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

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 mother of the bride. And remember, most important of all is to wear what you’re comfortable in, so you can focus on enjoying the day.

“Delicate fabrics such as chiffon and SILK add elegance

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More mother-of-the-bride outfit ideas

Pastel perfection: Pastels are a chic and stylish choice for the mother of the bride (or groom). A sophisticated dress, accessorised with complementary colours (think a blush fascinator, ivory clutch bag or even a pop of bright nail polish), can look effortlessly stylish for daytime and evening. A fitted jacket makes a neat finishing touch for the perfect mother-of-the-bride look. Throw one over a smart floral dress or team it with simple black trousers and a fail-safe pastel blouse. Go for flattering tea-length dresses and elegant 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 CROPPED jacket completes any mother-of-the-bride look”

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Unconventional 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 mid-length sleeves. If you feel a chill, accessorise with a blanket wrap or lightweight scarf in a complementary colour.

Modern matching sets: If it’s a spring or autumn 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 a jacket with 3D embellishment like beading or embroidery. If you wear heeled shoes, opt for mid-height heels. Remember that you might be on your feet for more than eight hours, so comfort is key. (Learn about Insolia technology before you choose a pair.)

“Florals work for SPRING or autumn weddings”

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Words: Dulcie Emerson

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