Dresses for the Mother of the Bride or Groom

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Gowns for Mothers

Shopping for an appropriate wedding dress for your daughter or son's wedding can be difficult. After all, you want to complement the style of the wedding and choose a dress that's figure flattering without taking attention away from the couple or bridal party. Check out lots of options that will work whether you're the mother of the bride or groom before you make your final decision.

Gowns on the following pages are all available for purchase by clicking on the "More Details" button at the bottom of the photos. Double check the company or manufacturer's sizing chart to ensure the one you order is correct, as formalwear is often sized differently than street clothing and will vary from dress line to line.

Dana Kay Dress from JCPenney
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Champagne Jacket Dress

Champagne is a neutral tone that will match virtually any color scheme the bridal party wears. The jacket adds coverage and warmth for a wedding in the fall or winter, while the tea-length dress has a ruffle from the waist and an embellished bust. Find it at JCPenney in sizes 8 through 18.

Formal Top & Skirt from Sears
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Teal Two Piece

A dressy outfit for mom does not have to be a neutral color. Bright teal is a beautiful color to complement jewel toned bridal party schemes or bright pink or purple summer colors. This satin and chiffon top features fluttery sleeves and rouching to flatter the waistline, and the elastic waist skirt has a ruffled hem to match. Find this outfit at Sears in sizes 6 through 18.

Komarov Beaded Neck Satin Dress & Chiffon Jacket from Nordstrom
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Rose Dress and Jacket

A lightweight pleated satin dress and chiffon jacket in vintage rose make this dress a lovely option for a wedding in the spring. It would look beautiful at a garden wedding, too. Find it at Nordstrom in sizes small through extra-large.

Danny & Nicole Women's Sheath Dress & Ruffle Jacket from Sears
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Sheath Dress With Jacquard Jacket

A stylish option that can easily be worn again is a sheath dress with matching jacket. The red and black combination looks sharp at a fall or winter wedding, and the jacquard pattern with ruffles on the jacket dresses it up. Find it at Sears in sizes 8 through 18.

S. L. Fashions Women's Embellished Sleeveless Dress & Shrug from Sears
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Little Black Cocktail Dress

A fancy black cocktail dress with ruffles and a rhinestone neckline look sharp enough for any mom to wear at her son or daughter's wedding. The matching shrug provides coverage while staying dressy enough for the occasion. Find it at Sears in sizes 8 through 18.

R&M Richards Sleeveless Beaded V-Neck Dress and Jacket from Macy's
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Beaded V-Neck Dress and Jacket

Beautiful beading enhances this v-neck dress and matching jacket from Macy's. It comes in four colors - black, gray, eggplant, and navy - assuring that you'll find something to match the bridal party colors. Look for it in sizes 8 through 18.

J Kara Beaded Mock Two-Piece Chiffon Gown from Nordstrom
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Beaded Mock Two Piece

Beading adds elegance to this mock two-piece gown. The cap sleeves offer more coverage than traditional spaghetti straps, but keep your arms cool during warm weather formal weddings. Available from Nordstrom, it comes in regular sizes 8 through 18 and petite sizes 6P through 16P.

Adrianna Papell Tiered Evening Dress from Macy's
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Tiered Evening Dress

Mothers don't have to sacrifice style or trends just because they are moms. This tiered dress with deep v-neck and banded waist is elegant and sophisticated without aging the wearer. It comes in eggplant, navy, and red, and can be found at Macy's in sizes 4 through 16.

Alex Evenings Sleeveless Pleated Gown and Shawl from Macy's
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Halter Pleated Gown

A bejeweled halter top with pleated bustline is a sophisticated gown for moms who need formal attire but don't want to don a black dress. The lightweight shawl adds sheer coverage. It's available through Macy's in sizes 4 through 16 in both steel and purple colors.

Adrianna Papell Embellished Lace Yoke Pleat Mesh Gown from Nordstrom
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Three Quarter Lace Sleeves

If shawls and jackets are bothersome but you still want coverage for your arms, consider a dress with attached lace sleeves. Lace is a classic choice for wedding attire, and will keep arms covered without looking matronly. Find this dress in aubergine at Nordstrom in regular sizes 2 through 10 and petite sizes 2P through 12P.

Daymor Taffeta Jacket with Trumpet Skirt from Nodrstrom
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Formal Taffeta Gown

At a black tie or formal, upscale wedding, mothers must dress their best. A taffeta trumpet skirted gown with a jacket featuring a rhinestone buckle is stylishly stunning. This mocha dress can be found at Nordstrom in sizes 4 through 18.

Alex Evenings Dress, Three-Quarter-Sleeve Jewel Belted Faux-Wrap from Macy's
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Classy Black Gown

Nothing is more classic and elegant than a black evening gown. The faux wrap is flattering and the jewels at the waistline add a hint of sparkle. A small split in the hem make it easy to move in, and illusion sleeves add elegance and coverage. It's available at Macy's in sizes 6 through 18.

Moms who want to wear black to an informal wedding, dresses with white, or more untraditional styles should discuss their options with their children before making their final choice. Dress etiquette for the mother of the groom states that the mother of the bride typically chooses her dress first, although in modern weddings, many moms simply look for complementary styles during the planning time.

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