Hot trends in mother of the bride dresses

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Think you have to be frumpy as the mother of the bride? Think again. While the traditional image of a mother of the bride outfit includes some combination of unflattering jacket, pants suit, and shoulder pads in a tepid beige, today’s mothers have a wealth of up-to-the-minute options to choose from. Here are some of the hottest 2016 runway trends for mother of the bride dresses.

1. Dramatic yet feminine silhouettes

Look for voluminous, gauzy skirts combined with fitted bodices for a dramatic shape fit for a princess but sophisticated enough for a grown-up queen.

2. Pretty pastels

Forget beige and taupe. This season, the most beautiful mother of the bride dresses are available in a range of not too sweet pastels, including hues of blush pinks, creamy lavenders, mint greens and sky blues. There’s a powdery hue to flatter every skin tone.

3. Lots of lace

This trend is especially suitable if the bride is planning to wear a lacy gown as well. Updated lace mother of the bride gowns incorporate the romantic look of yore without being too saccharine. For example, a lace illusion neckline allows you to show some skin without resorting to deep cleavage, while a delicate lace sleeve hides the upper arms and provides a unique look in the land of strapless and cap sleeved gowns.

4. Shawls instead of jackets

While blazers were once a mother of the bride staple, today’s trendiest moms opt for draped scarves that give your ensemble an understated bohemian vibe. For maximum glamour, look for jeweled, sequined, or beaded wraps in a complementary color.

5. Ruched midsections

This figure flattering detail refers to diagonally gathered fabric held in place with a jeweled brooch or other embellishment. Ruched gowns are popular because of their ability to hide problem areas while still creating a gorgeous formal appearance.

6. Bateau necklines

Instead of a tired V-neck, opt for a figure flattering bateau neckline. This graceful, vintage inspired shape draws attention to a graceful neck while calling to mind Audrey Hepburn.

Regardless of the look you choose for your child’s wedding day, it should reflect your personal style and make you feel good when you wear it.

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