Joanne Stoner, founder of eDressMe, shares her picks for the best dresses for mothers of the bride

The locale: sunset at a restaurant overlooking the marina

The dress: strapless neckline with pleated bust, Empire waist and bow detail at the back. BCBG Max Azria, $378, edressme.com.

Why it works: "Not too dressy but definitely special occasion, this classic gown is a perfect pick for a seaside setting," says Joanne. "The deep blue shade of the gown complements the locale, and the style is one that works with most body types."

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