font loading for Top nav


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

Mother-of-the-bride dresses

The classic look

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, Phase Eight at Marks & Spencer has you covered, whether you’re looking for a romantic lace shift dress with a matching cropped jacket or a flowing wrap dress to team with an eye-catching fascinator. 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.

“Delicate fabrics such as chiffon and silk are a safe bet for the elegant mother of the bride”

Shop mother-of-the-bride dressesShop fascinators


Pale pink lace dress
Complete with the matching jacket
Light grey lace dress
A dress with an unusual lace bodice
Pale pink shift dress
Features semi-sheer long sleeves
Pale green pleated dress
Stand out in a pleated midi dress

Mother-of-the-bride outfit ideas

Modern monochrome

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 jumpsuit, 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 trousers 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.

“A monochrome jacket is a great finishing touch to the mother of the bride look”

Shop formal jacketsShop jumpsuits


Black and white jumpsuit
Turn heads in a chic jumpsuit
Black suede leather clutch bag
Accessorise with a soft suede clutch
Cropped white cotton jacket
Finish the look with a cropped jacket
Suede pointed kitten heels
Choose low heels for all-day comfort

Unusual mother-of-the-bride dresses and suits

Feelgood florals

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 cap sleeves? If you feel a chill, accessorise with a blanket wrap or lightweight scarf in a complementary colour.

Modern matching sets

If it’s an autumn or winter wedding, try an unconventional trouser 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. (Learn about Insolia technology before you choose a pair.) Remember that you might be on your feet for more than eight hours, so comfort is key.

“If it’s an autumn or winter wedding, florals are still a great choice”

Shop all floral dressesSee the wedding guest edit


Floral-print lace shift dress
Cut-out lace detailing adds interest
Pale pink wrap top 
A floaty chiffon suit is a fashionable option
Pale pink wide-leg trousers
Try these flattering wide-leg trousers
 Light blue fascinator
A fascinator adds the final flourish

Words: Dulcie Emerson

Trending stories

Summer Trends
Beautiful broderie
See the best bits
Editor’s Pick
Our favourite bags
Read the edit
Layering Tips
Summer’s best jackets
Read more
Style Advice
Wedding Guest Dresses
Take a look