Style inspiration from real moms who beamed with pride—and looked amazing—on their daughter's big day.
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Don't sacrifice your personal style just because it's your daughter's wedding day. Mothers of the bride everywhere know how important it is to help their daughter pick out a flattering wedding dress, but choosing one for themselves isn't always as high of a priority. Gone are the days that mothers are resigned to more demure looks; it's perfectly acceptable and appropriate to look as fun and festive as the rest of the bridal party! We love the stylish options available for moms, whether they need a gown for a formal, black-tie wedding, or something more casual for abohemian affair. Mother-of-the-bride dresses come in all shapes (A-line! Ball gown!), lengths (Floor-length! Knee-length!), and fabrics (Chiffon! Lace!), not to mention in different colors. We rounded up our favorites, from all different types of weddings and for all different types of mothers.
New England mothers celebrating their daughters at a preppy wedding will love a tweedy skirt suit, while moms who miss the mod 60s will flip over a knee-length, bright pink shift dress. From a flowing, polka-dotted dress for a beach wedding, to a white pantsuit for a hippie-style Northern California ceremony, to a knockout gold sequined gown for a blowout New York City bash, we guarantee that mothers everywhere will find something to suit their taste.
Take Killian's mom, left, in a punchy pink shift:
"Our vision was...a very intimate party with touches of our favorite things. Our goal was to make our wedding really fun and a big celebration of love," Kilian says of her wedding to Fitz. Shades of orange and pink gave the day a romantic West Coast vibe. Kilian's mother's bright pink shift dress with lace detailing and matching shoes (along with the flower in her hair) was the ideal choice for the wedding at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point, California.