I received the following question- My daughter is getting married Aug 4th of this year. I need to find a “mother of the bride dress” and with weddings being so expensive I want a nice/appropriate dress that doesn’t break the bank! I am 41 so I don’t want an old lady dress, but like I said “appropriate.” I am looking for a silver/grey dress that fits a curvy women, is dressy, but cool enough for a short outside ceremony. PLEASE HELP -Victoria Thank you for your question! With the wedding season upon us, I know many of you have questions about what to wear. Keep them coming! I’m here to answer any fashion dilemmas. The mother of the bride dress can be tricky. Many of the options out there are sad little palazzo pant numbers or something that really the grandmother of the bride could wear. It is important to not upstage the bride, but really look special. One option is to rent your dress. I know this may be a bit of a scary solution but let’s face it, who needs another formal in your closet that you wear once and never wear again. Plus, you can get a fantastic dress, read designer, for minimal cost. Here’s one I found on Rent the Runway by Diane Von Furstenberg-
Twisted Dreams Gown rents for $100
The fit of this dress is sophisticated but it along with the fabric would feel very cool.
If you’d still like to buy the dress, here are a few I found that I think would be good outdoor ceremony options-
JS Boutique Sequin Trim Jersey Gown from Nordstrom’s $188
Adrianna Papell Tiered Chiffon Gown at Nordstrom’s $198
Adrianna Papell Dress, Sleeveless Lace Sheath at Macy’s $180*
Something to consider is the back of your dress. Much like the train of the bride’s dress, this is what people are going to see most.
Pretty much your only rules are 1) don’t outshine the bride and 2) watch how sequins heavy your dress is (unless it is a wedding in Vegas). Too much of number two and you’ll break rule number one anyway.
Good luck! Enjoy the day!
*There is also another option much like this on their website that is cut lower if the high neck is a curve related issue.