(Closed) Appropriate as MOB dress?

posted 8 years ago in Family
Post # 3
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it’s cute. I’d be a little worried about the strapless though. Would she wear a shawl over it?

The dress just looks very young to me.

PS congrats to your mom, that is awesome weight loss!

Post # 5
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I agree with KatNYC2011.  The dress looks pretty young for an MOB (though I’m 23 and I think it’s adorable!) but I think if she did a sparkly black cardigan/shrug/shawl it might help make it more appropriate?  Gorgeous dress though, I’d wear it in a heartbeat. 

Post # 6
482 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My mom lost about 70 lbs over the last year.  She went from a size 18, is down to about a 10, and she hopes to be a 6 by my wedding.  So I definitely understand about dressing younger!  Congrats to her!

I love the dress, but not for a MOB dress.  I would delicately try to let her know that there are thousands of dresses out there and that she will find something completely flattering to her new figure that is also age appropriate!

My mom picked her dress last weekend!  Here it is!

Post # 7
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Ms.Teddy: I think she could definitely find other short dresses that show off her figure.


To me it just really looks like a prom dress/semi-formal sorority party dress, not a MOB dress.

In fact, I’d think the tulle skirt might hide some of her weight loss rather than accentuate it.

Post # 8
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

cute dress! i would put a pashmina/bolero/cardigan/something over it though to make it mob-appropriate.

Post # 9
3166 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@KatNYC2011: totally agreed. this dress is from WHBM, right? If they had it in white I might have considered it for the reception! haha. she should look for something that hugs her figure more. that’ll be more age-apporpriate AND flattering.

Post # 10
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would make sure to see it on her before you make a decision.  Let her know that you do have concerns that it is not age appropriate but you want to see her in in before you can make that decision.  My mom and sister are the same size and often share dresses, its funny how something can look so different on two people because of how they accessorize and carry themselves. 

Post # 11
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think she could pull off a short cute dress but not a strapless with a rinestone belt. It looks to bridesmaid to me.

Post # 12
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I don’t mean to be the voice of dissent, but I honestly think it could work well. I think the whole look of the dress might change if there is an older woman wearing it. Geh. I’m sure there’s better wording than that–but I the model wearing the dress “youngs-it-down” a bit. Combined with appropriate shoes, elegant jewelry, and maybe a bolero for the ceremony, I think it might make a very nice MOB dress. 

If the dress really doesn’t sit right, certainly express your opinions. If nothing else, maybe she could keep looking and see if she finds something she likes as much over the next few months. There’s no better time to keep your eyes open with holiday party dresses on display now 

Post # 13
16195 posts
Honey Beekeeper

It’s cute…but is cute right for an MOB? Hard to say without knowing your momma. I guess I personally always imagine “elegant” as a better word to describe the MOB. And by that, I don’t mean “old” or “matronly.” I mean the kind of elegance in vanilla frosting‘s picture!

Post # 14
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If she is happy in it, she should wear it, I get a bit bored of the typical MOB dresses that looked overly motherly and matronly. My mom is avoiding all dresses with boleros and shrugs or off the shoulder necklines because these are so overdone as MOB styles.

Post # 15
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@KatNYC2011: I agree – it does screem prom dress/semi-formal sorority party dress to me.

To the OP – I love that your mom wants to wear and is comfortable in a shorter, younger dress (and congrat s to her for her weight loss), but this dress is just way to young IMO to be worn by a MOB.

Post # 16
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I like it! I am way wat sick of the pastel with bolero or matching shawl that dominates the MOB market. If it’s a cocktail party, she can wear a cocktail dress. I think that would look great at a cocktail event, whether as the MOB or just a guest at a party.

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