52 Super-Pretty Dresses To Wear On Mother’s Day

Another day dedicated to love, for Mom

Updated 05/05/18
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If you’re in the midst of planning a wedding, a Mother’s Day outing might seem like one more thing you need to add to your very busy agenda. But Mom deserves a lovely day spent with her loved ones, so making time for her will mean the most. Besides, she’s probably been a huge help supporting you through all of your wedding planning thus far. But what to wear?

For a dressed up day with Mom—perhaps it’s a ticket to the ballet, brunch at the country club, an elegant afternoon tea, or a little fine dining—you’ll want something that’s elegant but not overly formal. A midi hem is universally flattering (yes, even for petites!) and a sophisticated silhouette whether you choose a style with flutter sleeves and flouncy ruffles, a tiered floral print, all-over lace in a jaunty hue, or a vivid color-block pattern. All feel modern and fresh for spring (which is here, technically).

For more of a laid-back day like a cozy breakfast, breezy afternoon cocktails or dinner at home with the family, a billowing cotton maxi, checkered print or an eyelet mini are decidedly chic, but slightly more casual.

Taking Mom shopping or for a picnic in the park? Go for something flowy or in a lightweight fabric like cotton or linen to stay cool, comfortable, but decidedly stylish.

Whatever you choose, all the above work well as wedding guest attire later on in the season or as a bridal shower or brunch ensemble. This is especially important if you opt to splurge (we’re full of savvy advice).

From off-the-shoulder, halter, and asymmetrical necklines to tie-strap, short and long sleeves to mini, midi, and maxi lengths, we’ve pulled together an assortment of dresses to suit any Mother’s Day activity. In a range of prints, patterns, and hues, you’ll find your perfect dress ahead whether you’re looking for an under-$50 find or are feeling the urge to splurge.

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ASOS DESIGN Color Block Pleated Maxi Dress

Courtesy of ASOS

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $87

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ASOS DESIGN Pinafore Midi Dress In Ditsy Print

Courtesy of ASOS DESIGN

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $60

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Who What Wear Plus Size Sleeveless Belted Mock Neck Dress

Courtesy of Who What Wear

SHOP NOW: Target, $36.99

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A New Day Floral Print Sleeveless Ruffle Skirt Dress

Courtesy of A New Day

SHOP NOW: Target, $27.99

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Xhilaration Floral Print Wrap Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Xhilaration

SHOP NOW: Target, $29.99

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Club Monaco Suukyi Dress

Courtesy of Club Monaco

SHOP NOW: Club Monaco, $268

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Veda Fiesta Dress Sunrise Trio

Courtesy of Veda

SHOP NOW: Veda, $375

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Iris & Ink Remy Gathered Cotton-Voile Dress

Courtesy of Iris & Ink

SHOP NOW: The Outnet, $155

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Amuse Society Summer Safari Dress

Courtesy of Amuse

SHOP NOW: Revolve, $90

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The Kooples Blue And White Gingham Silk Dress

Courtesy of The Kooples

SHOP NOW: The Kooples, $350

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Gal Meets Glam Collection Lauren Botanical Garden Print Midi Dress

Courtesy of Gal Meets Glam

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $178

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Maje Long Pleated Dress

Courtesy of Maje

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $515

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Linnette Asymmetrical Slip Dress

Courtesy of BCBGMAXAZRIA

SHOP NOW: BCBGMAXAZRIA, $198

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Sézane Alma Dress

Courtesy of Sézane

SHOP NOW: Sézane, $210

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Nanette Lepore Miami Silk Dress

Courtesy of Nanette Lepore

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $478

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Saylor NYC Ambrosina Lace Dress

Courtesy of Saylor NYC

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $264

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Courtesy of H&M

H&M V-neck Chiffon Dress

SHOP NOW: H&M, $59.99

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Free People Love Of My Life Dress

Courtesy of Free People

SHOP NOW: Revolve, $128

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Sandro Long Knit Dress With Narrow Straps

Courtesy of Sandro

SHOP NOW: Sandro, $355

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Cinq à Sept Mateo Silk Floral-Print Dress

Courtesy of Intermix

SHOP NOW: Intermix, $595

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Sea Josephine Ruched Dress

Courtesy of Sea

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $525

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Ganni Roseburg Crêpe Dress

Courtesy of Ganni

SHOP NOW: My Theresa, $250

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Storets Xanna Back Ribbon Striped Dress

Courtesy of Storets

SHOP NOW: Storets, $52

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Mara Hoffman Mei Dress

Courtesy of Mara Hoffman

SHOP NOW: Revolve, $475

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Nanushka Salem Sarong Strap Dress

Courtesy of Nanushka

SHOP NOW: Nanushka, $545.50

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ba&sh Belize Dress

SHOP NOW: Selfridges, $350

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Eloquii Flare Sleeve Dress With Halter Detail

Courtesy of Eloquii

SHOP NOW: Eloquii, $119

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RIXO London Priscilla Dress

Courtesy of RIXO

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $485

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Saloni Tilly Ruffle Dress

Courtesy of Saloni

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $425

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Tanya Taylor Everly Dress

Courtesy of Tanya Taylor

SHOP NOW: Olivela, $525

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& Other Stories Allover Lace Midi Dress

Courtesy of & Other Stories

SHOP NOW: & Other Stories, $175

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Reformation Meredith Dress

Courtesy of Reformation

SHOP NOW: Reformation, $248

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Christy Dawn The Monarch Dress

Courtesy of Christy Dawn

SHOP NOW: Christy Dawn, $212

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Rebecca Taylor Francine Floral Poplin Tank Dress

Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

SHOP NOW: Rebecca Taylor, $375

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Dôen Sol Dress

Courtesy of Dôen

SHOP NOW: Dôen, $305

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LOFT Split Sleeve Satin Dress

Courtesy of LOFT

SHOP NOW: LOFT, $79.50

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Lacausa Pantry Dress

Courtesy of Lacausa

SHOP NOW: Lacausa, $242

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Ann Taylor Floral Flounce Shift Dress

Courtesy of Ann Taylor

SHOP NOW: Ann Taylor, $139

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Wilfred Effet Dress

Courtesy of Aritzia

SHOP NOW: Aritzia, $175

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Réalisation The Julia Purple Haze

Courtesy of Réalisation

SHOP NOW: Réalisation Par, $210

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Mango Pleated Bicolor Dress

Courtesy of Mango

SHOP NOW: Mango, $169.99

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Topshop Jacquard Ruffle Wrap Midi Dress

Courtesy of Topshop

SHOP NOW: Topshop, $95

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Massimo Dutti Pleated Double Layer Dress

Courtesy of Massimo Dutti

SHOP NOW: Massimo Dutti, $130

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Zara Checkered Dress With Buttons

Courtesy of Zara

SHOP NOW: Zara, $69.90

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Express Striped Wrap Front Dress

Courtesy of Express

SHOP NOW: Express, $69.90

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Madewell Pink Fleur Bow-Back Dress

Courtesy of Madewell

SHOP NOW: Madewell, $138

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Forever 21 Plunging Crochet Dress

Courtesy of Forever 21

SHOP NOW: Forever 21, $27.90

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J.Crew Tie-Front Strapless Dress in Liberty June's Meadow

Courtesy of J.Crew

SHOP NOW: J.Crew, $168

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Old Navy Floral-Print Plus-Size Tiered Swing Dress

Courtesy of Old Navy

SHOP NOW: Old Navy, $46.99

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HVN Charlotte Poppy Printed Silk Dress

Courtesy of HVN

SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $675

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Guess Daydream Gingham Floral Wrap Dress

Courtesy of Guess

SHOP NOW: Guess, $108

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Gap Kimono Sleeve Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Gap

SHOP NOW: Gap, was $79.95 now, $64

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