33 Gorgeous Mother of the Bride Dresses for Every Style and Season

The search is over!

Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links.

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Attention mother of the bride! Your daughter's big day is fast approaching, so finding a mother of the bride dress that is flattering and stylish is top priority (and less daunting than you think!).

While your look should complement the wedding color palette, the season and the venue, you shouldn't feel restricted to traditional mother of the bride dresses. In fact, your ensemble should reflect and celebrate your personal style–and the same goes for mothers of the groom! Love allover sparkle or intricate beading? We've got plenty of that! Not keen on exposing your arms or looking to cinch your waist? We've got you covered!

Whether you'll be standing by your daughter's side at her winter black-tie wedding or at her summer backyard nuptials, we've curated the best mother of the bride dresses with every style and season in mind.

01
of 33

Carolina Herrera Deep-V Embroidered Dress

MOB dress

Courtesy of Farfetch 

A structured dress will always be flattering, especially one that nips you at the waist like this chic frock from Carolina Herrera. Impressive beading and a dramatic neckline make this style worthy of even the fanciest of black-tie weddings.

02
of 33

Self-Portrait Buttoned Floral-Lace Midi Dress

MOB dress

Courtesy of Matches Fashion

For those walking down the aisle during the summer, this lacey powder blue dress is a must. A conservative high neckline meets airy and sheer paneling for a look that is classic yet sexy.

03
of 33

Bernadette Silk Belted Midi Dress

MOB dress

Courtesy of Farfetch

A surefire way to cinch your waist is to belt it! This silky number is incredibly sophisticated and put together plus its monochromatic belt is just the subtle touch you need to draw the whole look together.

04
of 33

Needle & Thread Pearl and Rose Pink Sequin Gown

MOB dress

 Courtesy of Needle & Thread

Don't be afraid to make a statement in head to toe sparkle. Whether the wedding is around the holidays or calls for a formal dress code, add some serious glitz and glam to your look in this gown adorned with sequins and pearls.

05
of 33

Adrianna Papell Two-Tone Floral Dress

MOB dress

Courtesy of Macy's

This black and white body-skimming dress is the epitome of timeless elegance. Bright white lace is the perfect complement to the blushing bride–just run it by her first!

06
of 33

Lela Rose Floral Laser Cut Puff-Sleeve Gown

MOB dress

 Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Glide down the aisle in this stunning Lela Rose gown complete with laser-cut puff sleeves. Strategically placed seams hug and contour the body ensuring that you'll look amazing from every angle.

07
of 33

Alexander McQueen Lace-Trimmed Leaf-Crepe Gown

MOB dress

Courtesy of Matches Fashion

Remember that your dress will be seen from all angles so the back is just as important as the front. This gown features a killer lace back but is very modest in the front making it the ideal balance of sexy and conservative.

08
of 33

Rickie Freeman Zigzag Eyelet Belted Shirtdress

MOB

Courtesy fo Neiman Marcus

Dreamy soft seafoam green makes for the perfect color to wear to a summer or destination wedding. This shirt style dress is laidback but still crisp and formal.

09
of 33

BHLDN Navy Floral Appliqué Dress

MOB dress

 Courtesy of BHLDN

Allover floral appliqués give this sweet tea-length dress some serious dimension and edge. If you're looking for a dress that is a little different and isn't in a bold color or a daring cut, consider appliqués in subtle and classic tones like navy and black.

10
of 33

Lauren Jersey Off-the-Shoulder Gown

MOB dress

 Courtesy of Ralph Lauren

Dare to bare and show off those statuesque shoulders! Crafted in forgiving jersey and in a soft pretty pink tone, this gown is perfect for a less formal, springtime wedding.

11
of 33

Saloni Flocked Tulle and Crepe Jumpsuit

MOB dress

Courtesy of Moda Operandi

Calling all fashion-forward MOBs! This seriously sleek and chic jumpsuit is so up your alley. Pair this stunner with black shoes and a clutch for a sophisticated monochromatic look or experiment with a bold earring in a bright color.

12
of 33

Roland Mouret Asymmetrical Ruffle Dress

MOB dress

Courtesy of Roland Mouret

This playful yet formal dress features an elongating asymmetrical ruffle, a banded waist, and slightly voluminous shoulders.

13
of 33

ML Monique Lhuillier Demi Lace Dress

MOB dress

Courtesy of Anthropologie 

A summer wedding calls for light lace and sheer paneling and this ML Monique Lhuillier dress has both. Wear yours with a strappy block heel–a stylish solution for grass or sand.

14
of 33

Tadashi Shoji Allover Sequins Petite Gown

MOB dress

Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

This allover sequins gown is Old Hollywood glam at it's finest. Available from petite to plus–all shapes and sizes will sparkle and shine down the aisle.

15
of 33

Krisa Asymmetrical 2-Piece Cape Jumpsuit

MOB dress

Courtesy of Verishop

A cape jumpsuit is a great alternative to the traditional mother of the bride dress plus it offers great coverage as well. A completely removable cape is perfect for taking you from the ceremony to the dancefloor.

16
of 33

Rachel Zoe Blush Lace Floor-Length Gown

MOB dress

Courtesy of Rachel Zoe

Pretty in pink! We love this allover lace style for an outdoor spring or summer wedding.

17
of 33

Pisarro Nights Beaded Mesh Dress

MOB dress

 Courtesy of Nordstrom

Grey is a great neutral and goes with everything but this dress is anything but boring! Beading in tones of blue, grey and silver add dimension and sophisticated sparkle.

18
of 33

Rotate Birger Christensen Ruched Glittered Velvet Midi Dress

MOB dress

 Courtesy of Net-A-Portere

Calling all winter MOBs who love velvet and a little sparkle! This midi dress with flattering midsection ruching and glittered velvet detail is perfect for a winter wedding or a festive choice for a wedding around the holidays.

19
of 33

Erdem Floral Appliqué Mikado Satin Gown

MOB dress

 Courtesy of Matches Fashion

Only seriously chic MOB's need apply! This stunning gown from Erdem is for those who don't even think twice about making a bold fashion statement. Adorned with ornate floral appliqués and crafted from gorgeous Mikado satin, this gown is an absolute must for a black-tie wedding.

20
of 33

Tadashi Shoji Corded Metallic Embroidered Lace

MOB dress

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Floral motifs embroidered with metallic thread make this dress shimmer and shine. The sheer tulle neckline provides almost invisible coverage but helps to keep the bodice in place.

21
of 33

Marchesa Embroidered Blue Lace Dress

MOB dress

Courtesy of Moda Operandi

We cannot get enough of this vibrant blue dress designed to leave a lasting impression. This style boasts exaggerated lace and sheer flared sleeves for a look that will stand out but not overwhelm in photos.

22
of 33

Diane Von Furstenberg Chiffon One-Shoulder Gown

mob dress

Courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg

We promise that you will feel nothing short of a Grecian goddess in this one-shoulder chiffon gown in pale gold meant for a grand black-tie celebration.

23
of 33

BHLDN Floral Embroidered Long Sleeve Dress

MOB dress

Courtesy of BHLDN

This gorgeous floral dress is for the mother of the bride who wants modest coverage, vintage-inspired flare and a little whimsy. This fun frock from BHLDN features allover floral embroidery and a sheer tulle neckline that makes you feel covered but not too covered up.

24
of 33

Talbot Runhof Off-The-Shoulder Stretch Satin Dress

MOB dress

Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Show off your décolletage in this off-the-shoulder satin cocktail dress. A pleated and wrapped bodice at the front and the back is kind to the midsection as well as your back.

25
of 33

Jonathan Simkhai Sequin-Embroidered Draped V-Neck Gown

MOB dress

 Courtesy of Matches Fashion

Sexy meets sequins in this truly one of a kind metallic, pale pink gown. If your daughter is throwing a wedding around the holidays or if she's getting married in a grand ballroom to a prince–this shimmering number is for you.

26
of 33

Eloquii Lurex Dress with Tiered Skirt

MOB

 Courtesy of Eloquii

Soft summer nights call for diaphanous gauzy dresses and flouncy skirts. Sheer sleeves provide just the right amount of warmth against cool sea breezes.

27
of 33

Alex Evenings 3/4 Sleeve Long Jacquard Jacket Dress

MOB dress

 Courtesy of David's Bridal

If your daughter is having a formal wedding and you're not too keen on wearing a dress that exposes your arms or if you'd just like the option of having an extra layer, go for this dress complete with a subtly sparkly jacket.

28
of 33

Talbot Off-The-Shoulder Stretch-Velvet Dress

MOB Dress

 Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Plush velvet is not only trending in the fashion world, but it's the perfect fabric for a winter wedding. Don't think bulky when you think velvet, this stretch fabric is figure-hugging and the ruched bodice will flatter any midsection.

29
of 33

JS Collections Embroidered Illusion Bodice Dress

MOB dress

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Romantic floral details are delicately embroidered on an illusion bodice offering chic and modest coverage. This dress is also available in petite sizing.

30
of 33

Tadashi Shoji Mesh Slit Dress

MOB dress

 Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

Looking for a curve-hugging dress that flatters in all the right places? Look no further! This Tadashi Shoji dress boasts well-placed ruching and an asymmetric neckline to give it some edge.

31
of 33

RM Richards Sequin Lace Pantsuit with Sheer Poncho

MOB outfit
Courtesy of David's Bridal

If you're looking for coverage but still want to show a little skin, opt for this very affordable pantsuit with a sheer poncho. It's up to you to control the level of coverage that feels most comfortable to you.

32
of 33

Deitas Knotted Silk-Twill Maxi Dress

MOB dress

Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

A beautiful and elegant open back is the perfect match for a modest neckline. Accentuate your back by wearing your hair up and have fun with a pair of statement earrings.

33
of 33

Zac Zac Posen Crushed Velvet Plus Size Gown

MOB dress

Courtesy of 11 Honore 

Crushed velvet is the trend for winter weddings. This pink perfection boasts a velvet floral design with a little silver sheen to it, ensuring that it will catch the light in every photo.

Related Stories