Cocktail Dresses for the Mother of the Bride

For a summer wedding, a short dress or a cocktail dress may well be appropriate.  “For special occasions, a wedding party or reception, cocktail wear may be appropriate”

Even all year round, this is a simple style option when teamed with the right wedding accessories.

For semi formal and informal weddings, the appropriate attire will probably be a dark suit for men and cocktail
dresses for the ladies.  If you’re not sure what to wear, it’s worth clarifying it with the bride or
groom, or whoever invited you.woman-in-short-black-cocktail-dress-with-scarf.jpg

The Perfect Mother of the Bride Outfit: a Cocktail Dress

This season the classic style is back, with a twist – add a touch of glitz and glamour – with jewelry, belts or even a shimmering clutch bag.

One popular style is the little black dress – you can buy these with thin spaghetti straps, or find fitted
strapless designs. Alternatively,  simple plain dresses in sumptuous fabrics can look stunning, if they are a good fit and well tailored.

Adding a stunning necklace can really set off any formal outfit. Hot for this season is the one shoulder dress, as well as favorites such as the strapless, shift or halterneck dress.  Lipsy of Londons’ spring collection included some fabulous mother of the bride outfits for shift dresses that would look great at an after wedding party.

For the petite figure, a jacket and skirt can look smart and elegant, particularly if they coordinate well. For curvier girls, there are some simple, figure flattering fabrics that can look great whilst allowing for comfort and movement. Adding a wrap or pashmina around the shoulders can add the right touch of glamour and still flatter your figure.

To accessorize, a bolero or jacket adds that little something extra and brings with it a more formal feel.   Add a sprig of flowers or corsage for that pretty bridal touch.

As your legs are on show in this style of dress, don’t forget to consider an appropriate waxing or beauty treatment, as well as a pedicure if you’re wearing sandals.

All mother of the bride outfits can be accentuated by adding the right sort of sandals or heels to really flatter your legs and ankles and add the elusive touch of glamour.

All wedding guests should wear modest clothing, not showing off too much cleavage. After all, this is a day when the bride is supposed to be the center of attention!

Recommended Resources on Cocktail dresses

Teri Jon – Cocktail Dresses

Dillards – Cocktail Dresses


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