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Tips for Choosing the Perfect Mother of the Bride Outfit

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Need help choosing the perfect Mother of the Bride Outfit? Check out these tips for selecting a style that suits your daughter’s wedding seamlessly, featuring dresses from Draper’s & Damon’s!


When choosing a Mother of the Bride outfit, there are some important considerations to take into account. We’ve outlined them all in our Top Ten Tips for Choosing Unique (and affordable) Mother of the Bride Outfits to help you achieve an individual look for yourself (or your mom!) Share this post with your mom if she’s looking for a little assistance in this area.

Top Tips for Choosing Unique Mother of the Bride Outfits

Draper’s and Damon’s is well known for special occasion wear for women, and the pieces in their collection lend themselves very well to being perfect Mother of the Bride outfits. Below are our tips and advice for choosing the perfect mother of the bride outfit for your daughter’s special day, featuring some wonderful picks from Draper’s and Damon’s!

1. Consider the Formality of the Event

The day and time of the wedding will certainly dictate a specific level of formal. For instance, a Sunday brunch wedding would be considered less formal than a Saturday night affair. That said, styles and formality codes have also changed over the years! A few decades ago women felt that a pants outfit or jumpsuit was not appropriate for a wedding, but now they are totally in style!

If you’re looking for a way to enhance the glam of your look, consider a style with sparkling details like this Capelet Keyhole Dress. The neckline’s rhinestone-studded keyhole and attached capelet add glamour to this romantic blush-hued dress.

2. Coordinate with the Wedding Color Scheme

Coordinating with the Wedding Color Scheme is a great way to make sure your attire complements the bridal party in all of those gorgeous pictures you will take. But remember, this doesn’t mean you have to match the bridesmaids or other family members exactly! Just look for an option that works with the other colors they will be wearing! You can never go wrong with a classic neutral tone, a navy, or even black!

Drapers Style D22055

We love this Special Occasion Flirty Pant Set from Draper’s and Damon’s! The georgette top is graced with flutter sleeves that instantly flatters. The matching georgette pants make comfort and ease a priority with a pull-on fit and an all-around elastic waistband. Available in all sizes and a variety of colors!

3. Confer with the other Mother(s)

If there are other mothers such as the mother of the groom, you will want to make sure your outfits work together, but again, they do not have to match exactly! It is good etiquette to confer with them BEFORE making any final decisions so they don’t feel excluded or like an afterthought. You could consider having a shopping date together if time and space allow, but don’t feel pressured to pick a specific color or design. You can still complement each other without having to wear the same outfit!

4. Choose Something you Feel Comfortable In

While looking (and feeling) your best is absolutely a goal for this special occasion, it’s not worth it to sacrifice comfort for style. Remember, you will not only be wearing your Mother of the Bride outfit for the ceremony and reception themselves but likely for several hours before while taking photos with the bridal party and other family members. It is more important to be able to enjoy yourself and dance the night away than to have picture-perfect attire. While you will treasure those photos, you will treasure the memories of the day itself even more!

5. Consider Separates as Well as Dresses

Separates can be a lifesaver! Even if you are set on wearing something that LOOKS like a dress, that can often be achieved with a skirt and top that work together! Wearing separates often provides extra comfort, ease of movement AND is easier to navigate when you have to use the ladies’ room!

Drapers Style M07439

This Special Occasion Flirty Two-Piece Dress from Draper’s and Damon’s is a perfect option. The way the layered top falls, you actually can’t even tell that the outfit is two pieces!

6. Outfits for Other Wedding Events

When shopping for your Mother of the Bride attire, don’t forget the other wedding events you may be having such as a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or farewell brunch. Often women find some amazing pieces they love on the search for their Mother of the Bride attire, but perhaps its the wrong color to match the bridal party, or the wrong length for the occasion, consider wearing those for these extra wedding moments!

7. Rewearability

A savvy Mother of the Bride knows that cost per wear is a key factor in attire choices. If you are going to spend money to feel your best, wouldn’t it be great to be able to wear that outfit again? Sometimes this means opting for a simpler look, and then dressing it up with accessories. You can always dress a garment up for your daughter’s wedding, and down for a different event like a Holiday party, New Year’s Eve gathering, or graduation party!

Drapers Style D17185

Consider something like this Special Occasion Flirty Jacket Dress. The tunic-length jacket’s hemline dips to points in front and back. It is paired with a sleeveless, fully-lined pullover dress that has two fluttering tiers. Wear the jacket and dress together, or separately for the most rewearability! Or, if you do wear them together, after the big day you can separate them and pair the jacket with jeans or dress pants while wearing the dress by itself for another party!

8. Accessorize Accordingly

Don’t forget to accessorize! The jewelry, shoes, and handbags you choose can elevate your attire in a snap! Many MOB’s choose to wear matching jewelry with their daughter, a wonderfully sentimental gesture, and a great way to provide cohesive elements in your attire. Also, you can choose to splurge on a special pair of shoes to make your outfit pop or even a gorgeous hairpiece! There are so many fun options when it comes to accessorizing!

We hope these tips help you select the perfect style for the Mother of the Bride (or Groom!)


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