Finding the perfect dress to wear on such an important day is vital to ensure that you feel prepared, confident and ready to fulfil your mother of the bride duties as best as you can. That’s why we’ve pulled together this guide to finding the perfect young mother of the bride dress - packed full of ideas and inspiration for flattering and modern dresses in our curated selection of wedding guest dress ideas.
Your daughter’s wedding is sure to be one of the best days of your life and having an incredible outfit to wear on the day is a must. With all of the hard work you’re sure to have put in to help prepare and plan the wedding day, you deserve to look and feel your best. Choosing the right dress for such a huge occasion can be hard, but with our selection of flattering mother of the bride dresses, you’re sure to find the right outfit for you.
When deciding on an outfit, it’s important to consider where and what time of year the wedding will be taking place. Is it an outdoor wedding? Or a traditional church ceremony? What is the weather likely to be like? Taking the answers to these questions into consideration is vital to ensure that you pick the right dress - one that is perfect for the setting, time of year and importantly - the weather.
It’s also a good idea to think about the colour of the bridesmaid or groomsmen outfits so that you can coordinate well with the wedding party to feel part of the day. Striking a balance here is key - as you don’t want to clash in the group wedding photos, but you also don’t want to be mistaken for a bridesmaid either - particularly as a young mother of the bride!
Whether you prefer a statement floral dress, a flattering wrap dress or a sophisticated pleat, we’ve got a wide range of mother of the bride dress ideas to help you find the right look for you. Below, our stylists have shared some of their recommendations when it comes to finding the perfect dress for a young mother of the bride.
Floral Mother of the Bride dresses
You can never go wrong with a floral dress, especially for a spring or summer wedding. Deciding on a floral dress with colours that compliment the bridal party and in a style that flatters you is a great place to start. Florals are fun, flattering and come in a variety of colour palettes and styles to suit everyone no matter your personal style or the current season.
A knee-length, midi style dress with a sleeve is an on-trend choice for a mother of the bride and appropriate for any setting from a church to an outdoor wedding. Whether you choose a bodycon fit, a sophisticated floral shirt dress or one with a modern side slit, florals are always a safe choice.
Pastel floral print dresses in light, breezy fabrics are great options for spring and summer weddings, especially those taking place abroad or outdoors. Even if bold prints aren’t usually your thing, then finding a subtle floral pattern is a great way to wear a statement dress that doesn’t feel too striking. For those looking to strike this balance perfectly, choosing a white dress with a colourful floral print is a great way to match sophistication with style while incorporating a variety of colours to match the wedding party. To complete the look, simply choose one of the colours from the dress pattern to match your bag and shoes and you’re good to go. Remember, a statement floral dress speaks for itself, so our top tip is to keep the accessories to a minimum to create a sophisticated wedding look.
Shop our full collection of floral dresses to find one to suit you for the upcoming nuptials.
Pleated Mother of the Bride dresses
If you’re looking for a sophisticated mother of the bride dress choice that is sure to make you look fabulous not frumpy, then a pleated midi or maxi dress is the perfect choice. Pleated dresses are perfect for all seasons and come in a variety of styles including long sleeve, wrap, high-neck, kimono style and more - which makes it easy to find a style to suit you. With so many pleated-style dresses to choose from, finding the perfect one might feel like a challenge, so to narrow your search, we recommend picking a colour or two that will compliment the colours of the wedding party to make sure you look the part on the day. For a Spring or Summer look, choosing a pleated dress in a pretty pastel pink, lilac or green are great options.
When it comes to pleated dresses that are perfect for weddings, a kimono-style or long-sleeve pleated dress are great options if you’re looking for more coverage on the day. Choosing a style in a longer length that covers your arms and chest is a polished and conservative choice for a church wedding. However if you wish to opt for a sleeveless style, then we recommend choosing a high-neck dress to keep it wedding appropriate. A pleated dress with a subtle print is a great way to add a little more detail and personality to your look without it being too bold.
Shop our full pleated collection for a variety of styles to suit you.
Flattering Mother of the Bride wrap dresses
The mother of the bride should always look and feel her best on their daughter’s big day, and picking a flattering wrap dress in a colour that suits you will do exactly that. If your style is usually more bold, a wrap dress with a statement floral or abstract print is a great way to showcase some personality on the day whilst still complimenting the wedding colour scheme.
Whether you’re looking to make a statement in an abstract print or a fun floral, there's a wrap dress to suit the occasion. For autumn or winter weddings, a long-sleeve wrap dress is a great option to ensure you’re kept both warm and stylish. An off-the-shoulder wrap dress or a style that features a leg slit is a great option for a spring or summer wedding and also adds a flirty spin to the outfit whilst still keeping it wedding appropriate. Be sure to complete your wrap dress look with matching heels, bag and simple jewellery.
Shop our full collection of mother of the bride wrap dresses and accessories to find a faultless look for the big day.
Jumpsuits for Mother of the Bride
If dresses aren’t your style then why not try a jumpsuit? A modern and on-trend choice perfect for a young mother of the bride, jumpsuits offer the same aesthetic as a dress but with more secure coverage which makes them a great option for weddings in any season. Whether you’re looking for a simple block-colour jumpsuit or a subtle pattern in colours to match the bridal party, you’re sure to find a jumpsuit that’s right for you in our collection.
Jumpsuits come in a variety of styles - wrap, pleated, long-sleeve, patterned and more to suit your personal style. Deciding on what jumpsuit is right for you depends upon the season and the theme of the wedding. For example, a pastel-coloured jumpsuit is great for a spring wedding, and choosing one with a subtle floral or abstract print is a great way to add a modern twist on a sophisticated look. For an autumn or winter wedding, consider a jumpsuit in a deep red or navy, in a luxurious velvet fabric that will not only fit well with the season, but also keep you warm throughout the day. Add a waist-cinching belt to your jumpsuit to create a flattering silhouette and choose statement accessories to compliment the look.
Are you wedding-ready?
The mother of the bride deserves to feel just as confident on this special day, so picking the right outfit is vital to feeling comfortable and confident, ensuring your attention is focused on helping the bride and making sure the day runs smoothly.
Now that you’ve got a catalogue of mother of the bride dress inspiration, you’re ready for the big day. Stroll into the wedding with confidence and ready to support your daughter in a sophisticated and fun dress from DLSB. Shop our full collection of dresses online today to find your perfect fit.