- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
My mom is 70 (I’m an older bride, but it is my first wedding). She has been having trouble finding something to wear to our wedding, which is a 4pm ceremony followed by cocktails and dinner reception with dance all at a local business club.
The setting probably dictates nice dress, but I’d say not super formal in tone. Groomsmen are wearing suits, not tuxes. I expect ties and sportscoats on most male guests, and nice dresses on ladies. Bridesmaids are in strapless tea length bridesmaid dresses. The only dress code the venue has is no jeans and no athletic shoes.
Mom purchased one outfit that she thought was a possibility, and I went shopping and found two more, although I’m not sure mine are much better. It’s been so difficult to find something more formal that isn’t a dress and isn’t super business-y and isn’t too much black.
First outfit (the one mom bought): Black pants, purple top with flower print, black jacket. The fabric for the pants and jacket is cotton. The fabric doesn’t seem all that nice, although it is cool and comfortable. It’s a lot of black and I know it’s old fashioned but I sort of worry people may think she’s making some kind of statement of disapproval for the wedding.
Second outfit (I bought): Nice gray dress slacks and a teal blue lacy top. The cut of the slacks is a lot more dressy than her black pants, and the color is a nice lightish gray. The top isn’t super fancy, but it does have lace. There is no jacket, which is one downside, although it is August, so hopefully being cold won’t be a problem.
Third outfit (I bought): A matching tan (with textured weave) jacket and pants with the teal blue (or her purple) top. The fabric is lightweight and comfortable, but the suit is still somewhat structured. It doesn’t look super formal, but it doesn’t look all that business-y either, which I thought was a plus.
Should I keep looking? It’s less than 2 weeks until my wedding and it is difficult to take the time to go to stores to look. Mom isn’t big on shopping and had some back surgery recently, so it is a little difficult for her to do a lot of shopping.
I’d really love to find some kind of drapey soft pantsuit that was fancy/formal, but have not been able to!
Any ideas on where to look? Brick and Mortar stores only as no time to order. I’ve tried Macy’s and Boston Store and JC Penney but so far no luck.