26 Chic Mother of the Groom Dresses for Any Style and Budget

These dresses are anything but frumpy!

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While the most raved about dress at your son's upcoming wedding is bound to be the bride's wedding dress, you still deserve to have your own fashion moment with a mother of the groom dress that makes you feel stylish and confident.

When shopping for the perfect mother of the groom dress, it's important to keep in mind what silhouettes work best for you and what assets you'd like to show off (like those long legs or elegant shoulders!). What's more, mother of the groom and mother of the bride dresses are anything but frumpy! From fashion-forward velvet to elegant necklines to body-skimming plus size styles – you'll be dreaming up excuses to wear your ensemble again!

Whether you're coveting glitz and glam for a black-tie affair or searching for light and effortless for a backyard wedding, we've got you covered with our roundup of the best mother of the groom dresses to suit any style and budget.

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For the Glam Mother of the Groom: JS Collections Pearl Dress

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 Courtesy of Nordstrom

This wonderfully intricate gown is crafted from figure-flattering mesh and adorned with strings of pearls. This soft blush style is light and airy enough to be worn to a spring or summer wedding,

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For a Summer Wedding: Tadashi Shoji Embroidered Floral Sheath Dress

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 Courtesy of Nordstrom

Spring and summer weddings call for shorter hemlines and bare arms. This floral sheath dress is a stunning option for warmer weather weddings and can easily be worn with casual sandals or dressy heels.

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Best Splurge: Oscar de la Renta Appliquéd Silk-Blend Gown

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​Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Glide down the aisle in this truly regal gown from Oscar de la Renta. Crafted in a gorgeous deep emerald hue, and boasting incredible 3D floral appliqués, this statement-making gown is ideal for a fall black-tie wedding.

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For the Sophisticated MOG: Carolina Herrera Belted Satin Dress

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Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

With a curated selection of Mother of the Bride/Groom dresses, you'll be sure to find the perfect frock for any type of wedding at Saks Fifth Avenue. We particularly love this elegant and supremely flattering Carolina Herrera satin dress for a fall or winter wedding.

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For a Daytime Wedding: Valentino Guipure Lace-Trimmed Midi Dress

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 Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

A soft blue hue flatters most skin tones and is a very versatile color choice that can be worn to a winter or summer wedding. This midi style boasts delicate, feminine lace sleeves and a tea-length hem –– perfect for showing off a new pair of shoes!

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For a Spring Wedding: JS Collections Pink Long Sleeves Sheath Dress

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 Courtesy of Nordstrom

You can't go wrong with this classic and universally flattering sheath silhouette. Featuring a body-skimming fit and a traditional bateau neckline, this dress is sure to photograph beautifully from all angles.

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For a Formal Wedding: Sachin & Babi Laurana Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

Beyond sophisticated, this draped bodice gown is the epitome of timeless elegance. A divine combination of black and navy, this gown is begging to be worn to a black-tie wedding and any future formal affair.

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Best Vintage-Inspired: Aridanna Papell Beaded Blouson Gown

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 Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

For the mother of the groom who loves a little vintage flair, this Adrianna Papell gown is for you. Designed with a supremely flattering blouson bodice and body-skimming skirt, this gown fits like a dream.

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Best Under $200: BHLDN Satin Midi Dress

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 Courtesy of BHLDN

We love this gorgeous and reasonably priced tea-length gown from BHLDN. Crafted from luxe satin and in a deep emerald hue, this sophisticated frock is perfect for a semi-formal wedding.

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Best Figure-Flattering: La Femme Embellished Lace & Satin Mermaid Gown

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 Courtesy of Nordstrom

If you've tried on a few dresses in your lifetime, then we probably don't need to explain what a difference expertly placed ruching makes but we can ensure you that it does! This style from La Femme cinches you at the waist and smoothes throughout.

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For a Backyard Wedding: ML Monique Lhuillier Lace Evening Gown

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 Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Summer weddings call for breezy lace and pretty pastel hues. This stylish lace dress in pale mint is a no brainer for a luscious garden wedding or sunny seaside nuptials.

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Best Three-Piece Set: Le Bos Sheer Jacket, Top and Pants

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 Courtesy of David's Bridal

We love a good three-piece set as it feels like two outfits in one. This chic and formal set from David's Bridal consists of a sheer jacket perfect for cooler weather and medium coverage and a sleeveless sequin top that is more than ready for the dancefloor.

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For a New Year's Eve Wedding: Tadashi Shoji Metallic Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

Shimmering metallics are always a good idea, especially when it comes to formal occasions like a wedding. Whether you're attending a black-tie, winter or New Year's Eve wedding, this dazzling number is a no brainer.

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Best Little Black Dress: BHLDN Leaf Appliqué Tea-Length Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

If you're a mother who appreciates the simplicity of a chic little black dress, go for an elevated LBD for a formal wedding. This tea-length frock is packed with interesting details like an illusion bodice that is fully lined and a unique leaf motif that carries throughout the sleeves and hem.

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Best Subtle Sparkle: Betsy and Adam Drape Sleeve Stretch Sheath Dress

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

Upon first glance, you may not notice that this supremely elegant, body-skimming sheath dress has a little shimmering sparkle to it. If you're looking for glitz and glam that isn't overpowering –– this is your answer! Plus, those draped sleeves prove that coverage can be anything but frumpy.

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Best Statement-Making: Marchesa Notte Leaf-Embroidered Gown

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 Courtesy of Farfetch

A sophisticated black-tie affair calls for a truly showstopping gown like this whimsical creation from Marchesa. Keep accessories minimal and let the details of the dress do all of the talking.

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For a Winter Wedding: Adrianna Papell Floral-Beaded Gown

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 Courtesy of Macy's

In a shimmering silver hue and dripping in crystal embroidery, this Adrianna Papell beaded gown was made for a winter wedding.

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Best Plus Size: Adrianna Papell Plus Flutter Sleeves Beaded Gown

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Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

If you combine flutter sleeves with a relaxed blouson bodice and a fitted waist, then you have found yourself a very flattering dress. This style has an art-deco vibe that is perfect for the MOG whose personal style leans towards the vintage-inspired.

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For the Fashion-Forward MOG: Reem Acra Embellished Satin-Piqué Gown

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 Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

This shimmering sophisticated number by Reem Acra was designed with only the chicest mother of the groom in mind. Wear yours with matching silver accessories for an impeccably elegant monochromatic look.

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For a Black-Tie Wedding: Marchesa Notte Cape Dress

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Give them glitz, glam and drama in this stunning Marchesa Notte gown in royal blue. Wear yours with silver accessories to complement the blue hue and crystal-embellished tulle yoke.

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Best Wrap Silhouette: 11 Honoré Hunter Green Tulip Sleeve Dress

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Courtesy of 11 Honore

There is perhaps nothing more flattering than a wrap dress especially one with a tie as you can control the level of cinching. If you're headed to a fall wedding but are tired of navy, hunter green makes for a gorgeous alternative.

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For the Classic MOG: Amsale Off-the-Shoulder Column Dress

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 Courtesy of BHLDN

What could be more elegant than an elongating, floor-length, navy dress with an elegant neckline? Wear yours with a sleek updo to really show off those shoulders.

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For the Conservative MOG: Teri Jon Shirt Dress

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 Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

About as chic and refined as they come, this Teri Jon shirt gown is crafted from shimmering brocade and would be right at home at an elegant winter black-tie wedding.

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Best Off-the-Shoulder: Tadashi Shoji Lace Midi Dress

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Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

A fit and flare dress is the best silhouette for those looking to highlight their waist while having a looser fit throughout the skirt. This Tadashi Shoji midi dress is perfect for showing off statuesque shoulders and a narrow waist.

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Best High Neckline: BHLDN Satin Dress

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 Courtesy of BHLDN

Few necklines are as flattering as the halter-neck. This luxurious satin style from BHLDN excludes Old Hollywood glamour and comes six colors to complement any wedding palette.

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Best Investment: Lela Rose Embroidered Dress

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 Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Typically, a bride's wedding dress is designed to only be worn once but that shouldn't be the case when it comes to your mother of the groom dress. This is a big day for you too so why not invest in a piece that you really love and see yourself wearing again like this Lela Rose embroidered dress.

Shopping FAQs

Searching for the perfect dress for the big day? We’ve answered four common questions about shopping for mother of the groom dresses.

  • When should I start shopping for my mother of the groom outfit? To err on the safe side, we suggest that you start shopping for your dress six months before the wedding to allow for any shipping delays or alterations.
  • What should I consider when shopping for my dress? It’s important to take into consideration the venue, the season, and your personal style. While your outfit should be season-appropriate and complement the wedding’s color palette, it’s also important to pick silhouettes and colors that celebrate your body type and personal style.
  • What colors should I avoid wearing? Unless specifically approved by the bride or groom, a good rule of thumb is to avoid wearing white or any hue that might resemble the bride’s wedding dress or groom’s suit/tuxedo.
  • Do I have to run my outfit by the bride/groom? While the couple will surely want you to feel your best in your dress, having a conversation with the couple beforehand can help set expectations and narrow down your options.

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