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

The locale: an afternoon ballroom banquet

The dress: knee-length cocktail dress with cap sleeves, V-neck and crisscross detail. Carmen Marc Valvo, $595, edressme.com.

Why it works: "Chic and modern, this textured cocktail dress in bright royal blue makes a statement of confidence," says Joanne. "The slight off-the-shoulder style dresses up the look, while the mock wrap flatters your shape. Small cap sleeves cover the parts of the arms that mothers sometimes want to hide. The shimmering fabric has a texture and shine that gives this dress enough glitter to make it party-appropriate."