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 Romantic"

According to bride Judith, her mom, Katherine, was set on wearing a knee-length dress, and had designer Selia Yang create this blue-gray silk number for the wedding. Soft colors and short hemlines are ideal for outdoor summer weddings; and we think the lace overlay makes the design feel more youthful and a little fancier. (Also note how it grazes the knee—so tasteful.)

Memo to Mom: If the dress is short, eye-catching shoes are a must. And choose a lightweight wrap or cardigan as a warm-weather cover-up.

Photo: Gertrude & Mabel Photography

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