Post # 1
Do you think there is a certain dress length Moms shouldn’t wear at your weddings? My sister is the MOG in a few months, and she doesn’t think she should wear anything above her knee, and especially ones that look like they’re made for younger women. She’s built great and has beautiful legs, but her daughters keep telling her that what she picks looks ‘too young’ and that she’s trying too hard. Between the length and the cleavage, is there anything that your Mom could wear that would embarrass you?
Post # 3
I think that as long as her dress isn’t too far above the knee, she has nice legs and it’s otherwise elegant, there’s nothing wrong with wearing a shorter dress as MOG or MOB.
My mum was threatening to wear floaty, hippy stuff from a shop I hate (they specialise in clothes that look through they’ve been worn heavily at Glastonbury, soaked in mud and then sold) but ended up with a gorgeous outfit from a small boutique (thankfully).
Post # 4
Depending on the type of wedding, I think there are very very few situations where it would be okay for the MOB/MOG to wear a dress shorter than knee length. I don’t think she needs to wear a floor length dress just to her knees or tea length would be more appropriate. My mom does not like her legs so that was not an issue for me personally but my 60 year old aunt looked very elegant in a knee length dress and jacket combo. As long as your sister is shopping in age appropriate departments. (i.e. not juniors or b.p. at Nordstrom) and stores I think she should be able to find something that shows off her figure without being inappropriate.
Post # 5
Knee length is probably about the shortest that would be appropriate. Although, I gave the same guideline to my 20 year old sister.
Post # 6
I think knee-length is appropriate, but I think anything shorter looks tacky. As thursdayschild said, this has nothing to do with age for me but rather the fact that a wedding is supposed to be a classy event, not exactly like a trip to the club!
I recently went to a wedding where the mother of the groom was wearing a tight, pink number that feel about mid-thigh. All I could think the whole time was that it was so inappropriate. She seriously looked like she was ready to go out bar-hopping with college girls.
I think moms just need to use common sense when it comes to picking a dress.
Post # 7
My mother wore a just-below-the-knee dress, that looked classy & elegant. My Mother-In-Law wore a floor-length dress that looked fantastic on her as well. There aren’t rules anymore – wear what you’re comfortable with.
Post # 8
My mom wore a beautiful dress that hit her right above her knees. She ROCKED it! She looked so modern and sophisticated. I think it totally depends on the dress, and the woman wearing it!
Post # 9
She’s always been so self conscious about everything that its been hard for me to help her out in looking for something. Everything is always TOO ‘something’. I wore long dresses so didn’t have the same problem, but she’s so worried about it its making me crazy. What we like isn’t always the same as what her daughters like, as we are both older and have a different style. I wish she would just make up her mind already!
She’s even afraid to have more beading or sparkle than the bride, who is in a very plain dress. The MOB’s dress is pretty basic too, so that compounds the problem.
Back to searching! Thanks!
Post # 10
I think knee or tea length is fine for moms. I’m not a huge fan of floor length dresses in general, with the exception of wedding gowns and certain bridesmaid dresses. Ours moms will both be in dresses that hit just a bit below the knee.
Post # 11
My mom is wearing knee length (which I encouraged her too because she has gorgeous legs!) and Future Mother-In-Law is wearing tea length I believe (though she also could rock knee length, but she’s too modest) I think anything shorter than knee is too short for any one at a wedding, redardless of age.
My mom was super picky about cleavage too, but I didn’t have a problem with it, as long as she was in a dress that fit her properly (i.e. no wardrobe malfunctions). But she flat out refused to wear any dress that showed the “line” between her generous girls.