I'm Mother of the Bride and I hate Mother of the Bride outfits

(56 Posts)
KristinaM Mon 11-Mar-13 21:35:31

Title says it all really. I've looked at hundreds on line, they are all shiny taffeta, pastel chiffon or floral . Its not my style - I like simple but dramatic shapes in bold colours. On the very odd occasion when I get dressed up.

Wedding is in May, a civil ceremony in a country house hotel. I don't have to match or avoid any colours ( apart from white or black obviously ) . I don't even need to wear a hat or a fascinator grin

I'm a size 10, 5'5". Reasonable budget. It should be easy. Sigh

habbibu Mon 11-Mar-13 21:39:15

my mum wore a bkack dress, with a long orange coat thing, plus black and orange hat. She looked ace.

CitizenOscar Mon 11-Mar-13 21:41:47

My mum wore white linen trousers with silky tunic top from monsoon, plus a hat. It suited her and she looked fab, relaxed but stylish.

CitizenOscar Mon 11-Mar-13 21:42:54

PS I didn't wear white but even if I had, I don't think the trousers would have looked strange next to me as the top was the focus point of her outfit.

bulletproofgerbil Mon 11-Mar-13 21:46:51

Me too kristina Was looking online over the weekend and while there are no shortage of outfits available, they are virtually all vile. So will be watching this thread with interest. I don't need any headwear either thankfully as also civil ceremony.

KristinaM Mon 11-Mar-13 21:46:51

Was her top coloured, citizen?

Ruprekt Mon 11-Mar-13 21:52:32

Phase 8 often have lovely dresses.

Great that you dont really have to BE in a mother of the bride outfit.

cookielove Mon 11-Mar-13 22:00:55

My mother wore a bright orange dress, it was a beautiful cut and she looked amazing smile she was worried that she may stand out to much but it was fine, i was from Reiss

it was very similar to this she wore a black fasinator, shoes and jacket!!

She to, hated all that floral crap style!!

Mum wore black and white and looked chic, not fussy, and great Iin all the photos.

catinboots Mon 11-Mar-13 22:06:46

My mum went to Hobbs both times (me and DSis)

She looked fucking amazing. Appropriate for MOB, stylish, trendy, demure and damn well better then both of the MOGs

catinboots Mon 11-Mar-13 22:08:40

Actually thinking now she had a bit if a theme for both - very flattering swishy knee length expensive looking dress. But with AMAzing shawl/jacket, fascinatior, bag, shoes, jewellery etc

Cremolafoam Mon 11-Mar-13 22:10:21

Have you looked at anglomania by Vivienne Westwood . Lots of beautifully cut clothes which are not flouncy in anyway.
www.net-a-porter.com/product/337387

LeChatRouge Mon 11-Mar-13 22:11:48

How about this dress with silver strappy sandals?

My mum wore a dress and jacket from Hobbs and looked beautiful.

X post cat in boots smile

DewDr0p Mon 11-Mar-13 22:13:38

I know I'm starting to sound like an undercover John Lewis personal shopper but my Mum used their service for my brother's wedding and she looked stunning She is quite short and busty and finds it tricky to get dresses and jackets to fit but they made her look amazing and not MOB-ish at all.

DewDr0p Mon 11-Mar-13 22:14:06

Pressed send too soon - she looked v fresh and modern

Maryz Cote D'Ivoire Mon 11-Mar-13 22:16:55

oooh, I know nothing about fashion.

But I'm going to vicariously enjoy this wedding so am shamelessly nosying on this thread [excited]

1944girl Mon 11-Mar-13 22:17:04

I hate mother of the bride/groom outfits with a passion.My DS2 has been married twice, first time I wore a lovely emerald green dress with no hat as I hate ''formal'' hats.Facinators are silly looking things.
I cant remember what I wore for his second marriage, I'd been through it all before.
Mother of the bride outfits with lampshade hats make me cringe.

INeverSaidThat Mon 11-Mar-13 22:17:28

I think avoiding overly MO the B dresses is probably a good start. I am not overly keen on hatstand fascinaters either but it depends on the wedding.

Linen always looks lovely especially in plain colours.

I love some of the suggestions so far.

UmBongo Mon 11-Mar-13 22:18:36

I think my mum's outfit was from Jaques Vert. She also declared she hated Mother Of The Bride Outfits. Although we did go into one shop and as soon as we got in the door she was asked "Mother of the bride or mother of the groom?"!!!!!!!!!

Just wear something you like and feel comfortable and confident in, and enjoy your daughters big day! Congratulations to all.

cityangel Mon 11-Mar-13 22:20:27

I second the option to book a John Lewis personal shopper session (earlier in the morning the better) It will give you an idea of the high street options (they carry most labels) and if you don't find anything at least you'll know you've exhausted some options and they do all the leg work. Don't only let them go out on the shop floor/ half way through the session go out and pick what you like, it will focus you more hmm

The more options the better are you near a Westfields or Bicester?

GemmaTeller Mon 11-Mar-13 22:22:05

Have a look at Coast.

I'm mother of the groom later in the year and can't abide the shiny, ruffly, floaty, big bows, bright splashy outfits with teeny tiny bolero jackets.

I bought a fitted dark blue 'cocktail' type dress and am going to wear cream accessories and a cream and navy hat. I trying to channel my inner Audrey Hepburn!

beginnings Mon 11-Mar-13 22:25:01

My mother wore a black and white dress to my wedding! And MIL wore Jacques Vert. They both looked lovely and neither looked mother of the bride/groomy!

Cremolafoam Mon 11-Mar-13 22:52:02

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