Mother of the Bride Style Tips

Mother of the Bride Style Tipsyour questions answered

Are you wondering what the Mother of the Bride wears to the wedding? The BHLDN stylists have answered the most common questions they get about Mother of the Bride dress etiquette and styling. Their advice on silhouettes, accessorizing, and choosing a color that complements the bridal party serves as a helpful guide for finding the most flattering Mother of the Bride (or Groom!) dress.

Q: I’m petite (under 5’4”). Any tips for choosing a dress?A: Consider your proportions and give extra thought to length to ensure the hemline hits you in a flattering place. The best silhouettes for petite MOBs are above-the-knee, maxi, or tea-length, which hits mid-calf for a slimming effect. The good thing is, BHLDN mother of the bride dresses are designed with alterations in mind!

Q: What’s the most universally flattering silhouette?A: You can’t go wrong with an A-line dress! It nips in the slimmest part of the natural waist and floats gently away from the hips. Large-scale lace and allover embellishment have a streamlined effect on any silhouette, and we love a stretch lining for the perfect fit.

Q: Should the Mother of the Bride’s Dress match the bridesmaids?A: While it can certainly look nice in photos, this “rule” was meant to be broken. With mix-and-match bridesmaids gaining popularity, it can be fun to wear a shade within the palette; you’ll coordinate, but it won’t look too matchy-matchy. If you’re still unsure, metallics are a neutral in our book! They lend themselves well to bridal parties of all color palettes, while floral prints with a rich mix of color are another great option.

Q: Can you recommend shoes that will be comfortable all night but fancy enough for my dress?A: Go for a pair of fancy flats or kitten heels! Crystals, lace, bows, or blooms more than make up for a lack of height.

Q: It’s going to be chilly on the wedding day. Any tips?A: The easy answer is sleeves! Three-quarter sleeves are ultra-flattering and provide coverage without sacrificing style. If you have your heart set on a style with short or cap sleeves, we’re fans of a good wrap, pashmina, or cover up.