As the mother of the bride, you’re naturally excited about your daughter’s big day and keen to look your best. After all, after the bride and groom, all eyes are going to be on the mother of the bride and what she’s wearing.
If you’re unsure on which style to adapt for your daughter’s special day, here are several fashion tips for all discerning and fashion-conscious mothers of the bride.
Do you opt for a formal mother of the bride dress or a more casual outfit, snug or loosely-fitted, knee-length, short or ankle-length? And that’s all before you’ve even begun to think about the material...
When it comes to choosing a mother of the bride outfit, it’s a good idea to let the bride be your guide. Your daughter and her husband to be will be setting the theme, tone and style for the day, which should guide you with your own choice of outfit.
For example, if the theme of the wedding is an understated, boho-style or the location is outdoors or an unusual venue, opting for a more casual, minimalist outfit would be more in-keeping with the tone of the day.
Similarity, if the wedding is a more formal, black-tie affair, dressing in a tailored embellished dress with matching frock coat, would more aptly complement the formality of the occasion.
It’s traditional that the mother of the brides wears a hat, and for many mothers, the more flamboyant the hat, the better. As weddings become significantly more avant-garde and non-traditional though, many of the long-established wedding customs are being altered, including the mother of the bride’s choice of headwear.
The right hat can, of course, enhance an outfit, ensuring the mother of the bride stands out. Adorning your wedding outfit with a stylish hat can make you look more elegant, spectacular and befitting of your role of mother of the bride.
That said, there are plenty more options to dress up a wedding outfit through striking headwear other than traditional hats.
Fascinators and the more recent ‘invention’ the hatinator can be a great choice of headwear to accompany a stunning mother of the bride outfit. Berets can be a stylish addition to a hip mother of the bride who’s wanting to make a trend-setting statement at a wedding. As can fashionable caps, which aren’t typically associated with weddings but can make an eye-catching, avant-garde accessory to an outfit.
If you simply can’t find a hat or headwear to suit your outfit or the style you are trying to create, then go headwear free, as, with the right hairstyle, you can create as much of a statement as you could by wearing flamboyant headwear.
Whether you’re wearing a hat or not, your choice of hairstyle should play an important role in your overall look for your daughter’s wedding.
A half-up/half-down hairstyle can be an elegant wedding hairdo option, which looks great under a glamorous hat or without any headdress.
Shorter hair can be glammed up with eye-catching accessories, like a glittering hair clip, a floral headband or a crystal-embellished crown.
Longer locks can be brought to life with some curling tongs for that tousled wedding look, which is especially pertinent for a chic, boho, summer weddings, and look great protruding from a mother of the bride hat or left more understated without any hat.
You’ve chosen your mother of the bride outfit and headwear, now all you’ve got left to worry about are your shoes. Again, your shoes should reflect your chosen style at the wedding, which could be driven by the theme of the wedding and the chosen style of the bride.
When trying on shoes for the big day remember there will be a lot of standing on your feet and invariably you’ll be doing some dancing. It might, therefore, be a good idea to opt for a pair of shoes half a size bigger than your normal shoe size. The important thing is to be comfortable with your choice of shoes, as it’s going to be a long day.
The good news is, when it comes to mother of the bride fashion, there is no right or wrong way of doing it. Just be yourself, make sure you are comfortable and be prepared to adapt your outfit to the style or theme of your daughter’s wedding. Most of all, remember to enjoy basking in the limelight every mother of the bride deserves.
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