Colorful Frocks for Your Mom

The locale: a formal tented affair at a local estate

The dress: grape-color silk charmeuse gown with one-shoulder strap and studded band at natural waist. Aidan Mattox Niteline, $440, edressme.com.

Why it works: "If the mother-of-bride is looking for a regal, formal gown, this one-shoulder evening dress is a good choice," says Joanne. "While the one shoulder assures that you are right on trend, the feminine sweep of the skirt and the fitted waist give this gown a timeless, traditional appeal. The overall effect of this gown is glamorous, making it a wonderful choice for hosting a very special party."