Colorful Frocks for Your Mom

The locale: the patio at the country club

The dress: green cocktail dress with deep-V neckline, ruffle sleeves and pencil skirt. Tracy Reese, $330, edressme.com.

Why it works: "Updated and stylish, this dress looks like two pieces, but it is just one. The top fits like a designer jacket with a cinched waist, scalloped edging and small cap sleeves," says Joanne. "The V-neckline and mock-wrap front give this dress a formal edge, while the cropped length of the top makes it a modern choice for a patio country-club wedding."

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