Colorful Frocks for Your Mom

The locale: an alfresco garden party

The dress: green and white dress with high, round neckline, button accents, natural waist and fitted pencil skirt that sits right above the knee. Sara Clarie & Esther, $520,

Why it works: "This classic-style shift dress has just the right amount of shimmer and shine to make it ideal for an outdoor affair," says Joanne. "This dress provides that coverage in a totally modern silhouette that flatters the shape and just shouts classy."