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Choose a special outfit for your daughter (or son’s) big day, from an elegant mother-of-the-bride dress to a jumpsuit alternative

Mother-of-the-bride dresses

It’s your child’s big day, so let them be your sartorial guide. It’s traditional for the mother of the bride to dress in a similar palette to the bridesmaids, but if head-to-toe sugary hues aren’t for you, simply accessorise within the palette instead. When it comes to occasionwear, Marks & Spencer has you covered, whether you’re looking for a structured tweed dress with a matching jacket or a flowing wrap dress from the new Ghost x M&S collection. Whatever the season, delicate fabrics such as chiffon, lace and silk are always a safe bet for the elegant mother of the bride. And remember, most important of all is to wear what you’re comfortable in, so you can focus on the enjoying the day.

Mother-of-the-bride outfit ideas

Monochrome is a bold and stylish choice for the mother of the bride. Don’t be deterred by others telling you that it’s not appropriate to wear black or white (or both) – it’s no longer a fashion faux pas. A sophisticated romper, accessorised with contrasting colours (think a blush fascinator, ivory clutch bag or even a pop of bright nail polish), can look effortlessly stylish for daytime and evening. Equally, a monochrome jacket is the finishing touch to the perfect mother of the bride look, thrown over a smart floral dress or paired with simple black pants and a silk top. Go for flattering tea-length dresses and chic tops with longer sleeves, and invest in some understated jewellery bought especially for the day. Each time you wear it afterwards, you’ll have special memories of the big day.

Unusual mother-of-the-bride dresses and suits

Floral dresses and jackets are perfect for the mother of the bride, whatever the season. For a spring or summer wedding, why not choose a light-coloured, contemporary floral dress with mid-length sleeves. If you feel a chill, accessorise with a blanket wrap or lightweight scarf in complementary colour.

If it’s an autumn or winter wedding, try an unconventional pant suit or matching set to make a statement while covering up. Choose a fabric that will take your look from daytime to dance floor, such as satin, or even a jacket that features 3D embellishment, like beading or embroidery. Shoes with a mid heel are best: too flat and you might not feel dressy enough, too high and you could suffer. Remember that you might be on your feet for more than eight hours, so comfort is key.

Words: Dulcie Emerson

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