While floor-length gowns, midi dresses, and modern jumpsuits are all stylish options to wear on your daughter's big day, a timeless pantsuit is also a striking choice for a mother of the bride. Easy to wear and unfussy in design, pantsuits are a perfectly polished ensemble for any type of wedding.
When it comes to picking a mother of the bride pantsuit that not only looks good but also feels good, the fit is the most important factor to consider. Do you want a silhouette that's structured, sleek, and architectural? Or do you want a fit that is a little more relaxed and casual? Once you've nailed down what you want, details like adornments, fabrics, and colors come into play. If you're attending a formal wedding, black and navy pantsuits with crystal-lined blazers and pearl-embellished pants feel effortlessly glamorous for a black-tie dress code. Meanwhile, suits in pastels and light fabrics like linen and cotton are an especially fitting choice for a laid-back summer wedding.
To help you find the right pantsuit for the big day, we've researched various options with these features in mind. For the modern and trendy mother of the bride, we love the Silk Maison Front Slit Trousers and DAISYSILK 32 Momme Design Silk Pantsuit Set for Women. If you're looking for a classic and tailored option, you can't go wrong with the Ann Taylor The High Waist Ankle Pant in Double Knit.
When choosing the color of your pantsuit, make sure it's not the same as the bride's outfit. If you're unsure, run your outfit by the couple before purchasing.
Read on to discover the best mother-of-the-bride pantsuits for every style and budget.
Most Chic: Silk Maison Front Slit Trousers
Size Range: S to XL | Materials: Satin | Shipping: Free shipping | Return Policy: Returns accepted within 14 days
This gorgeous emerald green satin pantsuit makes for a fashion-forward yet classic and chic look. We love the slit along the ankle as well as the asymmetrical tie-waist detail. The cropped pants will help make you appear taller, and the tailoring will flatter various leg shapes. It's made of acetate and polyester for a lightweight fit, so it's ideal for a wedding in warmer weather. This pantsuit also comes in several other colors that complement various wedding palettes.
Most Classic: Reformation Kinsale Set
Size Range: 0 to 12 | Materials: Crepe-back satin | Shipping: Free U.S. shipping | Return Policy: Returns accepted
You can never go wrong with a classic option, and this crepe-back satin suit is certainly proof. Featuring double-breasted button details and a flared pant leg, this look is nothing short of sleek and timeless. It offers an elongated style and is made of lightweight polyester for a comfortable fit. Even better, the blazer has pockets so you won't even need a clutch on the big day if you carry light. Don this number at formal and casual weddings alike with your best heels.
Best Color Options: DAISYSILK 32 Momme Design Silk Pantsuit Set For Women
Size Range: XXS to XXL | Materials: Mulberry silk | Shipping: Free shipping on orders exceeding $45 | Return Policy: Free returns accepted within 60 days of purchase
This stunningly sleek pantsuit features the most luxurious mulberry silk material. The blazer features a tailored collar, and the pants have a cropped length for a slimming and lengthening silhouette. The pants also have pockets, so you can forgo a clutch if desired. Plus, it's available in a wide array of irresistible shades, including black, hazel blue, dark green, peacock blue, and avocado green. We know what you're thinking—we'd have a hard time choosing, too!
Best Navy Set: Oleg Cassini Sequin Lace and Jersey Plus Size Pantsuit
Size Range: 14W to 24W | Materials: Sequin-embellished lace and jersey | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return Policy: Returns accepted within guidelines
For a foolproof and sophisticated mother of the bride (or groom) look, you can never go wrong with a three-piece pantsuit. In classic navy and dotted with shimmering sequins, this style is ideal for an evening wedding. It's constructed of nylon, polyester, and spandex for a breathable and stretchy fit. Pair it with gold accessories for a finished look.
Best for the Minimalist: Theory Ribbed-Waist Blazer in Admiral Crepe
Size Range: 00 to 16 | Materials: Crepe | Shipping: Free ground shipping | Return Policy: Returns accepted within 30 days of purchase
If you're looking for a minimalist pantsuit, look no further than this option from Theory. With a rib knit waistband, strong shoulders, and notched labels, it's sleek, simple, and sophisticated—just the way we like it. It's made from the brand's Admiral Crepe fabric, which is woven with sustainably-sourced triacetate. It has a fitted silhouette and comes in black and white color options. This is a great ensemble to wear to formal and casual weddings alike.
Best for an Oversized Look: River Island Ruched Sleeve Blazer
Size Range: 2 to 14 | Materials: Plain-woven fabric | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return Policy: Returns accepted
An oversized suit is a trendy look that continually cycles back into fashion, and we love this pink option. The ruched sleeves offer a whimsical flair, while the notched lapels and single-button closure keep things classic. The matching pants are sold separately, but they have a wide cut to elongate your silhouette. Made from 100 percent polyester, it offers a breathable and comfortable fit that's great for summer weddings. Pair this with a trendy clutch and heels for a polished look.
Best for a Spring Wedding: Mango Fitted Suit Blazer
Size Range: 1 to 14 | Materials: Polyester blend | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return Policy: Free returns accepted within 60 days of purchase
We're head over heels for this pretty lavender hue. Featuring a classic structured fit, this pantsuit makes for a soft and romantic spin that is ideal for spring nuptials. It's constructed of polyester, viscose, and elastane for superior breathability and comfort. The pants are sold separately and have a straight silhouette that's cropped at the ankle for a trendy and seamless style. Pair it with heels and simple jewelry for a minimalist look.
Most Statement-Making: Eloquii Long Belted Blazer
Size Range: 14 to 28 | Materials: Polyester blend | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return Policy: Returns accepted within guidelines
For a statement-making look, this belted blazer and pleated palazzo pants are a no-brainer. The deep red hue makes for a sophisticated touch, and the wide-cut legs flatter various body shapes and elongate your silhouette. Its made of stretch woven polyester, spandex, and rayon, so you know it will feel comfortable and lightweight all day long. Style this with chunky gold jewelry for a finished look.
Most Tailored: Ann Taylor The High Rise Ankle Pant In Double Knit
Size Range: 00 to 18 | Materials: Polyester blend | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return Policy: Free returns accepted
This suit's bright coral color adds a playful splash to this classically cut and tailored silhouette. We picture this ensemble with statement earrings and neutral pumps for an elegantly bright, cheery (and dare we say preppy?) look alongside a New England wedding in the spring or early summer. It's made of polyester, rayon, and spandex for a stretchy fit. You can also find this suit in a light green color that's ideal for spring.
Best for a Black-Tie Wedding: Banana Republic Tuxedo Blazer
Size Range: 0 to 20 | Materials: Tencel and linen | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return Policy: Free returns accepted within 60 days of purchase
This champagne pantsuit is ideal for a black-tie wedding in the summer months. We're obsessed with the unique combination of this color's metallic finish with the Tencel and linen fabric. It has a straight silhouette, but the wide-legged, ankle-cropped pants give it a whimsical vibe. Style it with a pair of gold heels and jewelry for a monochromatic look.
Best for a Christmas Wedding: Gucci Single-Breasted Velvet Jacket
Size Range: 00 to 12 | Materials: Cotton-blend velvet | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return Policy: Free returns accepted
This striking velvet suit makes for an incredibly chic and memorable look for holiday-centered nuptials. The gorgeous red hue and the rich fabric are bound to pair beautifully with twinkling lights, gold tones, and an evergreen or garland backdrop. The peak lapels add some extra drama to the tailored silhouette, and it has a back vent for increased mobility. Pair it with chunky heels for a completed look.
Best Pattern: Veronica Beard Long & Lean Floral Velvet Dickey Jacket
Size Range: 0 to 12 | Materials: Velvet jacquard | Shipping: Free shipping | Return Policy: Returns accepted within 28 days of receipt
This velvet jacquard pantsuit screams effortless luxury. We love how the golden and icy blue floral pattern pops on the black backdrop. This set is ideal for winter nuptials, whether it's an elevated dinner party or a black-tie affair. It has a slimming silhouette and a cutaway hemline for a comfortable fit. Made of rayon and nylon, it also has a stretchy and breathable feel that will keep you warm in cooler weather.
Best for an All-White Wedding: Theory Cropped Blazer in Admiral Crepe
Size Range: 00 to 12 | Materials: Japanese admiral crepe | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return Policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of purchase
If your daughter is planning an all-white wedding, don this super chic number. This cropped jacket and matching pantsuit is an ultra-sleek and sophisticated take that's perfectly appropriate for a modern affair. We absolutely adore the extra wide-leg cropped pants, which add some extra movement to your overall silhouette. Made from the brand's sustainably-sourced triacetate fabric, it has a lightweight and quick-drying feel that's suitable for summer weddings. Style it with pumps for a classic look.
Most Feminine: Azazie Maura Jumpsuit
Size Range: 0 to 30 (custom sizes available) | Materials: Chiffon and lace | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return Policy: Returns accepted within 30 days
This soft chiffon set is all things airy, feminine, and elegant. Available in over 50 colors, we picture this easy-breezy look for seaside or garden nuptials. It has a floor-length silhouette that can easily be tailored for any height to create the best fit. We also love how the lace and beading details featured on the blouse's neckline and the cuffs of the chiffon wrap add whimsical flair. Keep in mind the wrap is sold separately, and you can style it with heels and simple dangling earrings for a completed look.
Best for a Laid-Back Wedding: Alexander McQueen Ruffle-Sleeve Ribbed Cardigan
Size Range: XS to XL | Materials: Japanese admiral crepe | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return Policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of purchase
In its bright coral hue, this matching set is ideal for laid-back spring nuptials. The cardigan features an eye-catching ruffle detail and ribbed-knit design, while the pants keep the look clean and sophisticated with their slim fit and boot-cut legs. The pants are sold separately, but both pieces are made from viscose fabric for a soft and lightweight feel.
Best for a Winter Wedding: Bella Freud Saint James Patch-Pocket Satin Suit Jacket
Size Range: 2 to 10 | Materials: Satin | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return Policy: Returns accepted within 28 days
For an ultra-polished look that's ideal for an elevated winter wedding, opt for this emerald green satin pantsuit. Its distinct seams, patch pockets, and button details feel sophisticated and timeless. It's made of 100 percent viscose fabric and has a satin lining for a soft and smooth feel. We also love how the matching flared trousers elongate your silhouette. Style this with silver jewelry for an icy and sleek winter look.
Best Lace Detail: R&M Richards Metallic Lace Tank Top and Pant Set with Sheer Lace Jacket
Size Range: 6 to 18 | Materials: Lace and polyester blend | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return Policy: Returns accepted within 30 days of purchase
Lace is a timeless and classically feminine choice, and this three-piece pantsuit is no exception. Available in several colors ranging from blush, gray, navy, and gold, this pick is ideal for various weddings—we're thinking New Year's nuptials. We love the scalloped trim on the jacket, meanwhile, the pants have a straight silhouette to give the illusion of extra height. Made from nylon, polyester, and spandex, this pantsuit will feel soft and comfortable all night long.
Most Statement-Making: Carolina Herrera Wool Tuxedo Jacket
Size Range: 2 to 10 | Materials: Virgin wool, elastane, and polyamide | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return Policy: Free returns accepted within 28 days
For the mother of the bride who is unabashed by bold color, this bubblegum pink Carolina Herrera ensemble is for you. The blazer has a tapered silhouette for a fitted look, while the matching trousers have a wide leg to add extra movement. Each piece is crafted from virgin wool, elastane, and polyamide for a stretchy and comfortable feel. Style it with matching pink accessories for a polished and monochromatic look.
What to Look for in a Mother of the Bride Pantsuit
Picking out your fabric, the color, and your ultimate style is the fun part. While there's no doubt that choosing your mother of the bride look can be a lot of fun, there's also a little pressure and quite a few logistics to work through. We get it! So after you've settled on the basics, start by solidifying the formality of the wedding. Should you opt for a black-tie-appropriate look, such as a classic satin navy suit with clean lines and a streamlined silhouette? Or can you go for a more casual or bold colorful suit with an asymmetrical design in an unexpected fabric?
It's not only important to consider the tone of the wedding, but also to keep your focus on styles that will be complementary to that of the bride. While you'll want to look and feel great, the intention should always be to complement rather than upstage. In order to do this, choose a hue that will accent the wedding palette and opt for a look that is more subtle than the bride's gown. Most importantly, be sure to go to a professional for an expert fit and the perfect hem. We recommend wearing heels with a slightly longer pant length for an unforgettably chic and super-elongating look.
What does a pantsuit include?
A pantsuit typically consists of a blazer and coordinating trousers. It sometimes includes the blouse or shirt worn underneath the blazer. While many pieces of a pantsuit are sold separately, you can also find convenient and affordable options sold together.
Can a mother of the groom wear a pantsuit?
Of course! A pantsuit is a chic and timeless choice for a mother of the groom or mother of the bride. Jumpsuits are a similar and equally appropriate option for moms that differ from a traditional dress.
What color pantsuit should a mother of the bride avoid wearing?
Traditionally, the mother of the bride (and mother of the groom) should avoid wearing a similar color to the bride's outfit. It's best to stray away from white or ivory and opt for colors associated with the overall wedding palette and aesthetic.
Why Trust Us / About the Author
Sophie Moore is a former Brides editor and now serves as a contributing writer. With over eight years of professional experience, she is an expert in all things bridal fashion.