25 Short Mother of the Bride Dresses for Every Style

From mini dresses to knee-length styles and tea-length silhouettes.

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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.

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Aidan Mattox Embellished Midi Dress

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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.

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Monique Lhuillier Glitter Tulle Dress

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For mothers that are craving a bit of shimmer, this glitter tulle dress is a stunning option for a black-tie wedding. Wear yours with your minimalist accessories to round out the look.

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Gucci Crystal Embellished Velvet Dress

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Glamour at its finest this velvet Gucci dress boasts a conservative neckline coupled with an elegant plunge back and is a no-brainer for a black-tie wedding.

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JS Collection Reyes Dress

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We love this pretty lace minidress for a late morning or afternoon wedding. It's sweet and romantic for the stylish mom with classic taste. 

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Lela Rose Floral Printed Corded Lace Flutter-Sleeve Sheath Dress

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A floral-print sheath is utterly sweet for the mother of a springtime bride or groom.

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ASOS DESIGN Curve Pleated Midi Dress with Kimono Sleeve and Tie Waist

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For a springtime wedding, this mauve-colored dress is so romantic. It’s sophisticated and fresh for a traditional ceremony. 

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Talbot Runhof Metallic Dress

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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. 

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BHLDN Katla Dress

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An illusion neckline is beyond gorgeous for the mother who isn’t afraid to experiment. We love this intricate design in black for such a look; it’s at once daring and demure. 

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Asymmetrical Turtleneck Midi Dress

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This dress is proof that unique design and fussy fabrics aren’t mutually exclusive. In an earthy nubuck tone, this asymmetrical style perfectly fuses ease and elegance. 

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Alice + Olivia Zaya Plissé-Georgette and Jersey Mini Dress

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For the mother unabashed by drama, this forest green sheath is stunning. The cape sleeves are unique without feeling over the top at a wedding. 

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Lauren Ralph Lauren Metallic Faux-Wrap Dress

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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. 

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Jessica Howard Portrait Collar and Cuff Sleeve Ruched Waist Dress

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Mom will feel like royalty in this elegant knee-length dress. The portrait collar, cuffs, and full skirt are timeless and sophisticated. 

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Jonathan Simkhai Fluid Satin Front Slit Dress

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It doesn't get more elegant like royal blue satin. We love the peek of lace at the neckline of this below-the-knee style. 

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Self-Portrait Crystal-Embellished Off-The-Shoulder Cady Dress

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This black midi dress is so modern for mom at a black-tie wedding. The crystal-lined neck and voluminous sleeves make a super-chic statement. 

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Needle & Thread Wallflower Dress

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The sheer fabric and intricate detailing give this mini dress a whimsical feel. We love this look for a bohemian mother-of-the-bride or groom. 

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Dima Ayad Drop Shoulder Pleated Dress

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This shimmering midi dress is so spectacular with intricate beading and an ombre effect. We can picture this at a black-tie wedding at sunset. 

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Diane von Furstenberg Mara Sequined Jersey Midi Dress

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For the glamorous mom who lives for an LBD, this sequined faux-wrap dress is everything. With a simple pair of heels and gorgeous earrings, it's a breathtaking look for an evening wedding. 

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Dress the Population Louisa Butterfly Sleeve Cocktail Dress

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This simple blue dress is timeless and elegant. It's perfect for the mother who wants to cover her arms stylishly. 

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Marchesa Notte V Neck Dress

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A little glitz, a little glam for mom? Yes, please! This tiered number is festive for an evening wedding. 

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Eliza J Shimmering One-Shoulder Dress

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For the mother who tends classic but with feminine impulses, this pale pink dress is perfect. The one-shoulder design is sweet yet elegant. 

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City Chic Cute Girl Dress

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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.

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Significant Other Azure One-Shoulder Satin Mini Dress

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This navy satin minidress feels as striking for a seaside summer wedding as it does a City Hall reception. In other words, an ultra-versatile pick! 

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Victoria Beckham Asymmetric Twisted-Neck Dress

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For the mother who wants nothing more than an elegant black cocktail dress, look no further than this asymmetric design. Whether styled with noir pumps or a jewel-toned sandal, it's an exquisite choice she'll keep in her wardrobe forever.

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Hutch Amora Burnout Mini Dress

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We love this floral mini dress for a daytime wedding. The long bell sleeves give it a retro feel that's decidedly sweet for witnessing, "I dos."  

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Gianluca Capannolo One Shoulder Tunic Dress

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This one-shoulder silky tunic dress exudes sophistication and elegance. The shift silhouette is loose-fitting but not shapeless.

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