Dress Ideas for Real Mothers-of-the-Bride

This navy gown reads a bit more stately and glamorous if she prefers a more "black-tie" look.

Navy blue silk taffeta and chiffon gown, Rickie Freeman for Teri Jon, $715, Neiman Marcus; crystal hoop earrings, Carolee; platinum, diamond, and sapphire necklace, Gumuchian; 18k white gold bangles with diamonds and sapphires, Doris Panos; ring, Roberta Chiarella; clutch, David's Bridal