16 Chic Mother of the Groom Dresses for Any Season and Budget

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17 Best Mother of the Groom Dresses of 2022

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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-hugging 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.

Read on for the best mother of the groom dresses

Best Figure-Flattering: La Femme Off the Shoulder Beaded Satin Trumpet 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.

For a Summer Wedding: Tadashi Shoji Floral Dress

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Courtesy of Dillard's

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

Best Halter-Neck: BHLDN Satin Charmeuse Dress

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 Courtesy of BHLDN

Show off your shoulders with a gown featuring a halter-neck silhouette. This luxurious satin style from BHLDN excludes Old Hollywood glamour and is available in six colors to complement any wedding palette.

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

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 Courtesy of BHLDN

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

Best Metallic: 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.

Best Jewel Tone: Talbot Runhof Velvet Dress

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This elegant number by Talbot Runhof features a gently gathered bodice and an alluring off-the-shoulder neckline. Crafted from stretch-velvet, this rich, emerald green number is a stylish pick for a fall or winter wedding.

For a Spring Wedding: Adrianna Papell Beaded V Neck Cocktail Midi Dress

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Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

If you combine flutter sleeves with a relaxed blouson bodice and a fitted waist, you have yourself a very stylish and flattering dress. This style features a pretty floral design making it the perfect pick for a spring wedding.

Best Three-Piece Set: Oleg Cassini Sequin Lace and Jersey Plus Pantsuit

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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 dance floor.

Best for Semi-Formal Attire: Adrianna Papell Sequin Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

A semi-formal wedding calls for a sophisticated but less dressy look than a black-tie wedding and this lace number more than fits the bill. Since gold is practically a neutral, this short dress can be worn to a New Year's Eve wedding, a summer wedding and everything in between!

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.

For a Winter Wedding: Adrianna Papell Floral-Beaded Gown

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Courtesy of Adrianna Papell

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

Best Sleeves: Oleg Cassini Off-the-Shoulder Crepe Gown with Illusion Sleeves

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

Equal parts sophisticated and romantic, this formal dress features exquisite details like sheer sleeves adorned with 3D floral appliqués, a décolletage-baring neckline, and a flattering fit.

Best Investment: Marchesa Floral-Embroidered Chiffon Midi Dress

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Courtesy of Moda Operandi

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? This beautiful Marchesa dress is definitely worth splurging on.

For a Fall Wedding: Tadashi Shoji Brinda Velvet Dress

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Courtesy of BHLDN

Warm and comfortable, a velvet dress is perfect for a winter or holiday wedding. Accentuate this glamorous look with shoulder-grazing statement earrings and metallic accessories.

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.

For a Formal Wedding: Marchesa Notte Cape-effect embellished Embroidered Stretch-Crepe Gown

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Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Glide down the aisle in this truly regal gown from Marchesa Notte. Crafted in a beautiful lilac hue, and boasting a cape-like effect this statement-making gown is ideal for a spring or summer black-tie wedding.

What to Look For in a Mother of the Groom Outfit

When it comes to shopping for mother of the groom dresses, identifying the best silhouette for your body type is always a good place to start. This will help narrow down your options and make the shopping process a whole lot easier. Beyond choosing a flattering silhouette, it’s also important to pick an outfit that not only showcases your personal style but follows the wedding’s dress code and color palette. If the wedding calls for black-tie attire, make sure you opt for a formal outfit like a floor-length gown or pantsuit. If the wedding is more casual, go for a short frock or sundress. Keep in mind that many sites offer the ability to filter dresses by occasion, color, and silhouette.

Although online shopping comes with its many perks, it can be tricky to tell exactly what a certain dress will look like in person. The solution? Thoroughly read product descriptions–right down to the fabric type–and any customer reviews. And since so many retailers offer fast shipping and free returns, you can easily send back any dresses you don’t love– just make sure to always review a retailer's shipping and return policy.

FAQ
  • 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 mother of the groom outfit?

    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 spotlight your personal style.

  • What colors should a mother of the groom avoid wearing?

    A good rule of thumb is to avoid wearing white or any hue that might resemble the bride’s wedding outfit or groom’s suit/tuxedo.

  • Do I have to run my mother of the groom outfit by the couple?

    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.

Why Trust Brides

Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, bridal parties, and more.

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