Reassure your mom: It is possible to find a stylish, nonmatronly mother-of-the-bride dress in any price range. Inspired by the personal styles of five real moms, we've chosen dresses and accessories that any mother would be proud to wear.

"My Mom Is Modern"

The fashion-forward Lanvin dress that Catherine's mom, Lily, wore features slim, fluid lines, a sophisticated indigo hue, and a unique neckline. We also like her unexpected, creative accessories: lilac-colored heels, a purple jade cocktail ring, and a white fur-trimmed bag.

Memo to Mom: If your goal is to look modern, color matters less than a knockout, unusual silhouette, neckline, or sleeve treatment.

Photo: Karen Wise