Mother of the Bride Dresses That Compliment All Figures

So, your daughter is getting married…congratulations! After the hugs, kisses and best wishes, you might wonder what you have to do. The answer: not much. When the father of the bride had to pay the bill, his wife was often charged with planning the ceremony. But as modern couples have become more financially independent, that is no longer the case. The one and only thing the mother of the bride has to do is select a stunning dress.

The great thing about gowns for the mother of the bride is that they can be worn again and again. An elegant dress or an evening gown paired with a diaphanous jacket works for almost any special occasion. Size is always an issue with formalwear, and it’s important to be well aware of your measurements before buying a dress, especially online. It is a good idea to simply visit a bridal salon or boutique with your daughter and choose an appropriate, form-flattering dress and have alterations made on the spot.

Most mothers of the bride have quite a bit of experience when it comes to attending formal events. They know what colors, styles and cuts compliment their figure.  But for those who have missed out on all the fun and confusion, let us review a few basic tips for selecting a formal dress.


Choosing mother of the bride dresses is truly easier compared with other wedding outfits. The mother of the bride does not need to coordinate colors or styles with the bridesmaids and there’re many available options.

Body Types

Formal gowns are based on body types. Different cuts, styles and silhouettes flatter different shapes and sizes.

Pear Shaped

It is a fact of human biology that men and women gain weight in different places, especially as they age. Men develop a beer or pot belly and women add weight in their hips and thighs. As a result, the pear-shaped figure is one of the most common shapes for older women. The only problem is that most formal dresses do not flatter this form.

A woman with a pear-shaped body type has a relatively slender waist, full hips and thighs. More often than not, she is quite comfortable with her body. But it does make it harder to find a flattering dress. Women with this body type should look for gowns that balance out their bodies and make them appear more proportional in photographs.

A-line dresses are a popular choice for mothers of the bride who have pear-shaped bodies. This silhouette is narrow on top and flares out as it falls. It can conceal bottom-heavy bodies and produce a slimming effect for most mothers. For women who have larger busts, a dress with a high empire waist will draw attention away from the hips and thighs.

Tall and Slender

Tall, stately mothers of the bride often have small busts, narrow hips and waists and long arms. It is an enviable body type and there are several different styles and silhouettes that compliment it. The column silhouette, also called a sheath cut, works much as the name implies. These dresses flow in a straight line from the neck to the hemline.

Since tall women often lack natural curves, these dresses hug the body and can be worn at both casual and formal affairs.  The design is quite simple, which makes it a favorite of mothers of the bride who are able to wear it. Since mothers often wear and carry a slew of accessories to weddings, these gowns are perfect. They look great with hats, handbags, sleeves of varying lengths, even with matching jackets. Because they are not designed to hide problem areas, these silhouettes are often sold in lighter silks and satins, rather than stiffer, heavier materials, like damask.

Plus Size

More and more top designers are creating formal dresses for full-figured women. One thing they have discovered is that it is much easier than they expected. After all, bigger girls are often well-proportioned, which means their dresses don’t have to hide problem areas. In short, bringing balance to a plus-size dress is a cinch. Most mothers of the bride who have this body type choose a number that shows off their curves. A shorter skirt with a decollete neckline is a popular choice that brings balance in a flattering way. Older mothers of the bride often go with a matching dress, especially at weddings that are held in the winter or the fall.

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