jan, this dress looks like it was custom-made for you!

4. SWEETHEART NECKLINE: It’s obvious why Navy and lace are such a popular combination for mother-of-the-bride dresses. It’s universally flattering. For her daughter’s outdoor wedding, Kathy wore a long, navy dress fitted at the waist and a lace neckline. Kathy looked simply beautiful alongside her beautiful daughter.

5. SOPHISTICATED ONE SHOULDER: When in doubt, show off your shoulders! That’s exactly what Tammy chose to do when her son and daughter-in-law planned a barn wedding in Vermont. She decided on this fabulous Ralph Lauren one-shoulder maxi dress in the Navy. Tammy loved the dress not only for its understated elegance but for its comfort, too.

6. WRAPPED IN STYLE: Mindy hit the jackpot for her daughter’s wedding two years ago when she found this sleeveless wrap-style dress at a local department store. A statement necklace like Mindy’s is the perfect accessory for a wide V-neck dress, striking a nice balance to this simple yet polished dress.


Shop these stunning navy MOB dresses.



Navy Floarl motehr of the bride dress Deborah Boland

I haven’t had the honor of being a Mother of the Bride or Groom yet,  but I enjoyed collaborating with David’s Bridal to pick out a dress I would wear if my son or daughter were getting married, and guess what? It was the Navy Blue! Take a look! More photos of my Navy MOB gown are here.


navy blue sequin cocktail dress

navy sheath dress | navy sheath dress


Here’s another beautiful navy blue Mother of the Bride Dress; this time cocktail length. It’s made from a sea of beautiful shiny sequins. I love the modern L-shaped asymmetrical neckline because it adds an artsy touch to this classic sheath.


Mother of the Bride Ebook


Need more ideas about what to wear as Mother of the Bride or Groom? Pick up a copy of my bestselling book Tweak Your Chic – Mother of the Bride. It will tell you everything you need to know on one of your life’s most important and cherished days.

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3 thoughts on “Navy Blue Mother of the Bride Dresses: Why They’re Popular

  1. Gorgeous d ess that you chose from David’s Bridal! Regarding MOB dresses, what color would you choose for a night wedding where the bridesmaids are in wine-colored dresses and the men in tuxedos? I am a winter with fair skin, dark hair, and blue eyes. David’s bridal color-coordinating tool shows lots of lighter grey colors that don’t suit me. I just turned 50, so I don’t want to look older and dated like so,e of the former MOB dresses used to look.
    I look forward to hearing your opinion.


    1. Hi Margaret,
      For an evening wedding, you want something darker and dressier than what you would wear to a day wedding. You mentioned that you are winter and are not fond of light grey, but what about a silver gown? That would be lovely. Navy would also be stunning, especially if it had some embellishment or shine. Black is appropriate too for MOB (especially a night wedding) so long as the bride approves. A dark green could also work. As far as looking modern goes, look for dresses with stylish details like an off-the-shoulder neckline, bell sleeve, or a print skirt. Some tiny new points can update a classic style. Also, focus on dresses that flatter your figure. Dresses with slight shapes look dated.
      I hope that gives you a few ideas. Have a beautiful time at the wedding!

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