Come the wedding, the bride is the woman of the day. However, her mother comes in a dear second. Traditionally, the mother of the bride gets to choose the colour scheme she wishes to wear before the mother of the groom. The mother of the bride needs beautiful and classy attire and make-up that will make her look stunning without upstaging the bride.
Choose a dress that highlights your best features and plays down the less flattering ones. Brides.com suggests a knee-length cocktail dress for showing off great legs. A V-neck plays down a large bust, while an asymmetrical bodice flatters fuller figures. Voluminous skirts conceal a pear-shaped bottom.
Avoid anything that will be uncomfortable and will restrict you when you're dancing later on in the evening. There is no need to wear frumpy, matronly attire at the wedding. Wear something that makes you look youthful and sexy.
Colours for Every Mom
Avoid very dark or bright lipstick. Opt for softer, more subdued hues that will make you look youthful. If you are having your make-up done professionally, have a practice run before the day of the wedding to avoid mishaps. Make your appointment for this well in advance. Choose make-up that will make your skin look dewy and glowing rather than caked on and dry. Restoring serums, moisturisers and brighteners help achieve this look.
Keep your hair loose and romantic. Avoid a tight updo that can make you look older than you are. Leave your hair down or have it blow dried and half up if your hair is longer. Soft, open waves look sexier and more youthful than an extravagant updo, so keep it simple.
Avoid shoes with ankle straps, as these can make your legs look more chunky than sexy. Wear light-coloured, sleek shoes in a nude or silver colour. Simplicity goes a long way, so avoid anything too sparkly. Choose an elegant, comfortable shoe instead. Get a pedicure in a sheer nude or pink hue. Again, avoid anything too bright or dark. Red nails can look tacky and ageing.
Jewellery and Accessories
Don't be afraid to express your own style. Wear something classy that makes you feel young, but also respect your daughter's wishes. Avoid pantyhose unless you have to dress warm for a fall or winter wedding. Show off your legs with a classy, streak-free self tanning lotion.
Match a big necklace with small, delicate earrings or, vice versa, a modest necklace with extravagant chandelier earrings. Choose a clutch as a stylish accessory.
- "Brides"; Style Tips for Mothers of the Bride and Groom; Anne Chertoff; June 2009
- "Brides"; Mother-of-the-Bride Style Tips; Elayne Fluker
- "The Knot": Mother of the Bride: Attire Etiquette Q&A; Amy Elliott
- "Brides": Mark Ingram's Top tips for Mothers; November 2008
- "Brides": All Shapes and Sizes; July 2010