Being a fashion editor comes in handy more than you’d think. I’ve helped friends and family assemble outfits for job interviews, only to be offered the job afterwards. Coincidence? I think not. I’ve sourced sold-out items on resale sites for those desperately seeking them, and I’m always happy to debate more significant investments. Above all else, however, my decade-long experience working in fashion is most valued by brides-to-be and their mothers when it comes to finding not the wedding dress, but the mother-of-the-bride dress.
I’ve been a bridesmaid a handful of times and a guest more often than I can count, and I’m almost always drafted in to help with the search for the perfect mother-of-the-bride outfit. After all, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to finding the perfect wedding ensemble, and most are worried about looking like a cookie-butter MOTB. More often than not, they want to look cool and sophisticated, but not unlike themselves. This means that alongside hunting down the bride’s dress, finding a beautiful mother-of-the-bride dress or outfit for the big day also takes time. It’s a big day for them, too, and all the mothers of the bride I’ve spoken with just want that little reassurance that they’re making the right outfit choice.
So, as well as selecting what I consider to be some very chic MOTB dresses and outfits below, I’ve also listed the style tips I share with any mother-of-the-bride who asks. Spoiler: If it makes you feel fabulous, wear it!