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For the mothers of brides and grooms, a beautiful dress to wear on the wedding day is imperative, and often, that means a short dress instead of a formal gown. Whether mom is petite, has a more laid-back style, or doesn't want to wear a floor-sweeping silhouette, a short dress is a great solution that can range from timeless and elegant to sweetly spirited.
For moms with traditional taste, sheath dresses, A-line shapes, and wrap dresses are beautiful in pretty prints, soft colors, or elegant fabrics like silk or crepe. For fashion-centric mothers who want to wear something fresh and of-the-moment, you can be sure they'll all about unique elements like a one-shoulder or illusion neckline, pleated cape sleeves, or an asymmetrical silhouette. Then, there are the moms that crave something intricate for such a special occasion, such as pretty lace, polished sequins, or embellishments like a crystal-lined neck or beautiful beading.
From minis to knee-length styles and tea-length silhouettes, we've curated the best short mother of the bride dresses for every style and body type.
Aidan Mattox Embellished Midi Dress
For a look that is both black-tie appropriate and summer weather appropriate, opt for a dress in a pastel hue with sophisticated sparkle details.
Talbot Runhof Metallic Dress
In ruched metallic voile, this lustrous midi dress is a feminine and stylish choice for any mother of a bride or groom. Tonal heels will give ensure an ultra-modern finish.
Lauren Ralph Lauren Metallic Faux-Wrap Dress
This metallic wrap dress is a timeless look for mothers of brides and grooms at an evening wedding. Just add a pair of coordinating sandals and pretty earrings.
City Chic Cute Girl Dress
For the mother that wants to keep things simple, this fit-and-flare dress is stunning. The neckline has just enough interest to feel special for the occasion, which can be amplified with a gorgeous necklace or pair of earrings.