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When you're shopping for the perfect mother of the groom outfit, it's easy to be overwhelmed by all of the options out there. So if you're looking to narrow down your choices or you're not sure where to start, a good rule of thumb is to stick to tried and true silhouettes. Our favorite silhouette? The tea-length dress. This ankle-baring silhouette is not only timeless and flattering but also comes in a whole host of styles to suit every type of wedding and mother of the groom.
What is a Tea-Length Dress?
The hem of a tea-length dress typically stops right above the ankle, however, some silhouettes may stop two to three inches above the ankle.
For the traditional mother of the groom, we've found striking tea-length styles crafted from classic fabrics like crepe and silk. Mothers with a bohemian sensibility will love the ease of this short silhouette designed to be worn with casual sandals and accessories. And for the minimalist mother of the groom, a pared-back tea-length dress is always an utterly sophisticated choice.
Read on for the best tea-length mother of the groom dresses for every style, body type, and budget.
Most Romantic: BHLDN Puff Sleeves Dress
There is perhaps nothing more romantic than a dress with delicate puff sleeves. Crafted from lustrous blush satin and featuring an empire waist, this tea-length frock is at once timeless and flattering.
For the Classic MOG: Roksanda Draped Midi Dress
For the mother of the groom who is drawn to classic silhouettes with unexpected details, this draped midi dress is the perfect blend of traditional and modern. In a soft blue hue, this dress is flattering on every skin tone and pairs beautifully with barely-there strappy sandals.
For the Glamorous MOG: Needle & Thread Sequin and Ribbon Dress
Attending a black-tie wedding? This shimmering style from Needle & Thread is a no-brainer for a formal affair. Flocked with allover tonal sequins and designed with cape-like flutter sleeves, you'll be sure to shine from the ceremony to the dance floor.
For a Winter Wedding: Galvan Satin-Trimmed Velvet Wrap Dress
For a fall or winter wedding, sumptuous (and warm!) velvet is always a smart pick. This waist-cinching number from Galvan would be right at home at a formal garden wedding.
For a Black-Tie Wedding: Brandon Maxwell Off-the-Shoulder Dress
There is no denying that an off-the-shoulder neckline is supremely elegant. And when coupled with a boned bodice, flouncy skirt, and pockets–you have one sophisticated dress worthy of a black-tie wedding.
For a Spring Wedding: Alberta Ferretti Flounce-Tiered Silk Dress
Spring weddings call for pastel dresses crafted from light and airy fabrics. This mint style from Alberta Ferretti is not only perfect for a warm-weather wedding, it's also something you'll wear again and again long after the couple says "I do."
Best for Cocktail Attire: Carolina Herrera Belted Satin Cocktail Jacket Dress
If you're not sure where to start when it comes to shopping for the perfect mother of the groom dress, start with the silhouette. An A-line silhouette is universally flattering and a timeless choice for any type of wedding.
For a New Year's Eve Wedding: St. John Sequin Mesh Dress
A wedding around the holidays or New Year's nuptials calls for a festive mother of the groom dress. Give them glitz and glam in this statement-making number in allover shimmering sequins. Keep accessories simple–this dress does all the talking.
For an Outdoor Wedding: Needle & Thread Floral Dress
Perfect for an outdoor wedding, this floral dress feels light, airy, and feminine. Whether you're attending a casual backyard party or a destination event, this dreamy style is sure to photograph beautifully.
Searching the for perfect mother of the groom dress? We've answered three common questions about shopping for a tea-length mother of the groom dress.
What is a tea-length dress?
The hem of a tea-length dress typically stops right above the ankle. However, some silhouettes may stop two to three inches above the ankle.
Can I wear a tea-length mother of the groom dress to a formal wedding?
A mother of the groom (and mother of the bride) dress should follow the formality of the wedding. While there are many tea-length styles out there that would be suited to a formal wedding, it's best to run your outfit choice by the couple first.
What color tea-length mother of the groom dress should I avoid wearing?
Unless specifically approved by the couple, the mother of the groom should avoid wearing any color similar to the bride's outfit.