(Closed) Mother of the Bride Dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Traditionally, the Mother of the bride is supposed to buy a dress in the brides “colors” and then call the Mother of the groom so she can buy something that coordinates.

I totally understand your mom’s pov. A lot of the Mother of the bride stuff looks stuffy, and kind of old lady-ish. We were at Macy’s and Nordstrom’s last weekend, and they had some cute stuff. My Future Mother-In-Law found her dress at Overstock.

Hope that helps!

Post # 4
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I actually told my mom specifically not to match the bridal party.  My mom searched through all the MOB outfits, and didn’t like any of them because they were drapey and made her look old.  (Plus drapey clothes only look good on people with thin frames.)  She ended up going with a dress from a bridesmaid collection!  This probably isn’t the exact one she bought, but the style is the same; hers is a chocolate color.

Post # 5
248 posts
Helper bee

Check out dresses by Tadashi.  The big department stores carry this line (Neiman Marcus, Nordstroms, Bloomingdales etc.). There tends to be a better selection online than in the stores.  There are long and knee-length dresses – very stylish without being “too young” or too old-lady for moms.

The MOB should coordinate with, but not “match” the bridal party. If she matches, she will look like a BM-wannabe. My BMs wore slate blue, my mom wore a navy blue Tadashi knee-length dress (capped sleeves, sequined bodice – very dressy and stylish), my Mother-In-Law wore a beautiful silvery/gray knee-length dress and jacket by Alex Evenings (another good brand for moms not wanting the ballgown look). So they all coordinated nicely but there was no matching of colors involved.  Everyone (BMs and moms) carried shades of pink bouquets so that tied the look together.  

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