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Though the bride and groom take the spotlight at any wedding, the couple's mothers should be able to look and feel their best as well. Mother-of-the-bride (and mother-of-the-groom) dresses don't have to be old-fashioned and outdated, as several bridal specialty stores and departments stores now carry fashionable gowns and dresses for any style of mom and any style of wedding. The following places offer mother-of-the-bride couture worthy of the big day.
Fashion industry veteran Beverley Siri opened her first apparel shop in San Francisco in 1988; after her designs became popular with bridesmaids who wanted to avoid the dreaded taffeta poof, she began to specialize in dresses for stylish 'maids. Since 2004, she's also offered a huge selection of special occasion dresses, gowns, and separates in a wide variety of styles and fabrics, from feminine and flirty chiffon cocktail dresses to regal floor-length Duchess satin gowns. Read real brides' reviews here!
Billing itself as a place "where memories that last a life time begin," Nelly's Bridal Boutique offers mother of the bride dresses that range from contemporary to traditional, black tie to bohemian, from well-known bridal and bridesmaid designers such as Alfred Angelo, JADE, and Jordan Fashions. Read real brides' reviews here!
Established in 2004, eDressit offers bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the-bride gowns, shoes, and accessories in a range of styles. Mother-of-the-bride dresses start at just over $100 and come in a variety of colors, fabrics and cuts, from cocktail dresses to embellished couture ballgowns. Any dress can be customized to make it one-of-a-kind, and for those indecisive moms, unworn off-the-rack dresses can be returned within 10 days of purchase. Read real brides' reviews here!
If mom's in the mood to splurge, make a beeline for St John (also available at Nordstrom). This designer of high-end knits also makes a beautiful collection of dazzling gowns. Go glam in a floor-length sleeveless liquid satin gown, or try on a more stately look in an embellished knit gown with mermaid train. St John dresses are classic elegance, but with a price tag to match. Dresses start at $1,800 and go up from there.