My daughter is getting married in the fall, and I’d like to lose a few pounds before the big day, but realistically I will never be skinny. Can you suggest some slimming, elegant plus-size Mother of the Bride dresses that will make me look fabulous? Thanks, June
I’m so glad you aren’t setting unrealistic goals that you must achieve before the big day. Many women wait until the last minute to get a mother of the bride or mother of the groom dress, thinking they will lose a lot of weight, but they never do. As a result, they’re lucky to find any dress that fits, let alone one that they like. The best thing to do is accept the weight you are and order your dress ahead of time. If you do drop a few pounds, then have your dress taken in. It doesn’t matter what you weigh. So long as you choose a style that works with your body, you will look gorgeous in your dress.
Here are some beautiful options.
1. Plus Size Mother of the Bride/Groom Gowns
The Mother of the Bride and Groom are important positions, and many moms want to honor that by going all out and wearing a long, formal gown. Plus, size moms will look fabulous in gowns that are soft and flowing and that gently drape and flow over their curves. To draw attention upward, try a dress with a beautiful neckline that frames your face.
2. Short Cocktail Dresses
A short cocktail dress is also a popular choice for the Mother of the Bride or Groom, especially if the wedding is not ultra-formal or you have great legs and want to show them off! The bonus is you can wear a cocktail dress again for any personal or business event that calls for dressy.
3. Plus Size Mother of the Bride Dresses with Sleeves
Many women are self-conscious about their less than firm arms. Dresses with sleeves are the obvious choice when you want to cover up. The best sleeves are elbow-length, 3/4-length sleeves, or full-length.
Short and cap sleeves end too high up on the arm and exaggerate flabby arms. You should also ensure your sleeves look light and airy, not solid and heavy. Choose chiffon sleeves or lace sleeves, slit sleeves or sequinned sleeves. These are better than long, solid cloth sleeves, which look and feel hot and heavy. The best plus size mother of the bride dresses with sleeves has a light and airy look and feel about them.
4. Floral Plus-Size Mother of the Bride Dresses
Floral Patterns can be really pretty for the mother of the bride, especially when everyone else in the wedding party is wearing a solid color. Prints are also a great way to camouflage trouble spots as they keep the eye moving. Florals are natural for a wedding. Just be sure your print isn’t too large or too tiny. A medium-size scale print is most flattering on plus-size gals.
5. Plus-Size Mother of the Bride Dress with Capelet
A capelet is both a chic and a practical way to cover your arms, whether you are choosing to do so for fashion or function. A capelet is smaller than a traditional cape, and its smaller size makes it a stylish accessory to a formal dress or gown. A capelet adds a beautiful touch to any outfit, whether it’s for a casual or a dressy occasion.
6. Tea Length Plus-Size Mother of the Bride Dresses
Three-quarter or tea length plus size mother of the bride dresses are conservative and ladylike. They’re a nice compromise between a formal full-length gown and a short cocktail dress. This is a lovely style if you want to show a hint of leg.
A solid-colored tea-length mother of the bride dress with beading or lace is lovely. Print tea-length mother of bride/groom dresses are also popular. Prints can be a nice change when everyone else is in a solid color. They also work well for morning weddings and early afternoon weddings or weddings in less formal settings.
7. Plus-Size Mother of the Bride Dresses with Jackets
Another way to camouflage jiggly arms is to wear a dress with a jacket. This gives you a more tailored look, but can still be very pretty. For example, this dress features a removable matching lace jacket. You’ll find that some plus-size mother-of-the-bride dresses have an attached jacket as well. Either way, this look is beautiful for a wedding.
8. Black Plus-Size Mother of the Bride Dresses
Yes, you can wear black as MOB or MOG. Just make sure the bride is o.k. with it. Black is actually quite elegant, and we all know it can make you look ten pounds thinner, which is a bonus. Some brides have no problem with their mom or future mother-in-law wearing black, while others feel black is a negative or sad statement. Honor the bride!
9. Plus-Size Mother of the Bride Pantsuits
If you never wear dresses and prefer to wear pants, go for an all-one color, dressy pantsuit that is soft and drapey.
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