When celebrating your child’s wedding day, you want to look and feel your most stylish. Read on for our failsafe fashion advice for a sophisticated look for any style of wedding
It’s the bride’s day, so let her be your sartorial guide. Traditionally, the mother of the bride wears a similar colour to the bridesmaids. Times have changed though, and the reality is that (almost) anything goes. Classic outfits, like a shift dress and jacket, can be boldly accessorised with colourful bags or sparkly shoes.
Whatever the season, delicate fabrics such as chiffon and silk are always a safe yet elegant bet. And remember, most important of all is to wear what you’re comfortable in, so you can focus on enjoying the day.
Monochrome is a bold choice, but don’t be deterred by others telling you it’s not appropriate. An elegant black lace dress, accessorised with contrasting colours (think a blush fascinator, ivory clutch or even bright pops of colour on your nails), can look effortlessly stylish for daytime and evening.
Equally, a monochrome jacket can be the perfect finishing touch to your look, thrown over a smart floral dress or paired with simple black trousers and a silk top. Go for dresses and tops with a bracelet-length sleeve, and invest in some jewellery bought especially for the day. A statement hat will also ensure you stand out from the crowd.
Florals are perfect for the mother of the bride, whatever the season. For a late summer or autumn wedding, opt for a dark-coloured, contemporary floral dress with mid-length sleeves. If you feel a chill, accessorise with a pashmina or short, smart jacket in a plain, complementary colour. If it’s a winter wedding, try a plush floral jacket.
Print shy? Jacquard or brocade fabrics are your saviours: dare to wear head to toe, or make a subtle nod to the floral trend with a clutch bag or conversation-starting kitten heels. If your shoes are too flat, you might not feel dressy enough; too high and you could be in agony. Remember that you might be on your feet for over eight hours.