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As the mother of the bride (or groom) you want to look your best on the big day without overshadowing the bride herself, and it can be a tricky line to toe.
Plus, add in the fact you’ll likely be dancing all night, called up for family photos (some of which will likely take place outside) and feature heavily in the video and you’ve got yourself a bit of an outfit dilemma.
But the time has come to stop thinking about the flowers, the favours and the table-centres that are taking a little too long to arrive, and focus on yourself - just for a minute.
If you’re stuck for what to wear to the happy day then don’t worry, we’ve rounded up the best outfits to have you looking, and feeling, your best all night.
From chic pantsuits that move as effortlessly as you on the dancefloor to dresses that will keep you cool if the big day takes place over the hectic summer season.
Simply pick one of these up and then you can get back to the politics of the seating plan.
Our pick of the best mother of the bride outfits
Dorothy Perkins Green Foil Asymmetric Ruffle Midi Dress | £45 from Debenhams
Perfect for a spring/summer wedding, this midi dress will look chic with a metallic, or monochrome, jacket during the ceremony and sway beautifully as you make your move on the dancefloor. Plus, floral prints show no sign of going away so it’s a good one to store for future occasions, too.
Adrianna Papell Long Beaded Mesh Dress | £175 from House of Fraser
This is the perfect level of stand out without standing too much, if you know what we mean? It’s chic, it’s luxurious and the hidden zip fastening at the back means you never need worry that you’re about to fall out of it - no matter how raucous the night gets!
Lace Sequin Trouser | £75 from Karen Millen
Lace and sequins say party through and through, which is actually only one of the reasons we love these designer trousers. Simply add a chiffon black blouse and you’ve got yourself a wedding look to remember. Take the aisle in style.
Mairi Dress | £119 from Baukjen
If ever a dress said ‘effortless sophistication’ it’s this simple, satin-look number in brilliant cobalt blue. Fitted at the waist to create a flattering silhouette, the flowing skirt and bishop sleeves add an elegant finish. You’ll wish you could do the day again and again in this!
Missy Metallic Pussybow Top | £60 from Monsoon
Catch the light in this metallic pussybow blouse. Pair with black cigarette pants for a chic, on-trend look that will ensure you stand out from the crowd without drawing attention away from the bride. Plus it’s a great option if you prefer to cover up.
Linen Blend Floral Print Shift Dress | £25 from Marks & Spencer
We turn to M&S for practically everything else, so why not wedding outfits too? This playful, peach linen dress is perfect for a summer wedding and at £25 means you can afford to splash out on a comfy pair of shoes for the evening too.
Penny Dress | £169 from Hobbs
Lace is a classic wedding material and works really well if your bride is incorporating lace in her own dress design. The delicate lace sleeves and flattering, synched in waist are all brought to life in this vibrant green colour - though you might want to check you’re not having photos in a field first!
Phase Eight Brandie Lace Bodice Jumpsuit | £165 from John Lewis
Adding a modern twist to traditional occasionwear dress, this loose-fitting jumpsuit mixes elegance with comfort to create the ideal MoB outfit. Plus, it has pockets - POCKETS! - so you can keep all the little essentials your daughter might need on the night with you.
Black & White Jersey Wideleg Jumpsuit | £122 from Debenhams
If you’re not a fan of the traditional then this patterned jumpsuit, with flared trousers, is the ideal choice. It’s comfortable, it’s flattering and it only needs a pair of shoes to complete the look - so that’s fewer accessories to worry about on the day.
Ruffle Hem Shift Dress | £81.75 from Coast
Playful yet demure, this ruffle hem dress has a real understated wow factor, with its ultra-flattering pencil silhouette and plunge v-neckline. Sachet your way through the day in envy-inducing style.
Pink Marl Slouch Suit Trousers | £39 from Topshop
You might not immediately think of a dusty pink suit as an obvious MoB option, but it’s smart, it’s modern and it adds a subtle pop of colour to proceedings. It’s the perfect option if you’re not keen on a traditional dress but still want to look on-trend. Pair these slouched suit trousers with this Dusty Pink Double Breasted Blazer (£49), also from Topshop.