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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 Embellished Lace & Satin Mermaid Gown
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 Winter Wedding: Adrianna Papell Floral-Beaded Gown
In a shimmering silver hue and dripping in crystal embroidery, this Adrianna Papell beaded gown was made for a winter wedding.
For a Formal Wedding: Sachin & Babi Laurana Dress
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.
Best Three-Piece Set: Oleg Cassini Sequin Lace and Jersey Plus Pantsuit
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 Subtle Sparkle: Betsy and Adam Drape Sleeve Stretch Sheath Dress
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.
Most Vintage-Inspired: Adrianna Papell Plus Blouson Sequined Gown
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.
For a New Year's Eve Wedding: Tadashi Shoji Metallic Dress
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.
For the Sophisticated MOG: Carolina Herrera Belted Satin Dress
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.
Best Investment: Jenny Packham Embellished Cape-Effect Crepe Gown
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 embroidered dress by Jenny Packham.
Best for Semi-Formal Attire: Adrianna Papell Sequin Dress
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!
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.
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 spotlight your 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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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 party, and more. Her favorite trends for mother of the groom outfits are sleek and modern jumpsuits and glamorous floor-length gowns.